Reflecting back on Sonoma Valley High School’s just-completed fall sports season in six sports as the winter Dragons begin their 2013-14 basketball and wrestling seasons, it was an autumn of content for the Dragon squads, with two Sonoma County League titles, two second-places, a pair of thirds and a bright future.
Sonoma’s fall team success came under the direction of both longtime coaches and first-year head coaches, with the varsity volleyball Lady Dragons starting their season with head coach Mindy Neves guiding them to their third straight SCL title before stepping down for personal reasons involving her family.
Taking up the varsity head-coaching reins was junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant Chelsea Scott, who kept the talented Sonoma girl spikers on an upbeat postseason course.
Under Scott – who like Neves is an SVHS grad and former prep and college standout – and assistant coaches Michelle Foster and Heidi Boatright, the Lady Dragons first claimed a third consecutive SCL Tournament crown, and then won two North Coast Section games to reach the semifinals, where the season ended.
In soccer, the Sonoma varsity boys battled in a three-team SCL title race that came down to the final match of the regular season, where they pulled out a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over first-place defending champion Analy on their home field to earn a co-championship.