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).
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.
AV’s Kuny bows out
Anderson Valley football coach Danny Kuny is going out on top. After three years at the helm of the Panthers’ program and a 26-4 record, Kuny retired after Saturday’s 32-18 Redwood Bowl victory against NCL III rival Upper Lake. It was the second consecutive Redwood Bowl victory for Anderson Valley. The Panthers and Trojans at 9-1 were NCL III co-champs.
“Coaching is a lot of work and I’m tired. It’s time for someone younger to take over,” said Kuny, who began his coaching career in 1988 at Boonville High. “There were a lot of tears after the game, but it was a good feeling because of what these kids accomplished in the three years I was here.”
The record is hers. Sonoma Academy senior Chloe Colbert scored two goals against St. Helena High in the Coyotes’ 8-0 win Saturday in the first round of the NCS Division 3 playoffs.
Colbert’s new career total is 151, passing the 150-goal mark set by 2012 Sonoma Academy grad Kate Bayes. Sonoma Academy, the No. 1 seed, will visit No. 4 Middletown at 5:30 p.m. today.
Brockley to USC
All-Empire Girls Swimmer of the Year Piper Brockley will sign a letter of intent on Friday to attend USC next year after graduating from Maria Carrillo. Brockley, who also swims for Neptune Swimming, is a Winter Nationals qualifier in the 100-yard and 200 breaststroke, as well as a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 200 individual medley.