PDPreps Insider: Lower Lake QB gets full-ride scholarship

Lower Lake's Isazah King (2) takes off on a quarterback keeper while pursued by El Molino's Conrad Withof (43) during a varsity football game between Lower Lake and El Molino on Sept. 5, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Lower Lake’s Isazah King (2) takes off on a quarterback keeper while pursued by El Molino’s Conrad Withof (43) during a varsity football game between Lower Lake and El Molino on Sept. 5, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Lower Lake senior Isazah King, a quarterback and defensive back for the Trojans, will play football at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., on a full-ride scholarship.

This past season, King rushed for 1,629 yards and passed for 930. He threw seven touchdowns and rushed for eight. On defense, he had 75 tackles, including two for loss, six interceptions and a sack.

The scholarship is part academic and part athletic and lasts five years. The scholarship will persist even if King sustains a career-ending football injury.

Carroll College are six-time NAIA champions — most recently in 2010 — and lost to Southern Oregon, 45-42, in the quarterfinals of the NAIA playoffs this past season.

“I liked the family aspect of the team,” King told the Lake County Record-Bee. “They looked at me as more than just another player.”

Analy boys on win streak

Analy boys basketball is off to a fine start in Sonoma County League play. The Tigers are 3-0 after going 4-7 during their non-league schedule.

The Tigers are led by a couple of seniors, Malcolm Jenkins and Chance Ortega. Jenkins is the team’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game while Ortega fills up the stat sheet with 12.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.

Analy (7-7, 3-0 SCL) is at Healdsburg Wednesday (5-10, 1-1). The game tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Bonfigli nears 700th win

Cardinal Newman boys basketball coach Tom Bonfigli is sitting on 686 career wins, which means there’s an excellent chance he’ll get No. 700 this season.

The undefeated Cardinals have 13 regular season games remaining, then the NBL Tournament followed by NCS and possibly the CIF State Tournament.

“I didn’t think I’d get to 700 this year but we’ve gotten off to such a good start that it’s possible now,” Bonfigli said. “It depends on the kids staying healthy and continuing to concentrate on only the next game.”

Newman is 13-0 and visits Windsor Wednesday.

Panthers lose top scorer

Rudy Gutierrez, leading scorer for the Santa Rosa basketball team, is out indefinitely with a fractured left hand.

“It was a one-in-a-million thing,” coach John McGill said.

“He slapped at a ball during our shootaround last Saturday morning before we played Liberty that night.”

Gutierrez, who is averaging 12 points per game, is sporting a cast and will see his orthopedist again Jan. 30.

“Losing Rudy hurts us big time,” McGill said. “Most of our offense went through him.”

The Panthers (5-8) travel to Ukiah Wednesday.

Spring sports draw nearer

The weather has been beautiful the past few days and it won’t be long until practice begins for spring sports.

Monday, Feb. 9 is the first day of practice for baseball, badminton, boys golf, lacrosse, softball, swimming and diving, boys tennis and track.

Press Democrat staff and correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.