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High school sports news and notes: Cardinal Newman's Tom Bonfigli hits another wins mark

Cardinal Newman boys basketball coach Tom Bonfigli reached another milestone in his career this past Saturday when his Cardinals defeated Gateway.

Bonfigli picked up win No. 736 and that put him No. 12 all-time among California coaches.

The leader is Gary McKnight of Mater Dei in Santa Ana. He has 1,051 victories and is still coaching.

“I'd like to reach 800,” Bonfigli said. “That's a really special number. I'm 63 and still enjoy coaching.”

This season's team is off to a 12-2 start and has league games this week against Santa Rosa tonight and Montgomery on Friday.

ROUGH START FOR LIONS

It's been a season first-year El Molino boys basketball coach Steve Cavalin will never forget - and not for the right reasons. His team has been decimated by injuries and the Lions dressed only seven players for Monday's game against Elsie Allen, which they lost, 60-54.

First, 6-foot-9 center Jordan Kerkvliet was lost for the season with a stress fracture in his right foot and then Cavalin's second-best player, Eric-Nils Carlson, was sidelined with mononucleosis.

“Now we have the flu bug going through the team,” Cavalin said.

The Lions were 2-10 going into Tuesday night's game at Healdsburg.

BROKEN NOSE NOT ISSUE

Most people take it easy for a few weeks after breaking their nose, but not Cloverdale basketball player Jayson McMillan. His nose was broken Jan. 3 against Clear Lake and three days later, he was back on the court and scored 18 points in a win against Kelseyville.

His father, Craig McMillan, is the coach of the Santa Rosa Junior College men's basketball team.

HOT START FOR MONTY

Darryl LaBlue won more than 500 games while coaching the Montgomery junior varsity girls basketball team and he's still winning games now that he's taken over the varsity team.

The Vikings, led by Shayla Newman and Julia Watson, were 11-2 going into their game Tuesday night at Casa Grande.

NAPA HAZING CASE

Napa High School completed its investigation into accusations of hazing incidents involving members of the school's junior varsity football team.

The school determined that “serious hazing incidents” did occur, superintendent Patrick J. Sweeney wrote in the letter to parents and staff.

The school is determining disciplinary actions for as many as 11 students involved and the matter will be presented to the school board this week.

Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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