BEARS STARTING VAUGHN
Andrew Vaughn, last season’s All-Empire Player of the Year for large school baseball, didn’t take long to break into the starting lineup at Cal. He’s started every game for the Bears and leads the Pac-12 with seven home runs. Playing first base, he’s batting .350 and hitting third. Vaughn was a four-year starter while playing for coach Derek DeBenedetti at Carrillo.
WINNING ON THE MOUND
Pitcher Alec Rennard, also a product of Maria Carrillo and SRJC, is sporting a 3-1 record for the University of Michigan. The Wolverines are ranked No. 22 in the nation. Rennard graduated from high school in 2013.
Two former Redwood Empire football standouts are moving on to four-year programs. Tanner Cristando, who prepped at Healdsburg High before graduating in 2014 and starting at defensive end for the Butte College Roadrunners, will suit up for UC Davis next season. Cristando’s Butte teammate Anthony Feliciano, who graduated from Tomales High in 2014, is headed to Humboldt State where he is slated to play tight end.
CAI IS LEAGUE'S BEST
The NBL badminton season is nearing its midway point and Montgomery’s Karen Cai has distinguished herself as the league’s top female player.
A four-year starter for coach Mary Lehman, Cai is undefeated this season.
“Her footwork and movement are great,” Lehman said. “She’s improved every year.”
TEAM NEEDS STARS
A new traveling softball team is looking for a few more all-stars for its roster. Sonoma Stack Softball, a new 16/18U team, begins play in June.
Manager Mike Fanucchi hopes the team will be highly competitive and will expose the girls to college coaches.
“We still have two pitching positions still open for the spring season and we’re eager to accept tryouts to complete the team,” he said.
The team so far includes local high school players Alauna Rico of Casa Grande, Siera Montenegro of Healdsburg, Regina Faalelea and Madison Ferguson of Clearlake, Julia Mooney of Upper Lake, Heather Sterling and Lane Hughes of Cloverdale, Zoe Danner of Vintage, and Sonoma Valley players Gabriella Fanucchi, Audrey Castillo, Raquel Hernandez, Kayla Beals, Jaya Garcia, and Lyndsey Lee.
Anyone interested in trying out can email Fanucchi at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stacktravelball.com.
A CROWN FOR AVERBUCK
Sam Averbuck helped the Montgomery High boys capture a North Bay League basketball title as a senior. He’s still winning.
Averbuck, now a redshirt freshman at the University of Wyoming, was part of a Cowboys squad that won the CBI tournament last Friday. That’s college basketball’s third-tier tournament after the NCAA and the NIT. Wyoming claimed the crown with an 83-59 rout of Coastal Carolina on its home court in Laramie, the deciding game in a best-of-three final.
It was the Cowboys’ first championship since they won the NCAA title in 1943.
Averbuck, a 6-foot-4 guard, played sparingly this season, but hopes for more court time in his remaining three years at the school.
Phil Barber, Kerry Benefield, Lori A. Carter and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.