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Sea Dragon trio swim Pacific Jr. Olympics

In the competitive world of youth swimming, one of the highest achievements for age-group swimmers is the Junior Olympic Championships, which are held a few times each year in multiple locations across the country. Last month, three Valley athletes represented the local USA swimming club, the Sonoma Sea Dragons, battled some of the best swimmers… Continue Reading >>

Comprising the MSSL-champion Presentation School eighth-grade girls’ hoops team are (from left) coach Mike Minigan, Natalie Gulrajani, Annie Neles, Aria Schuler, Hannah Porter, Megan James, Alexia Lema, Mary Minigan and Catherine Flaherty. Submitted photo

Presentation 8th-grade girls claim MSSL crown

In the recent basketball championship game of the Middle School Sports League – comprised of private and charter schools in Sonoma County – the Valley’s Presentation School eighth-grade girls capped their undefeated season by claiming the MSSL hoops crown. Playing Valley neighbor Sonoma Charter School in the title game on their home court, Presentation pulled… Continue Reading >>

Dragon golfing boys club Piner; Ballard, Minatta co-medalists

After dropping a Sonoma County League decision heading into last week’s spring break, the Sonoma Valley High School golfing boys’ came out swinging Tuesday at the Santa Rosa Fairground Course and got back on the winning track behind a pair of medalists. Both senior Dario Minatta and junior Christian Ballard each posted the identical low-round… Continue Reading >>

Senior Dan Deely (No. 15), seen in action on the road during Sonoma’s recent 2013 fall season, was an NFF scholarship winner for his football achievement, scholarship and citizenship. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Deely NFF scholarship winner

Another honor was earned by Sonoma Valley High School senior Dan Deely, whose stellar 2013 season as quarterback and defensive back helped the Dragons snare a second-place Sonoma County League finish and a berth in the North Coast Section Division-3 playoffs. At the recent National Football Foundation Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony in… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma’s Nico Grossi, one of the junior shooters supported by the Valley of the Moon Trap Club, holds the belt buckle he claimed last month for his marksmanship victory at the Martinez Gun Club. Submitted photo

Grossi marksmanship winner

As one of the junior shooters supported by the Valley of the Moon Trap Club, Nico Grossi, a Sonoma Valley High School freshman, competed in the youth division at last month’s Martinez Gun Club trap-shooting event and, with keen marksmanship, won the “D” division Doubles Championship. Grossi, in his third year of junior shooting for… Continue Reading >>

The CYO Division-1 basketball champion St. Francis fourth-grade boys’ team consisted of (front-kneeling, from left) Dominic Girish, Brett Armitage, Tyler Oda, Adam Duffield; (middle row, from left) Giancarlo Guererro, Gavin Rognlien, Anders Mathison, Rollo Benstead, Bennett Steiger, Robby Sangiacomo; and (back row, from left) Assistant coach Nikolai Mathison, head coach Marco Girish, assitant coach Mike Sangiacomo. Submitted photo

Seven of 11 St. Francis CYO hoops squads win titles

Capping a highly successful 2013-14 season with with 11 teams in grades four-through-eight qualifying for the playoffs, Sonoma’s St. Francis Solano’s CYO basketball program achieved a postseason title bonanza with eight squads reaching the finals and seven champions being crowned. With seven teams claiming titles, St. Francis had the best CYO showing of all the… Continue Reading >>