During the school year, the articles at this website basically focused on football, basketball, baseball and softball. Those, of course, aren’t the only sports played.mead clark Print
Two weeks ago, there was an article posted about the overall rankings.  That was based on the sports that we ranked.  If we had the manpower to rank every sport, those overall rankings would have had a different look.
One example would be Maria Carrillo, who in the overall rankings finished in a tie for ninth with Cloverdale.  Had the other sports been included, they would have been higher, much higher.
In most of the other sports this year Maria Carrillo, as usual was a big time player.
For example, the Maria Carrillo Girls Soccer team was the best team in the area.  Not only that, they were considered one of the best teams in the country.  They won their fourth straight North Coast Section championship and haven’t lost an NBL game this decade.
This year they went 22-0-1 and outscored opponents 103-5.  The tie was with a team from Washington.  They were so dominant, that if you counted the twenty one goals by junior Madison Gonzalez as the only goals they scored, they would have still finished well over .500.  That was because of a defense that was anchored by junior goalie Claire Howard who was credited with 18 shutouts.
The Maria Carrillo Boys track team also won its second NCS Redwood Empire championship in three years.  Maria Carrillo was also the No. 1 program for the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams.  The Boys have won nine of twelve NBL titles, the Girls streak is twelve straight.  Both the Golf and Swimming teams from Maria Carrillo also won NBL titles.
On the individual side of things, the next few years look bright in the track and field world, especially for the Girls.  Santa Rosa’s Kirsten Carter and Sonoma Academy Rylee Bowen, both freshmen won at the State Meet. Carter, who won the 400 and also finished second in the 200.  After becoming the only triple winner in the NCS Class A championships, Bowen won the 1,600 at state.  In the NCS she also won the 800 and 3200.
That wasn’t the only headline for Bowen.  Earlier in the school year she won the Division 5 State Cross Country Championship.  She is getting noticed nationally.  Bowen has been named to the USA Track & Field youth national team. The team competes in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.  The meet is from July 15-19.
Even with how dominant the Maria Carrillo Girls soccer team has been, the Anderson Valley Boys and Sonoma Academy Girls haven’t been too far behind.
Anderson Valley made it four NCS Division Championships in five years.  For the second straight season they hit the twenty win mark.  During the last two years, they have a 40-5-2 record.
The Sonoma Academy Girls won their second straight NCS Division 3 championship and finished 24-0-1.  The lone blemish was a 2-2 tie with St. Vincent.  They would win two other games against St. Vincent, including the NCS championship ship game 5-0.  Over the last two seasons, Sonoma Academy is 45-1-1 record.
Sonoma Valley had the No. 1 ranked Volleyball team in the area.  They also won their first NCS championship since 2000.  The Dragons finished the season 29-4, which included a 12-0 mark in the SCL race.
The main local competition for Sonoma Valley was Maria Carrillo, who was undefeated and NBL champions again.  In the opening game of the season the two teams met with Sonoma Valley taking a 3-2 win.  Maria Carrillo has won ten straight NBL regular season championships.  In nine of the ten titles, Maria Carrillo has been undefeated league champions.
Here are some of the Redwood Empire players of the year as reported by the Press Democrat.
BADMINTON: Oliver Staten (Santa Rosa)
BASEBALL (LARGE): Clayton Andrews (Maria Carrillo)
BASEBALL (SMALL): Cole Brodnansky (Clear Lake)
BASKETBALL (SMALL): Armani Perry (Archbishop Hanna)
CROSS COUNTRY: Matt Salazar (Casa Grande)
FOOTBALL (DEFENSE—LARGE): Alex Netherda (Maria Carrillo)
FOOTBALL (DEFENSE—SMALL): Isazah King (Lower Lake)
FOOTBALL (OFFENSE–LARGE): Ja’Narrick James (Analy)
FOOTBALL (OFFENSE—SMALL): Jack Preston (St. Helena)
GOLF: Michael Danielski (Maria Carrillo)
SOCCER (LARGE): Tarwinder Purewal, (Petaluma)
SOCCER (SMALL): Alex Morales (Roseland University Prep)
SWIMMING: Stefen Keller, (Maria Carrillo)
TENNIS: Alejandro Serrano Osoba (Cardinal Newman)
TRACK AND FIELD: Justin Zinnerman (Rancho Cotate)
WRESTLING: Beau Colomboni, Dominic DuCharme (Windsor)
BADMINTON: Ruth McQuown (Windsor)
BASKETBALL (SMALL): Savannah Stoughton (Sonoma Academy)
CROSS COUNTRY: Rylee Bowen (Sonoma Academy)
GOLF: Kara Curry (Santa Rosa)
SOFTBALL (LARGE): Joelle Krist (Petaluma)
SOFTBALL (SMALL): Jordyn Turner (Cloverdale)
SOCCER: Maddy Gonzalez (Maria Carrillo)
SWIMMING: Piper Brockley (Maria Carrillo)
TRACK AND FIELD: Allison Scranton (Petaluma)
TENNIS: Marghi Andreassi (Montgomery)
VOLLEYBALL (LARGE): Mackenzie Albrecht (Sonoma Valley)
VOLLEYBALL (SMALL): Alex Farber (Rincon Valley Christian)
WRESTLING: Harmonie Roberts (Ukiah)
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