Championships and corsages

Posted by: Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget

Saturday was quite a day for Redwood Empire athletes. At the North Coast Section swim meet in Concord, Maria Carrillo’s Maya DiRado set a national high school record in the 200-yard Individual Medley. Max Horrell, arguably the top swimmer ever at Analy, set an NCS record in the boys’ 100 butterfly, and Healdsburg took home a gold medal in the 100 backstroke.

Later in the afternoon, history was made at El Molino when the boys’ volleyball team captured the Division III NCS crown, the first boys’ section title in any sport for the Lions. It was also the first-ever boys’ volleyball championship in the Redwood Empire, and the very first Division III title sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation. Until this year, only Division I and Division II schools competed in boys’ volleyball. CIF director Gil Lemon was on hand to present the trophy.

“It’s always really big for any school to win a championship,” Lemon said. “This is the first Division III championship in boys’ volleyball. It’s a nice addition.”

The El Molino game had a 5 p.m. start time, pushed up from 7, because it was Prom night. Several of the volleyball players had dates waiting for them to finish the game and change from sweaty uniforms to tuxedos. Immediately after the game, the boys ran downstairs, showered – I’m told the girls demanded that – and got dressed for their big night. And, who could forget the corsages? Those were kept in a cooler on the sidelines.

All in all, a pretty good day for sports in these parts.