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Sonoma Dragon winter sports gear up for season

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It’s hard to believe that we’re looking at fall sports – except for cross country – at Sonoma Valley High in the rear-view mirror and looking ahead to winter sports.

The cross-country season could stretch on for another three weeks. The thinclads have their Vine Valley Athletic League meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. The North Coast Section meet is the following Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hayward High School with the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Woodward Park in Fresno.

But it’s the first of November and the winter sports started practice this week. And it’ll be the first winter competing in the Vine Valley Athletic League with Vintage, Napa, Justin-Siena, American Canyon, Casa Grande and Petaluma.

The boys basketball team, under the direction of Mike Boles has its first scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, when they travel to former longtime foe Healdsburg to take on the Greyhounds. The Dragons host San Marin in a scrimmage the following Saturday, Nov. 17, in an afternoon tilt.

The Dragons will be playing their non-conference schedule and two tournaments – Novato, Nov. 29-Dec. 1; and Dixon, Dec. 26-29 – before they start their conference schedule against Napa on Monday, Jan. 7.

The 12-game VVAL schedule has the Dragons playing three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the month of January with the VVAL tournament set for Feb. 6-8.

The Lady Dragon basketball team, under Coach Jann Thorpe, has a home scrimmage set for Wednesday, Nov. 7, against Redwood. The following Saturday, they’re playing in the Justin-Siena Scramble. Also, as part of their non-conference schedule, they’ll host Montgomery in the Foundation Game on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Lady Dragons will again host their annual Dragon Classic Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. They’ll also be competing in the Carrillo Tournament Dec. 6 - 8.

Sonoma will open its VVAL schedule before Christmas as they host Napa on Dec. 18. The Lady Dragons will play a 12-game league schedule with the league tournament set for Feb. 6 and 8.

The Lady Dragon soccer team, under the direction of Mike Verdu, will spend most of its season on the road again playing its home games at the Petaluma Community Sports Fields on East Washington. In addition to the Alumni Game on Nov. 24, at the Adele Harrison Field, the Lady Dragons will have a game at Arnold Field on Jan. 30, for senior night.

The Lady Dragons kick off their season at Novato on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and have four non-conference games before opening their VVAL schedule against Napa on Dec. 16.

The Dragon soccer boys, under the direction of Coach Pedro Merino, after spending the last two years playing their home games in Petaluma, will have four home games this year on the Adele Harrison Field and another – senior night on Feb. 5 – at Arnold Field. The four home games at Adele Harrison are all Saturday afternoon games starting with San Marin on Nov. 10.

The boys will have six non-conference games and the Montgomery Tournament (Nov. 27, 29 and Dec. 1) before opening their 12-game conference schedule against Casa on Dec. 20.

The wrestling Dragons, under Coach Nico Saldana, open their schedule on Dec. 8, at the Green and Gold Tournament at San Marin High School. The Dragons will be wrestling in four other tournaments including their own, Deets Winslow Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Sonoma will wrestle each of their VVAL opponents once starting Dec. 19, at American Canyon. The Dragons will host three VVAL opponents – Casa on Jan. 2, Petaluma on Jan. 9, and Napa on Jan. 16. The VVAL tournament will be held on Feb. 9 at American Canyon. The NCS will be held the following Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 at James Logan High in Union City with the state meet the following weekend in Bakersfield.