Fall Dragons wrap-up busy first workout week of 2011
Sonoma head coach Mick O’Meara makes his point during Tuesday’s 2011 preseason practice at the high school field. O’Meara and defensive coordinator Mike Mulas are entering their 28th season directing the varsity football Dragons.
It’s been a busy first week for Sonoma Valley High School’s 2011 fall sports programs, which on Monday got off to their earliest official start of pre-season practice schedules, which was followed by the new school year beginning on Wednesday.
The fall Dragons continue their daily workouts in seven sports, including football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ water polo and girls’ tennis and golf.
Any student-athlete still wanting to participate in Sonoma’s 2011 fall sports programs needs to have all her or his paperwork – including current mandatory physical examinations, proof of insurance, completed emergency cards, signed (student and parent) code of conduct forms and paid fees – completed before practicing.
Paperwork, paid fees and proof of physical for all Sonoma fall athletes can be turned in from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the SVHS student activities office.
Sonoma’s football program – under the direction of longtime varsity head coach Mick O’Meara and defensive coordinator Mike Mulas – will send its varsity and junior varsity teams to Santa Rosa High School’s Ernie Nevers Field for their annual home-and-away preseason scrimmages against the hosting Panthers on Friday, Aug. 26 – jayvees begin at 6, followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
After a bye the weekend of Sept. 2, the Dragon gridders will kick off their 2011 football season by hosting nonleague Terra Linda – jayvees start at 5, and the varsity begins at 7:30 p.m. – on Friday, Sept. 9, at Arnold Field.
Sonoma’s volleyball program – under the direction of head coach Mindy Neves – concluded its tryout sessions for the varsity, jayvee and frosh teams yesterday, and will hold a 6:30 p.m. meeting today in the Pavilion for all the girls who made the Sonoma squads and their parents.
The Lady Dragon spikers will again scrimmage in the annual Napa Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 27, and will open their season on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at nonleague Tamalpais in Mill Valley.
Sonoma’s cross country boys’ and girls’ teams – under the direction of coach John Litzenberg – 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 for the open team, are welcome and should arrive at least 15 minutes before race time.
Sonoma’s four other fall sports schedules weren’t available at presstime.
The defending Sonoma County League co-champion soccer Dragon boys are again guided by longtime varsity head coach Pedro Merino and assistant coach Mike Linder, while the soccer Lady Dragons are under the direction of first-year varsity head coach Julio Leon.
Sonoma’s girl golfers are guided by longtime coach Tom Hickerson, while the tennis Lady Dragons are again directed by coach Mary Kate Dreyer.
As for the Sonoma water polo program, it will have a new head coach in place next week.