PDPreps Insider: Ukiah’s Harmonie Roberts holds her own in wrestling’s U.S. Open

Ukiah High School wrestler Harmonie Roberts during practice in February. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Ukiah High School wrestler Harmonie Roberts during practice in February. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Ukiah’s Harmonie Roberts, our 2014-15 Girls Wrestler of the Year, long ago proved she can grapple with the toughest girls in the state. Sunday in Las Vegas, Roberts showed she’s ready to take on grown women.

Roberts went to the U.S. Open prepared to wrestle in the junior division, along with some of her Ukiah teammates. At the weigh-in, though, she decided to enter the senior division as the only high schooler at 105 pounds. The oldest woman in the class was 33.

Roberts held her own. She lost a competitive match against a world champion, won a match and had a big lead in another before suffering a slight concussion. Roberts wound up placing eighth.

Roberts will wrestle at Life University in Marietta, Ga., this fall.

Several Ukiah girls did well in the junior division at Las Vegas. Alyssa Roberts, Harmonie’s younger sister, was second in the 121-pound weight class, Kenya Henderson was second at 172 pounds and Angela Canevari was fourth at 139. And a word of caution to the young wrestlers of the Redwood Empire: Another Roberts sister, Olivia, wrestled at 96 pounds and placed second in her age group. She’s in sixth grade.

Rancho alumni game

The annual Rancho Cotate alumni baseball game is also going to be a celebration of the 2015 season this year.

Event organizers have added a team barbecue to the annual gathering of former Cougars players.

The ballgame is set to start at 11 a.m.

Synchronized success

Closing out an impressive 12-year career, Sonoma Academy senior Halle Arnold placed first in all events this weekend at the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Region B Championships.

She took gold in Technicals, Solo, Duet and Team. These victories advanced her to the U.S. Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C., this summer. Arnold will attend Wellesley College in the fall.

Big finish in the pool

Saturday’s NBL swimming finals at SRJC were owned by Maria Carrillo in both the boys and girls competitions. The Pumas were led by Stefan Keller and

Piper Brockley, both of whom qualified for the NCS meet, which begins Friday at Concord.

Not as high-profile was Cardinal Newman senior Gino Tarantino, who didn’t qualify for NCS but won his two events — the 50- and 100-yard freestyles — to lead the Cardinals’ boys to third place.

“The goal was to go out a winner,” Tarantino said with a smile.

New Montgomery  coach soon

Montgomery should have a new boys basketball coach by the end of this month. Athletic director Dean Haskins said three prospects applied for the position and will be interviewed beginning next week.

The job became available when longtime coach Tom Fitchie retired after the just-concluded season. In 31 years leading the program, he won 562 games, 10 NBL titles, four NCS championships and one trip to the state finals.

Phil Barber, Howard Senzell and Richard J. Marcus contributed to this report.