Dragon JV, frosh fall seasons end
Going into their 2012 fall seasons, Sonoma Valley High School’s junior varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, and jayvee and freshman volleyball and football squads, hoped for promising, talent-developing and hard-fought campaigns that would produce a winning atmosphere leading to a bright future.
In the wake of their recently concluded fall seasons, the overall picture left by the jayvee and frosh Dragons is one that depicts the culmination of what they had hoped, for the most part, to accomplish when they set their preseason goals.
For the Sonoma jayvee girls’ volleyball team, it was a shining season of continuous strides toward success, which included posting an overall 17-2 record; a Sonoma County League 11-1 first-place mark; and winning the Analy Jayvee Tournament title.
Sonoma’s jayvee girl spikers – directed by SVHS graduates and former Lady Dragon stars, head coach Chelsea Scott and assistant coach Mindi Wiley – consisted of sophomores Esmerelda Gonzalez, Sierra Lilly, Ariana Martinez, Cheyenne McCambridge and Gabby Reed; and frosh Lilyanna Carranza, Courtney Cogbill, Hannah Powers, Emma Stanfield, Carlie Vollert, Sami Von Gober, and Malaya Zachan-Dickey.
The Lady Dragon jayvee tri-captains were Powers, Reed and Von Gober, with Reed and libero McCambridge being called up to practice with the varsity during the current postseason.
Sonoma’s jayvee football team wrapped up a winning season on a strong note by routing Petaluma 36-0 at Arnold Field, and achieving a solid overall 6-4 record (including a forfeit win) and 4-2 SCL mark after going 1-9 last year as frosh.
Comprising the Sonoma football jayvees – directed by head coach Bob Midgley and assistant coaches Justin Weaver and Andy Losk – were Andre Alcantar, Gregorio Alvarez, Ben Amarantes, Seth August, Noe Baron, Gabe Bernstein, Jack Biaggi, Vince Caruso, Brian Casillas, Sam Cordano, Todd Decendario, Kyle Dunevent, Austin Dunn, Fermin Duran, Nick Fantozzi, Kyler Fritz, Jorge Gonzales, Cyle Gusse, Alex Gustafson, Anthony Hamiter, Graham Herder, Adrian Hernandez, Luis Ikeo, Christian Jimenez, Jackson Keechler, Derek Lewis, Jacob Little, Rosalio Lopez, Dean Martin, James McKale, Tristan Mertens, Alan Moreno, Joaquin Ornelas, Ryan Repetto, Rodrigo Rico, Jose Rubio, Dominc Sanfilippo, Mike Seelye, Mark Shipston and Luke Vaughn.
In their season finale victory over Petaluma, the jayvee Dragon gridders were led by Mertens’ 85-yard touchdown kickoff return to open the game and 111 yards rushing, including an 8-yard touchdown run; Biaggi’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Dunevent; Bernstein’s 154 yards rushing and fumble recovery and 40-yard return for a touchdown; placekicker Baron’s 26- and 18-yard field goals and four extra-point kicks out of Biaggi’s hold; August’s safety; Decendario’s four tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack; Alcantar and Coronado’s forced and recovered fumbles each; and Gustafson’s blocked field-goal.
The Sonoma jayvee soccer boys, who had only two returning players from last year’s successful team, pulled together with a large group of frosh players at its core, and turned in another standout season by compiling a second-place 8-2-2 SCL record.
Sonoma’s soccer boy jayvees, coached by Tom Young, consisted of senior Pedro Alquezada; juniors Cristian Camarena, Cesar Morales, Juan Parades and Life Rather; sophomores Bernardo Aparaicio, Gregorio De la Cruz, Andrew Lopez-Echeverria, Erik Garcia, Jose Garcia, Chris Molina, Edgardo Pamatz and Antonio Vargas; and frosh Eduardo Barrajas, Ian Bon, Gustavo Gomez, Eduardo Hernandez, Leo Macedonio, Oscar Moya, Teodoro Magana, Rafael Oseguera and Edwin Reyes.
The jayvee Dragons four co-captains who led the offense were Alquezada, Camarena, Reyes and Jose Garcia, while leading the defense were Barrajas, Macedonio, Magana, Molina and Pamatz.
Sonoma’s jayvee soccer girls were young and lacked experience, but they had plenty of heart, worked hard at practice, and finished their abbreviated SCL schedule – El Molino and Piner didn’t field teams – with an energetic 4-6 record.
Comprising the Lady Dragon soccer jayvees – directed by head coach Mike Verdu and assistant coach Brian Wirick – were Estefania Barriga, Bella Bollman, Gracie Bundschu, Rocky Darnell, Danielle de la Torre, Anna DeSmet, Isabel Garon, Allison Gray, Annie Greenslade, Nancy Guerrero, Lucy Houghton, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Miller, Angelica Pena, Maddie Raffaini, Kaylin Riebli, Marina Robbins, Hallie Stava and Alex Quackenbush.
Sonoma’s frosh volleyball girls might have played only 12 matches during the season, but they made the most of them with solid team play that led to a 10-2 overall record and an unbeaten first-place 4-0 mark in their abbreviated SCL schedule.
The frosh Lady Dragon spikers – coached by coach Alicia White, who’s assisted by team manager Sydney Eckert – consisted of Hannah Adams, Lilly Carabini, Alexandra Dobson, Mariela Mendoza, Dantia Minatta, Renee O’Donnell, Rosa Pich, Ellie Rohnbacher, Sammie Simoni, Natalie Smith and Olivia Yazzolino.
Comprising the 2012 Sonoma frosh football team – directed by head coach Andy Gibson and assistant coaches Dave Kohnhorst, Ray Mellinger and Ronald Kohut – were Jesse Andrieux, Garrett Anken, Jonathan Barrios, James Bartliff, Josh Coglizer, Marco Domintri, Jackson Dorr, Dalton Elster, Jack Etherington, Billy Engebreth, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Garcia, Raymond Giomi, Aidan Haywood, Dara Heffernan, Logan Hubbenette, Devin Lantz, Will Lennon, John Little, Alex Marquez, Aidan McAuliffe, Jake McDonald, Blake Nichols, Colin Nicholson, Freddy Padilla, Gunnar Paulson, Tyler Ramsey, Daniel Van Kirk, Jose Vega, Kobe Welborn and Max Yankovich.