PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s Netherda draws interest in Berkeley

Alex Netherda, the All-Empire Large School Defensive Player of the Year, is taking his talents to Berkeley.

The Maria Carrillo senior who excelled on both sides of the ball for the Pumas is heading to Cal as a “preferred walk-on,” meaning he was recruited and encouraged by coaches to try out but not offered a scholarship. The Golden Bears are eyeing Netherda, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound speedster for inside receiver, safety or running back, he said.

Big year for Hounds

Healdsburg’s girls basketball team, enjoying its best season in a decade, swings into NCS Division 4 play tonight with a game at No. 4 Piedmont. The Greyhounds are seeded No. 13.

Healdsburg has 17 wins and boasts the SCL’s leading scorer in Hailey Roux (16.5 points).

Under fourth-year coach Jimmy Gonnella, the Greyhounds could be even better next season thanks to eight returnees.

Eti Tavares is a pro

Eti Tavares, 21, who played soccer at Windsor High before leaving midway through his high school career to live and train in Casa Grande, Ariz., in the Real Salt Lake youth academy, has signed with the Real Monarchs in Salt Lake City for the upcoming season.

Real Monarchs are part of the USL Pro in a league partnership that makes the Monarchs essentially a second team to the MLS squad Real Salt Lake.

Bonfigli milestone

It could be a historic occasion tonight when the Cardinal Newman boys host Roseland Prep in NCS Division 4 action. If No. 1 Newman defeats No. 16 Roseland, it will be the 700th win of Tom Bonfigli’s coaching career.

Most of the those victories are with the Cardinals (479) with the remainder taking place during his stint at Justin-Siena (220).

Rancho coach resigns

Dennis Magatelli has stepped down after five years leading the Rancho Cotate basketball program.

“I was recently blessed with my fourth grandchild and coaching high school basketball has turned into a nearly year-round commitment.,” he said. “I thought about it a long time and spending time with the grandkids is what I want to do. It took my family by surprise.”

Before taking over the varsity, Magatelli coached the boys JV team and girls varsity.

Athletic director Henri Sarlatte said there will be a posting for the job at the school’s district office.

“Dennis is a dedicated individual,” Sarlatte said. “He completely puts students first in all decisions he makes.”

Santa Rosa hires Brunk

Denis Brunk is the new football coach at Santa Rosa High. He succeeds Dave Duncan.

The past two years, Brunk was the offensive coordinator at Lower Lake.

Before moving back to the Redwood Empire, he coached in Colorado where one of his teams won a state championship and another finished second.

Brunk played at Tomales and at Sacramento State.

“Santa Rosa has been through some rough years,” he said. “The past is the past and we’re cleaning the slate and starting fresh. I’m excited.”

Kerry Benefield and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.