Empire roundup: Petaluma duo finishes second in NCS badminton

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Petaluma’s girls doubles team of seniors Jenny Saxton and Megan Walls earned a second-place finish at the North Coast Section badminton championships Saturday at Newark Memorial High, and their teammates, sophomores Emma Morgan and Maddie Thomas, placed fourth.

Saxton and Walls were beaten in the championship match by Natalie Sun and Whitney Tse of Lick Wilmerding.

This marked Petaluma’s first appearance in the NCS tournament in four years. The Trojans, also represented by boys doubles players Patrick Luster and Calvin Marang, finished fifth in the Division 2 team standings.

Amy Nguyen earned a third-place finish in girls singles and led Piner to ninth place in the team standings. She defeated MJ Perdiguerra in the third-place consolation match.

Analy finished 14th and Elsie Allen tied with Roseland University Prep for 16th. In Division 1 play, Maria Carrillo and Montgomery tied for 13th, and Santa Rosa and Windsor tied for 16th.

SONOMA STATE’S ASH NINTH AT NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sonoma State’s Eric Ash shot an even-par 71 and was one of four players in the field of 108 participants to birdie all three par-5 holes to open the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

A sophomore from Loomis, Ash was in a tie for ninth place Monday after one round of the three-day tournament that wraps up Wednesday.

Ash, who tied for third in the West/South Central tournament in Dupont, Wash., on May 6-8 to qualify for the NCAA Championship tournament, dropped in a total of four birdies, but a couple of bogeys and a double bogey put him at even-par on the par-71, 6,984-yard course. Despite being in a tie for ninth place, Ash is just three strokes out of the lead, which is held by Barry’s Adam Svensson at -3 (68). Three players are tied for second at -2 (69) and four players are tied fifth at -1 (70).

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