PD Preps weekly basketball rankings

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Week of Jan.

Photo by CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press DemocratCardinal Newman senior forward Corey Hammell, left, has helped the Cardinals to a 12-2 record.

Photo by CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat
Cardinal Newman senior forward Corey Hammell, left, has helped the Cardinals to a 12-2 record.

6-12, 2013

LARGE SCHOOL BOYS

1. Cardinal Newman (12-2)

6-foot-6 Corey Hammell playing like the best big man in the Empire.

2. Montgomery (10-3)

Young team will benefit from tough pre-league schedule and contend for NBL title.

3. Analy (9-6)

Tigers have the bigs up front, but coach Brett Page still waiting for team to jell.

4. Windsor (8-6)

Lack of height hurts. Colin McAlvain showed he can score in last Friday’s win over Santa Rosa. Casey Myers always a 3-point threat.

5. Healdsburg (12-3)

Good-shooting team, but no big bodies up front. Cameron and Jonah Lutz excellent long-range bombers.

Game of the week

Cardinal Newman travels to Maria Carrillo on Friday. Pumas are 11-3 on home court over past two years.

LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS

1. Santa Rosa (9-3)

Played tough pre-league schedule and it’s paying off. Panthers have won four straight.

2. Cardinal Newman (11-1)

Cardinals are on a nine-game winning streak.

3. Montgomery (9-4)

Snapped three-game losing streak last Friday vs. Rancho Cotate.

4. Casa Grande (7-7)

Understandably, not nearly as good as last year’s team (31-3). Lyndsey Murnin and Brooke Santander back from that squad and carrying the scoring load.

5. Windsor (9-3)

Won two-of-three games in West Coast Jamboree last month. Led by Kerianne Noonan, one of best players in Sonoma County.

Game of the week

Santa Rosa at Maria Carrillo on Tuesday night. The Pumas are defending NBL champs and the Panthers finished second.

SMALL SCHOOL BOYS

1. Willits (9-4)

Won the RVC Tournament last month in Santa Rosa. Jon Montez leading the way averaging nearly 16 points per game.

2. Cloverdale (7-6)

Good-shooting team owns 15-point win over Santa Rosa from the NBL. Isiah Warren averaging close to 19 per game.

3. St. Helena (5-7)

Have three players averaging in double figures: Sergio Nava (12), John Wignall (10) and Joey Brink (10).

4. Rincon Valley Christian (11-3)

Off to 4-0 start in North Central League II play.

5. Point Arena (8-4)

At 21 points per game, junior Justin Sundstrom is one of Empire’s top scorers.

Game of the week

Willits at Cloverdale on Friday night. Top two teams in the rankings battle for first place in the NCL I.

SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS

1. Willits (7-5)

Wolverines finding best stride and on three-game win streak. Owns a victory over Rancho Cotate. Alicia Mehtlan averaging 16 and Samantha DelBello, 12.

2. Fort Bragg (6-6)

Played Cardinal Newman close.

3. Sonoma Academy (8-1)

No Kate Bayes, no problem. Coyotes’ only loss was to Cardinal Newman.

4. Middletown (8-5)

Owns a 4-0 record at home. Jenny Hoeffer and Ashley Hart lead the Mustangs’ offense.

5. Point Arena (11-4)

Pirates on a six-game win streak. Taylor Dilks averaging 14 and Jeanette Stefani, 11.

Game of the week

Fort Bragg visits Middletown on Tuesday night in NCL I showdown.

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