PD Preps Insider: Empire swimmers move up in rankings

Several local swimmers either cracked the all-time Top 25 at the North Coast Section Swimming Championships, or moved up the list with performances two weekends ago at Concord.

The NCS recognizes the single best time for each swimmer, so that no one appears on the list twice in one event.

The new rankings include:

3. Jon Knox, Analy, boys’ 100-yard backstroke, 48.72

4. Jon Knox, Analy, boys’ 200 freestyle, 1:37.07

4. Riley Scott, Petaluma, girls’ 100 breaststroke, 1:00.52

5. Riley Scott, Petaluma, girls’ 200 individual medley, 1:59.98

13. Piper Brockley, Maria Carrillo, girls’ 100 breast, 1:02.60

T21. Shannon Fong, Maria Carrillo, boys’ 100 butterfly, 49.79

Maya DiRado remains the all-time NCS record holder in the girls’ 200 IM, having posted a time of 1:56.17 while at Maria Carrillo in 2010.

Casa alum Christy stars

Casa Grande alum Francis Christy, last year’s All-Empire Player of the Year for baseball, recently concluded his first season at Palomar Junior College where he batted .305. Christy had a scholarship offer from the University of Oregon and was drafted in the 37th round of the amateur draft by Oakland.

The catcher was part of a Palomar team that finished first in the Pacific Coast League with an overall record of 28-11.

Christy, who was also the NBL Player of the Year in 2013, is back in Petaluma for the summer and last Friday attended Casa’s second-round game in the NCS Division 2 playoffs. After being drafted last spring by the A’s, rather than sign a pro contract out of high school, Christy said he wanted to improve his skills and get an education before signing with a major league club.

Swim starter praised

The recent NBL swim meet went off without a hitch and coaches and athletes give all the credit to starter Bill Sargis.

“He’s the best,” said Maria Carrillo coach Kara Myers said. “He made sure the swimmers for the upcoming events were ready at race time and he kept order. The kids had an enjoyable day and everyone appreciated the job he did.”

Montgomery climbs poll

The Empire’s top baseball and softball teams made rankings of the Bay Area’s best.

Montgomery was the biggest mover among baseball teams, debuting at No. 17 in the in the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20. Montgomery has won a pair of North Coast Section playoff contests entering today’s semifinals in NCS Division 2.

Maria Carrillo dropped to No. 10 in the Bay Area baseball poll after falling in the NCS Division 2 quarterfinals. Petaluma earned a bubble team spot following their loss in the NCS Division 2 quarterfinals.

Carrillo is third and Montgomery seventh in the MaxPreps.com NCS Division 2 rankings. Maria Carrillo is ranked 63rd, highest among Empire teams, in this week’s MaxPreps.com California rankings of all schools

Four area softball teams earned bubble team recognition in the in the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20: Maria Carrillo; Petaluma; Rancho Cotate; Santa Rosa.

Bertsch earns all-state

A super senior season for Morgan Bertsch earned the Santa Rosa high standout all-state basketball honors.

Already named Co-Player of the Year for Empire large school girls basketball, Bertsch recently made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Second Team Division I squad.

Bertsch averaged 17 plus points and 11 rebounds a game- and blocked nearly five shots per contest. The post player helped lead Santa Rosa to the North Coast Section Division I semi-finals and then the CIF state quarterfinals. Bertsch will play at UC Davis next season.

— Press Democrat staff


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