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El Mo edges Dragons for SCL title, NCS next; netters start league singles, doubles

Junior Brett Sullivan, seen playing in a recent SCL match at the Sonoma Golf Club, will join four Dragon teammates for the NCS Division-1 qualifier on Monday, May 5, at the Diablo Creek Golf Course in Walnut Creek. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Junior Brett Sullivan, seen playing in a recent SCL match at the Sonoma Golf Club, will join four Dragon teammates for the NCS Division-1 qualifier on Monday, May 5, at the Diablo Creek Golf Course in Walnut Creek. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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Taking aim at defending its Sonoma County League tournament title, while trying to claim the overall SCL crown, the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ golf team came up short of achieving its goals.

Monday’s SCL championship tournament at the Windsor Golf Club turned into a two-team battle, with the second-place Dragons trying to overtake first-place El Molino, which entered the league-ending tourney as the dual-match season winner. El Mo’s only dual loss came at the hands of the Dragons in the season opener.

But the Sonoma golfers couldn’t catch the Lions, who had the top three individual finishers in winning the tourney and capturing their first SCL title in 37 years. This earned them an automatic berth for the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions taking place Monday, May 12, at Peacock Gap in San Rafael.

With their SCL runner-up finish, the Dragons will compete in the NCS Division-1 qualifier Monday, May 5, at the Diablo Creek Golf Course in Walnut Creek.

Following champion El Molino’s winning 18-hole score of 403 in the final SCL tournament team standings were Sonoma’s 430, Analy’s 471, Healdsburg’s 474, Petaluma’s 490, and Piner’s 523.

Pacing the Dragons, who will be playing the NCS qualifier, were senior Dario Minatta’s 79; junior Cyle Gusse’s 81; junior Christian Ballard’s 85; junior Brett Sullivan’s 90; and senior Bailey Woodworth’s 95.

Rounding out the Sonoma boys’ golf team, coached by Grant Dobson and Pat Armitage, are seniors Tom Aubin, Dante Monterosso, Nick Narlock and Riley Rohrbacher; juniors Austin Dunn and Jackson Keechler; and freshmen Nick Atwood and Sam Demartini.

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With their third-place SCL finish already a given, Sonoma’s tennis boys ended the dual-match season playing a rained-out makeup match in Forestville on Tuesday without a full lineup and, despite winning three of five matches, they defaulted two and dropped a  4-3 decision to El Molino.

The postseason SCL singles and doubles tournaments began yesterday at the Santa Rosa Junior College courts – results not available at presstime – and will conclude today.

Competing in the singles tourney for the Dragon netters are their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players junior Caleb Horowitz and senior Magnus Forsythe, respectively, while Sonoma’s SCL doubles teams are juniors James McKale and Sam Sondheim, and freshmen Liam Handron and Matt McKale.

Also comprising the Sonoma boys’ tennis team – directed by head coach Thomas Byrne and assistant coach Jon Horvath – are juniors Kaden Cable, Vince Caruso and Luke Vaughn; sophomores Ian Bon, Fabian Metelmann, Miles Pimentel and Skyler Trygstad; and frosh Evan Alcantar.