PDPreps Insider: Petaluma tops NBL lacrosse standings

Petaluma High School sits atop the standings midway through the first official season of North Bay League boys lacrosse. On the girls side, Sonoma Academy is 3-0 and Cardinal Newman is 2-0 in league play.


After years of lacrosse being played on the club level, the NBL launched it as an official league sport this spring.

Petaluma’s success is no surprise; the Trojans have had an active club squad for years.

Participating schools include Rancho Cotate, Windsor and Casa Grande.

Bone takes Ukiah title

Cardinal Newman’s Brandon Bone shot a 2-over-par 72 Monday to win the individual medalist honors at the 29th annual Ukiah High Golf Classic at Ukiah Valley Golf Course.

St. Vincent’s Joey Wertz finished two strokes behind Bone and Max Ringrose of Analy was third with a 75.

St. Vincent and Cardinal Newman finished tied for the team championship, with St Vincent winning on a card-off.

All-star hoops May 15

The all-star charity basketball games at Montgomery High School next month are scheduled for May 15.

Teams of North Bay League all-stars will face Sonoma County League all-stars with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow.

Proceeds will benefit Schools Plus, a local nonprofit agency that supports extracurricular activities in schools.

Go south, young men

It would take a big event to convince two of the top local high school runners to miss the Santa Rosa Twilight Invitational, the ever-popular event held annually at SRJC.

That event would be the Arcadia Invitational.

Two Maria Carrillo athletes, hurdler Alex Netherda and distance runner Jordan Scobey, headed south to Arcadia High, in the San Gabriel Valley just northeast of Los Angeles, to compete in one of the top high school meets in the state. Both did well.

Netherda, who was one of our All-Empire football players of the year in the fall, finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.35 seconds. Scobey was 14th in the 3,200 meters at 9:23.14. Both were pitted against top prep competition, mostly from Southern California.

It has been a busy — and fruitful — month for Netherda. In early April he finished second at the Stanford Invitational in the 400-meter hurdles, a distance less familiar to him. His father, Mark Netherda, told The Press Democrat it was the third-fastest high school time in the nation in the 400 this year.

Kerry Benefield, Phil Barber and Lori A. Carter contributed to this report.