PDPreps Insider: Cardinal Newman senior’s dedication pays off on golf course

Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone tees off on the 15th hole during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Brandon Bone tees off on the 15th hole during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman senior golfer Brandon Bone has been at or near the top of the individual NBL standings all season and a big reason why the Cardinals, currently in third, are in the league title race.

Remarkably, Bone said he has “never had a real golf lesson.”

Bone credits Cardinals coach Matt Vukicevich for tutoring him since he was a freshman.

“Everybody would like to have six Brandons on the team as far as work habits and dedication,” Vukicevich said.

Bone’s recent wins include an NBL match at Ukiah in periodic thunderstorms and the Ukiah Classic amidst 25-mile-per-hour winds.

“Bone is very focused on the course,” Montgomery coach Jess Stimack said. “You don’t see him hit a lot of low-percentage shots.”

Unbeaten Cardinals

At the beginning of the week, the only unbeaten baseball team in the Redwood Empire was Clear Lake. The Cardinals had won 15 consecutive games and led the NCL I with a 6-0 record.

Coach Zane Jensen said there’s two reasons for his team’s success:

“All our guys committed to playing in a summer program before school began and  everyone has put an emphasis on practicing hard. We talked about it and the players have bought into it.”

Clear Lake has three players hitting above .400: Jared Strate (.471), Jake Egger (.465) and Cole Brodnansky (.417).

Pitching has also been exceptional, with a team earned run average of 1.16. Leading the way with four wins apiece are Jordan Chana, Matt Heller and Dillon Williams.

Teen soccer players get nods

Five local youth soccer players have been named to the state pool of the player development program in their respective age groups.

The selection committee fills the rosters with players from clubs across Northern California.

Named to the U-13/14 squad are Sindia Arteaga, who plays club soccer for Tahuichi F.C., and O’Callaghan Liu, who plays for Santa Rosa United.

On the U-14/15 team are Keely Roy, Brianna Van Giesen and Tera Ziemer, who all play for Santa Rosa United.

Mark your calendars

Two weeks to go before the 21st annual All-Empire Awards ceremony at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. The event will feature the presentation of athletes and scholar-athletes of the year from all high schools in The Press Democrat’s coverage area.

At the end of the evening overall winners will be announced in eight categories, with the winners receiving scholarships.

The free event is open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Friedman Event Center is at 4676 Mayette Ave. in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7.

Press Democrat Staff Writer Kerry Benefield and Press Democrat correspondents Howard Senzell and Richard J. Marcus contributed to this report.