High school sports news and notes: 1,000 points for Cardinal Newman's Maiya Flores

Last Thursday Cardinal Newman's Maiya Flores scored 11 points in a 54-15 win against Ukiah to help keep the Cardinals in first place in the NBL. That put Flores, a three-year starter, over 1,000 points in her career. She is only the third player in the six-year history of Cardinal Newman girls basketball to reach that mark.

“She is probably historically one of the best shooters to ever come out of Sonoma County,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “To do it during her junior year is quite an achievement.”


Montgomery High grad Andrew Taylor got a full-page spread in the March issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine. Taylor, a professional bike rider sponsored by Adidas and Norco Bicycles, was a key player in the design and construction of Santa Rosa's first-ever and newly opened pump track in Northwest Community Park adjacent to Comstock Middle School.


USC sophomore Riley Scott, a Petaluma High grad, swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke as the fourth-ranked Trojans fell to No. 1 Stanford in Pac-12 swimming Saturday. Scott also swam to two first-place finishes Friday in the Trojans' loss to No. 6-ranked Cal.


Some local runners are being honored by the Sacramento Running Association at the group's annual Achievement Awards banquet Feb. 18. Montgomery High grad and two-time Olympian Kim Conley was named the open division track athlete of the year and Santa Rosa High and Sacramento State grad Reesey Byers was named the open cross country athlete of the year. Conley's coach and husband, Drew Wartenburg, was named open coach of the year.


Rylee Bowen, Sonoma Academy's extraordinary distance runner, is in her final preparations for the New York Indoor Nationals on March 10-12. The junior will run the mile and two miles in the elite division. Later in the school year, she has been invited to compete in the Nike Championships in Arizona and at meets in Arcadia, Mt. Sac and Texas. Her sister Kate is also going to New York, where she will be running in the freshman division.


This past Monday, Casa Grande's Mia Cain had one of the highest-scoring nights by a basketball player in the Empire this season. She poured in 34 in a losing cause against Montgomery.


Damian Wallace missed Cardinal Newman's basketball game last Friday. Wallace was checking out the Humboldt State campus, where he might play football next fall.


Sonoma Academy's Evan Lampson, the highest-scoring basketball player in the Empire this season, is now averaging around 30 points per game. The senior racked up 54 points on Jan. 26 when the Coyotes defeated Tomales.

Roichard J. Marcus and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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