Rough road for Dragon boy netters, golfers

Last Thursday’s Sonoma County League road matches turned into rough outings for Sonoma Valley High School’s boys’ golf and tennis teams as they headed into this week’s spring break.

After their convincing defeat of defending SCL champion Analy for their second straight win to open the season, Sonoma’s boy golfers stumbled at the Healdsburg Golf Club course and were handed a 219-236 loss by the hosting Greyhounds, who are unbeaten in three matches.

Pacing the Dragons were junior Christian Ballard’s nine-hole round of 44, senior Dario Minatta’s 47, senior Dante Monterosso and junior Brett Sullivan’s 48 apiece, and junior Cyle Gusse’s 49.


The young defending SCL champion Sonoma tennis boys dropped their second straight loss after a pair of wins to start the season when they were nipped 4-3 by this year’s league favorite Analy in Sebastopol.

Claiming their matches for the Dragons were junior Vince Caruso’s 6-1, 7-6 (4) triumph over Aidan Toner Rogers at No. 2 singles; junior Sam Sondheim’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over Michael Grieve at No. 4 singles; and sophomore Fabian Metelmann and freshman Matt McKale’s 6-4, 6-0 win over Greg Gonzales and Carlos Corona at No. 2 doubles.

Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Caleb Horowitz’s 0-6, 3-6 to Nick Wight at No. 1 singles; junior James McKale’s 4-6, 3-6 to Derek Sevillo at No. 3 singles; Caruso and junior Kaden Cable’s 6-7 (5), 6-7 (3) to Jeremy Rozet and Lucas Brooker at No. 1 doubles; and junior Luke Vaughn and sophomore Ian Bon’s 2-6, 2-6 to Connor Kearney and Nate Ortega at No. 3 doubles.

In their season-opening 5-2 victory over El Molino, the Dragon netters were led by Horowitz’s 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) over Sawyer Chesnut-Pinto at No. 1 singles; Cable’s 3-5, 6-4, 6-4 over Cade Stan at No. 3 singles; Sondheim’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Arlo David at No. 4 singles; Matt McKale and frosh Liam Handron’s 6-1, 6-0 over Sam Kang and Eduardo Lopez at No. 2 doubles; and Bon and Metelmann’s 6-2, 6-3 over Ellery Kuntz and Keahleo Daly at No. 3 doubles.

Sonoma’s losses were sustained by senior Magnus Forsythe’s 1-6, 4-6 to Andes Toruno at No. 2 singles; and Caruso and junior Alex Gustafson’s 6-2, 4-6, 3-6 to Casey Bauer and Prince Buttar at No. 1 doubles.

The Dragon netters hammered Healdsburg 6-1, led by Horowitz’s 6-3, 6-3 over Trevor Cook at No. 1 singles; Forsythe’s 6-0, 6-0 over Chad Brem at No. 2 singles; Cable’s 6-1, 6-1 over Scott Leighty at No. 3 singles; Sondheim’s 6-1, 6-0 over Robby Schieffer at No. 4 singles; Handron and Matt McKale’s 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (13-11) over Cristian Barbosa and Alex Botello at No. 2 doubles; Bon and Metelmann’s 6-3, 7-5 over Jesus Castro and Mathias Vasquez at No. 3 doubles; and Caruso and James McKale’s 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9) loss to Zach Lienart and Tommyu Schleffer at No. 1 doubles.

In their 6-1 defeat to Petaluma, the Dragons’ lone winners were Caruso and Metelmann’s 6-3, 6-4 over Gabe Medina and Pablos Diaz at No. 2 doubles.

Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were Horowitz’s 6-7, 4-6 to Kevin Cox at No. 1 singles; Forsythe’s 0-6, 4-6 to Cole Simpson at No. 2 singles; Sondheim’s 3-6, 2-6 to Aussie Clark at No. 3 singles; Cable’s 6-1, 5-7, 4-6 to Prakach Ravikumar  at No. 4 singles; James and Matt McKale’s 6-4, 3-6, 5-7 to Jason Metlen and Ryan Cox at No. 1 doubles; and Bon and Vaughn’s 1-6, 2-6 to Jorge Bugarin and Alex Wolf at No. 3 doubles.