PD Preps Insider: Former Santa Rosa coach receives NCS honor

Brenda Pagliari is identified with Santa Rosa High School athletics and the longtime teacher and coach has received the North Coast Section’s highest honor for meritorious service.

Pagliari, who retired after 37 years at the school, was presented the Phil Hempler Distinguished Service Award by section officials on Monday.

“I was very surprised,” she said. “I’m very grateful to be in that distinguished group of honorees.”

The award recognizes individuals with the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character serving the section.

A physical education teacher, Pagliari had been the Santa Rosa girls’ athletic director when she retired five years ago. She coached volleyball the longest, as well as softball, badminton and golf for the Panthers.

Crash grounds Hound

Lucas Teldeschi missed Monday’s SCL Tournament because of a fractured femur. The Greyhounds’ No. 2 golfer, Teldeschi was hit by a car while riding his dirt bike near his home last weekend.

While the Healdsburg team didn’t move on to Monday’s Division I qualifier in Walnut Creek, two of coach Gary Wann’s players are advancing. Alex Wood (77) and Jona Holty (79) are going as individuals along with Analy’s Nick Pearson (82).

Badminton popularity

The number of participants tells the story: NBL students are embracing badminton in record numbers. This spring, Maria Carrillo led the way with 70 participants followed by Montgomery (53) and Santa Rosa (48).

Some, like Panthers sophomore Liam Galbraith, have dropped other spring sports for badminton. Galbraith was on the swim team last year.

“It’s a great workout,” he said. “Also, I like that it makes you think while in motion.”

Galbraith, who started playing the game seriously nine months ago, looks like the best player in the league. Last Wednesday, he was on top of his game, beating Montgomery’s Dylan Freitas in straight sets.

Rancho alumni game

Past and present Cougars will be on the field May 17. To sign-up, e-mail coach John Morrow at ranchobaseball@live.com.

Wong unbeaten in 2014

Rancho Cotate sophomore tennis player Alec Wong not only has dominated NBL competition, he’s also been unbeaten in open tournaments in 2014.

As a 15-year-old playing in the under-18 division, he has won five open tournaments since the start of the year.

Wong didn’t drop a set in winning the NBL singles title last weekend and received the league’s automatic invitation to the NCS Tournament on May 9-10 in Santa Rosa.

Michael Coit and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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