PDPreps Insider: League tourneys, Analy alumni softball and more

Cardinal Newman's Gunnar Walker and Montgomery's Joel Seitz reach for the rebound during a game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Gunnar Walker and Montgomery’s Joel Seitz reach for the rebound during a game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Those postseason basketball tournaments in the SCL and NBL generally have little bearing on the seedings process. The body of work from the regular season will carry far more weight at the North Coast Section seeding meeting Sunday.

But sometimes they matter and this year’s boys NBL tournament is such a case. Because Montgomery and Cardinal Newman finished in a first-place tie, the winner will be declared league champion.

If neither team wins the tournament, the team that reached the final will be crowned. If both are eliminated in tonight’s semifinals, a draw of lots that happened before the season will determine the champ.

Analy alumni softball

Analy High School will host its inaugural alumni softball game on Saturday, welcoming back some of the biggest names in school history for fun and friendly competition.

Longtime coach Nick Houtz will welcome back several of his former players who went on to play Division I ball and become All-Americans.

Included in the alumni lineup, playing against this year’s Tigers, will be Kasey (Poet) Hillier, Jenny O’Leary, Brittney Yolo, Nicole Ochoa and others.

“It’ll be neat,” Houtz said of the 1 p.m. Feb. 21 game. “There are a lot of good players.”

Disappointment on mat

Kelseyville High School wrestling coach Rob Brown was terribly disappointed when his new wrestler, Marina Beckwith, was disqualified by the North Coast Section over athletic rules governing transfer students.

The student, who has overcome a tumultuous home life that has seen her attend four different schools in her high school career, was prevented from participating in last week’s section tournament, where she was seeded sixth in the 130-pound division.

Brown, who dropped his initial fight to have the decision reversed, said the rules may need to be updated. He said he is exploring ways to make that happen.

El Molino coaching jobs

El Molino High School is still seeking applicants for two vacant coaching positions.

The school has openings for head coach of the varsity girls volleyball and varsity boys soccer squads.

Interested applicants should contact El Molino athletic director Mike Roan at 824-6563 or at mroan.ehs@wscuhsd.k12.ca.us.

Parrick picks school

Peter Parrick, the Casa Grande football player who lost his scholarship when Menlo College disbanded the program, is going to play for Santa Rosa JC next fall.

Menlo had offered Parrick a $25,000 scholarship but the  school decided to drop football in late January. Parrick was set to sign his letter of intent on Feb. 4.

At the last minute, the 285-pound lineman received feelers from schools in Missouri and Nebraska but decided to stay in Sonoma County after speaking with SRJC coach Lenny Wagner.

“Lenny had scouted Peter and told him he had Division I potential,” Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog said. “If he plays at the JC, he has a good chance to sign with a Division I for his junior and senior seasons.

“I think Peter made the right decision.”

Kerry Benefield, Lori A. Carter and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.