Grid Dragon awards given, Amandoli MVP
Sonoma’s varsity, JV, frosh honored
Sonoma’s varsity football team’s 2012 MVP was senior Jonny Amandoli (No. 83), seen making a tackle during the recent season, backed by senior teammates Justin McDonald (left) and Skyler Marciel (middle), who was the Dragons’ outstanding defensive player.
This past 2012 season was the 29th and final one for Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity football head coach Mick O’Meara and defensive coordinator Mike Mulas, who compiled a 174-135-6 overall record, including eight Sonoma County League titles, 18 postseason appearances, and an NCS second-place banner (1990).
Sonoma recently held its annual awards banquet for the 2012 campaign, and for the last time, O’Meara and Mulas presented the honors to their varsity players, with the junior varsity and freshman grid honors given by head coaches Bob Midgley and Andy Gibson, respectively.
After helping lead the varsity Dragons to an SCL second-place 5-1 mark and an overall record of 7-4, which included a postseason NCS first-round loss to North Bay power Cardinal Newman, senior Jonny Amandoli was named Sonoma’s most valuable player.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Amandoli, who was the SCL’s defensive player of the year, made 79 tackles in the regular season, including 58 solo and 21 assisted for a 7.9 tackle-a-game average for the Dragons.
Sonoma’s other varsity award honorees included junior Matthew Robinson – outstanding lineman; senior Skyler Marciel – outstanding defensive player; junior Dan Deely – outstanding back; senior Sam Denning – coaches’ award; senior Brennan Cole – outstanding all-purpose player; and senior Dustin Sloane – scholar athlete (3.83 GPA).
The Dragon jayvee grid award winners included sophomore Tristan Mertens – outstanding offensive player; sophomore Alex Gustafson – outstanding defensive player; sophomore Nick Fantozzi – outstanding lineman; and sophomores Sam Cordano and Gabe Bernstein – coaches’ awards.
Sonoma’s frosh grid award recipients were Alex Marquez – outstanding offensive player; Tyler Ramsey – outstanding defensive player; Dalton Elster – outstanding lineman; and Josh Coglizer – coaches’ award.