Sonoma water polo squads swept
Runners open SCL in Analy, Piner tri-meet; soccer boys win, girls host today
Junior Madeline Cline (right, No. 3) receives a pass during the Lady Dragons REL loss to Ukiah Wednesday at the Sonoma Aquatic Center.
In their Redwood Empire League home openers Wednesday at the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool, the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ and girls’ varsity waterpolo squads faced deep and talented Ukiah teams and, after turning in solid first-halfs, couldn’t sustain their momentum down the stretch and ended up being swept.
For the thin-rostered Lady Dragons, who, after an injury had to play without a substitute, finally wore down in the second-half and were handed a 21-5 loss by visiting Ukiah.
Pacing the Sonoma girls were seniors Zoe Gaarder’s and Rose Greenberg’s two goals each, and junior Madeline Cline’s one goal.
As for the deeper-rostered Dragon boys, they bounced back from a slow start with a solid, even-played second-quarter of defense – but their lack of offense had them staring at a 12-4 halftime deficit, which later turned into a 24-7 defeat.
Sonoma was paced by senior Arthur Morgan’s three goals, junior Jesse Summers’ two, and senior Chase Campion’s and junior Jimmy Flatt’s one apiece.
The water polo Dragons, coached by Flynn O’Brien, will next host the other strong REL foe Cardinal Newman at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Sonoma Aquatic Center.
Sonoma’s cross country teams opened their Sonoma County League season with a tri-meet at the Ragle Ranch 2.7-mile course in Sebastopol on Wednesday, with the defending SCL co-champion Dragon boys were edged by Piner, but defeated host Analy, while the Lady Dragons just fell short in finishing third.
In the varsity boys’ tri-meet, Piner won with a score of 25, followed by Sonoma’s 33 and Analy’s 94.
The Dragons were paced by senior Chris Tose’s fourth-place finish in 14 minutes, 45 seconds; junior Christian Martinez’s fifth in the same 14:45; junior Owen Ljung’s seventh in 15:02; junior Keegan Ginter’s eighth in 15:25; senior Ryland Osborne’s ninth in 15:26; senior Peter Gray’s 16th in 16:00; freshman Ty Haury’s 19th in 16:27; senior A.J. Lemaire’s 20th in 16:34; senior Greg Maggioncalda’s 21st in 17:06; and sophomore Return Bongiovanni’s 22nd in 17:11.
In the closely contested varsity girls’ tri-meet, Piner won with a 38, followed by Analy’s 40 and Sonoma’s 44.
Pacing the Lady Dragons were senior Gianna Biaggi’s fourth-place in 17:42; senior Hannah Cenci’s fifth in 17:53; senior Laura Amador’s ninth in 19:31; frosh Madeline Libbey’s 10th in 19:33; junior Itzel Macedonio’s 16th in 20:34; senior Serena Spry’s 17th in 21:23; and frosh Brianna Lehane’s 18th in 22:32.
The cross country Dragons will host longtime SCL rival Petaluma at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Maxwell Farms Regional Park course.
Holding a 1-0 halftime lead, the Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys stepped up their offense in the second half to outscore Piner 2-1 en route to a 3-1 Sonoma County League victory Tuesday in Santa Rosa.
Leading the Dragons were senior Manuel Young’s two goals and junior Bryan Ruiz’s one goal and two assists. Sonoma’s boys, who played at defending champion Analy yesterday – results not available at presstime – will host SCL foe Healdsburg at 4 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the high school field.
The soccer Lady Dragons will host longtime SCL rival Analy at 4 p.m. today on the high school field.