Dissa and Data: Maria Carrillo football coach Jay Higgins would like a new athletic field

  • Maria Carrillo quarterbacks Jake Wolski, left, and Fhestus Chomba confer with coach Jay Higgins during varsity football practice at Maria Carrillo high school in Santa Rosa, California, on 20, August 20, 2015.

Maria Carrillo football coach Jay Higgins would like to make a public announcement: He is very much in favor of his high school getting a new all-weather athletic field.

More than once, Higgins said, he’s heard that he preferred natural turf and mud, so he wanted to set the record straight: He told The Press Democrat that he would like nothing more than a high-end artificial field for the Pumas. To emphasize the point, he pointed out several muddy patches during a recent practice, noting that the field doesn’t drain as well as it used to.

Higgins had hoped that the passage of Measure I a year ago would open up funds for a replacement field at Maria Carrillo, but said he’s seen no evidence that plan is in the works. The other four campuses within the Santa Rosa City Schools district have all-weather fields.

Another title for St. Vincent

St. Vincent’s girls volleyball team defeated Roseland Prep last week to clinch the NCL II championship.

This was the second consecutive title for St. Vincent, which was led by the outstanding trio of Ali Fetter (9 kills, 20 assists, 6 digs), Sarah Calabrese (16 kills, 4 aces) and Annalise Silva (17 kills, 4 aces).

Panthers endure

It took a tiebreaker match and five sets to settle it, but Anderson Valley emerged as the top playoff NCL III representative in the North Coast Section volleyball tournament.

The Panthers defeated Mendocino 25-18, 24-26, 27-25, 19-25, 15-10. That vaulted Anderson Valley into a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Division 6 tournament. Among the leading performers that night were Rachael Kreienhop, Riley Lemons, Alex Farber and Natalia Angulo.

Mendocino also qualified as a ninth seed in Division 5 and will begin tournament play tonight at St. Vincent.

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