Empire news: Windsor soccer standout goes pro

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Haley Palmer, a 2010 graduate of Windsor High School and a former soccer standout at San Diego State University, has signed a pro contract with the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Palmer, a 5-foot-9 left-footed defender, was invited to the Flash’s open tryout and later invited back to the team’s preseason camp where she started each of the team’s

Windsor's Haley Palmer clear the ball against Casa Grande's Avrey Cusman, during a soccer game in 2008. (PD FILE, 2008)

Windsor’s Haley Palmer clear the ball against Casa Grande’s Avrey Cusman, during a soccer game in 2008. (PD FILE, 2008)

scrimmages. The Flash opens its 2014 season today at the Washington Spirit.

“Haley has been one of the premier defenders I’ve seen in the college game,” said San Diego State head coach Mike Friessen, “but to go compete to make a roster of 20 shows her desire and inner drive.”

Palmer was a two-time Mountain West Conference defender of the year.

Petaluma bike race off

The NorCal High School Cycling League race postponed by rain last weekend in Petaluma will not be rescheduled this year, but league officials promise to schedule an event in Petaluma in 2015.

The league had only two open weekends on its season schedule — next weekend, April 19 and 20, and the first weekend in May. The Easter weekend was ruled out because so many students would be otherwise occupied on spring break and the May weekend would have had the riders racing on three consecutive weekends.

Kids Gran Fondo set

The fundraising Petaluma Bici Sports Kids Gran Fondo has been scheduled for May 3 at Lucchessi Park in Petaluma.

This will be the second year for the event, which is organized by retired international cycling star and Petaluma businessman Steven Cozza. It raises money for community participating schools and five children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

The event includes three fun courses at 1, 4.2 and 7.3 miles. The students raise money by getting pledges for completing one of the three courses.

For additional information or to donate directly, contact Cozza at (707) 328-9766.

Stompers ready to go

The Sonoma Stompers will begin play in the independent Pacific Association baseball league this summer.

They’ll open their inaugural season with a month of road games starting June 3 at the San Rafael Pacifics. The home opener is July 1 against the Pacifics. Games will be played at Arnold Field in Sonoma.

The Pacific Association comprises six teams — Na Koa Ikaika Maui, East Bay Lumberjacks, Vallejo Admirals, Hawaii Stars, plus the Stompers and Pacifics. The season runs through Aug. 31. Tickets and information are available at www.stompersbaseball.com

Redbirds triumph

The North Bay Redbirds 10-and-under baseball team is on its six-week spring break, but will resume play on Memorial Day weekend, buoyed by its championship in the Super Regional. That win qualified the team for the state championship tournament in July.

The Redbirds are made up of youngsters from Petaluma to Cloverdale.

Fans of travel youth baseball can learn more at gotembaseball.com.

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