Former Ukiah High wrestling standout Harmonie Roberts was seeded eighth at 106 pounds entering the Women’s College Wrestling Association national championships. Roberts, a freshman, has helped Life University rate No. 11 in team rankings. Roberts was The Press Democrat’s girls wrestler of the year in 2014-15.
Former Casa Grande star Erica Mihalca is seeded seventh at 130 pounds for the national tournament. Mihalca is enjoying a strong freshman season for Missouri Baptist.
Middletown graduate Jessie Flynn is wrestling at 115 pounds in the national tournament as a sophomore for Lyon College.
These guys maxed out
Football season is long over, but the accolades continue to roll in for a few Redwood Empire players.
MaxPreps, the leading high school sports website, recently posted its California all-state teams, breaking the state into large-, medium- and small-school divisions. Four Empire athletes made the cut. Among medium schools, Rancho Cotate wide receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha was named to the first-team offense, and Analy quarterback Jack Newman was second-team offense. The Fort Bragg duo of quarterback Kaylor Sullivan and receiver Lucas Triplett made the small schools second-team offense.
Hey, no argument here. Newman was our Large School Offensive Player of the Year, Taylor-Yamanoha our Large School Defensive Player of the Year, Sullivan our Small School Offensive Player of the Year and Triplett our Small School Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor-Yamanoha and Triplett both play cornerback on defense.
Pick up your sticks
The Petaluma High School girls lacrosse program is hosting its second preseason “play day” Saturday at East Washington Fields. The games will run continuously on two fields from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, with a half-hour break at noon.
Participating varsity programs include Petaluma, Casa Grande, Rancho Cotate, Windsor, San Marin and Marin Academy.
Each game will have two 20-minute halves, with a running clock and a 5-minute halftime.
Soccer defense counts
If offense wins games but defense wins championships, the boys soccer teams from the North Bay League that are headed into North Coast Section tournament play this week should fare well.
Santa Rosa, which earned the No. 1 seed in Division 1, gave up an average of .64 goals per game in league play behind the goalkeeping of Jairo Villalobos. Rancho Cotate, which finished second in the ultracompetitive league this year, conceded just .78 goals per game with Christian Mendoza in the net. The Cougars earned the No. 2 seed in Division 2.
But it’s Montgomery and senior keeper Jordan Page that proved the toughest nut to crack this season, with just five goals against in league play, an average of .35 goals per game. Montgomery earned the No. 3 seed in Division 2.
Willits coach retires
Willits’ Duane Nelson ended a 22-year varsity basketball coaching career Tuesday night. He spent five years at Laytonville, seven at Upper Lake and has been the Wolverines’ head man the past 10 years.
“My youngest daughter, Miah, is a basketball player and in the seventh grade at Ukiah,” Nelson said. “I want to see her play, especially in high school.
“Coaching at the high school level has turned into an 11 months a year job. That’s a lot of time away from the family. I spend more than two hours a day driving to-and-from Willits.”