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Cardinal Newman’s boys water polo team has had an up-and-down season in its first year playing in the Marin County Athletic League. The team, which started off 8-5, snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against San Marin on Tuesday.
There has been nothing up and down, however, about Jack Stafford’s season. The junior leads his team, the MCAL and North Coast Section in goals with 129. In addition, he is tied for second in the state in goals with Kennedy High’s Zachary Minott. The leading goal scorer in the state is Vincent Sicat of Temple City High with 139 goals.


Maria Carrillo senior Yvette Perez is now a two-sport fall athlete. A forward on the girls’ soccer team, Perez has now suited up as a kicker for the Pumas’ football squad in the past three games.
Perez has nailed four of six extra points but has yet to try a field goal. Kickoff duties have fallen to another player, according to Coach Jay Higgins.
It’s the first time in more than a decade that the Pumas have used a sure-footedsoccer player on the football field but the first time one from the girls’ squad, coach Jay Higgins said.
Perez expressed interest to Higgins in kicking for the Pumas early in the season but didn’t get a shot until the girls soccer schedule shifted, freeing up her Friday nights.
“I said let’s go, let’s put a ball down and see what happens,” Higgins said. “She very quickly adapted.”


Cardinal Newman’s Mark Burroughs got his first TD of the season in the Cardinals’ 49-7 win against Ukiah Friday night. The senior wide receiver and running back has worked out and suited up for Newman since his sophomore year, but doesn’t typically get as much playing time as his teammates because of some limitations he faces.
“He is limited physically, but he tries super hard,” Coach Paul Cronin said.
Cronin has linked up with Coach Trent Herzog from Casa Grande and players from Santa Rosa High to help Burroughs get a couple of catches this season, but the touchdown run marked a first — “a great team moment,” according to Principal Graham Rutherford.
Burroughs got the call to carry the ball with the Cardinals sitting on the 1. With some help from his teammates, the senior pushed his way through for six points.

More than $2,500 was raised last Thursday at the Sonoma Valley-Healdsburg volleyball game to help Mikey Seelye fight stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Seelye, who attends Sonoma Valley and was set to play football this season, was on hand to watch the match.
Organized by volleyball team parents Wendy Swanson and Lynne Albrecht, fans pledged based on how many digs, hits, assists, kills and blocks the Dragons had in the match. Others simply donated money.
Visiting Healdsburg coach John Kamra pledged $1 for each point his team scored. That wound up being a $54 donation. His team lost to SCL leader Sonoma Valley, 25-23, 25-10 and 25-21.


This weekend’s football game pitting Santa Rosa at Casa Grande has been moved to Saturday night.
“Friday is Halloween and that would really hurt our gate,” Gauchos coach Trent Herzog said. “Santa Rosa was agreeable, so we switched the game to Saturday at 7:30 p.m.”
Casa Grande, the defending NBL champ, still has a chance to make the NCS playoffs with a strong finish.
After Santa Rosa, the Gauchos (2-3 in league and 2-6 overall) finish the season with a trip to Montgomery.


Montgomery’s tennis program is coming off its most successful season in many years. The Vikings finished 11-3 in the NBL and that was good for second place behind Santa Rosa (12-2).
The squad got a big boost from freshman Marghi Andreassi (undefeated at No. 1 singles) and also had a strong nucleus of seniors: Ashley Carlson, Maria Casciani, Lizbeth Garcia, Mckennah Goshgarian, Tasia Henderson, Delaney Seymour and Alexandra Wood.

Kerry Benefield and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.