Locals put on a fine showing at the super-competitive Stanford Invitational track meet last weekend in Palo Alto, highlighted by Rylee Bowen’s victory in the 3,000 meters.
Bowen, the Sonoma Academy freshman sensation, finished in 9:49; her high school coach, Dan Aldridge, was told it was the fastest 3,000 time by a high school girl this year. Bowen also took first in her section in the mile run with a time of 4:57.
Among the area’s other notable performances were Santa Rosa High sprinter Kristen Carter’s fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a 12:59, as well as a first-place finish in section 1 in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 10 inches; Petaluma’s Allison Scranton taking fifth in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 2 inches; and El Molino’s Brian Schultz’s eighth-place finish in section 2 the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:56. Schultz’s classmate Lani Gaspar finished sixth in the 100 meters with a run of 11:02 in the finals.
Kelsi Avana of Maria Carrillo finished ninth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 72:49. Casa Grande’s Greg Poteracke finished 10th in his flight with a 46-feet, 8-inch toss. Casa’s Nicholaus Rauch finished 11th in the section 1 mile with a time of 4:34.
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Riley Scott, now a senior at Petaluma High, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:10.28 at the NCSA Spring Championship in Orlando, Fla., in late March. That was good for fourth place at the prestigious meet. Scott also successfully defended her NCSA title in the women’s 200 breast by clocking a 2:11.89 in Orlando. She had already qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 200; the mark did, however, qualify Scott for a spot on the NCSA Junior National All-Star team, which will compete in the Irish Open Swimming Championships in Dublin beginning Apr. 30.
Scott has committed to USC.
El Molino wrestler Tony Gemini has been named to the All-American team. The senior earned the status by finishing third in the Brute National Invitational on April 4 in Independence, Mo.
Gemini, who wrestles in the 138-pound division, is the reigning Sonoma County League and North Coast Section champion.
He plans to compete for Santa Rosa JC in the fall.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Santa Rosa High hasn’t had a robust baseball program for some time, but fifth-year varsity coach Page Dumont is trying to change that. Although the Panthers have started slow (2-9, 0-2), Dumont is preaching the Panthers’ baseball tradition to players.
Dumont recently dug up information on 12 previous teams in Santa Rosa’s annual yearbook, ranging from 1912 through 1980, and copied the photos and information into booklets.
“I wanted our kids to respect Santa Rosa’s baseball past,” Dumont said.
The oddities found include the Panthers traveling to San Quentin to play inmates in 1952, and the 1980 team — featuring future MLB pitcher Rocky Childress — playing without baseball caps for some unknown reason.
UNITED AT LAST
Two of the most successful boys basketball coaches in Sonoma County history will combine forces next month to co-coach in a fundraising all-star game.
Tom Fitchie of Montgomery and Cardinal Newman’s Tom Bonfligli — with more than six decades of coaching experience between them — will stand side-by-side along the court at Montgomery High School to coach the North Bay League seniors. After more than 30 years, Fitchie is retiring at the end of this year.
The NBL’s best will face off against Sonoma County League senior all-stars in an annual game that raises funds for Schools Plus, a local nonprofit agency that helps fund extracurricular activities in schools.
The girls all-stars will meet at 6 p.m. and the boys tip off at 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery gym.
Final lineups are still being finalized, said Schools Plus board member Jason Lea. He said there may be other surprises in the coaching ranks as well.
Admission to the game is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
The annual Redwood Empire All-Star games for small school players will be held June 27 at Rincon Valley Christian. The boys and girls games will feature players from the NCL I, NCL II, NCL III and Small School Bridge League. Coaches can nominate their athletes by contacting Ted Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL BOY MAKES SAVES
Eric Kronberg has cracked the starting lineup for his new Major League Soccer squad, Montreal Impact.
Kronberg, who spent his prep years tending goal for the Montgomery Vikings before playing goalkeeper at Cal, started in the Impact’s 2-2 draw with Orlando City on March 28. The Impact is now 0-2-1 in the first weeks of the new season.
Kronberg, 31, had backed up keeper Evan Bush in the team’s first two matches of the season, which they lost 1-0 against D.C. United and tied 0-0 against the New England Revolution. The Impact next faces the Houston Dynamo in Texas on Saturday.
Kronberg was selected by the Impact in MLS’s re-entry draft after Sporting Kansas City declined his 2015 contract option following nine years with the club.
Press Democrat Staff Writers Phil Barber, Kerry Benefield and Lori Carter, and correspondents Howard Senzell and Richard J. Marcus contributed to this report.