Cardinals seek third tournament title

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Beginning Monday and continuing through New Year’s Eve, Sonoma County will be a hotbed for high school basketball.

Four tournaments, three for boys and one for girls, will be decided by Wednesday night.

The Sonoma County Classic, highlighted by undefeated Cardinal Newman’s quest for a third tournament championship in the young season, will take place at Piner.

A few miles away, the Windsor Holiday Shootout gets under way with the eight-team bracket featuring three area teams.

The other tournament site is Rincon Valley Christian where small school girls and boys will share playing time.

Focusing on the Sonoma County Classic, Cardinal Newman isn’t the only school in the field looking for its third tourney title. Las Lomas has already won the Brenda Loving Memorial in its gym and the ABC Tournament at Amador Valley.

While streaking to an 8-0 record, the Cardinals captured the Rose City on its home court and the Brett Callan Memorial at Casa Grande.

Newman plays Eureka at 5:30 p.m. on Monday while Las Lomas tips off the 33rd classic with a 4 p.m. game against Healdsburg.

Las Lomas coach Sol Henik said his team is coming from Walnut Creek with high expectations. “We feel we can win every game we play,” he said. “The kids always play extremely hard.” Led by Ben Wood and Andrew King, the Knights (7-3) like to play up-tempo and shoot a lot of 3s.

In other first-round games at Piner, Santa Rosa and Mt. Eden meet at 7 p.m. while the Prospectors finish out the day at 8:30 p.m. against Rancho Cotate.

If Cardinal Newman and Las Lomas advance to the winner’s bracket, the schools will play each other at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Piner will be without its tallest player all three days. Six-foot-5 Adam Kuzmicki had a previous commitment.

Keith Adams is averaging around 18 points per game while Sam and Lavani Dominiko have also been playing well.

“We’re improving,” coach Mike Erickson said. “We’re a little lean on height but the guys make up for it by hustling.”

Moving to the Windsor Holiday Shootout, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

“It looks wide-open to me,” Jaguars coach Travis Taylor said. “Palo Alto and Novato might have a slight edge but I think we have a good chance as does Analy.”

First-round action begins at 3 p.m. with Palo Alto facing Maria Carrillo. Then at 4:30 p.m., it’s Dublin vs. Analy followed by Northgate-Novato at 6 p.m. and McKinleyville-Windsor at 7:30 p.m.

At Rincon Valley Christian, the boys division has a heavy favorite in Willits (7-1). Other Redwood Empire teams in the bracket are: Anderson Valley, Sonoma Academy and RVC.

The girls draw has two locals teams: Summerfield Waldorf and RVC.

MONDAY’S GAMES

All tournaments begin Monday and end Wednesday.

Sonoma County Classic


Boys basketball


At Piner High School

Las Lomas vs. Healdsburg, 4 p.m.

Cardinal Newman vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Santa Rosa vs. Mt. Eden, 7 p.m.

Piner vs. Rancho Cotate, 8:30 p.m.

Windsor Holiday Shootout


Boys basketball


At Windsor High School

Palo Alto vs. Maria Carrillo, 3 p.m.

Dublin vs. Analy, 4:30 p.m.

Northgate vs. Novato, 6 p.m.

McKinleyville vs. Windsor, 7:30 p.m.

RV Christian Tournament


At RV Christian High


Boys

Willits vs. South Fork, 11 a.m.

Hoopa vs. Valley Christian, 2 p.m.

Sonoma Academy vs. College Prep, 5 p.m.

Anderson Valley vs. RVC, 8 p.m.


Girls


Bay vs. RVC, 9:30 a.m.

College Prep vs. Hoopa, 12:30 p.m.

South Fork vs. Hamilton, 3:30 p.m.

Ferndale vs. Summerfield Waldorf, 6:30 p.m.