PD Preps Insider: Montgomery’s budding designer

Montgomery’s Isabella Beal might be the most versatile soccer player in the Redwood Empire. The center midfielder isn’t just a vital member of the Monty attack. She’s a budding designer, too.

When the Vikings assemble for a second-round North Coast Section playoff game on Saturday (they get a first-round bye), they’ll be wearing warm-up jackets that say “WE NOT ME” down the back in a stylized type treatment. It was Beal who designed the jackets. Montgomery’s team-first approach clearly was a success this year. The Vikings take a 17-2 record into the playoffs, having earned the No. 2 seed in Division 1.

Saturday’s game is 5 p.m at Montgomery, against the winner of today’s Arcata-Eureka contest. Beal, a senior, is headed to the University of Northern Colorado on a soccer scholarship next year.

Scott steps in at Sonoma

Chelsea Scott takes over as Sonoma Valley’s volleyball coach after Mindy Neves stepped down.

Scott was a varsity assistant and coached the junior varsity. A former All-Empire player at Sonoma Valley, Scott played at Concordia University. She also coaches at Sonoma State.

Neves was in her sixth year leading the Sonoma Valley volleyball program. She left the post to spend more time with her family. Neves has two daughters, ages 5 and 2.

Also a Sonoma Valley volleyball standout, Neves played at Kent State and Sonoma State before taking over the Sonoma Valley program.

Water polo tournament

Three water polo teams from the Redwood Empire League were selected for postseason play in the NCS Division 2 tournament.

The Ukiah boys (13-11) clinched a berth and the No. 9 seed by winning the league. Cardinal Newman’s boys team, selected as an at-large bid, earned the No. 12 seed.

Both teams play today at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. Ukiah plays Bishop O’Dowd at 4:30 p.m. and Cardinal Newman (8-11) faces Encinal at 7 p.m.

In girls competition, Ukiah (13-10-1) is a No. 9 seed and plays Carondelet 5:45 p.m. today at Contra Costa College.

Pumas No. 5 in volleyball

Maria Carrillo’s volleyball team is rated No. 5 in the section and 50th in the state this week by MaxPreps.com. The Pumas open postseason play at 25-6. Pumas junior Claire Brady is seventh in the NCS with a hitting percentage of .394. She’s ninth in kills.

Rancho Cotate’s frontline duo of freshman Kaela Velles and senior Hayley Dugan leads the NCS in blocks with 123 and 100, respectively.

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

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