PD Preps Insider (Dissa & Data): El Molino boys volleyball in NCS semifinals


El Molino High School will be the scene tonight of the region’s biggest boys volleyball match of the year when the Lions take on Berean Christian in a North Coast Section Division 3 semifinal.

El Molino, which defeated Marin Catholic in its first postseason match to improve to 18-11, is seeded second in the field.

A victory would put the Lions in the section championship match against either No. 1 seed Moreau Catholic or No. 4 St. Patrick/St. Vincent.

Tonight’s match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Double duty

Three Empire students were multisport athletes last weekend. The most impressive was Maria Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews. Friday afternoon, he pitched for the Pumas’ baseball team and struck out 10 Cardinal Newman batters. Then he hustled over to Montgomery gym and scored seven points in the NBL/SCL All Star Game.

Casa Grande’s Jon Christy also did a baseball-basketball doubleheader, pinch-hitting in the Gauchos’ win against Rancho Cotate and scoring seven points in the basketball game.

Analy’s Malcolm Jenkins did a different sports doubleheader over the weekend. He scored nine points in the basketball game and then won the high jump and triple jump at Saturday’s Sonoma County League meet at Elsie Allen.

Piper’s not a diver

Maria Carrillo junior Piper Brockley killed it at the North Coast Section Swimming & Diving Championships last weekend, finishing second in the girls 200-yard individual medley and tying for third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

What really got the attention of those familiar with Redwood Empire swimming was what the PA announcer told the crowd before the 200 IM.

Offering short bios of the competitors, he announced that Brockley was thinking of taking up diving in college.

That qualified as news, but was a false alarm. Brockley had forgotten to submit an info card, so Pumas swim captains Victoria Le and Kayla Frank “helped” her by turning one in with a small fabrication.

“I was totally focused, and I just sort of lost it and started laughing,” Brockley said.

This weekend, Brockley will swim both the IM and the breaststroke at the inaugural CIF state swim meet at Clovis.

Salute for MC’s Myers

Maria Carrillo’s Kara Myers has been selected North Coast Section honor coach for swimming.

Myers has been site director for the North Bay League swim meet and every year is instrumental in developing the NBL schedule.

Lacrosse epilogue

Four years ago Alex Denman, Tori Dove, Jordan Foster, Celine Gallo and Maddi Wilson entered Cardinal Newman High School and were exposed to lacrosse, a sport they’d never seen played live.

Now seniors, the girls have established a foundation for their school’s program, which finished the inaugural North Bay League season with a 16-3 record and a berth in the NCS playoffs.

“Our league and our school will be stronger for years and years to come,” said Foster after bowing to San Francisco’s University High 14-4 in the North Coast Section Division 2 Playoffs. “We’re glad we made it to the tournament, it’s an honor.”

Press Democrat Staff Writer Phil Barber and correspondents Howard Senzell and Phil Wong contributed to this report.