PD Preps Insider: Ukiah’s Noda steps up at QB

Cheyenne Noda has been a revelation at quarterback for Ukiah, making the Wildcats a tough opponent in the final stretch of North Bay League football.

Moving over from running back following injuries to Ukiah’s top two quarterbacks, Noda rolled up some 300 yards in total offense in both the Windsor and Montgomery games.

“Unbelievable. He’s never quarterbacked before,” Ukiah coach Jeff Burrell said on the sideline during the Montgomery game. “They haven’t seen a player like that this year.”

A strong, direct runner with a quick first step, Noda also has enough touch on passes to get balls to receivers in traffic.
The senior is calm and confident as he showed leading Ukiah in the triple-overtime thriller at Montgomery on Friday.

Noda is also among Ukiah’s top tacklers.

El Molino playoff eligible

El Molino girls’ soccer could be headed for a rare section playoff appearance.

By splitting El Molino’s slate of Sonoma County League matches, the Lions are eligible for the North Coast Section playoffs.

El Molino has not made the section tournament in more than 15 years, said athletic director Mike Roan.

The section playoff brackets and seeding will be released Nov. 3. El Molino is one of the smallest schools in NCS Division 1, which includes schools with 601 or more students.

NBL singles tourney begins

Empire girls’ tennis tournaments open this week with the NBL singles championships. The top singles players from the eight-team league meet on the Santa Rosa High courts today and Thursday. Play begins at 2 p.m. both days.

A trio of returning All-Empire players leads the field: Maria Carrillo’s Fu Long; Santa Rosa’s Haley Lyons, and Emily Greco of Cardinal Newman.

The NBL doubles tournament follows Oct. 30 and 31.

In team play, Maria Carrillo and Cardinal Newman shared the NBL title.

Maria Carrillo will play in the NCS Division 1 team tournament. Cardinal Newman moves on to the Division 2 tournament.

Duty is ‘the real deal’

Kelseyville running back Kevin Duty, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior, has starred in near obscurity for the Knights (3-4, 0-4 NCL I). Middletown coach Bill Foltmer came away from Friday’s win against Kelseyville raving about Duty, who ran for 140 yards and a touchdown against the Mustangs. “He’s big and strong and runs hard. Duty’s the real deal. He’s an all-Empire running back if I have a vote,” Foltmer said.

Carrillo volleyball No. 5

The Maria Carrillo girls volleyball team is ranked fifth in the NCS ratings by MaxPreps.com. The Pumas are 16th in California with a 20-6 record. Sonoma Valley (21-7) is seventh in the NCS ratings.

The Press Democrat’s Michael Coit and Ted Sillanpaa contributed to this report.

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