PD Preps Insider: Local athletes not done running

Sonoma Academy's McKenna Sell, left, and Rylee Bowen, center, warm up with the team prior to the race. The Sonoma Academy girls cross country team took third place overall in Division 5 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma Academy’s McKenna Sell, left, and Rylee Bowen, center, warm up with the team prior to the race. The Sonoma Academy girls cross country team took third place overall in Division 5 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

The CIF state cross country meet was last weekend, but some of the area’s top high school runners don’t want their seasons to end.

Rylee Bowen, the Sonoma Academy freshman who won the CIF Division 5 race in Fresno, and Maria Carrillo’s Shaz Breedlove are headed to USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in South Carolina on Dec. 13. Both runners, who will represent their club teams rather than their high school squads, qualified for the competition by racing in a meet Sunday — one day after the state championships.

Santa Rosa’s Delaney White, who posted the fastest time among local girls on the 5K state final course in Fresno, will run in the highly competitive seeded race at the Footlocker West Regional in Walnut this weekend.

Carrillo’s Jordan Scobey, a junior who posted the fastest time among local boys at the state meet, and Sonoma Academy’s Caleb Richards, who finished 19th in Division 5 at Fresno, as well as several other Carrillo runners, are expected to compete in grade-level races.

TOURNAMENT TIME AT MONTGOMERY

Folsom, the No. 2 ranked boys basketball team in Northern California, headlines the 15th annual Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic that begins Thursday at Montgomery.

The championship game of the eight-team tournament is 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bulldogs face McClymonds in Thursday’s opener.

Also in the field is Monte Vista, the defending NCS Division 1 champion. The Mustangs open against Escondido at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Montgomery swings into action against Acalanes in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.

Leading the Vikings will be 6-foot-11 Erik Poulsen and guard Michael Septimo.

The other two teams are Campolindo and Redwood.

… AND EVEN MORE TOURNAMENT ACTION

Two other basketball tournaments of note highlight this week’s schedule.

The 57th annual Redwood Classic at Anderson Valley begins at 4 p.m. today. It is the oldest and largest small-school tournament in California.

The first Cardinal Newman Classic girls tournament tips off Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Eight girls teams are in the field.

GOMES TAKES OVER AS SANTA ROSA GIRLS COACH

Jim Gomes is the new girls basketball coach at Santa Rosa High. He has big shoes to fill after former head coach Steve Chisholm guided the Panthers to North Bay League titles in three of the past four years.

Gomes is not a new face at Santa Rosa. He coached the junior varsity for eight years before assisting Casa Grande head coach Dan Sack in 2013.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Gomes said. “I have a lot of good memories of my years here. I’m looking forward to this season.”

Devin Murray is expected to lead in scoring and rebounding, and Kylie Oden and Emily Codding will play major roles.

The Panthers were 120-41 under Chisholm the past five years. The team won or shared the NBL title in 2010, ’12 and ’13.

Athletic Director Kris Bertsch would not discuss the circumstances of Chisholm’s departure.
“I have no comment on the past coach,” she said.

Kerry Benefield, Phil Barber and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.