Not only did Hailey Vice-Neat grab a blocked shot under the Antelope Valley basket to preserve a state championship for Cardinal Newman in the CIF Division 4 title game Saturday, but she also reached a personal milestone.
Vice-Neat, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored her 1,000th point during the game.
A post player who can also sink a 3-point shot, Vice-Neat finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds to raise her career point total to 1,013. No doubt she’ll build significantly on that during her senior season next year as the Cardinals defend their state crown.
Cardinal Newman is on spring break and when school resumes next week, there will be a celebration in honor of the girls state championship.
The team didn’t get together for a victory lunch or dinner after Saturday morning’s victory.
“Several of the girls are traveling during spring break and needed to get going,” coach Monica Mertle said. “I was so exhausted, I just spent a quiet night with family and friends.
“We were all so mentally and physically drained that spring break comes at a good time. We were on a mission and after achieving that goal, we were all exhausted.”
Former players were in attendance in Sacramento to root on the Cardinals. Among them: Julia Bertolero, Megan McConnell, Kylie Kiech and Helen Moses-Happ.
Sanchez hits 1,000
During the St. Elizabeth game Feb. 27, Anderson Valley senior Abraham Sanchez scored his 1,000th point. He finished his four-year varsity career with 1,036 points.
Sanchez is the sixth AV player to reach the mark, including five other boys and one girl, the most recent being in 1993.
Busy week for Pumas
Maria Carrillo’s baseball team finished third last week in the 16-team Boras Classic at Sacramento. The Pumas went 3-1, their only loss against eventual champion Davis.
“I think we were the only Division 2 team in the bracket,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “All the others were Division 1.
“It was a really good tournament for us. We got great pitching and our offense broke out after some early season struggles.”
Andrew Vaughn, Ryan Sellner, Cate Sheets and Kody Kent turned in stellar pitching performances.
Vaughn also swung a hot bat as he went 7 of 13. Patrick Gavin finished 6 of 12 and Vincent Riggio had a .750 on-base average.
The Pumas have an important NBL today when Casa Grande comes to town.
Hounds hit the road
Healdsburg’s baseball team had an unusual road trip recently. On March 19, players and coaches hopped a bus for a 10 a.m. game at Kelseyville. After beating the Knights 6-4, the Greyhounds got back on the bus for an afternoon game at Clear Lake (a 5-3 win).
“Everyone packed a lunch and we all ate on the bus going to Clear Lake,” coach Justin Herrguth said. “We got back to Healdsburg around 7 and we were a tired group.”
Rylee Bowen in a rush
Sonoma Academy sophomore Rylee Bowen ran a 4:49.83 mile while winning the Meet of Champions last weekend at Azusa Pacific. That’s the quickest mile this year for a female high school runner in the Ssate and the third fastest in the nation. Finishing behind her was reigning California 1,600 meters champion Amanda Gehrich.