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Ballard again medals, drives Dragon golfers past Petaluma, netters edged by Trojans

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Both the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ golf and tennis teams battled longtime Sonoma County League rival Petaluma on Tuesday and racked up a home win and road loss, respectively.

For his third straight SCL match, junior Christian Ballard showed why he is a returning all-leaguer and North Coast Section qualifier by achieveing medalist honors in his third consecutive match, keying the Dragons to a 234-260 clubbing of Petaluma in both their home and regular-season finale at the Sonoma Golf Club.

Following a prematch honoring of the six Dragon seniors – Tom Aubin, Dario Minatta, Dante Monterosso, Nick Narlock, Riley Rohrbacher and Bailey Woodworth – Ballard shot a match-low, nine-hole round of 43 in leading Sonoma past the visiting Trojans.

Also leading the Dragons were junior Brett Sullivan’s 44; junior Cyle Gusse’s 45; and seniors Monterosso and Minatta’s 51 each.

The Sonoma golfers, coached by Grant Dobson and Pat Armitage, finish the dual-match season in second place and will take their final shot of overtaking first-place El Molino at Monday’s SCL championship tournament in Windsor.

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Battling on the road in hopes of avoiding being swept in their SCL season series, Sonoma’s tennis boys took longtime rival Petaluma down to the final match of the day tied 3-3.

But the visiting Sonoma netters couldn’t avoid the sweep as the Trojans pulled out both a No. 3 doubles win, and a 4-3 victory, on their home courts.

Winning their matches for the Dragons were junior James McKale’s 6-4, 6-2 over Prakash Ravikumar at No. 3 singles; junior Sam Sondheim’s 7-5, 2-6. 6-1 over Auggie Clark at No. 4 singles; and junior Vince Caruso and sophomore Fabian Metelmann’s 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10) over Gabe Medina and Alex Wolf at No. 2 doubles.

Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Caleb Horowitz’s 1-6, 0-6 to Kenu Cox at No. 1 singles; senior Magnus Forsythe’s 3-6, 3-6 to Gabe Simpson at No. 2 singles; freshmen Liam Handron and Matt McKale’s 1-6, 4-6 to Ryan Cox and Jason Metten at No. 1 doubles; and sophomores Ian Bon and Miles Pimentel’s 3-6, 6-2, 3-6 to Jorge Bugarin and Pablo Diaz at No. 3 doubles.

The third-place Dragons wrapped up their league season facing dual-match champion Analy  yesterday in Sebastopol – results not available at presstime – with six Sonoma netters competing in the El Molino-hosted SCL singles and doubles championship tourneys from Thursday through Saturday, May 1 to 3.