Empire roundup: Kiwanis all-star game on July 19


The 41st annual Sonoma County Kiwannis All-Star Football Game will take place on Saturday, July 19 at Santa Rosa High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The game this year will feature a north and south team instead of the usual NBL vs. SCL matchup. Piner head coach John Antonio will coach the north and Rancho Cotate assistant coach Gehrig Hotaling will be in charge of the south.

The teams have been split as follows — North teams: Ukiah, Healdsburg, Windsor, Piner, Santa Rosa, Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo, Elsie Allen and Montgomery. South: Rancho Cotate, El Molino, Petaluma, Casa Grande, Sonoma, Tomales, St. Vincent and Analy.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for those 65 and over and children under 10 are free.


Ten-year-old Petaluma resident Heather Mahoney won her age group at the 2014 Wilson Junior Olympic National Championships in Highland Ranch, Colo. with the under-10 girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles.

What makes Mahoney’s feat even more impressive is the fact that she overcame an appendectomy in early June which hindered her training for the tournament for a week.

The illness didn’t end up slowing her down.

Mahoney, the No. 2-ranked singles player in the nation, finished 5-0 in the under-10 singles round robin tournament and outscored opponents 150-35. She won all 10 games in five singles matches.

She clinched the title with a 15-5, 15-6 victory over the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Julia Stein last Sunday.

Mahoney and Stein teamed together to win the girls doubles round-robin tournament by finishing with the highest combined score, 60-16, spread over four games in two matches.

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