PD Preps Insider: Cal-Hi Sports honors for Barbosa, Vice-Neat, Flores

Cardinal Newman vs. Justin-Siena


Cal Hi Sports, the state’s top authority on high school athletics, was kind to the Redwood Empire in doling out basketball honors recently. The popular web site selected three local girls for recognition.

Two post players, Windsor senior Jessica Barbosa and Cardinal Newman sophomore Hailey Vice-Neat, were chosen among the top 20 players in their respective divisions — Barbosa in Division 2, Vice-Neat in Division 4. Both are 6-foot-3 centers, and both were able to dominate in the North Bay League this year. Barbosa, who grew up in Portugal, will play at UTEP next year.

In addition, Cal Hi selected Cardinal Newman’s Maiya Flores, a 5-6 guard, as a first-team freshman, one of only 10 in the state. Flores helped the Cardinals reach the CIF NorCal Division 4 semifinals.


Two former Santa Rosa Junior College baseball standouts are getting national recognition at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Anthony Sequeira, who played for Petaluma High before suiting up for the Bear Cubs and then the Golden Eagles, is a semifinalist for the John Olerud Award given to the nation’s top two-way player. Sequeira, who was named all-tournament for Summit League-champion Oral Roberts, led the league with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. He also tied for tops in the league with nine saves. Teammate Chase Stafford, who played for Casa Grande and SRJC, led the Summit League with a .425 batting average, .534 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage.


Taylor Ziemer, the co-Player of the Year in the North Bay league last fall, has been named a 2014-15 Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The award was given to 26 female soccer players across the nation in honor of excellence both on and off the soccer field.

Ziemer, a junior midfielder/forward for Montgomery High, is a regular on the U.S. Women’s National U-18 team roster.

In the fall, she led the North Bay League with 29 goals and 15 assists. The Vikings went 21-4 and finished as North Coast Section runner-up. Ziemer has committed to the University of Virginia to play soccer.


Shannon Palladino, a senior at Maria Carrillo High who has participated on the Pumas’ cross country and track teams, will be attending the University of Nevada in Reno beginning in the fall and will compete on the Wolf Pack’s indoor and outdoor track teams and the cross country team.


Santa Rosa freshman track sensation Kirsten Carter is on her way to the Meet of Champions at UC Berkeley on Friday, having qualified for four events at Saturday’s 2015 NCS Redwood Empire Area Track and Field Championships.

Carter dropped jaws on the final lap of the girls’ 4×400 meter relay race, where she received the baton with a 30-meter deficit but came back to win easily. A week earlier at the NBL Championships, Carter had overcome an inherited 60-meter deficit to win.

“Mentally it is hard when you are racing someone so far away, but I always try and focus on coming back for the win,” Carter said.

Phil Barber, Kerry Benefield, Tony Madia and Richard J. Marcus contributed to this report.