Sonoma boys topple Trojans in opener
Dragon netters begin SCL title defense; golfers fall; swim hosts today, softball hosting 2 Saturday
Senior Sean Hall – a former league singles champion – goes with his backhand on a return shot en route to winning his No. 1 singles match Tuesday.
Getting their 2013 Sonoma County League season off to a roaring start, the defending SCL champion Sonoma Valley High School tennis boys served up an impressive performance in soundly defeating longtime rival Petaluma 6-1 Tuesday afternoon at the high school courts.
The Sonoma netters – who are defending the Dragons’ first SCL boys’ tennis title in 23 years – were led past the visiting Trojans by former league singles champion senior Sean Hall’s 6-1, 7-6 triumph over Schafer at No. 1 singles; senior Stephen Montano’s 6-1, 6-0 rout of Simpson at No. 2 singles; senior Connor Griggs-Demmin’s 6-3, 7-6 victory over Gonzalez at No. 3 singles; senior Liam Casey’s 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 (third-set, superset tiebreaker) edging of Clark at No. 4 singles; senior Griffin Hill’s and sophomore Magnus Forsythe’s 7-5, 7-6 nipping of Cox and Ishizu at No. 1 doubles; and senior Peter Gray’s and sophomore Caleb Horowitz’s 7-5, 6-3 edging of Metten and Ravikumar at No. 2 doubles.
Sonoma’s lone loss was freshmen Sam Sondheim’s and Chris Angel’s 2-6, 2-6 to Cox and Soares at No. 3 doubles.
The Dragon tennis boys, directed by head coach Thomas Byrne and assistant coach David Montano, hosted new SCL foe Piner yesterday – results not available at presstime – and travel to Sebastopol this Tuesday, March 5, for a league clash with Analy.
Sonoma’s boy golfers dropped a 213-242 nonleague decision to Cardinal Newman Wednesday afternoon at the Sonoma Golf Club.
Pacing the Dragon boys were senior Craig Gusse’s and sophomore Christian Ballard’s nine-hole-round score of 47 each, junior Dario Minatta’s and sophomore Brett Sullivan’s 49 apiece, and senior Justin Crockett’s 50. Sonoma will host El Molino in their SCL opener at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, March 5, on the SGC course.
The varsity softball Lady Dragons, who played at Hercules yesterday – results not available at presstime – will continue their preseason nonleague schedule by hosting Pinole and Middletown in a 10 a.m. and noon doubleheader, respectively, tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, on the high school field.
Sonoma’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams will host longtime rival Petaluma in SCL dual-meets at 3:30 p.m. today at the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool.
In their league openers last Friday at SAC, the Lady Dragon swimmers routed Piner 124-25, while the Sonoma boys defeated the visiting Prospectors 94-54.
Leading the Lady Dragons were the triumphant 200-yard medley relay team of senior Leanne Woods, juniors Madeline Cline and Gina Peil, and sophomore Amanda Gillion in two minutes 29 seconds; the victorious 200 freestyle relay team of Woods, Peil and seniors Allison Cogbill and Caroline Knef in 2:11.0; and the winning 400 free relay team of Gillion, Cline, Cogbill and junior Maria Hawing in 4:58.0.
Sonoma’s girls were also led by Cogbill’s 50 and 100 free first-place finishes in 30.06 seconds and 1:13.0, respectively; Cline’s 200 individual medley (IM) and 100 backstroke firsts in 2:45.0 and 1:17.0, respectively; Gillion’s 100 butterfly first in 1:15.0 and 200 individual medley (IM) in 2:46.0; freshman Mariela Mendoza’s 200 free first in 2:50.0 and 100 back second in 1:28.0; Woods’ 100 breast stroke first in 1:41.0 and 200 free third in 3:00.0; Hawing’s 500 free first in 8:04.0 and 50 free third in 31.0; Peil’s 50 and 100 free seconds in 30.61 and 1:14.0, respectively; senior Jamie Ballard’s 200 and 500 free seconds in 2:55.0 and 8:13.0, respectively; junior Kazmin Ortiz’s 100 breast second in 1:48.0; and Knef’s 100 back third in 1:36.
Leading the Dragon boys were the victorious 200 medley relay team of seniors Sebastian Amara, Chase Campion and Arthur Morgan, and frosh Jack Lewis in 2:01.0; the winning 200 free relay team of sophomore Rowan Todd and frosh Cian Lacy, Jacob Paine and Max Shepard in 2:07.0; and the triumphant 400 free relay team of Campion, Morgan, Amara and sophomore Adam Curry in 4:05.0.
Sonoma was also led by Morgan’s 200 and 100 first-places in 2:17.0 and 1:00.0, respectively; Campion’s 500 first in 6:33.0 and 100 fly second in 1:08.0; Lacy’s 50 first in 28.98 and 100 breast third in 1:31.0; Shepard’s 100 back first in 1:33.0 and 50 free third in 29.57; Amara’s 200 IM and 100 free seconds in 2:39.0 and 1:05.0, respectively; Lewis’ 100 breast second in 1:24.0 and 200 IM third in 3:00.0; and Curry’s 200 free third in 2:23.0.