PDPreps Insider: Petaluma freshman soccer player Brady Scott going places

Brady Scott (U.S. Soccer Development Academy)

Brady Scott (U.S. Soccer Development Academy)

Petaluma freshman Brady Scott was named to US Soccer’s U16 national team for a trip to Holland to play a series of international “friendlies.”

He plays club soccer with the DeAnza Force Academy in Santa Clara. It is a development academy for US Soccer.

Success runs in the Scott family. Brady’s sister Riley Scott, a senior at Petaluma, was the 2014-14 All-Empire girls swimmer of the year as a junior.

Credit the co-coach

It was not a case of false modesty, but a desire to get it right that prompted Cardinal Newman golf coach Mike Jonas to contact The Press Democrat after he was named coach of the year in our recent series of All-Empire presentations for fall sports.

Jonas did indeed have a successful season, but he wanted to get it on the record that the team’s success was equally — if not moreso — the result of the coaching skills of Mary Euphrat. Jones said she is considered his co-coach and should have shared in any postseason awards that came his way.

Gemini’s big weekend

El Molino senior Tony Gemini had a big weekend at the North Coast Section wrestling tournament in Union City. Starting off as the third seed at 132 pounds, Gemini went all the way and won the section championship with a 2-1 decision in the final against Tyler Bennett of Freedom.

Gemini, also an all-league football player, became the first section wrestling champion from El Molino since Matt Gress won the 275-pound title in 2005.

Trojans aid a teammate

As Petaluma High takes the field for the 2015 baseball season, the Trojans are thinking of a player who won’t be joining them for a while.

Petaluma will hold two fundraisers for freshman Bradley Smith, a gifted baseball and basketball player who is best known as the star of the Petaluma National Little League team that played for the U.S. title at the Little League World Series in 2012.

Smith was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle that rolled over near Petaluma on Feb. 21. The ATV landed on top of him, and Smith suffered multiple injuries including a broken right arm. He has undergone several surgeries since the accident.

First, the Trojans will hold a 50/50 raffle during today’s home baseball game (3:30 p.m.) against Casa Grande. And on Saturday they will put together a larger event at the JV and varsity games (10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively) against Arroyo, including a barbecue and raffle prizes. Petaluma baseball coach Paul Cochrun said he expects “some very good prizes.”

Newman grad honored

Former Cardinal Newman basketball star Kenny Love was recently named Northwest Conference Player of the Year.

Whitworth College, where Love is a sophomore, earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament by winning both the regular season and postseason conference tournament.

Love averaged 15 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He shot 46 percent from 3-point land and connected on 85 percent of his free throws.

Whitworth (24-3 and 15-1) plays LaGrange in the NCAA opening round.

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