Benefield: Cardinal Newman athletes make the grade

  • Cardinal Newman's boys basketball team had a winning season on the court and played a big role in the school's academic success. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

It’s not every day that a high school athlete answers a reporter’s question by quoting Aristotle.

But it figures the question had to do with academic excellence.

Cardinal Newman High School senior Trevin Anderson-Soria cited the Greek philosopher when asked about Newman’s being awarded the Elmer Brown Excellence Award.

“As Aristotle said, excellence is a habit, not just one act,” Anderson-Soria said. “I think excelling in not just athletics but academics speaks volumes for our school.”

The Elmer Brown award, named after a Santa Rosa High alum who spent the better part of five decades working with athletes and students and student-athletes through various posts with the North Coast Section, has been in existence since 2007. Mission San Jose has won it three times, Monte Vista twice and Marin Academy and Dougherty Valley once a piece.

This is the first time a team from Sonoma County has won.

A quick reminder: There are 176 schools in the North Coast Section. Only one school can win this one. Schools get points for how they far in the North Coast Section tournament for all sports. They also get points for team grade point averages.

Conspiracy theorists may wonder how the scoring works, like say 10 points for a championship banner and one point for a decent GPA?


North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon points to Newman’s spring lineup.

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