Empire roundup: Former St. Vincent hockey star named to All-America team


Capping a standout run for the Air Force Academy hockey team, Adam McKenzie was named to the Capital One Academic All-America at-large second team.

The defenseman out of St. Vincent is the first Air Force hockey player to be twice named Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. McKenzie was a third-team Capital One Academic All-America selection in 2013.

McKenzie also was named the team’s top scholar athlete this season. He recently graduated in aeronautical engineering with a 3.89 GPA.

A four-year starter, McKenzie this season was named to the Atlantic Hockey Association all-conference second team after ranking sixth in conference scoring and finishing as the top scoring defenseman for Air Force.

As a junior, McKenzie was AHA Defenseman of the Year. He made the conference’s all-rookie team as a freshman.

Hockey was McKenzie’s first sport since first playing at age 5 in a Redwood Empire Ice Arena league.

At St. Vincent, he was a two-time All-Empire small schools selection in baseball. McKenzie, a catcher, helped lead St. Vincent to the North Coast Section title as a senior.

Montgomery Hall of Fame honors

The Montgomery High School Hall of Fame will add six former athletes and coaches for 2014.

The athletes are: Andy Alkire, class of 1959, who competed in basketball, football, track and field; Bob Butler, class of 1964, who played basketball and ran track and field; and Jim Gray, class of 1962, a football, basketball and baseball player.

The coaches are: Bill Carr, wrestling and football, from the late 1960s into the early 1980s; Mickey Rabinovitz, junior varsity baseball from 1967 to 2003; and Barbara Weding, softball and gymnastics during the 1960s and into the 1990s.

The induction dinner is set for Sept. 20 at the Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., in Santa Rosa. The cost is $65 for adults, $120 per couple, and $40 for Montgomery students.

For information call 536-8699 or email stonesboy56@yahoo.com.

Volleyball vacancy

El Molino High School is seeking a junior varsity volleyball coach. Applicants must contact athletic director Mike Roan at: mroan.ehs@wscuhsd.k12.ca.us or 824-6563.

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

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