PD Preps Insider: All-Empire banquet has arrived

The Press Democrat’s 20th annual All-Empire Athletes of the Year Awards Ceremony will take place tonight at the Friedman Events Center in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.

Nominations were received from 40 schools, for a total of 138 student nominations.

At the end of the evening, The Press Democrat will award scholarships to eight winners — four athletes of the year and four scholar-athletes of the year.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Come out tonight and celebrate the area’s finest youth athletes and coaches.

The address for the Friedman Events Center is 476 Mayette Avenue in Santa Rosa.

Mihalca joins powerhouse

Casa Grande senior Erika Mihalca took to Twitter last week to announce her commitment to wrestle at Missouri Baptist University.

“I’ve signed to Missouri baptist university. They have a great coach, team, and criminal justice system,” Mihalca tweeted last Wednesday.

Mihalca, who won her second North Coast Section championship and reached the finals of the CIF state championship this season, will be joining a college women’s wrestling powerhouse at Missouri Baptist.

In six seasons, the Spartans’ program has amassed 20 All-Americans, including seven first-team selections, and two individual national champions. The program has finished in the Top 10 five times and in the top four once. The school will host the WCWA (Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association) National Championships in 2015.

Wilson, Page champions

Aided by the contributions of four area athletes, the Marin FC 97 Blue U-17 boys soccer team won the State Cup Championship on Saturday in Modesto.

Casa Grande’s Noah Wilson scored a goal and had the winning penalty kick in Marin FC 97 Blue’s 2-1 (5-4 PKs) win against Placer United. Montgomery’s Jordan Page had a crucial save on the first penalty kick by Placer.

In addition to Wilson and Page, St. Vincent’s Landen Gozashti and Noah Paravicini, a Petaluma resident who attends Marin Academy, are on the team. Wilson, Page and Paravicini are starters and played the entire championship match.

Wilson will graduate from Casa Grande and play at UC Davis this fall. Paravicini, a junior, has verbally committed to Dartmouth. Gozashti and Page are not yet committed.

First All-Star soccer games

The first annual Kiwanis All-Star boys and girls soccer games will be played on Friday at Montgomery High School. The girls’ game will kick off at 5 p.m. with the men playing after at 7 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club also sponsors an all-star baseball game in June and football game in July.

The teams consist of 18 players on each roster in a North vs. South format, allowing players from large and small schools to compete together.

Coaching the teams will be Maria Carrillo’s Debra LaPrath (North girls), Sonoma Academy’s Chris Ziemer (South girls), Maria Carrillo’s Mike Mastin (North boys) and Casa Grande’s Lee Summerscales (South boys).

Please check out rosters for the two games on page C4.

The Press Democrat sports staff contributed to this report.

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