Analy quarterback Jack Newman showcased his skills earlier this month at the invitation-only Rivals Camp quarterback competition in Los Angeles.
Seventy-seven high school quarterbacks from California, Utah, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington competed in various skill events.
Newman, a three-sport athlete, placed fourth when all the points were tallied, said one of his coaches.
The three in front of him already have Division I college offers, as do the fifth, sixth and seventh-place quarterbacks.
Newman is playing baseball now as well as training for his senior football season in the fall.
FARRANT STEPS UP
Emily Farrant, nee Lambert, has been named head coach of the El Molino girls soccer team after Tomas Morales stepped down at the end of the Lions’ fall season. The Lions made it to the North Coast Section semifinal game before falling to St. Vincent in Division III play.
Farrant, a class of 2007 El Molino graduate, played collegiately at UC Riverside and the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
CLEAR LAKE HOT
Clear Lake’s softball team is playing like the school to beat once again in the North Central League I.
The Cardinals will take a 3-2 record into this weekend’s Ukiah Tournament, but those two close losses were against NBL schools Maria Carrillo and Ukiah.
Clear Lake lost only one player from last year’s team that won NCS Division 5. Top players include pitcher Rachel Wingler, Anessia Jack, Alicia Ledema and Emily Ominotek.
Gary Pickle has retired after 23 years leading Clear Lake softball and the new head coach is Doug Winkler. He served as an assistant last season. Pickle retired with three NCS titles. The other two were in Division 4 and one of those teams went 27-0.
“It was the right time to step away,” Pickle said. “I left the program in good shape. The team wasn’t depleted by graduation and will do well this year.”
Maria Carrillo’s tennis team now has the inside track to win this season’s NBL title. The Pumas edged perennial powerhouse Cardinal Newman, 4-3, in a match last Thursday and lead the league with a 4-0 record.
Coach Bob Klyce’s singles players are Jim Klyce, Dat Tran, Spencer deRecat and Raahul Shah.
The squads play again April 19 on the Cardinals’ courts.
Newman won the league last year with a 13-1 record.
International swimming competitor Maya DiRado, a Maria Carrillo and Stanford graduate, will return home to Santa Rosa next month to give swimming clinics to members of the Santa Rosa Junior College and Neptune Swim Club.
DiRado, who is on track to compete later this year in the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, will do the clinics on April 7.
EL MOLINO OPENING
El Molino High School is seeking applicants for its varsity boys basketball position. Interested applicants should contact athletic director Mike Roan at 824-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Benefield, Lori A. Carter and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.