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Sonoma girls stumble on soccer field, tennis courts

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Facing tough Sonoma County League opponents on the road last Thursday, Sonoma Valley High School’s tennis and varsity soccer girls dropped 7-0 and 3-0 decisions to Petaluma and Analy, respectively.

For the varsity Dragon soccer boys, their anticipated SCL showdown with defending champion Analy at the high school field on Friday never happened as both teams waited 45 minutes for the referees to show, but they never did and the match will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sonoma’s boys hit the SCL soccer road for matches in Healdsburg tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 18, and against El Molino in Forestville on Friday, Sept. 20, while the Lady Dragons host league foes Healdsburg tonight and El Molino this Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. on the high school field.

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The tennis Lady Dragons’ results in their defeat at longtime SCL rival Petaluma include losses by junior Cecilia Montano to Maddie Thomas 0-6, 5-7 at No. 1 singles; junior Hanna Lemaire to Nicoline Petersen 1-6, 1-6 at No. 2 singles; senior Michelle Stovall to Morgan Intoschi 4-6, 2-6 at No. 3 singles; junior Annie Morgan to Emma Morgan 2-6, 2-6 at No. 4 singles; senior Ava Gonzalez and sophomore Brenda Maldonado to Sophia Murphy and Hannah Sloth 2-6, 2-6 at No. 1 doubles; senior Brooke Slack and junior Stephanie Angulo to Ada Payne and Julia Brena 1-6, 3-6 at No. 2 doubles; and sophomore Alison Gray and freshman Sydney Moore to Emma Stessman and Grace Slembrouk 3-6, 1-6 at No. 3 doubles.

Sonoma’s girl netters will host league foe Analy at 3:30 p.m. today at the high school courts, while the Lady Dragon golfers host SCL rival Petaluma at the Sonoma Golf Club.

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It was not a Saturday morning stroll through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, but a full-fledged run on a 2.93-mile course as Sonoma’s varsity cross-country boys and girls competed in

the annual Lowell Invitational.

Despite missing one of their top runners, the Dragon boys finished in 16th place in the 25-team field, led by senior Owen Ljung’s strong 18th-place overall, and 12th-place individual finish in 15 minutes, 51 seconds, which earned him a top-20 medal.

Sonoma’s boys were also paced by senior Keegan Ginter’s 89th place in 17:23; freshman Leonardo Macedonio’s 102nd in 17:40; junior Return Bongiovanni’s 105th in 17:44; junior Ian Sloop’s 136th in 18:51; and sophomore Trevor Martinelli’s 160th in 19:50.

The lone Lady Dragon to compete was sophomore Madeline Libbey, who finished 50th out of 152 runners in 19:56.

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Sonoma’s water polo varsity boys played at nonleague Vintage on Friday and were handed a 16-1 loss, with junior Kaden Cable scoring the lone goal.

The Dragons host Cardinal Newman in Redwood Empire League matches at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Sonoma Aquatic Center.