Sonoma Academy's Bayes signs with Nebraska-Omaha

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three-time All-Empire girls’ basketball player Kate Bayes will play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season.

The Sonoma Academy standout signed a National Letter of Intent to join a program going up to NCAA Division I in 2012-2013. The Mavericks are also moving into the Summit League.

Bayes is part of the first recruiting class for Nebraska-Omaha coach Chance Lindley, who took over the program in April.

“Kate has a very high basketball IQ and is a versatile guard with a scorer’s mentality,” Lindley said. “She will add a new dimension to our offense, and her competitiveness is second to none.”

A first-team, small-schools All-Empire pick since her freshman season at Sonoma Academy, Bayes averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and nearly five steals a game for the Coyotes as a junior. Sonoma Academy reached the NorCal playoffs for the first time after reaching the North Coast Section Division 5 semifinals. The Coyotes won the NCS Division 6 title in Bayes’ freshman season.

A 5-foot-9 inch guard, Bayes is from Novato.

Also a soccer star, Bayes was named small-school All-Empire Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior after earning first-team honors as a freshman.

Sonoma Academy won section small-school titles her first two seasons with the Coyotes and reached the semifinals this fall.

For her overall athletic achievements, Bayes was named the All-Empire Small School Female Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

SSU VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS HONORED

Five Sonoma State women’s volleyball players have earned All-Conference honors entering the NCAA Division II tournament.
Keala Peterson (Analy), Ally Sather (Maria Carrillo) and Kelsey Hull (Valley Springs) were named to the California Collegiate Athletic Association first team.

Making the second team were Taylor Krenwinkel, from San Diego, and Hayley Ross, out of Petaluma High.

A pair of SSU players also earned special recognition.

Hull was named Newcomer of the Year. Regan Richert, from Bakersfield, received Freshman of the Year recognition.
SSU and Cal State San Bernardino led the CCAA with five All-Conference selections each.

In addition to the All-Conference honor, Peterson earned NCAA Division II Daktronics All-West Region Second Team honors.

Finishing second in the CCAA, the Seawolves are the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II West Regional. The tournament, at Cal State San Bernardino, goes through Saturday’s finals.