Middletown senior Kailei Foltmer has been named the Northern California winner of the CIF/SUBWAY Spirit of Sport Award, a prize to students who exemplify the pursuit of victory with honor.
Foltmer is the reigning North Coast Section girls’ wrestling champion at 131 pounds. She has also participated in volleyball, softball and cross country for the Mustangs. Foltmer carries a 4.125 GPA and donates a good deal of time to kids with special needs, serving as assistant coach for the local Special Olympics basketball team.
She will receive a $2,000 scholarship along with her award. Foltmer will be recognized at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner Friday in Milpitas.
Surprise for a Viking
Montgomery High School athletic director Dean Haskins had his uniform No. 25 retired by the school. The event — a surprise to Haskins — came before the Vikings’ North Bay League baseball opener at home against Ukiah on March 30.
Haskins is a 1988 graduate of Montgomery who played baseball for the Vikings and went on to become a two-year letterman on the University of Texas baseball team.
Ward takes over dugout
More from Montgomery’s baseball program: Zac Ward has taken over as varsity baseball coach this season. He joined the program last season as the top assistant with the plan to take over this season. Ward is a longtime prep umpire/referee who had been a Cardinal Newman baseball program coach.
Casa QB not done playing
Casa Grande quarterback JJ Anderson has accepted a scholarship from New Mexico Highlands, a Division II school in Las Vegas, N.M.
Anderson completed 190 of 350 passes and threw for 26 touchdowns last season for the Gauchos.
Teammate Kaleo Garrigan signed with Humboldt State during the winter.
No hitting allowed
Point Arena’s Gavin Malik has pitched two straight no-hit games. First he dispatched Upper Lake and then took care of Mendocino. Both games were halted after five innings as the Pirates won by the 10-run rule. Malik, a senior, recorded 14 strikeouts in the victories.
He is also leading the unbeaten Pirates with his bat, hitting better than .400 in their five victories.
Fun in the sun
The Cardinal Newman and Rancho Cotate baseball teams did more than play baseball on their recent road trips.
The Cougars, who were 2-3 on their trip, attended a game between Long Beach State and Cal-State Fullerton and spent their final day in Southern California at Disneyland.
One of the highlights of the Cardinals’ trip to Arizona was attending a Royals-Diamondbacks exhibition game. Former Newman player Scott Alexander is in the Kansas City farm system.
Montgomery High School is looking for fall sport coaches. The Vikings need a girls’ golf coach, girls’ junior varsity volleyball coach and girls’ tennis coach for the upcoming fall season. Interested applicants should contact Bertha Garcia at the Santa Rosa City Schools district office, at 528-5631.
Kerry Benefield, Phil Barber and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.