Empire notebook: Soccer teams soaring in high school, college
The Middletown Mustangs are running away with the North Central I girls soccer title race.
The Mustangs were 12-3-1 overall and 8-0 in league heading into Tuesday’s contest at home against Fort Bragg. The last time those two teams met, the Mustangs won 7-0.
The Mustangs have scored 48 goals in eight league games and have allowed only five. Junior Sophie Kucer again leads the Mustangs with 32 goals this season. Brie Alves has added 14 and Ellary Isherwood has 12.
In second place, the St. Helena Saints were 6-2 in league play heading into Tuesday’s road game at Lower Lake.
Bear Cubs volleyball heads to Sacramento
The Santa Rosa Junior College volleyball team will try to bounce back from a five-set loss to San Joaquin Delta on Friday with a road match against American River on Wednesday. The loss to the Mustangs, who are undefeated in conference, was the Bear Cubs’ first loss in Big 8 Conference competition. The Bear Cubs are 11-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Like the Bear Cubs, the American River Beavers are 3-1 in the Big 8.
SRJC soccer can’t stop scoring
The goals keeping coming in bunches for the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s soccer team.
The Bear Cubs (9-1-1 and 3-0 in the Big 8) were averaging more than four goals per contest coming into their home game Tuesday against San Joaquin Delta. The Bear Cubs are coming off two straight 4-0 wins, the last one against Cosumnes River on the road Friday.
In that one, Montgomery grad Alan Soto scored his fifth goal of the season off of an assist from Sergio Valenzuela, an Elsie Allen grad. Brian Sanchez, who prepped at Santa Rosa High, netted an unassisted goal, followed by Windsor grad Rigo Barrigan’s sixth goal of the season thanks to an assist from Healdsburg High grad Eric Guzman Leyva.
The Bear Cubs’ points leader, freshman and Rancho Cotate grad Adrian Fontanelli, finished the scoring with his eighth goal on the season. The Bear Cubs’ next home game is against College of Marin at 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
SRHS grad White runs onto all-time Portland State list
Santa Rosa High class of 2016 grad Delaney White has run herself onto Portland State University’s all-time fastest list in cross country. Now a junior, White raced to a 14:42 finish in the 4K Viking Rust Buster last month, which was good enough for eighth all-time among Portland State Vikings.
Prep quarterbacks letting it fly
It’s been a high-flying season so far for some of the premier prep quarterbacks in the Redwood Empire. Piner’s Yonaton Isack is completing better than 70% of his attempts for an average of 330 yards per game for the 7-0 Prospectors, who play in the North Bay League-Redwood Division. He has thrown for 40 touchdowns to five interceptions.
Across the highway at Cardinal Newman in the NBL-Oak, fellow senior Jackson Pavitt is completing more than 65% of his attempts and averages 187 yards in the air per game for nine touchdowns and no picks for the 5-1 Cardinals who are 1-0 in league. Just a sophomore, St. Vincent quarterback Jacob Porteous has a completion rate of 57% and he throws for an average of 142 yards per game. He’s thrown 11 touchdowns and has just two interceptions for the Mustangs who are playing independent this season before joining the NBL next year.