Sonoma frosh girl cagers win tourney, frosh boys, JV girls 3rd
O’Donnell frosh girls tourney MVP, JV boys fall
Competing in preseason tournaments last week and through the weekend, the Sonoma Valley High School girls’ freshman basketball team claimed a title, while the junior varsity girls and boys’ frosh squads earned third-place finishes.
The jayvee Lady Dragon cagers competed in the Pittsburg Tourney, and after defeating Baytech 43-25 in Thursday’s opener, were edged 41-36 by Rodriguez in Friday’s semifinals, before bouncing back nip Liberty 55-53 in the third-place game.
Sonoma’s Sierra Lilly and Bella Bollman were named to the all-tourney team, though why Ciara Smith didn’t receive the honor perplexed head coach Jann Thorpe.
“Both Sierra (Lilly) and Bella (Bollman) were definite all-tourney locks, but Ciara (Smith) not being honored blows my mind. She only averaged 16 points and nine rebounds a game with 22 blocked shots,” said Thorpe.
The Sonoma jayvee girls – directed by Thorpe and assistant coach Ashley Morovich – consist of sophomores Lilly, Bollman, Smith, Laryssa Baker, Shelby Camilleri, Angela Fulkerson, Hanna Lemaire and Rian Verdu; and frosh Sami Von Gober.
Leading the jayvee Lady Dragons past Baytech were Smith’s 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks; Von Gober’s seven points and 10 rebounds; Bollman’s six points; Lilly’s two points and three assists; Verdu’s two points and three rebounds; and Lemaire’s two points.
Sonoma was paced in its loss to Rodriguez by Smith’s 13 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks; Lilly’s seven points, Bollman’s six and Verdu and Von Gober’s four each; Baker’s two points and three rebounds; and Camilleri’s five rebounds.
In their win over Liberty, the Lady Dragons were led by Lilly’s 19 points; Smith’s 12 points, 11 blocks and eight rebounds; Camilleri’s nine points and eight rebounds; Von Gober’s seven points and three rebounds; Lemaire’s six points and four assists; and Bollman’s four points, five rebounds and five assists.
Sonoma’s frosh hoops girls romped through Rancho Cotati’s annual Henri Sarlatte Tournament in Rohnert Park, racking up three one-sided wins, capped by a 35-14 victory over Napa in Saturday’s tourney title game.
In last Thursday’s tournament opener, the Lady Dragon frosh routed Casa Grande 51-11, then defeated Drake 35-16 in the semifinals.
Sonoma’s Renee O’Donnell was named the tourney’s most valuable player after posting three double-double game totals of 37 points, 35 rebounds, seven steals and two blocked shots.
Earning all-tourney for the Lady Dragons were Raquel Darnell, who totaled 27 points, eight steals and five rebounds; and Emma Stanfield, with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 12 steals and six assists.
The Henri Sarlatte Tournament champion Sonoma frosh hoops girls – directed by head coach Mark Burningham and assistant coach Brittney Rachuy – consist of O’Donnell, Darnell, Stanfield, Jenny Eggers, Annie Greenslade, Berenice Gonzalez, Brittany Richards, Tsering Sherpa and Nathalie Vega.
Also leading the Lady Dragons (6-1) in their three tourney wins were Eggers’ 12 points, 12 rebounds and six steals; Greenslade’s 11 points, 19 rebounds and six steals; Sherpa’s seven points, Gonzalez’s six and Richards’ two; and Vega’s two points and two steals.
Sonoma’s jayvee boy cagers traveled to Novato on Friday and dropped a 58-40 nonleague decision to San Marin, paced by Spencer McNairy’s 12 points and five rebounds; Anthony Hamiter’s 11 points and three rebounds; Kevin Hurtado’s seven points and nine rebounds; Kaden Cable’s five points and three rebounds; and Ryan Fisher’s three points and Diego Alvarado’s two.
After opening the annual Elsie Allen Frosh Tournament in Santa Rosa with a pair of back-to-back wins, Sonoma’s frosh hoops boys were upended 55-48 by Cardinal Newman in last Thursday’s semifinals and ended up with a tourney third-place finish.
The frosh boy Dragons had routed host Elsie Allen 62-24 in the opening round and followed with a 54-42 quarterfinal victory over St. Vincent’s (Petaluma), and in all three games were led by Edwin Reyes, who was named all-tourney after averaging 28 points a game.
Rounding out the frosh Dragon boys’ roster, coached by Jon Sevenau, are Dylan Bearg, Austin Chapin, Lukas Chipchase, Travis Claeys, Drew Harder, Freddy Padilla, Joe Peterson, Miles Pimentel, Daniel Van Kirk and Max Yankovich.