Sonoma boy netters beat Analy; golfers top Vintage, edged by El Molino
Dragons 3rd in Redwood Empire Tourney
Racking up their third straight win without a loss to start the Sonoma County League season, the defending SCL champion Sonoma Valley High School tennis boys defeated Analy 5-2 in Sebastopol on Tuesday, after taking third-place in last Saturday’s Redwood Empire Tennis Tournament at Santa Rosa.
The Dragon netters hosted new SCL foe Elsie Allen yesterday, while Sonoma’s golfers played league rival Analy in Sebastopol – results not available at presstime.
Playing a pair of matches at the Sonoma Golf Club, the Dragon boy golfers won their first match of the season by clubbing nonleague Vintage 235-254 last week, before dropping a 224-228 SCL-opening heartbreaker to visiting El Molino on Tuesday.
Leading Sonoma’s boy golfers – under the direction of first-year coach Ian Albrecht – past Vintage were junior Dario Minatta’s and sophomore Christian Ballard’s nine-hole-round score of 45 each, sophomore Brett Sullivan’s 46, senior Justin Crockett’s 49, and senior Craig Gusse’s 50.
In their four-stroke SCL-opening loss to El Molino, the Dragons were paced by Ballard’s and sophomore Cyle Gusse’s 44 apiece, Crockett’s 45, Sullivan’s 47, and Craig Gusse’s 48.
Playing without their No. 1 singles star and former SCL singles champion, senior Sean Hall, the tennis Dragons were led past Analy by senior Stephen Montano’s 7-6, 5-7, 12-10 nipping of Matt Lancaster at No. 1 singles; sophomore Caleb Horowitz’s 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nick Rose at No. 4 singles; senior Griffin Hill’s and sophomore Magnus Forsythe’s 1-6, 6-2, 10-6 trimming of Michael Grieve and Derek Sevillo at No. 1 doubles; seniors Peter Gray’s and Aidan Lacy’s 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Lucas Brooker and Nicco Wieskoff at No. 2 doubles; and sophomore Alex Gustafson’s and freshman Sam Sondheim’s 6-1, 7-5 win over Isaac Beckman and Greg Gonzales at No. 3 doubles.
Sonoma’s losses were suffered by senior Connor Griggs-Demmin’s 6-3, 5-7, 5-10 to Sam Kemiji at No. 2 singles; and senior Liam Casey’s 4-6, 6-1, 10-12 to Eric Wiegman at No. 4 singles.
Competing for the third-place Dragon boy netters in the Redwood Empire Tennis Tourney – which included champion Maria Carrillo, second-place Casa Grande, Windsor, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Montgomery, Analy and host Santa Rosa – were Hall, Montano, Griggs-Demmin, Casey and Horowitz.
In the tournament, Sonoma’s Montano won the No. 2 singles division, while Hall took the No. 1 singles consolation title.