Gabe Knight became the third basketball player in Windsor High history to score more than 1,000 points and the senior did it in two years. Knight (1,006) joined Tanner Giddings (1,307) and Mike Brown (1,050) in the elite group.
Not included in Knight’s impressive figure is his point total from Ukiah, where he played as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Windsor. He scored 504 points as a junior and 502 this season.
Bowen hitting her stride
Sonoma Academy runner Rylee Bowen ran a 4:50.22 mile at last Sunday’s New Balance Indoor Championship in New York City.
That equates to 4:48.54 for 1600 meters. She finished 13th in the race for elite high school athletes and it was her third-fastest time at the distance.
This past Friday, Bowen finished second in the 2-mile race for emerging elite runners. She led early and her final time was 10:47.71.
That is equal to 10:43.96 for 3200 meters.
Bowen, just a sophomore, will be busy the next few weekends competing in the Texas Relays and at the Arcadia and Mt. SAC meets in Southern California.
Klimenko racks up honors
Santa Rosa Junior College sophomore Nick Klimenko was named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to the 2015 Junior College Men’s Scholar All-American Team. Klimenko, who prepped at Casa Grande High School, was the Bear Cubs’ MVP this season, as well as team captain, first-team All Big 8 Conference and the Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year.
Klimenko is set to play at Cal State Los Angeles next season.
Too big of an assignment
The matchup looked great on paper — Cardinal Newman’s 6-3 forward Hailey Vice-Neat being guarded by a girl named Sequoia.
A massive tree guarding one of Newman’s bigs. A duel made for headlines.
Alas, it was not to be.
Scotts Valley’s Sequoia Andrade is but 5-foot-3.
Frustrated by having to guard an opponent an entire foot taller than her, in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game Andrade shouted to her teammates, “I can’t guard her!”
Vice-Neat finished the game with 15 points, helping her Cardinals win 61-45 and sending them to the CIF NorCal Division 4 semifinals.
Battle for the North
A lot of readers might know that Petaluma was the most recent Redwood Empire girls basketball team to win a CIF NorCal championship.
The Trojans earned the honor when they made it to the Division 3 state championship game in 2000 before falling to Bishop Montgomery of Torrance
But can you name the last Empire girls squad to make it as far as the NorCal final?
It was Rincon Valley Christian, which advanced to the D5 championship in 2007. There, the Eagles were nipped 39-36 by Branson (Ross) in a neutral-site game at Folsom High School.
That RVC team, which finished 31-4, was coached by Doug Crouse and featured All-Empire co-Players of the Year Teri Higgenbottom and Lisa Muzio.
The Cardinal Newman girls were aiming to at least match the 2007 Eagles by winning Tuesday night.