Fall Dragons in early season battles, volleyball girls win, soccer boys, golf girls fall
A group of Dragons step-up their defense during Wednesday’s nonleague loss to Ukiah at the high school field.
In early season action this week, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys and volleyball girls played nonleague matches, while the golfing girls opened their Sonoma County League campaign on the road.
The volleyball Lady Dragons traveled to Mill Valley Tuesday evening and battled nonleague Tamalpais through five sets before pulling out a hard-fought victory.
Sonoma’s 2011 varsity volleyball team, directed by head coach Mindy Neves, consists of seniors Jersey Witous, Karly Burningham, Allyson Beckwith, Gabby Petersen, Karissa Hess and Alissa Thomas; juniors Taryn Mak and Alexis Long-Am; freshmen MacKenzie Albrecht and Delaney Swanson; and currently injured senior Suzanne Amaral (pending a medical release), junior Barbara Hodgkinson and sophomore Amber Rose.
The Lady Dragon spikers, who hosted Justin-Siena of Napa last night – results not available at presstime – will continue nonleague play at Terra Linda this Tuesday, Sept. 6, before hosting Napa on Thursday night, Sept. 8, in Pfeiffer Gym.
In Sebastopol on Tuesday, the Lady Dragon golfers dropped a 288-335 SCL decision to Analy and were paced by junior Jordann Dagner’s nine-hole round of 59, sophomore Jacquie Peterson’s 61, senior Kamryn Barker’s 64, senior Katie Durkan’s 67 and junior Grace Peterson’s 84.
The Lady Dragons golfed at SCL foe Healdsburg yesterday, with the results not available at presstime.
Sonoma’s soccer boys couldn’t muster much of a first-half offense and when they finally started firing shots on goal in the second half, they couldn’t find the net and visiting nonleague Ukiah slipped out of town on Wednesday with a 1-0 win.
The Dragon boys will next host fellow SCL co-champion Analy in their league opener next Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. on the high school field.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls are competing in the annual Eye of the Tiger Tournament in Arcata this weekend, before hosting nonleague Montgomery this Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, at the high school field, and then traveling to Sebastopol on Thursday, Sept. 8, for their SCL opener against Analy.
Sonoma’s cross country boys’ and girls’ teams will hold their annual Cross Country Alumni Meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. on the Maxwell Farms Regional Park course.
All former cross country Dragons or Sonoma athletes, as well as any runner wanting to participate, are welcome and should arrive at the course at least 15 minutes before the race.
The Dragon varsity and junior varsity football teams have their only bye of the season tonight and will open their 2011 campaign by hosting nonleague Terra Linda at Arnold Field next Friday, Sept. 9, with the jayvees beginning at 5 and the varsity starting at 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma’s tennis girls start their season and SCL schedule at Petaluma this Thursday, Sept. 8, while the water polo boys’ and girls’ teams open their season facing Redwood Empire League rival Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, Sept. 21.