PD Preps Insider: Analy swimmers make a splash

Analy again rules Sonoma County League swimming.

Both the Tigers girls and boys teams are undefeated in the SCL with three league meets remaining.

Leading the Tigers girls are returning All-Empire pick Lani Avua’a, freshman Marie Alameida and junior Lily Maxfield. On the season Alameida has the second best Empire times in two events and is fourth in another. Maxfield has a second and a third fastest time. Auva’a has three top five times. Analy’s girls also have the Empire’s best relay marks.

On the boys’ side, returning All-Empire Boys Swimmer of the Year Jon Knox has a top Empire mark and a top-five time in three other events. Another top points scorer is freshman Jack Murphy with a handful of top five Empire times.

Analy took both the SCL boys and girls titles in 2013. The girls also won the 2012 title. Analy was the top scoring Empire team in both boys and girls competition at last season’s North Coast Section meet.

SCL meets are Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Next up, Analy faces St. Vincent and Petaluma at Petaluma High School. Clear Lake, Kelseyville and Elsie Allen are at Elsie Allen. Sonoma Valley, Healdsburg and El Molino are at El Molino. Piner, Technology and St. Helena are at St. Helena.

 

Knights’ football recruits

Kelseyville High football stars are getting attention from college recruiters. Junior Codi McGuire, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman, has heard from Cal, UC Davis, University of San Diego, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, San Jose State, Eastern Washington, New Mexico State, San Diego State, UTEP, Utah, Penn, Air Force, Army and Oregon. McGuire visited Cal last week and plans a visit to UC Davis. Eastern Washington reportedly is ready with a full athletic scholarship for McGuire as soon as the NCAA window to offer 2015 recruits opens. … Jason Vaughn, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior offensive lineman, is being recruited by Yale, Eastern Washington, Army, Harvard, Air Force and several NCAA Division II colleges. The Air Force recruit staff will visit Kelseyville to meet McGuire and Vaughn on campus this week. … Seniors Kevin Duty and Marc Erickson have received interest from Pacific University in Oregon. Erickson, an offensive lineman, has also been recruited by Dixie College in Utah.

Linebacker Justin Johnson has received several academic scholarship offers from colleges where he could continue his football career. . . . Duty, a running back-linebacker, could opt to attend a junior college and move to a larger four-year football program there. He received attention from San Jose State and Sacramento State last fall.

 

Kelseyville mound gem

More from Kelseyville: Coach Lou Poloni was using superlatives to describe pitcher Noah Lyndall’s effort Friday against Lower Lake.

The sophomore struck out 16 tossing a 4-hitter while leading his team to a 9-2 victory.

“I’ve been coaching for 23 years and I’ve never witnessed a more dominating performance,” Poloni said. “His fastball, curve, change-up and knuckler were all working.”

Heading into this week, the Knights had a 3-2 record in NCL I and were 8-5 overall.

Local rankings

Empire prep teams have earned regional and state rankings.

A handful of Empire prep baseball and softball teams are ranked among the Bay Area’s top squads. Maria Carrillo moved up a spot to 11th and Casa Grande rose five places to 14th in the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20 baseball rankings. In softball, Petaluma and Rancho Cotate are bubble teams in the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20.

Boys basketball power Montgomery finished 13th in the final Cal-Hi Sports Division 2 Boys Basketball rankings statewide for the 2013-14 season.

Three area teams made the final Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for girls basketball. Santa Rosa was 18th in Division 2, Cardinal Newman made honorable mention in Division 4, and St. Vincent finished 11th in Division 5.

Each of the basketball teams reached the second round of the state basketball playoffs.

Big games ahead

Tuesday’s Analy-Petaluma softball game was just the start of a week of showdowns at the top of the SCL and NBL baseball and softball standings.Today, NBL baseball leaders are featured as unbeaten Maria Carrillo travels to once-beaten Cardinal Newman. On Thursday the top two teams in the SCL baseball standings square off with Analy at Petaluma.

Sports Awards deadline

Athletic directors are reminded that school nominations for The Press Democrat’s annual athletes and scholar-athletes of the year awards are due on or before April 22.

Athletics directors who did not receive the e-mail outlining the nomination process should contact The Press Democrat sports department at 526-8500 as quickly as possible.

The 20th renewal of the PD’s annual awards ceremony will be Wednesday, May 14, starting at 7 p.m. at the Friendman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa.

Michael Coit, Ted Sillanpaa and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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