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Rough go for Sonoma in water polo, cross-country

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It was a tough go both afoot and in the pool for Sonoma Valley High School’s cross-country and water polo teams, respectively, in league road matches held Wednesday afternoon.

In what turned out to be their Sonoma County League openers – last week’s scheduled SCL-opening meets against Analy in Sebastopol was postponed due to park-trail construction – Sonoma’s varsity cross-country boys and girls competed in a league tri-meet against Petaluma and Piner in Santa Rosa.

Running the Foothill Park 5K course, the Dragon boys’ score of  52 was second to race-winning Piner’s 25, but it was good enough to beat Petaluma’s 58.

Leading the Sonoma boys were senior Owen Ljung’s solid second-place finish on the 3.1-mile park layout in 18 minutes, 34 seconds; senior Christian Martinez’s sixth place in 19:51; senior Keegan Ginter’s 10th in 19:58; freshman Leonardo Macedonio’s 16th in 20:47; junior Return Bongiovanni’s 21st in 22:55; and sophomore Trevor Martinelli’s 22nd in 23:03.

The Lady Dragon runners were third in the girls’ race with a 63 score, following victorious Piner’s 25 and Petaluma’s 47.

Sonoma was paced by sophomore Madeline Libbey’s third-place finish in 23:27; frosh Maddie Cashel’s 10th in 25:31; senior Jocelyn Mondragon’ 17th in 27:32; frosh Crystal Rodriguez’s 20th in 30:49; frosh Maggie Luque’s 21st in 31:50; and frosh Lidia Garcia’s 22nd in 33:42.

The cross-country Dragon teams host SCL foe Elsie Allen in dual meets on the Maxwell Farms Regional Park course at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Sonoma’s water polo boys turned in a solid defensive effort in their Redwood Empire League match against Cardinal Newman at the Finley Aquatic Center pool in Santa Rosa, but couldn’t mount enough offense to pull off an upset and ended up dropping a 10-3 decision.

Senior Adam Curry scored two goals for the Dragons, while junior Caleb Horowitz tallied one goal.

The Sonoma jayvee coed team beat Cardinal Newman 14-7 and were led by freshmen Justin Ring’s and Owen Summers’ two goals each, and a goal apiece by sophomores Fabian Mettelmen and Jack Lewis, and frosh Jackson Mighell.

The water polo Dragons will host their REL season finale against strong Ukiah at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool.