Cardinal Newman High School

2013-2014 Cardinal Sports News Briefs
Wednesday, May 7
Men's Varsity Baseball


At Cardinal Newman, Jeff Rebello knocked in the only run with a sacrifice fly and Michael Clark hurled a complete game.

The lone score came in the second inning when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out and Rebello hit a fly ball to left-center field.

Clark scattered four hits while striking out five in one of his best efforts of the season.

“He came out of the gate throwing strikes and was getting a lot of ground balls,” coach TJ McMahon said. “The defense was really good behind him.”

Newman’s Colin Imm had two hits in three trips to the plate.

The Cardinals are 14-8 overall and 10-3 in league. Casa is 15-8 and 8-5.

Casa Grande              000   000   0–0   4   1

Cardinal Newman       010   000   x–1   7   1

WP: Michael Clark, LP: Jon Christy

CN-Jeff Rebello 1×1, RBI; Ray Hernandez 1×3, 2B; Colin Imm 2×3; Alex Ward 1×2; Lofton Dayton 1×2.

Records: CG 15-8, 8-5; CN 14-8, 10-3

Tuesday, May 6
Women's Varsity Softball

At Rohnert Park, Katie Rohrer belted her first home run of the season to lead the Cougars.

The sophomore hit it over the fence in straightaway center in the fourth. That gave Rancho a 6-0 lead.

Newman responded with two unearned runs in the fifth but could get no closer.

Brittney Scardina struck out five enroute to the complete-game victory.

Leading the Cardinals offense with two hit apiece were Emily Jaffe and Kayla Douglas.

The win puts Rancho at 8-3 and 16-3-1. Newman is now 8-9 and 4-7.

Monday, May 5
Men's Varsity Golf


Two North Bay League golfers and one from St. Helena qualified on Monday for the North Coast Section’s Tournament of Champions.

Cardinal Newman’s Eric Bolander and St. Helena’s Ryan Johnson advanced to next Monday’s TOC by posting low scores in the Division 2 Championship at Beau Pre GC in McKinleyville while Casa Grande’s Ryan Garfield earned his invitation in the Division 1 qualifier at Walnut Creek’s Diablo Creek.  Johnson shot a two-over-par 73 while Bolander had a 76. Garfield came in with a seven-over-par 79.

Bolander, who is a freshman, had a birdie to go along six bogeys and 11 pars.

“It wasn’t one of my best rounds but the conditions had a lot to do with that,” Bolander said.

“Overall, I played pretty steady. My drives were off but my chipping and putting saved me.”

Following the TOC is the NorCal Championship on May 19 and the CIF State Tournament June 4.

Friday, May 2
Men's Varsity Baseball


Windsor                   001   000   0–1   3   0

Cardinal Newman     102   400   x–7   7   1

WP: Cal Clamar

CN-Jeff Rebello 2×3; Alex Roeser 1×2, RBI, run; Kyle Scott 1×2, RBI; Colin Imm 1×2, RBI; Casey Mansen 1×3, 2 RBI.

Records: Wind. 2-10, 9-13; CN 9-3, 13-8

Wednesday, April 30
Men's Varsity Baseball


At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals got their run in the third inning. Michael Clark led off with a walk and advanced to second on Kasey Mansen’s sacrifice bunt. Jeff Rebello’s single moved Clark to third and he came home on Alex Roeser’s sacrifice fly to left center.

Rebello, who pitched a complete game, made the lone run stand-up. The senior allowed only two singles, one to Conner Littleton and the other to Kenny Tallchief.

“We got at least one runner on base in the second, fifth and sixth innings,” Rancho coach John Morrow said. “However, then we couldn’t get the timely hit.”

Rebello, Mansen and Colin Imm had two-hit games for the Cardinals.

Newman is now 8-3 in league and 12-9 overall while Rancho dips to 3-8 and 4-17.

Saturday, April 26
Men's Varsity Tennis

NBL Singles Tournament



Alec Wong (Montgomery) d. Adison Mowforth (Santa Rosa) 6-1, 6-2

Third place

Matt Payne (Cardinal Newman) d. Shannon Connell (Montgomery) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5


Wong d. Connell 6-0, 6-0
Mowforth d. Payne 6-3, 6-2

Notable: The NBL doubles tournament is set for next Friday and Saturday at Santa Rosa High.

Thursday, April 25
Men's Varsity Baseball


Santa Rosa               000   100   0–1   4   2

Cardinal Newman    150   160   x–13   10   1

WP: Cal Clamar, LP: Henry Burch

CN: Alex Roesser 1×4, 2B, RBI; Ray Hernandez 2×3, 2 RBI; Colin Imm 2×2, RBI; Kyle Scott 2×3, 2 RBI; Bryce McChinack 1×2, RBI; Casey Mansen 2×2, 2 RBI.

Records: SR 6-14, 2-8; CN 10-9, 7-3

Men's Varsity Golf



Par 72

Team results: 1. Montgomery 393, 2. Cardinal Newman 409, 3. Casa Grande 416, 4. Ukiah 429, 5. Maria Carrillo 447, 6. Rancho Cotate 463, 7. Windsor 464

Next: Monday, League championships at Santa Rosa Country Club.

Thursday, April 24

Women's Varsity Softball


Ukiah                        202   100   0–5      7   2

Cardinal Newman     300   309   x–15   13   4

WP: Lexi Raasch, LP: Rylie Loflin

CN: Emily Jaffe 3×4; Megan McConnell 3×4, 3B, HR; Kayla Douglas 4×5, 2B; Sarah Knight 1×3, 2B.

Records: Ukiah 7-11, 4-5; CN 7-7, 3-5

Wednesday, April 23
Men's Varsity Baseball



Ukiah                          200   011   0–4   9   2

Cardinal Newman        002   001   2–5   7   0

WP: Jeff Rebello

CN-Jeff Rebello 3×4, HR, 2 RBI; Rourke Theiller 1×4; Ray Hernandez 1×4, RBI; Lofton Dayton 1×3, RBI; Michael Clark 1×2.

Records: Ukiah 5-14, 1-8, CN 9-9, 6-3

Women's Varsity Softball


Cardinal Newman     008   000   0–8   11   4

Ukiah                       003   420   x–9   16   3

WP: Riley Loflin, LP: Emily Jaffe

CN-Megan McConnell 2×4, RBI; Sarah Knight 2×4, 2 RBI; Rebecca Del Secco 2×4.

Records: CN 6-8, 2-6; Ukiah 6-10, 4-4

Tuesday, April 15
Men's Varsity Wrestling

Cardinal Newman’s P.J. Klee was willing to look back at his brilliant senior season, briefly. He’d been selected All-Empire Boys Wrestler of the Year, so he likely felt obligated to consider, for just a minute, his path to finishing second in the CIF state championship meet — falling just shy of the title when a controversial call didn’t go his way.

“A lot of people wanted me to win the state championship,” Klee said. “It might have been a bigger deal to other people to lose in that championship match than it is to me. I’m already looking forward to wrestling at the Division I level in college. I think the whole year went pretty well.”

Pretty well.

If Klee had been awarded points with seconds left in the state tournament title match, and many believe he had earned them, he would have been the first Empire wrestler to win a state championship in eight years.

His season went pretty well, all right.

Klee, who wrestled at a boarding school on the East Coast before returning to attend Cardinal Newman as a junior and wrestle as a senior, said the season was tough at the start.

“It was up and down with the whole weight thing,” he said of the struggle to make weight to wrestle initially at 132 pounds. “I wrestled at 132 at a big preseason meet in Minnesota. I was in the Ironman tournament at 132, but I didn’t know until the morning of the tournament if I could make the weight. And, I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t cut the weight. I moved up in weight and that’s when the season started getting better.”

Klee dominated competition at 145 pounds as the Windsor King of the Mat tournament neared.

“I’d seen that a top 152-pounder from Clovis had won that weight class in a big meet, so I went up to 152 for Windsor,” Klee said. “I won the championship by a really big margin in the championship match. It was great. I was eating as much as I wanted without having to worry about watching my weight, cut weight, constantly. That’s hard to do.”

Klee wrestled against the top competition in the nation while living on the East Coast. So, his return to wrestle at Cardinal Newman meant a step down in competition for the North Bay League season.

“It was a challenge for me,” he said of his return to the NBL. “I really enjoyed my teammates. Wrestling up in weight class was cool. And, I wrestled outside the area. It was my decision what tournaments I entered and I wrestled in some of the tops in the nation. So, I wrestled the best guys there. I made some mistakes, but I learned from them as the season went on.”

Klee was a favorite to win the state championship in Bakersfield. Without dwelling on the meet or the championship match, the senior said there might’ve been a reason for his falling short of a state crown.

“I may have peaked too early in the season,” he said. “You want to peak at the end of the season.”

Klee is headed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall where he’ll study engineering and wrestle.

“My life is basically wrestling,” he said. “I stay active. It’s what I enjoy. I’ll take a week off once in a while, but if I don’t go to the gym, I start getting anxious.”

Klee does have plans beyond wrestling.

“I want to be an engineer, so I’m looking forward to going to West Point. That’s the best in the nation,” he said.

And, he’s a regular high school kid. Klee likes to have fun. He doesn’t wrestle, wrestle and then wrestle some more.

“I’ve been training in San Francisco and started going an hour before wrestling starts so I can start boxing,” Klee said.

Boxing? That’s what the wrestler does for fun? “I really enjoy boxing, yeah,” he said. “It’s something that requires competitive and toughness. Lots of wrestling techniques carry over to boxing, but I’m learning all the things about boxing that have nothing to do with what I’ve learned in wrestling. Boxing might be something I try to pursue.”


P.J. Klee, Cardinal Newman, senior

Rich Carnation, Windsor

 Austin Wilson, Windsor, junior
113: Perez Perez, Windsor, senior
120: Noah Au-Yeung, Windsor, junior
126: Dominic DuCharme, Windsor, sophomore
132: Evan Bluestone, Maria Carrillo, senior
138: Trevor Silva, Windsor, senior
145: Dominick Dingess, Lower Lake, senior
152: Ian Black, Healdsburg, senior
160: Dray Payne, Ukiah, senior
170: Ryan Dahneke, Lower Lake, senior
182: Nick Pruett, Petaluma, senior
195: Paris Henry, Windsor, senior
220: Montana Pawak, Maria Carrillo, junior
285: Pablo Gonzalez, Ukiah, senior

 Denny Layden, Montgomery, senior
113: Harris Meglen, Sonoma Valley, senior
120: Brian Guerrero, Rancho Cotate, senior
126: Blake Hartleib, Petaluma, senior
132: Seth Trunick, Windsor, senior
138: Joey Gradek, Ukiah, junior
145: Michael Klee, Cardinal Newman, junior
152: Erick Moreno, Lower Lake, senior
160: Ricky Cavender, Fort Bragg, junior
170: Isaiah Barragan, Rancho Cotate, senior
182: Anthony Spallino, Windsor, sophomore
195: Nathan Johnson, Analy, senior
220: Kenny Beeler, Analy, senior
285: William Isaacs, Lower Lake, junior

North Bay League All-League Boys Wrestling, 2014


108: Auston Wilson, Windsor, junior

115: Perez Perez, Windsor, senior

122: Noah Au-Yeung, Windsor, junior

128: Dominic DuCharme, Windsor, sophomore

134: Evan Bluestone, Maria Carrillo, senior

140: Trevor Silva, Windsor, senior

147: Michael Klee, Cardinal Newman, junior

152: P.J. Klee, Cardinal Newman, senior

162: Dray Payne, Ukiah, senior

172: Isaiah Barragan, Rancho Cotate, senior

184: Jake Groesbeck, Maria Carrillo, senior

197: Paris Henry, Windsor, senior

222: Montana Pawek, Maria Carrillo, junior

287: Pablo Gonzalez, Ukiah, senior


108: Denny Layden, Montgomery, senior

115: Angelo Arcamo, Casa Grande, freshman

122: Brian Guerrero, Rancho Cotate, senior

128: Daniel Rondon, Montgomery, junior

134: Justin Aarhus, Montgomery, junior

140: Joseph Gradek, Ukiah, junior

147: Beau Colombini, Windsor, sophomore

152: Rob Waller, Windsor, senior

162: Anthony Bautista, Montgomery, senior

172: Joe Valdes, Windsor, sophomore

184: Colton Silvers, Montgomery, senior

197: Justin Ingham, Santa Rosa, senior

222: Sean Mayer, Cardinal Newman, junior

287: Salvador Carrillo, Windsor, senior


108: Dakota Perez, Ukiah, sophomore

115: Erick Arango, Rancho Cotate, senior

122: Kyle Smith, Cardinal Newman, freshman

128: Jake Butler, Cardinal Newman, freshman

134: Kyler Kirch, Ukiah, junior

140: David Reeves, Montgomery, senior

147: Travis Wilson, Maria Carrillo, senior

152: Julian Jensen, Montgomery, senior

162: Ben Evans, Maria Carrillo, sophomore

172: Julian Lopez, Ukiah, junior

184: Colton Oba, Rancho Cotate, senior

197: Nick Jensen, Casa Grande, sophomore

222: Kevin Cummings, Windsor, junior

287: Zach Azevedo, Casa Grande, senior

Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 6, Rancho Cotate 1

Singles: Alec Wong (RC) d. Matt Payne 6-0, 6-0; Connery Gschwend (CN) d. Kahai Morata 6-0, 6-0; Rex Zhang (CN) d. Ricardo Carbajal 6-1, 6-1;  Tom Broffman (CN) won by default

Doubles: Jeff Destruel-Brad King (CN) d. Abel Moya-David Sanchez 6-1, 6-0; Cutler Price-Max Gustavson (CN) d. Jon Gardner-Loe L. 6-0, 6-0; Trevin Anderson-Soria-Chris Buse (CN) d. Chris Lubisz-Elliot Smith 6-0, 6-1
Record: CN 13-7, 9-2

Women's Varsity Softball


Casa Grande           0 1 0   1 2 0   2   -    6   10   1

Cardinal Newman   2 0 1   1 0 0   1   -    5     8   4

WP: Shelby Folkes, LP: Lexie Raasch

CN: Kayla Douglas 3×4, 2 2B; Sarah Knight 2×4, 2B

Record: CN 6-4, 2-2

Thursday, April 10

Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 7, Windsor 0

Singles: Matt Payne (CN) def. Marc Grandi 6-1, 0-6, 7-6; Connery Gschwend (CN) def. Samuel Adams 6-1, 6-1; Tom Broffman (CN) def. Aaron King 6-0, 6-0; Rex Thang (CN) def. John Quitangon 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: Jeff Destruel/Brad King (CN) def. Jonah Thomas/Jack Kuklinski; Max Gustarson/JP Destruel (CN) def. Austin Hensel/Riley O’Connor 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; Trevino Anderson-Sonia/Chris Buse (CN) def. Robert Kramer/Christophe Davis 6-3, 6-1.


Boys: Cardinal Newman 119, Willits 30

200 Med Relay: CN 2:04.55; 200 Free: Peterson, CN 2:22.47; 200 IM: Labrett, CN 2:40.24; 50 Free: Bielen, CN :24.66; Diving: Scroeder, CN 83.45; 100 Fly: Tarantino, CN 1:08.08; 100 Free: Peterson, CN 1:03.21; 500 Free: Van Prooyen, CN6:36.34; 200 Free Relay: CN 1:49.26; 100 Back: Bielen, CN 1:07.78; 100 Breast: Cleroy, CN 1:19.59; 400 Free Relay: CN 4:39.42

Girls: Cardinal Newman 111 Willits 42

200 Med Relay: CN 2:23.72; 200 Free: Kennedy, CN 2:28.34; 200 IM: Edgar, CN 2:39.36; 50 Free: Raasch, CN :30.07; 100 Butterfly: Raasch, CN 1:11.00; 100 Free: Edgar, CN 1:03.68; 500 Free: Edman, CN 6:11.62; 200 Free Relay: CN 2:00.02; 100 Back: Hagman, W 1:19.78; 100 Breast: Edman, CN 1:28.06; 400 Free Relay: CN 5:16.29

Wednesday, April 9
Varsity Baseball


At Windsor, the Cardinals stranded a dozen runners but still won the game.

Newman scored one in the first and put three on the scoreboard in the third. Lofton Dayton’s two-run double was the big hit. The Jaguars scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

“I was glad to get the win but wasn’t real happy with the way we played,” coach T.J. McMahon said. “We didn’t get many hits with runners on base and we made a few mental errors.”

Michael Clark pitched the first five innings with Rourke Theiller and Jeff Rebello finishing up. Newman is 5-0 in league and 9-6 overall. Windsor’s record is now 0-5 and 7-6.

Men's Varsity Golf



Par 72

Team scores: Cardinal Newman 400, Montgomery 408, Maria Carrillo 409, Casa Grande 432, Windsor 437, Rancho Cotate 460, Ukiah 465.

Individual scores: Rogers (Mont.) 74, Bolander (CN) 75, Benson (MC) 76, Danielski (MC) 76, Parry (CN) 77, Garfield (CG) 77.

Notable: Montgomery is the league leader followed by Cardinal Newman and Maria Carrillo.

Track & Field



Boys: Maria Carrillo 70, Cardinal Newman 44

100: Bosshard (CN) 11.0; 200 Bosshard (CN) 23.4; 400 Moe (MC) 52.7; 800: Barragan (MC) 2:04; 1600: Hay (MC) 4:35; 3200: West (MC) 10:24; 110 HH: Russell (MC) 16.8; 300 H Retherda (MC) 40.6; 4×100: (CN) 44.6; 4×400: (MC) 3:33; SP: Herrtfeldt (CN) 44′ 1″; Disc: Kitchen (CN) 154′ 8″; LJ: Rosado (MC) 17′ 10″; HJ: Thorton (MC) 6′ 3 1/2″

Girls: Maria Carrillo 92, Cardinal Newman 5

Friday, April 4
Men's Varsity Baseball


Newman 5, Rancho Cotate 3
Thanks to all-weather turf at Cardinal Newman, rain didn’t stop the Cardinals and Rancho Cotate from playing on Friday.

The NBL game went on without delay and the Cardinals won, 5-3.

“That turf is amazing,” Rancho coach John Morrow said. “It rained for about 45 minutes before the game but the water drains remarkably well.”

The downpours in Sonoma County caused a majority of the scheduled games to be postponed. The only other baseball teams to see action were Petaluma and Elsie Allen. The host Trojans won that SCL game, 12-2, in six innings.

Newman, winning its third game in as many days, got at least one hit from eight of its nine starters.

The game was 1-1 going to the bottom of the fifth when the Cardinals pushed across a run.

The home team then scored three in the fifth to assume a comfortable lead. Alex Ward, Rourke Theiller and Michael Clark had hits in the inning.

Rancho rallied in the seventh scoring two runs and loading the bases with two outs.

At that point, Alex Roeser came on to pitch and got a strikeout to end the game.

The Cougars, recipients of seven walks and a hit batter, stranded 10 runners.

“We just didn’t get the big hit and that’s been the story of our season,” Morrow said. “The ball just isn’t bouncing our way.”

Rancho is 2-11 overall and 1-2 in league.

Jeff Rebello was the starting pitcher for Newman and worked 5 2/3 innings.

“He didn’t have his best stuff,” coach T.J. McMahon said. “He’s such a competitor though, he can get outs when he’s not at his best.”

Ryan O’Leary came on in relief before giving way to Roeser.

Rebello and Theiller led the Newman offense with two hits apiece.

Rancho finished with five hits, two of those by Kenny Tallchief.

The Cardinals sit atop the league standings with a 4-0 record. They’re 8-5 overall.

Thursday, April 3
Men's Varsity Baseball

Cardinal Newman      000   001   04–5   6   1

Ukiah                           000   000   10–1   5   2

WP: Michael Clark; LP: Colton Crabtree

CN: Jeff Rebello 1×3; Casey Mansen 1×2; Alex Roeser 2×3, 2 2B, RBI; Alex Ward 1×4; Bryce McChinack 1×2, 2 RBI; Kyle Scott 1×2, RBI.

Ukiah: Crabtree 1×3, RBI.

CN Record: 6-6 overall; 3-0 NBL

Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 5, Santa Rosa 2

Singles: Adison Mowforth (SR) d. Matt Payne 6-3, 6-4; Connery Gshwend (CN) d. Xander Sugarman 6-0, 7-5; Tom Broffman (CN) d. Felix Herbst 6-0, 6-1; Rex Zhang (CN) d. Jason Do 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: Jeff Destruel-Brad King (CN) d. Tony Bruno-Nick Muller 6-4, 6-4; Emil Guzman-Johnathan Chi (SR) d. Chris Urasaki-Cutter Price 6-1, 6-1; Trevin Anderson-Chris Buse (CN) Jacob Plack-Ben Koler 6-1, 6-1.

Men's Varsity Golf


Par 71

Team results: Montgomery 397, Cardinal Newman 416, Maria Carrillo 422, Ukiah 430, Casa Grande 435, Windsor 436, Rancho Cotate 455

Individual results: Rogers (Mont) 71; Benson (MC) 75; Escobar (RC) 76; Crain (CG) 77; Kessler (U) & Eric Bolander (CN) 78

Women's Varsity Softball



Cardinal Newman   0 0 0   0 0   –    0    2   2

Santa Rosa              0 7 0   4   –    11   11   1

CN: Kayla Douglas 1×1

Wednesday, April 2
Men's Varsity Baseball
Newman 8, Santa Rosa 1


Colin Imm broke out of his batting slump in a big way Wednesday as he led visiting Cardinal Newman to an 8-1 victory over Santa Rosa.

The right fielder had been hitless through the first 10 games of the season, but that changed in dramatic fashion as he stroked two doubles and knocked in four runs to lead the Cardinals to the NBL victory.

Imm’s first two-bagger came in the second inning and knocked in a pair of runs. The sophomore’s second two-run double came in the seventh.

“I’m just relieved,” Imm said with a smile. “The first hit was on a fastball down the middle and the second one was a pitch up in the strike zone.

“I saw the ball well all day. I didn’t do anything different in my approach to the game. It’s just been an adjustment playing varsity.”

Newman coach T.J. McMahon said he never lost confidence in Imm.

“I knew he could hit at this level,” McMahon said. “It was good to see his bat come alive. Both those doubles came after two were out.”

Imm’s first double gave his team a 2-0 lead and it turned out that was all the run support pitcher Rourke Theiller would need.

The senior allowed four hits through five innings. Santa Rosa scored its run in the second.

“My slider and fastball were working,” Theiller said. “After we scored three in the third to make it 5-1, I knew I just needed to throw strikes and let the defense do the work behind me.

“When we get off to a fast start, we tend to do well.”

Ryan O’Leary finished up with two innings of hitless relief.

Newman banged out nine hits against a trio of Panthers pitchers. Jeff Rebello, like Imm, had a two-hit game.

Santa Rosa got one hit apiece from Paul Crandell, Shamus Lyons, Tyler Kelley and Cody Montanez.

“Theiller kept us off balance,” Panthers coach Paige Dumont said. “We couldn’t get anything going against him or their relief pitcher (O’Leary).”

Santa Rosa drops to 3-8 and 1-2 in league. Next up is a trip Friday to Casa Grande.

This was the first of three games in three days for Cardinal Newman (5-6 and 2-0).

The Cardinals travel to Ukiah today and host Rancho Cotate on Friday.

Tuesday, April 1
Men's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 6, Rancho Cotate 1

Singles: Alec Wong (RC) d. Matt Payne 6-0, 6–1; Conner Gschwend (CN) d. Kahai’l Murata 6-2, 6-1; Tom Broffman (CN) d. Daniel Grubb 6-1, 6-0; CN won by default.

Doubles: Brad King-Jeff Destruel (CN) d. Ricardo Carbajal-Abel Moya 6-2, 6-1; Max Gustavson-Rex Zhang (CN) d. Jon Gardner-Chris Lubiszzewski 6-0, 6-4; Trevin Anderson Soria-Chris Buse (CN) d. Davis Sanchez-Elliot Smith 6-3, 6-3.

Monday, March 31
Men's Varsity Golf


Par 71

Freedom Tournament

Team results: Monte Vista 377; San Ramon Valley 384; Cardinal Newman 395

Individual results: Cameron Buck (SRV) 71; Eric Bolander (CN) 73; Sylas Montgomery 78; Kevin Parry 79; Brandon Bone 80; Seth Doolittle 85; Nick Justice 85 

Wednesday, March 5
Men's Varsity Golf



Par 72

Team results: Montgomery 395, Maria Carrillo 405, Cardinal Newman 406, Windsor 425, Casa Grande 430, Rancho Cotate 454, Ukiah 463

Individual results: Michael Danielski (MC) 71; Nick Rogers (Mont) 73; Eric Bolander (CN) 74; Brandon Bone (CN) 76; Ryan Garfield (CG) 76; Luke McLaughlin (Mont) 77

Tuesday, March 4
Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 6, Santa Rosa 1

Singles:  Adison Mowfoth (SR) d. Matt Payne 6-4, 6-2; Connery Gschwend (CN) d. Xander Sugarman 6-2, 6-0; Tom Broffman (CN) d. Felix Herbst 6-4, 6-4; Rex Zhang (CN) d. Nathan Lauterbach 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Jeff Destruel-Brad King (CN) d. Emil Gusman-Wiskey Danning 6-1, 6-0; Max Gustavson-JP Destruel (CN) d. Jacob Plack-Nick Mueller 6-1, 6-2; Cutler Price-Chris Urasaki (CN) d. Ben Koler-Jason Do 6-0, 6-4

Record: CN 1-3, 1-0

Saturday, March 1
Frosh Baseball

Cardinal Newman Freshman Drop Tough One in the 7th

Leading 6-2 entering the 7th inning at home vs Sacred Heart on Saturday, the Cardinals Freshman Baseball squad came up on the short end of a 7-6 final. Sacred Heart sent 11 batters to the plate in the 7th, scoring five runs and taking the lead.  Newman Loaded the bases in the bottom of the 7th, but could not tie it up as Sacred Heart pulled off a double play to end the game.

Newman’s offense was fueled by outfielder Preston Matossian, who collected five RBIs on the day on a 2-run double in the 3rd inning and a three-run triple in the 5th.

Jack Murray also had two hits and scored two runs for the Cardinals. 

Tuesday, February 25
Frosh Baseball

Cardinal Newman Freshman Notch First Win of the Season

Behind the strong starting pitching of Matthew Matulaitis, the Cardinal Newman Freshman baseball team knocked off the Petaluma Trojans, 4-2, on Tuesday afternoon.  Matulaitis went 4 2/3 innings, striking out six Trojans and giving up just three hits before giving way to relief pitchers Jack Murray (1/3 Inning) and Justin Aconero (2 Innings).  Aconero pitched out of a jam in the final inning with a strikeout to record the final out.

Chandler Verity led the way offensively with a two-run double to drive in the first runs of the year and Hunter Brooks added a pinch hit RBI Sac Fly later in the day to keep the Cardinals in the lead.

Newman is now 1-0 and plays the first home game of the year Friday vs Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco.

Friday, February 14
Men's Varsity Basketball


Cardinal Newman     6    5   16   12–39

Santa Rosa                11   14    6   15–46

CN: Connor Rubattino 10, Connor Head 10, James Ryan 6.

Records: CN 9-4, 15-10; SR 11-15, 4-10

Notable: The teams have played four times this season with each school winning twice.  Newman was 1 for 24 shooting in the first half and 8 for 54 overall for the game!

Thursday, February 13
Women's Varsity Basketball


Birthday girl Hailey Vice-Neat was the hero Thursday night as Cardinal Newman grabbed a share of the North Bay League title by defeating visiting Santa Rosa, 62-53.

The 15-year-old freshman scored a career-high 25, all but two of those in the second half.

The Cardinals began the evening one-game back of Santa Rosa. So, both teams finished league play with 13-1 records.

The Panthers led 35-33 heading to the final period and then were outscored, 29-18.

Santa Rosa played the second half without 6-foot-4 Morgan Bertsch. The center hit her head on the court when she was fouled and fell six seconds before intermission.

Bertsch was checked at halftime for concussion symptoms and again prior to the fourth quarter. The decision both times was to keep her on the bench.

The Panthers led 26-18 at intermission.

Without Bertsch in the middle blocking shots and rebounding, Newman began cutting into the lead

The home team took the lead briefly with 1:35 left in the third as guard Kylie Kiech was fouled making a layup. After converting the free throw, the score was 33-31.

Santa Rosa quickly tied the score on two free throws by Maddie Taylor and took the lead back on a put-back basket by Devin Murray.

The Panthers held onto the lead until the midway point of the fourth. They took the lead on Tiffany Salinas’ old-fashioned three-point play, 45-44.

Santa Rosa tied the game for the last time, 49-49, only to have Julia Bertolero put Newman up for good with 2:15 remaining.

Newman finished the game on an 11-4 run.

“It’s been a heckuva birthday,” said the 6-foot-2 Vice-Neat. “To be champs of our league is something I’ll always remember.”

Vice-Neat scored her team’s first eight points in the third quarter.

“My confidence level went way up after I got a quick start coming out of halftime,” she said. “I wasn’t going to stop shooting after that.”

Vice-Neat was one of three Cardinals to reach double figures.

Sophomore Salinas had 21, most of those in the first half and Kylie Kiech contributed 12.

Part of the Cardinals’ comeback win can be attributed to excellent free throw shooting. They were perfect in 11 attempts in the fourth quarter and hit 18 of 21 foul shots overall.

Santa Rosa went to the line only 10 times and made eight.

Bertsch, who came in averaging 17.6 per game, scored six points before being injured.

Katie Daly, who was averaging 10, picked up some of the slack and finished with a team-high 20.

The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for the Panthers.

Santa Rosa finishes the regular season with a 24-2 mark.

When the Panthers played the Cardinals on Jan. 24, they won at home, 64-51.

Newman coach Monica Mertle wins her first league title in her third year leading the program. The team’s overall record is 20-6.

“This group has great heart,” she said. “They’re young but they don’t play young.

“We cleaned things up defensively from the first time we played. That made a big difference”

The Panthers stayed in a man-to-man the entire game.

The teams could meet for a third time in the finals of next week’s NBL tournament.


Santa Rosa                  11   15    9   18–53

Cardinal Newman     11    7   15   29–62

CN: Hailey Vice-Neat 25, Tiffany Salinas 21, Kylie Kiech 12, Julia Bertolero 2, Lauren Walker 2.

Records: SR 24-2, 13-1; CN 20-6, 13-1

JV: Cardinal Newman 47, Santa Rosa 31

Tuesday, February 11
Women's Varsity Basketball


WINDSOR — Cardinal Newman’s girls, in a must-win situation on the road Tuesday night, defeated Windsor, 45-38.

Newman (12-1) can tie Santa Rosa (13-0) for the North Bay League title by beating the visiting Panthers Thursday night.

“Before the game we didn’t talk about needing to win to stay in contention for the league title,” Newman coach Monica Mertle said.

“Everyone knew how important the Windsor game was, so I didn’t even bring it up.

“I told them we need to play as hard as we can and that’s what the girls did.”

The Cardinals took the lead for good, 12-11, when Kylie Kiech hit a layup to end the first quarter.

The Jaguars trailed 22-20 in the opening seconds of the third quarter. After Hayden Turrini’s bucket, Windsor went nearly five minutes without scoring. The Cardinals opened a nine-point lead.

The Jaguars got within six with just under four minutes to play but could get no closer.

Sophomore Tiffany Salinas led Newman with 12 points while freshman Hailey Vice-Neat contributed 11. Vice-Neat scored her team’s first five points in the final period.

The Windsor offense was led by center Jessica Barbosa. She had 15 and Kerianne Noonan contributed 10.

Both coaches agreed the Cardinals’ defense was the difference in the game.

“We knew Newman would play a halfcourt set defense,” Jaguars coach Jeff Paul said. “So our plan was to get into a fast-paced game and score in transition before they got set.

“We’ve had trouble making outside shots all season. Our defense was good but you’re not going to win many games scoring in the 30s.”

The Cardinals played man defense.

“Our defense was fantastic,” Mertle said. “When a player needed help, help was there.The girls were awesome.”

Kylie Dutton and Britta Irvine were especially effective taking turns on point guard Noonan.

“Our defense is becoming more consistent,” Mertle said. “The girls realize how important it is to the team’s success.”

The Cardinals have held their last six opponents under 50 points.

The last team to score more than 50 was Santa Rosa. The Panthers put up 16 while winning, 57-41, on Jan. 24.

Newman’s overall record is 19-6.

Windsor drops to 19-6 and 9-4 in league.


Cardinal Newman     12   10   13   10–45

Windsor                       11    7     7   13–38

CN: Tiffany Salinas 12, Hailey Vice-Neat 11, Kylie Kiech 8, Julia Bertolero 7, Lauren Walker 4, Britta Irvine 3.

Records: CN 19-6, 12-1; Wind. 19-6, 9-4

Monday, February 10
Varsity Men's Basketball
Newman 60, Montgomery 64


The Montgomery boys basketball team is having one of its best seasons in years. Cardinal Newman can’t say the same.

But when these two teams get together with a North Bay League title on the line, you just know it’s going to come down to the final seconds.

“There’s nothing like Cardinal Newman-Montgomery,” Cardinals coach Tom Bonfigli said. The last five years, “we’ve played for the championship every year.”

In Monday’s installment at Newman, the Vikings overcame a nine-point, second-quarter deficit and survived some tense moments down the stretch to pull out a 64-60 victory.

Sweeping Cardinal Newman for the season, Montgomery is assured of at least a share of the league championship, with two games remaining during this busy week.

This one wasn’t easy. James Ryan’s driving bank shot for Newman cut the visitors’ lead to 61-60 with about 35 seconds left. Montgomery’s Noah Orlik hit both ends of a one-and-one with 24 seconds remaining, but Alec Raven’s front end bounced out with 11 seconds on the clock, giving the Cardinals one last chance to tie the game.

Newman point guard Connor Head, double-teamed in the backcourt, slid to his knees and was called for traveling with 4.9 seconds left, though he and Bonfigli argued vociferously that Head was still bouncing the ball at the time.

Orlik hit one of two free throws with less than a second left to finally ice the game.

“They’re a really good team,” Bonfigli said. “They’re gonna be the top seed in Division 2 (in the North Coast Section playoffs). But I think our kids are really improving.”

Head, in particular, was outstanding. He lit up the Vikings for 25 points, including 16 in the second half. He scored nine of Monty’s 13 points in the fourth quarter, and assisted on another basket.

Sophomore forward Connor Rubattino chipped in with 15 points for the Cardinals, and junior big man Justin Botteri made important contributions.

Montgomery’s scoring was as balanced as usual. Kiel Long led the way with 15 points, followed by Orlik and Raven with 14 each, and Sam Averbuck with 12.

“They shot the ball lights-out,” Averbuck said of his adversaries. “And we were fortunate enough to answer back. And I think that’s a compliment to our versatility offensively, for us to be able to hit shots and attack the rim with many guys.

“We don’t have just one or two guys that are hogging the ball every time.”

Monty spent most of the second quarter trailing, but Long keyed an 8-0 run that made it close, and Averbuck sent the Vikings into the locker room with a 33-31 lead by nailing a 3-pointer from the left corner as the clock expired.

The Vikings improved to 19-5 overall, 11-1 in the NBL while winning one of their few close games of the league season. Cardinal Newman fell to 14-9 and 8-3, but seems to playing its best basketball of the season.

“This is like the type of game I watched when I was a kid, when Robby Burroughs and Zac Tiedeman were playing,” Averbuck said. “Just to be in that atmosphere, it was great to play in.”

Friday, February 7
Women's Varsity Basketball



Cardinal Newman   8   12   11   15    46

Montgomery    6   11     8   15    40

CN: Tiffany Salinas 15; Kylie Kiech 12

Record: 11-1 (League)

Thursday, February 6
Men's Varsity Basketball


CN 59, Maria Carrillo 47.

In mid-January, after losing by 34 points at home to Maria Carrillo, Connor Rubattino and his Cardinal Newman teammates sat in their quiet locker room and listened to the Pumas whooping it up down the hall.

Then, each player likely went home and circled Feb. 6 on their calendar. They didn’t have to write a note to remind them the date was the rematch with Maria Carrillo.

The Cardinals waited patiently for three weeks and Thursday night, in the nearly-full Pumas’ gym, they got even with a 59-47 victory.

“I remember sitting in the locker room and hearing the Carrillo players celebrating,” sophomore Rubattino said. “Losing by such a large margin was bad enough, but to have it in happen in our gym was humiliating.

“We wanted to get even playing in their gym and we did. It feels like the biggest win of the season.”

The last three minutes of the third quarter proved to be the crucial portion of the game.

First, with Newman clinging to a 32-31 lead, Carrillo’s leading scorer A.J. John picked up his fourth foul and came out of the game.

As if on cue, the Cardinals promptly finished the period by going on a 7-0 run. Connor Head scored three and James Ryan had four.

John, who finished with a team-high 15, came back in the game with six minutes remaining. However, by that time Newman was ahead by 11.

So, what was the difference between the two games.

“This time we controlled the tempo and flow,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. The kids played smart and with poise. They also showed toughness.

The Cardinals are a team on the improve. They were below .500 much of the pre-league season and were sent to the losers’ bracket in the first round of the Rose City Tournament which they hosted in December.

“Our guys continue to get better,” Bonfigli said. “We’re not a collection of stars, we’re just a group of players that try hard and aren’t selfish.”

Rubattino and Ryan shared high point honors with 18 each. Head had 17.

Although the Cardinals didn’t shoot free throws well, they had a big edge at the foul line. They converted 15 of 29 while Carrillo was 5 of 14.

Three-point shooting hurt the Pumas as they were six of 31 behind the arc.

“The Newman defense closed out very well when we attempted threes,” Carrillo coach Will Parker said. “In the first game, we had a lot of separation between the shooter and the defender. This time, on most of those shots, we barely had space to put the ball up.

“We didn’t value our possessions and rushed quite a few shots.”

The win puts the Cardinals in second place in the North Bay League. They’re 8-2 and Montgomery is 10-1. The teams play Monday night at Newman.

Overall, Newman is 13-8 and has won five in a row.

Carrillo is third in the NBL with an 8-3 mark. The Pumas had their four-game winning streak snapped and are 16-7.

Cardinal Newman       12   14   13   20–59

Maria Carrillo                 11   14      6   16–47

CN: Connor Rubattino 18, James Ryan 18, Connor Head 17, Justin Botteri 6.

Records: CN 13-8, 8-2; MC 16-7, 8-3

JV: Cardinal Newman 47, Maria Carrillo 41

Wednesday, February 5
Women's Varsity Basketball
Maria Carrillo              10    8      5    5  -  28
Cardinal Newman    13    9   24  13  - 59

CN: Tiffany Salinas 22, Hailey Vice-Neat 10 (16 reb), Kylie Kiech 9
Record: CN 10-1 (League)

Girl's Junior Varsity Basketball
The Women's Junior Varsity Cardinals started the second half of the regular season with a trip up north to battle the first-place Ukiah Wildcats. However, despite stellar efforts by freshmen Caroline Olsen (12 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore Kelsey Smith (10 points, 8 rebounds) the Cardinals were unable to avenge their previous home loss as they fell to the Wildcats by a score of 63-39. The Cardinals would take out their frustration on the visiting Casa Grande Gauchos with a 48-40 win. The three freshmen on the team---Taylor Hextrum (12 points, 10 rebounds), Caroline Olsen (12 points, 5 rebounds), and Natalie Justice (9 points)---would lead the charge with a combined 33 of the team's 48 points. Kelsey Smith led the team with 13 rebounds. The Cardinals would then travel to Rohnert Park to take on Rancho Cotate. That night, the Cardinals dominated the Cougars on the boards as four players would pull down double-figure rebounds in route to a 48-31 victory. Sophomores Roisin Lafferty and Leonette Miksis each grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, while freshmen Taylor Hextrum and Caroline Olsen each had 10. Olsen would lead the team in scoring with 12, on her way to her first double double of the year. Next up for the Cards would be the visiting Maria Carrillo Pumas. Leading 12-11 after one, the Cardinals would outscore the Pumas 10-2 in the second quarter to gain a comfortable lead. This proved to be the difference in the game as the third and fourth quarters saw even scoring between the two teams. Kelsey Smith led Newman with 10 points and tied her season high of 14 rebounds as the Cardinals defeated a good Pumas team 38-30 for a solid team win. This would mark Cardinal Newman's third victory over Maria Carrillo this season. Next up for the JV Cardinals, who are now 8-3 in league, 19-4 overall, is Montgomery, as they hope to avenge an earlier home loss and lock up the number two spot in the North Bay League.

Girl's Frosh Basketball
Led by Julie Bundeson's 12 points, the Newman Frosh team won their fifth game in a row, beating Sonoma High School, 29-27.  CN's last loss was January 18 against Montgomery by six points.  Angel De Los Santos added 5 points for the Cardinals.

Tuesday, February 4
Men's Varsity Basketball


The host Cardinals picked up the intensity after a sloppy first quarter and then coasted to the victory.

Newman put 21 points on the board in the second period while assuming a 31-20 halftime lead.

“The kids didn’t play very hard at the start but then started doing better,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “Credit to Rancho, they played hard the entire game.”

Connor Head led the Cardinals’ scoring attack with 16. Connor Rubattino added 11.

Newman is now 7-2 in league and 13-8 overall. The Cougars are 0-10 and 4-18.



Rancho Cotate              5    15     9   14–43

Cardinal Newman   10   21   16   11–58

Monday, February 3
Women's Varsity Basketball



Cardinal Newman   17   13   15   16    61

Rancho Cotate         13    10   11    16    50

CN: Kylie Kiech 20; Hailey Vice-Neat 15; Tiffany Salinas 10

Friday, January 31
Men's Varsity Basketball


Connor Head scored all 13 of Cardinal Newman’s fourth quarter points as the visiting Cardinals defeated Casa Grande 58-47 in North Bay League action Friday night.

Head finished with 26 points while Connor Rubattino collected 16, including five 3-point goals in the first half.

Newman started quickly and led 17-7 after one quarter. It was 31-19 at halftime.

Casa fans did have something to cheer about as the Gauchos’ Cetrick Yeanay scored the 1,000th point of his career in the second half. The 5-foot-8 guard has been a three-year starter and was playing his 79th varsity game.

Yeanay wound-up with 12 points on four treys and his career total stands at 1,006. Will Crain had a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jon Christy had nine boards to go along with seven points.

Newman remains tied for second in the league standings. The Cardinals and Maria Carrillo are both 6-2 while Montgomery leads the pack at 7-1.

Newman is 12-8 overall. Casa drops to 10-11 and 3-5 in league.


Cardinal Newman        17   14   14    13 – 58

Casa Grande                   7   12   11   17 – 47

CN: Connor Head 26, Connor Rubattino 16, James Ryan 9.

Thursday, January 30
Women's Varsity Basketball
Casa Grande             10    2     7    7  - 26
Cardinal Newman   17  15  10   14  - 56

CN: Kylie Kiech 17, Tiffany Salinas 12 (11 reb), Alex Dotti 12

Wednesday, January 29
Men's Varsity Wrestling


WINDSOR — The two brightest stars on the Empire high school horizon put their talents on display under one roof Wednesday night.

Windsor’s Perez Perez won easily at 122 pounds, after Cardinal Newman’s P.J. Klee quickly pinned his foe at 154.

Windsor, missing four starters from its lineup, cruised to a 66-17 North Bay League victory over the visitors.

It’s a team sport, but Perez and Klee have earned a spotlight to themselves.

Perez is ranked seventh in the state by The California Wrestler website at 115 pounds. The senior, who earned a spot in the CIF state meet last year, has been accepted to potentially attend Oregon State next year.

Klee, ranked second in California at 138 pounds by The California Wrestler, wrestled up two divisions to win the Tim Brown Memorial.

The senior, bound for the U.S. Military Academy, is ranked second in the state by The California Wrestler at 138.

“I’m getting close to peaking,” Klee said Wednesday night. “In a couple of weeks, I’ll be ready for postseason tournaments.”

Perez leads the Windsor powerhouse. Klee’s the standout for a good, but still young, Cardinal Newman team. They both wrestle league matches knowing they face their biggest challenges in the postseason.

“It’s hard sometimes to get up for league matches,” Klee said. “I try to help our younger wrestlers and inspire them. We’ve got some really good young guys who are going to be really tough. I’m here for them.”


Windsor 66, Cardinal Newman 17

108: Brandon Potts (W) p. Connor Gilmartin

115: Auston Wilson (W) p. Lorenzo Martin

122: Perez Perez (W) p. Mason Levinson

128: Noah Au-Yeung (W) p. Kyle Smith

134: Dominic DuCharma (W) p. Jake Butler

140: Joey Frazer (CN) p. Ethan King

147: Michael Klee (CN) TF Luke Au-Yeung

154: Beau Colombini (W) won by forfeit

162: PJ Klee (CN) p. Rob Waller

172: Joe Valdez (W) p. Rylee Formway

184: Anthony Spallino (W) won by forfeit

197: Kevin Correria (W) won by forfeit

222: Paris Henry (W) p. Sean Mayer

287: Anthony Mayorga (W) won by forfeit

JV: Windsor 16, CN 3

Tuesday, January 28
Women's Varsity Basketball


Cardinal Newman    6   11   8   8   7   8–48

Ukiah                         6   14   5   8   7   7–47

CN: Kylie Kiech 18, Julia Bertolero 10.

Records: CN 14-6, 7-1; Ukiah 8-11, 1-7

Notable: Kiech connected on seven of eight free throws in the second overtime.

Monday, January 27
Men's Wrestling

Cardinal Newman senior wrestler P.J. Klee not only came back from this weekend’s Tim Brown Memorial Invitational tournament in Sacramento with the championship in the 152-pound bracket, but also was named California wrestler of the week in the state by The California Wrestler website.

Klee, ranked second in California at 138 pounds by the CIF, wrestled up two divisions in Sacramento and defeated the state’s second-ranked 152-pounder, Tyler Zimmer from Clovis West, 4-1 in the final.

Klee, who signed a letter of intent this fall to continue wrestling at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., is unbeaten in California this season.

Men's Varsity Basketball


Connor Head scored a career-high 32 to lead the host Cardinals. The senior guard put in 13 field goals, one of those from 3-point range.

This was the third meeting of the season between the two schools and the Cardinals now hold a 2-1 edge. The teams play again Feb. 14. For Santa Rosa, Dustin Rome and Daniel Cresta shared scoring honors with 11 apiece. Rudy Gutierrez had 10. James Ryan supported Head with an 11-point effort.

The Cardinals are 5-2 in league and 11-8 overall. Santa Rosa is 1-6 in league, 8-10 total.

Friday, January 24
Women's Varsity Basketball


In front of possibly the largest crowd to ever witness a regular-season girls basketball game in the Redwood Empire, Santa Rosa defeated visiting Cardinal Newman, 57-41, on Friday night.

What brought out the packed house was a battle between unbeaten teams in the NBL. At the halfway point of league play, the Panthers stand alone at the top with a 7-0 record.

While the final score was one-sided, the game had its moments of drama.

Santa Rosa started quickly and enjoyed a 15-2 advantage after one quarter.

Newman began chipping away at the lead in the second and got as close as three points at the start of the third.

The Cardinals still were within three with 4:45 left in the period. However, the Panthers ended the quarter with a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Tiffany Salinas took scoring honors for Newman with 15 points. Next was Julia Bertolero with eight.

While disappointed in the outcome, Cardinals coach Monica Mertle saw bright spots in the loss.

“The girls played as hard as they could,” she said. “That’s all I ask of them.

We did a good job and when we meet later in the season at our place, we’ll make some adjustments. We’re improving.”

Cardinal Newman, 13-6, is off until next Tuesday when the Cardinals travel to Ukiah.

Thursday, January 23
Men's Varsity Basketball

Cardinal Newman     12  11   10  12 -  45
Windsor                      5  16     7  10 -  38
CN: Connor Head 18, Connor Rubattino 11
Record:  CN 10-8, 4-2

Tuesday, January 21
Women's Varsity Basketball
Cardinal Newman 64, Windsor 51

The host Cardinals kept pace with Santa Rosa atop the NBL with its win over the Jaguars.

The two teams will play for undisputed first place on Friday at Santa Rosa.

“We played one of our best games of the year,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “I was very happy with our defense, rebounding and how we shared the ball.”

Tiffany Salinas led Newman with 24 points while point guard Kylie Kiech contributed 19 and Hailey Vice-Neat finished with 10. Salinas grabbed 11 boards, one more than Vice-Neat. The Cardinals had 35 as a team.

Newman is 6-0 in league and 13-5 overall while Windsor falls to 14-4 and 4-2.

Saturday, January 18
Women's Varsity Basketball
CN 32, Montgomery 31


Cardinal Newman freshman Hailey Vice-Neat handled pressure like a veteran as she made the game-winning shot Saturday night as the Cardinals edged Montgomery, 32-31.

Vice-Neat nailed a jumper from the elbow of the free-throw circle with 5.7 seconds remaining.

Montgomery took a timeout and got off a last shot. However, Hayley Komrij’s desperation toss missed the mark.

“I knew it was in when it left my hand,” Vice-Neat said of her game winner. “There wasn’t a player within two or three feet of me, so I didn’t hesitate taking the shot.”

Tiffany Salinas brought the ball over midcourt and drew a double team that left Vice-Neat open.

Salinas spotted her teammate and got her the ball.

The win keeps Newman tied with Santa Rosa atop the North Bay League standings. Both are 5-0.

Montgomery led 16-15 at halftime and neither team had more than a four-point advantage after intermission.

Salinas’ three-point play with 3:30 remaining gave the Cardinals the largest lead of the second half, 30-26.

The Vikings then converted five free throws to move in front, 31-30. Niambi Saint Louis and Madison Nordby each hit a pair and Komrij made one.

It was a hard-fought game, but not pretty.

Newman committed 20 turnovers and Montgomery had a few more than that.

“It was a battle,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “Thankfully, we were able to maintain our toughness all the way through.”

Even though she’s a freshman, Mertle said there was no doubt the 6-foot-2 Vice-Neat was ready for varsity ball.

“She’s a great athlete and can play any position,” the coach said.

Vice-Neat wound up with eight points. Guard Kylie Kiech led the Cardinals attack with 15.

Kiech came up big in the fourth quarter. With her team trailing by three, the junior guard scored six straight points.

Nordby scored 14 for Montgomery. Saint Louis added eight

“We had a few shots that were in the basket and rolled out,” Vikings coach Steve Bell said. “Those would’ve made a big difference.

“We played great defense and the girls gave it everything they had. It was a tough one to lose.”

Montgomery is now 2-3 in league and 8-8 overall. The Vikings will play Petaluma on Monday in the NBL-SCL challenge at Sonoma Valley High.

Cardinal Newman has won six straight and is 12-5 overall.

The Cardinals next game is Wednesday night at home against Windsor.

Girl's Frosh Basketball
CN 28, Montgomery 34.
CN High-Scorer: Angel De La Santos - 12 points.

Thursday, January 16
Women's Varsity Basketball
CN 52, Maria Carrillo 19


Cardinal Newman’s hard-nosed defense held host Maria Carrillo without a field goal in the first and third quarters while the Cardinals posted a 52-19 North Bay League victory Thursday night.

The win keeps Newman atop the league standings along with Santa Rosa. Both schools are 4-0. Newman is undefeated in 2014 having won five straight and is 11-5 overall.

The Cardinals took Carrillo out of the game by racing to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter. The Pumas’ only points came on free throws.

The home team finally scored a field goal two minutes into the second quarter.

In the third period, Newman’s defense held the Pumas to two free throws while increasing the advantage to 45-15 going to the final quarter.

Carrillo made only six field goals in 40 attempts, a 15 percent average.

“I was happy with our defense,” Newman coach Monica Mertle said. “We played predominantly man-to-man and did a good job of switching and boxing out.

“Offensively, I was pleased with how we shared the ball. That’s a part of the game we’ve been working to improve.”

Kylie Kiech was the game’s high scorer with 19 despite playing less than three quarters. Teammate Tiffany Salinas added 14, including six of her team’s first seven points.

Myranda Gradney led Carrillo with six points.

“I thought we got bullied,” Pumas coach Kris Mahiri said. “It didn’t cost us the game but it sure didn’t help.

“We got off on the wrong foot and never recovered. We did come back and get within 12 points just before halftime but then only scored two points in the third quarter. The bright spot for us was that we handled Newman’s press pretty well and we’ve had trouble with that in previous games.

“Also, the girls kept playing hard right up to the final buzzer. All season I’ve never faulted their effort.”

Carrillo is now 2-3 in league and 5-10 overall.

Cardinal Newman     17   11   17   7–52

Maria Carrillo              3   10     2   4–19

CN: Kylie Kiech 19, Tiffany Salinas 14, Hailey Vice-Neat 5, Britta Irvine 4, Alex Dotti 3, Julia Bertolero 3, Morgan Webb 2, Londyn Inskeep 2.

Records: CN  11-5, 4-0

Men's Varsity Wrestling


Cardinal Newman 42, Casa Grande 32

108: Taylor Curran (CG) MD Connor Gilmartin 16-3

115: Angelo Arcarmo (CG) p Lorenzo Merlin 3:40

122: Ryan Mishler (CG) d Kyle Smith 12-4

128: Mason Levinson (CN) p James Burggraf 1:56

134: Jake Butler (CN) d Matthew Beck 11-4

140: Joey Frazier (CN) p Nicholas Rauch 2:46

147: Michael Klee (CN) p Jacob Black 1:46

154: Chase Knowles (CN) d Nicholas Petri 5-2

162: PJ Klee (CN) p Roemer Santos 2:54

172: JP Escarcega (CN) p Joshua Black 3:03

184: Jacob Voight (CG) p Rylee Formway 2:25

197: Nicholas Jensen (CG) won by forfeit

222: Sean Mayer (CN) p Kameron Chase 3:28

287: Zachary Acevedo (CG) won by forfeit

Wednesday, January 15
Men's Basketball


At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals enjoyed a 35-16 rebounding edge while posting a convincing win.

“We couldn’t keep them off the boards,” Cougars coach Dennis Magatelli said. “It was a difficult game for us, but the boys played hard and that’s all I can ask.”

Rancho has lost two starters to injury in recent weeks (center Nick Tuttle and guard Michael Wambold).

Newman raced to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and led 29-13 at halftime.

Justin Botteri took scoring honors for the Cardinals with nine points. Rourke Theiller scored eight.

Rancho sophomore guard Alec Wong led all scorers with 11 points.

Anthony Matteri had nine points for the Cougars.

Newman improves to 9-6 and 3-0 in league. Rancho is 4-11 and 0-3.

Cardinal Newman       17    12    11   9 – 49

Rancho Cotate              9     4     4   14 – 31

Records: CN 9-6, 3-0; RC 4-11, 0-3

Tuesday, January 14
Women's Varsity Basketball
Rancho Cotate       18   9    9    8  -  44
Cardinal Newman  14   22  24  18 - 78
CN: Tiffany Salinas 23, Kylie Kiech 20

Record:  CN 10-5, 3-0

Girl's Freshmen Basketball
CN 42, Rancho Cotate 18.
Cardinal Scoring: Angel De La Santos,10 points; Jullie Bundeson, 8; Natalie Codding, 6 points; Molly Wolmuth, 5; Melissa Goan, 4; Jackie Castro, 4; Paris Bryson, 3; Bailey, 2.

Men's Varsity Wrestling



Montgomery 43, Cardinal Newman 24

113 Danny Layden (M) p Lorenzon Merlin 1:08

120 Mason Levinson (CN) Tech fall Ebon Leberthon 16-1

126 Daniel Rondon (M) d Kyle Smith 10-6

132 Jake Butler (CN) d Sam Lewis 8-6

138 Justin Aarhus (M) MD Joe Frazier 14-4

145 Michael Klee (CN) MD David Reeves 16-5

152 Julian Jensen (M) p Chase Knowles 3:34

160 PJ Klee (CN) p Anthony Bautista 2:47

Hwt Sean Mayer (CN) won by forfeit

Friday, January 10
Men's Varsity Basketball
CN 55, Casa Grande 40
Newman broke open a close game by outscoring the Gauchos in the third quarter, 17-8.  Connor Rubattino led the cardinals with 17 points, followed by Connor Head with 12 and James Ryan with 9.  Junior Justin Botteri pulled 10 rebounds.  Coach Tom Bonfigli cited the team's defensive play---Casa's leading scorer, Cedrick Yeanay, was held to 14 points---and a low number of turnovers (six total) as instrumental factors in the victory.
CN improved their NBL record to 2-0 and overall to 8-6.  

Thursday, January 9
Women's Varsity Basketball


CN 40, Casa Grande 31.

Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team took advantage of cold shooting by Casa Grande to beat the Gauchos in North Bay League action Thursday night in Petaluma.

The Cardinals’ defense held Casa to two points in the fourth quarter. The Gauchos connected on 1 of 16 shots in the period.

Kylie Kiech led Newman with 12 points. She was followed by Tiffany Salinas with 11 while Hailey Vice-Neat contributed eight.

Girl’s JV Basketball

CN 48, Casa Grande 24.

Newman broke open a three-point halftime lead by scoring 32 points in the third and fourth quarters while holding the Gauchos to only 11.  Kelsey Smith led the Cardinals with 16 points followed by Caroline Olsen with 8 and Grace Foell and Paige Armormino with six apiece.  CN evened its league record at 1-1.

Girl’s Frosh Basketball

CN 36, Casa Grande 30. 

Continuing their trend of close games, the Frosh was able to outlast the Gauchos in the second half after taking a slim three-point lead at the half.  Five Cardinal players scored at least six points led by Angel De La Santos and Natalie Codding’s eight points.  Jullie Bundesen, Molly Wolmuth, and Dani Gilson each contributed six points to the victory.

Wednesday, January 8
Men's Varsity Basketball


Cardinal Newman       21   7   14   11–53

Ukiah                             9   5      4   11–29

CN: Connor Rubattino 15, Connor Head 13, Bryce Bosshard 10.

Records: CN 6-6, 1-0; Ukiah 7-4, 0-1

Tuesday, January 7
Women's Varsity Basketball
Ukiah                        11  18  16    4 - 49
Cardinal Newman    22  19  13  14 - 68

CN: Kylie Keech 21, Julia Bertolero 11

Record: CN 8-5, 1-0

Saturday, December 21
Women's Varsity Basketball
NBL Preview


Last year's record: 16-9; 7-7

Overview: Watch out for Cardinal Newman. That’s the sentiment being echoed by many NBL coaches.

But Cardinals coach Monica Mertle is taking it one step at a time the season after a first-round NCS Division 4 playoff loss to St. Patrick-St. Vincent.

“I would say our goal is to be like it always has: Just to get better every single day,” Mertle said.

Mertle said she expects a strong freshman class to make an impact once league play starts.

“In terms of basketball experience, they aren’t freshmen,” she said.

Player to watch: Mertle said she’s isn’t the type of coach to single out players.

“Sometimes you start saying names and that just takes the focus off the girls,” she said.

What’s the difference from last season, then?

“We’ve grown as a program, and we have improved as a program,” she said. “What it really comes down to is getting the individuals to function as one.”

Friday, December 20
Men's Varsity Basketball
NBL Preview

Cardinal Newman Cardinals

Last season: 32-4, 14-0

Overview: The reset button has been hit at Cardinal Newman. Coach Tom Bonfigli graduated nine of his first 10 players, and comes into this season with just four seniors and 11 first-year players.

It surely isn’t the team that went to the state championship last season.

“The biggest challenge this year for us is concentrating on the fact that we need to play our ‘A’ game in every single game or we can lose, and it doesn’t matter who that team is,” Bonfigli said.

The Cardinals were 2-3 at one point in the preseason, but Bonfigli said he’s not panicking. They’re now 4-4.

“I’ve had teams that have not won 25 or 30 games in my coaching career,” he said. “I’ve had young teams, and I’ve had less-talented teams. I think you’ve got to have patience, you’ve got to keep coaching, and you have to stay positive. I mean, I’ve been doing this for a few years.

“We’ve been here before. The guys will respond to the adversity. We’ll see how we do.”

Players to watch: Connor Head and James Ryan are the two returners who actually played on varsity last season. Bonfigli said his team has 16 players, kids he says “that are close.”

By the time league play rolls around, Bonfigli says the young team might be well prepared.

“I think we’ll be deeper than most teams in our league by the time that we get there,” he said. “Maybe not now, but we’ll get there.”

Friday, November 22
Varsity Football


SEBASTOPOL — They really should do this more often.

Playing for the first time in 20 years, No. 5 seed Cardinal Newman and No. 4 Analy staged a football game that was every bit as competitive as expected. In the end, it was the new contender, Analy, that outlasted the traditional power, Cardinal Newman, and came away with a thrilling 33-30 win in a North Coast Section Division 3 playoff game.

“We made a big statement coming out here and beating Newman,” Tigers quarterback Will Smith said. “Even beating them by three points, it’s still a big statement to beat a big powerhouse from Sonoma County like this. I mean, all you hear is teams talk about Newman, Newman, Newman.”

People have begun to talk about Analy (11-1), which managed to fly under the radar while going undefeated in the second-tier Sonoma County League. Nothing around here grabs attention like knocking off Newman, a program that has won 11 NCS football titles.

The Tigers got 231 yards from scrimmage from their dynamo of a running back Ja’Narrick James, who rushed for 158 on 27 carries, gained 73 on four receptions and scored four of Analy’s five touchdowns. They also forced the Cardinals into four big turnovers.

It was the first and last takeaways that really shifted the tide.

Analy started the game with a lightning strike. On a short, lofted kickoff, Kieran Newell flew downfield and blasted Cardinals return man Zach Stoltz just as he fielded the ball. It came loose, and Koby Einstein recovered for the Tigers at the Cardinal Newman 11. We were four seconds into the game, and Analy had drawn first blood.

Three plays later, James scored on third-and-5 from the Newman 6 to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead after just 42 seconds of play.

If there was a bigger turnover than the blown-up kickoff return, it came with less than three minutes to play. Analy was up almost the entire game, but couldn’t shake Cardinal Newman. The Cardinals scored with 5:33 left on Keaton Dunsford’s 13-yard dart to Jeff Rebello, cutting their deficit to 33-30, and were on the march again with the clock dwindling.

With about 2:45 remaining, Newman faced third-and-6 at the Analy 13. A touchdown would give the visitors a back-breaking lead. Even a field goal would tie the game and put pressure on the Tigers. But the shotgun snap to Dunsford was high, and he couldn’t corral it. The ball wound up on the ground.

“One of our guys tried to scoop it up and run it,“ Analy coach Dan Bourdon said. “I almost ran out and killed him.”

Linebacker T.J. Acheson made the smart play and fell on it. “I just sat there with the ball under my gut,“ Acheson said. “I just thought, ‘Keep it, keep it.’”

He did, giving the Tigers possession with 2:22 left. One first down by James, and Analy was able to run out the clock.

The Tigers needed all of James’ yardage, and all those defensive steals, to overcome a sterling performance by Cardinals quarterback Keaton Dunsford, who completed 28 of 39 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown. Dunsford tore up the Analy pass defense on slant routes all night, distributing the ball effectively; four different Newman receivers had 50 or more yards, paced by Kasey Mansen’s 102 on five catches.

Dunsford was particularly strong in the second half, when he completed 13 of 17 for 150 yards. He also was uncharacteristically nimble with his feet, gaining 87 yards on 17 carries, most of them after faking handoffs.

Dunsford did throw two second-quarter interceptions, and Analy converted both into touchdowns. What sort of night was this for the Tigers? Dunsford’s first pick hit Newell in the head and bounced into the arms of Acheson, the alert linebacker.

While Dunsford got hot in the second half, the Analy offense went cold. Before halftime, Tigers quarterback Smith hit six of nine passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. After halftime he failed to complete a pass in five attempts. Analy had just three first downs in the second half.

Wednesday, November 13
Women's Varsity Soccer

NCS Division 1


Cardinal Newman      0   0–0

Montgomery              3   1–4

Records: Cardinal Newman 10-9-2, Montgomery 19-2

Tuesday, November 12
Women's Varsity Tennis

NCS Division 2

Opening round


Branson 7, Cardinal Newman 0

Singles: Anastasia Bryan (B) d. Emily Greco 6-2, 6-2; Natalie Yates (B) d. Lelaina Beyer 7-6, 6-2; Lindsey Dale (B) d. Preston Bernd 6-1, 6-2; Alyssa Ivancevich (B) d. Anna Hartmann 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Amanda Douglas-Olivia Bulze (B) d. Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo 6-2, 6-1; Emily Mullin-Bianca Capretta (B) d. Megan McCabe-Cara Doolittle 6-1, 6-0; Madeline Lennon-Jane Hatfield (B) d. Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer 6-4, 6-4.

Records: Branson 13-9, Cardinal Newman 19-6

Friday, November 9
Varsity Football



Casa Grande – 0 20 0 20 – 40

Cardinal Newman 0 14 0 14 – 28

Zach Stoltz 9 run (Trent Klein kick)

Stoltz 1 run (Klein kick)

Dylan Kolman 27 pass from Keaton Dunsford (Klein kick)

Kasey Mansen 41 pass from Dunsford (Klein kick)

Rushing—Cardinal Newman, Stoltz 13-62.

Passing—Cardinal Newman, Dunsford 28-42-3-360.

Receiving—Cardinal Newman, Ryan O’Leary 6-65, Mansen 5-73, Kolman 4-84, Kevin Lucey 5-63, 79.

Wednesday, November 6
Men's Varsity Soccer

North Coast Section Division 2 Playoffs
at Contra Costa Christian 

CN 3, Oakland Military Institute 2.

Seniors George Sakapoulos and Alex Ward scored first-half goals for the visitors as Cardinal Newman took a 2-0 lead at intermission; OMI tied it up 2-2 in the second half.  Kyler Hankins scored the clinching goal on Tyler Farrar's assist. Goalie Matt Payne had 14 saves.


Cardinal Newman advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals vs. Marin Academy at Marin Academy, 2:00 p.m.

CN Record: 4-12-3.

Women's Varsity Soccer
North Coast Section Division 2 Playoffs
at Cardinal Newman

CN 3, Fortuna 0. Lauren Miller, Dano Gilson and Megan Moore scored the goals as the Cardinals shut out the visitors from Humboldt County, 3-0.

Newman improves to 9-8-2 and travels to Petaluma on Saturday for a second-round match with the Trojans.

Men's Varsity Water Polo
North Coast Section Playoffs
at Contra Costa College
CN 5, Encinal 12. Newman never led in its game with Encinal. The score was 1-0 after one period and 6-2 after the second. Zack Peterson (3) and Jack Stafford (2) accounted for all the Cardinals’ goals.

Friday, November 1
Varsity Football 
by Michael Coit, Press Democrat

CN 42, Rancho Cotate 41.  Falling behind and finding a way to win worked again for Cardinal Newman — with help from a Rancho Cotate gift.

Spotting visiting Rancho Cotate an early three touchdown lead, Cardinal Newman found some fire with five unanswered scores and a determined defense. Then the lead was in jeopardy with a Cardinals turnover leading to a Cougars score. The game set up for overtime, but a high snap on the point after attempt allowed Cardinal Newman to escape with the 42-41 win in North Bay League play.

“We played with a lot of heart,” said Cardinal Newman receiver and return great Kevin Lucey. “But we knew they would keep coming after us. We got lucky.”

In a contest that neither team could put away, Rancho Cotate gamely came back with three scores in the final quarter to match the trio of touchdowns the Cougars scored in the game’s first eight minutes.

While the Cougars look to finish the season strong against Santa Rosa, the Cardinals get league-leading Casa Grande to finish NBL play.

An improved running game should help Cardinal Newman compete with the unbeaten Gauchos.

Finding its stride on offense since the second half of the Cardinals’ lone league loss, Cardinal Newman has piled up yards each of the past five weeks.

Riding the strong arm of Keaton Dunsford much of the way, Cardinal Newman has put up some 300 yards through the air per contest.

Playing calm and confident despite three Rancho Cotate interceptions, Dunsford spread the ball around to six players to keep the Cougars defense from often overplaying top target Kevin Lucey. The speedy receiver still had 11 catches for 108 yards and two scores on inside runs.

Leading the improving Cardinals run game was Craig Lucey. Behind a line that opened big holes, Lucey totaled 167 yards and a touchdown.

“We’ve wanted to improve on running the ball a little better. That’s part of coaching, being patient,” said Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin.

Youth in varsity experience also was served on the Cardinal Newman side.

With no returning starters, the defense is anchored by players working to measure up to last year’s unit. Will Andrews, playing up front and linebacker, led the Cardinals in tackles against Rancho Cotate, including a fumble recovery.

“These last few games we’ve been behind. But we just never give up,” Andrews said. “We stopped the run when we had to. This gives us momentum for Casa Grande.”

Thursday, October 31
Women's Varsity Tennis
NBL Doubles Tournament


Brook-Kuklinski (Windsor) d. Wolmuth-Hartmann (Cardinal Newman) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

Third place
Eberhart-Seymour (M) d. Wolmuth-Hartmann (CN) 6-4, 6-4

Consolation championship
Chu-Quesenberry (SR) d. Doolittle-McCabe (CN) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Women's Varsity Volleyball


CN 2, Windsor 3: 17-25, 26-16, 23-25, 25-18, 11-15

Records: CN 18-9, 9-5

Men's Varsity Soccer

AT Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Newman   0   0   0

Maria Carrillo   1   1   2

Wednesday, October 30
Women's Varsity Soccer


Montgomery           1   0–1

Cardinal Newman   0   0–0

Record: CN 8-7-2, 5-6-2

Tuesday, October 29
Women's Varsity Volleyball


CN 3, Casa Grande 1: 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19.

CN: Haley McDaniel 10 kills, Kylie LaForge 10 kills, Juli Buehnerkemper 9 kills, Mimi Fowler 28 digs.

Record: CN 18-8, 9-4

Men's Varsity Soccer

Montgomery               2  1-  3
Cardinal Newman     0  0-  0
Friday, October 25
Varsity Football
by Howard Senzell, Press Democrat

CN 44, Windsor 27: Kevin Lucey rushed for three touchdowns and his younger brother, Craig, ran for one as visiting Cardinal Newman scored a 44-27 victory against Windsor Friday night.

Craig, who’s a junior, had the game’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run while Kevin found paydirt from 5, 7 and 13 yards.

The game was closer than the final score shows. Newman led 30-27 going to the fourth quarter. Kevin Lucey scored his last touchdown early in the quarter and then linebacker Pat Evans picked up a fumble and took it 35 yards to paydirt with 8:48 remaining.

Although he didn’t throw a touchdown, Cardinals quarterback Keaton Dunsford had a big hand in the outcome. The senior completed 25 of 35 for 271 yards. His favorite receiver was Kevin Lucey (10 catches for 121 yards).

Newman is now 4-1 in the North Bay League and 6-2 overall. 

Women's Varsity Soccer



Windsor   0   0   0

Cardinal Newman   1   1   2

CN: Grace Forsell; Lauren Miller. Assists: Miller; Julia Hasson.

Notable: Cardinals goal keeper Gabby Singler posted the shutout.

Record: CN 8-6-1, 5-5-1

Thursday, October 24
Women's Varsity Volleyball


Cardinal Newman 3, Santa Rosa 1:  25-23, 26-24, 25-20

Ingrid Jungferman: 13 kills, 17 assists; Hannah Robles: 8 kills, 20 assists; Maggie Rei: 15 serving points.

Record: CN 17-8, 8-4

Women's Varsity Tennis

NBL Singles Tournament


Fu Long (Maria Carrillo) d. Satvika Madadi (Casa Grande) 6-0, 6-0
Haley Lyons (Santa Rosa) d. Emily Greco (Cardinal Newman) 6-3, 6-2

Long d. Lyons 6-1, 6-1

Third place
Greco d. Madadi 6-4, 6-1

Men's Varsity Soccer


Cardinal Newman       0   0–0

Windsor                        1   1–2

Newman had 10 shots on goal:  four by Tyler Farrar, and one direct kick taken by George Sakapoulos that hit the cross-bar and came down in front of the goal, which, unfortunately, wasn't converted.  Matt Payne had 13 saves and the two goals scored were crosses in front of the goal.

Wednesday, October 23

Men's & Women's Varsity Water Polo


CN 6, Ukiah 7.  Ukiah's goal with 2 seconds remaining Wednesday night lifted the Wilcats to a thrilling 7-6 victory against Cardinal Newman, thus sinking the Cardinals’ playoff hopes in boys water polo.

Despite the loss in the regular-season finale, Newman coach Steven Skinner was able to find a silver lining.

“Being at that high tempo the whole time (Wednesday), is a good example of improvement over the year,” Skinner said.

“We’ve had some games where we can kind of impose our will on other teams,” Ukiah coach Rick Cleland said. “We had lots of opportunities, but Cardinal Newman shot better.”

As the season comes to a close for the Cardinals, the young team can take solace in the belief that brighter days lie ahead.

“The fact that we have a very young team (playing) well together, it’s only going to get better year after year,” Skinner said.

Newman finished 8-10 overall and 2-2 in the Redwood Empire League. 

For Newman goalie Brock Bauer, the ability to keep pace with a team as competitive as Ukiah means the potential is very high for the Cardinals, he said.

“Good things are in the future for Newman water polo,” he said.

Bauer finished with 16 saves in his first year as goalie.

Jack Stafford led the Cardinals with three goals Wednesday, followed by Zach Peterson with two and Devin Farber with one.

Following the boys’ game, Ukiah’s girls team pummeled the Cardinals 22-1.

The Cardinal girls can only continue to grow, coach Christina Messer said.

“Just keep working on our fundamentals, which we don’t have to start from ground zero anymore,” Messer said. “Some of these girls I even taught how to swim.”

Newman went 5-12 overall and 2-2 in league.

Tuesday, October 22
Women's Varsity Volleyball


Cardinal Newman d. Rancho Cotate 20-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-7

CN: Ingrid Jungferman, 12 Kills and 24 assists; Kylie Laforge, 11 kills; Jade Buhman, 10 kills; Mimi Fowler, 31 digs and 4 aces.

Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19
Men's Varsity Water Polo

DeLong Tournament at Modesto, CA
CN: 2 Wins, 3 Losses

Game 1:  Golden West 13, Cardinal Newman 8 CN Goals: Gino Tarantino 3, Ryan Johnson 2, Devin Farber 1, Zach Peterson 1, Jack Stafford 1. 
Goalie Brock Bauer:  4 saves.

Game 2: Johansen 12, Cardinal Newman 9 CN Goals: Jack Stafford 6, Ryan Johnson 2, Devin Farber 1. Goalie Brock Bauer: 5 blocks.

Game 3:  Cardinal Newman 9, Enochs 8 CN Goals: Jack Stafford 7, Max Bielen 1, Zach Peterson 1.  Goalie Brock Bauer:  14 saves.

Game 4:  Turlock 11, Cardinal Newman 8 CN Goals: Jack Stafford 4, Gino Tarantino 2, Devin Farber 1, Zach Peterson 1.  Goalie Brock Bauer:  9 blocks.

Game 5:  Cardinal Newman 15, Downey 12 CN Goals:  Jack Stafford 9, Gino Tarantino 2, Max Bielen 2, Devin Farber 1, Nick Uebel 1.  Goalie Brock Bauer:  5 saves. Overall CN record:  8-10

Friday, October 18
Varsity Football
by Howard Senzell, Press Democrat

Newman 48, Maria Carrillo 27.  Cardinal Newman spotted visiting Maria Carrillo a two-touchdown lead and then rallied on the arm of Keaton Dunsford to score a 48-27 victory in NBL action Friday night.

The 6-foot-5 quarterback threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns to spearhead the comeback.
All four of his scoring tosses came in the second half as Newman outscored the Pumas, 34-7.

Three of the touchdown passes went to Ryan O’Leary. The first, 58 yards, followed by scoring strikes of 17 and 13.
Dunsford’s other touchdown was to Kevin Lucey, and that one covered 70 yards.

Lucey wound up with 135 receiving yards and O’Leary, who had 12 catches, finished with 219.
Defensively, the Cardinals got big games from Dylan Koleman (10 tackles and an interception), Bryce McChinak (12 tackles) and Duncan Hatch (10 tackles and a fumble recovery).

Newman is now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in league. 

Thursday, October 17
Women's Varsity Tennis

Cardinal Newman 6, Casa Grande 1

Singles:  Emily Greco (CN) d. Satvika Madadi 6-2, 6-1; Lelaina Beyer (CN) d. Sara Geyer 6-4, 6-4;  Preston Bernd (CN) d. Sandy Yang 6-2, 6-2;  Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Alaina Duner.

Doubles:  Taylor Doran-Melanie Halligan (CG) d. Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo 3-6, 7-5, 10-4; Cara Doolittle-Meghan McCabe (CN) d. Emily Ingram-Sally Nanez 6-3, 6-1; Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Julia O’Keeffe-Michelle Ruiz 6-0, 6-1

Record: CN 17-5, 12-1

Men's Varsity Soccer

Rancho Cotate        1  0-  1
Cardinal Newman    0  0-  0

Newman had eight shots on goal:  Alex Roeser had a breakaway in the first half and just missed the goal wide right.  Tyler Farrar also had a number of shots(4) on goal but couldn’t convert.  Mitchel Hanson had a great header that missed wide, and Kyler Haskins had great shot low that was saved by the keeper.  Matt Payne had 14 saves on goal.


Notable: Five of Newman's losses have been by a single goal!

Wednesday, October 16
Women's Varsity Soccer


Casa Grande        1   2–3

Cardinal Newman  1   1–2

Goals: CN-Maddy Wilson, Bianca Vega.

Assists: CN-Katrina Cline, Lauren Miller.

Record: CN 7-5-1, 4-4-1

Tuesday, October 15
Women's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 5, Santa Rosa 2
Singles: Haley Lyons (SR) d. Emily Greco 6-2, 6-3; Lelaina Beyer (CN) d. Laurel Ockenden 6-2, 6-4; Raven Quesenberry (SR) d. Preston Bernd 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Ana Hartman (CN) d. Lindsay Bribiescas 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Ana Rye-Chloe Maybrun 7-6, 6-3; Meghan McCabe-Cara Doolittle (CN) d. Olivia Cobb-Taylor Bellinghausen 6-4, 6-2; Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Cat Padilla-Schoop-Emma Guilfoil 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Friday, October 11
Varsity Football
By Howard Senzell, Press Democrat


At Santa Rosa High, Keaton Dunsford threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Cardinals coasted to an easy victory.

Newman led 17-0 after one quarter and 31-0 at halftime.

While the offense was in high gear, the defense held the Panthers to 65 total yards. Santa Rosa starting quarterback Vince Jones and receiver Alfredo Carretero missed the game with injuries.

Both of Dunsford’s scoring passes were to Kevin Lucey. The two hooked up for a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter and connected from 17 yards out in the third.

Craig Lucey opened the scoring with a 4-yard run, and in the second half he rumbled into the end zone from the 34-yard line.

The Cardinals are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in NBL. Santa Rosa drops to 2-4 and 0-3.

Thursday, October 10
Women's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 7, Rancho Cotate 0

Singles:  Emily Greco d. Natalie Miranda 6-1, 6-0; Lelaina Beyer d. Devon Delzell 6-0, 6-0; Meghan McCabe d. Danielle Ellis 7-5, 6-1; Peyton Smith d. Lexi Orloff 6-4, 6-0

Doubles:  Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo d. Hannah Stocker-Morgan Nelson 6-1, 6-0; Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer d. Arith Anaya-Jordan Harp 6-0, 6-0; Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley d. Heather Remundo Cindy Sanchez 6-3, 2-1 ret.

Record: CN 15-5, 10-1

Men's Varsity Soccer

CN 0, Santa Rosa 0

This game was very even and CN had some very good shots that didn’t make it in net.  George Sakapoulos had a great direct kick that hit the cross-bar.  Matt Payne had 21 saves, and the game went into overtime with no score.

Wednesday, October 9
Women's Varsity Soccer



Cardinal Newman      0   1   0   0–1

Rancho Cotate          0   1   0   0–1

Goals: CN-Megan Moore

Women's & Men's Water Polo

Sonoma Valley 14, Cardinal Newman 6
CN—Goals:  Addison Edgar (3), Sierra Neder-Reumann, Ashton Smith, Marissa Garzina
CN Goalie Phoebe Sheehan had 13 saves

Record: CN 6-12

Cardinal Newman 13, Sonoma Valley 3

CN: Jack Stafford 4, Zach Peterson 3, Gino Tarantino 2, Nick Uebel, Devin Farber, Joey Frazier, Max Pielen.

Record: CN 6-7

Notable: Keeper Brock Bauer made 20 saves for the Cardinals.

Women's & Men's Varsity Cross Country



2.97 Miles


Team Results: Montgomery 23, Rancho Cotate 50, Cardinal Newman 53

Individual Results: 1. Molly Kinahan (Mont) 20:31; 2. Taylor Linhart (RC) 20:54; 3. Amanda Vedoka (RC) 21:05; 4. Lauren Ray (Mont) 21:14; 5. Kaylee Slyker (Mont) 21:25; 10. C. Farni (CN) 22:24


Team Results: Montgomery 15, Rancho Cotate 57, Cardinal Newman 69

Individual Results: 1. Christian Friday (Mont) 16:10; 2. Stewart Lovelace (Mont) 16:21; 3. John Dethlefsen (Mont) 16:34; 4. Alex Hiltebrand (Mont) 16:46; 5. Riley Officer (Mont) 16:49; 8. Enrique Acosta (RC) 17:12; 12. Adams (CN) 18:18

Tuesday, October 8
Women's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 5, Montgomery 2

Singles: Emily Greco (CN) d. Delaney Seymour 6-2, 6-1; Alexandra Wood (Mont.) d. Lelaina Beyer 3-6, 7-6, 10-4 (tiebreaker); Sami Eberhart (Mont.) d. Preston Bernd 7-5, 6-2; Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Hailey Frank 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Sodie Shroeder-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Maria Casciani-Sophie Stamoulis 6-2, 7-6; Cara Dolittle-Meghan McCabe (CN) d. Karen Cai-Kelsey Dowdall 6-2, 6-7, 13-11 (tiebreaker); Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Shafer (CN) d. Laila Laham-Haley Wyatt 6-3, 6-2.

Records: CN 9-1, Mont. 5-5

Women's Varsity Volleyball



Cardinal Newman 3, Windsor 0: 25-18, 25-20, 25-12

CN: Ingrid Jungferman 6 kills; Haley McDaniel 7 kills

NBL Record: CN 5-2

Men's Varsity Soccer
CN 0, Maria Carillo 1. 
Maria Carillo scored early in the second half and CN was unable to capitalize on some very good shots, one of which was on a header by Alex Ward off a corner kick.  The keeper made an amazing save by punching it over the cross-bar.  Alex Roeser also blasted a shot and hit the cross-bar.  Matt Payne had 18 saves.

Friday, October 4
Varsity Football

CN 25, Montgomery 31 (Overtime).  Montgomery turned to Logan Francavilla to build an early lead Friday night at Cardinal Newman and then again on the game’s final play — a 5-yard run in overtime that gave the Vikings a 31-25 victory against their longtime North Bay League rivals.

“Craziest game I’ve ever played in my life,” said Francavilla. “We just kept trying to take the ball to them and keep pounding them.

Francavilla finished with 40 carries for a game-high 162 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings. It was the first win for Montgomery against Cardinal Newman since 2009.

The game left both teams at 1-1 in league games, one game behind Casa Grande, which improved to 2-0 Friay night with its win at Santa Rosa.

“I figured if we could stay with them for four quarters and keep their offense off the field, we had a pretty good chance of controlling the clock and coming out with the win,” Vikings first-year head coach Dean Haskins said.

The Vikings dominated the first half and took a 6-0 lead on Francavilla’s 14-yard run and increased the advantage to 12-0 on a 6-yard run by Henry Stelzner.

Trent Klein’s 25-yard field goal got Newman on the scoreboard for the first time, but Montgomery kept Newman from adding to that through the rest of the half.

“We played bad in the first half,” Newman head coach Paul Cronin said, “but our kids did a really good job and we’re really proud of how they played in the second half.”

Cardinal Newman began to narrow Montgomery’s advantage when quarterback Keaton Dunsford found Zach Stoltz for the Cardinals’ first touchdown.

The Vikings responded again by turning to Francavilla, who ran 14 yards to the end zone at the end of the third quarter and, after the third missed extra point try for Montgomery, the lead was 19-10.

The Cardinals responded the Dunsford hooked up with Dylan Kolman on a 25-yard scoring pass.

Again Montgomery drove down the field and RJ Flores’ 1-yard scoring run pushed their lead back to 25-17.

“I’ve never beat Newman my whole high school career,” Francavilla said. “I like being the underdog.

“You get to prove everybody wrong.”

But Cardinal Newman wasn’t ready to call it quits.

On the kickoff after Higgs’ touchdown, Kevin Lucey brought it all the way back, 90 yards for a touchdown, and he caught the two-point conversion pass from Dunsford to make it 25-25 with 2:46 remaining in the game.

Lucey wasn’t finished.

He intercepted a pass on the ensuing Montgomery possession and Dunsford was able to drive Newman deep enough into Vikings territory to set up a 30-yard field goal try with less than 30 seconds to play. But the kick missed, sending the teams to overtime.

Cardinal Newman could not capitalize on its four plays from the 10-yard line to start the overtime and then watched as Francavilla scored the winner on a third-and-goal play from the 5.

“The kids worked hard to complete their assignment,” Cronin said. “We couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Women's Varsity Soccer



Cardinal Newman   0   0   0

Montgomery   2   1   3

JV: Mont won 3-0

Thursday, October 3
Men's Varsity Soccer

CN 0, Montgomery 1

Cardinal Newman   0   0   0

Montgomery   1   0   1

Wednesday, October 2
Women's Varsity Golf

Par 32

Cardinal Newman 237, Maria Carrillo 223

MC: Hailey Begert-Hellings 37; Morgan Olhiser 38; Tori Chandler 38; Cianna Crawford 54; Andrea Bornstein 56.

CN: Megan McConnell 37; Angela Chang 43; Taylor Foster 48; Alex Guitierrez 50; Lexi Allen 59.

Tuesday, October 1
Women's Varsity Tennis

Cardinal Newman 6, Maria Carrillo 1

Singles:  Fu Long (MC) d. Emily Greco 6-2, 6-1, Lelaina Beyer (CN) d. Kira Deguchi 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, Preston Bernd (CN) d. Emily Wilson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Christine Tai 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Anna Carr-Serah Mbugua 6-2, 6-3, Cara Doolittle-Meghan McCabe (CN) d. Aylia Erden-Brenda Soundra 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Rhea Sheth-Noor Lamba 6-3, 6-1

Record: CN 12-4, 7-1.

Men's Varsity Soccer

CN 1, Santa Rosa 0

Windsor   0   0   0

Cardinal Newman   0   1   1

CN: Michael Catelli. Assist: Tyler Farrar.

Record: CN 3-3-1, 1-3-1

Women's Varsity Volleyball

Cardinal Newman 3, Santa Rosa 0: 25-22, 25-18, 29-27.

Mimi Fowler 25 digs; Kylie Laforge 21 digs and 7 kills

Record: CN 12-6, 3-2

Friday, September 27
Varsity Football


Cardinal Newman 35, Ukiah 7.  Quarterback Keaton Dunsford figured in all five Cardinal Newman touchdowns in a 35-7 win Friday night at Ukiah in the North Bay League opener for both teams.

The senior threw for four scores and rushed for the other.

In the first half, Dunsford connected with Kevin Lucey on touchdowns of 51 and 54 yards. Also before halftime, he completed a 13-yard scoring pass to Kasey Mansen.

After intermission, he found Zach Stoltz for a six-yard score. His rushing touchdown came in the first quarter on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.

Dunsford, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, completed 17 of 33 passes for 309 yards.

Lucey caught five of those passes while gaining 174 yards.

Newman forced four turnovers. Bryce McChinak recovered a fumble and also made eight tackles while Tommy Streb, Jeff Rebello and Mansen each had an interception.

The Cardinals are now 3-1 while Ukiah is 2-2.

Women's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 6, San Rafael 3

Singles:  Emily Greco (CN) d. Sophie Murray 6-0, 6-0; Lelaina Beyer (CN) d. Diandra Berringer 6-2, 2-6, 10-2; Caili Gallagher (SR) d. Preston Bernd 6-0, 6-3; Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Cassie Conradi 6-2, 6-1; Anna Murray (SR) d. Elissa Papale 6-0, 6-4; Ariana Sinelnikoff (SR) d. Peyton Smith 6-2, 6-2

Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Kayla Stone-Roslyn Yeagen 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-6; Cara Doolittle-Meghan McCabe (CN) d. Colleen McGowan-Shelby Kisner 6-2, 6-2; Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Gina Ghiarolla-Mayila Castaneda 7-6 (7-4). 6-2.

Record: CN 11-4

Women's Varsity Soccer 


Ukiah                         0   0–0

Cardinal Newman      2   0–0

Goals: CN-Megan Moore 2. Assist: CN-Grace Forsell

Record: CN 6-2, 3-1

Notable: Jackie Dutton anchored the defense…Gabby Singler was in goal for the Cardinals.

Wednesday, September 25
Women's & Men's Cross Country




Cardinal Newman 18, Healdsburg 39

1. Rink (CN) 14:12, 2. Adams (CN) 14:31, 3. Mondragon (H) 14:32, 4. Paskal (CN) 15:12, 5. Reeder (CN) 15:19, 6. Forni (CN) 15:21, 7. Castro (H) 15:45, 8. Garcia (H) 15:45, 9. Price (CN) 15:54, 10. Kuolczewski (CN) 15:59

JV Score:  CN 15 Healdsburg INC


Cardinal Newman 20 Healdsburg INC

1. Drake-Tripp (H) 18:09, 2. Forni (CN) 18:21, 3. Dennen (CN) 18:34, 4. Botka (CN) 18:48, 5. Dawson (CN) 19:18, 6. Geary (CN) 20:04,
7. Dove (CN) 20:14, 8. Bradley (CN) 20:35, 9. Nagy (H) 20:46, 10. Heath (CN)

Men’s Varsity Water Polo

CN 8, Ukiah 12.  Jack Stafford scored 4 goals, Zach Peterson added 2 goals, and Gino Tarantino and Devin Farber both scored 1 goal.  Goalie Brock Bauer tallied 12 saves in the cage. 

Season Record: 5-7

Boy's Junior Varsity Water Polo

CN 5, Ukiah 9.  Elliott Goldberg and Nolan Pisors both scored two goals and Nick Price added 1 goal.  Ryan Johnson had 11 blocks in the goal.

Saturday, September 21
Men's Varsity Water Polo

Jim Healy Tournament

Friday, Sept. 20


Game 1

Vintage 9, Cardinal Newman 6

Goals: CN—Jack Stafford 5, Ryan Johnson

Notable: Goalie Brock Bauer had 6 saves and 6 steals

Game 2

Cardinal Newman 10, Sonoma Valley 2

Goals: CN—Jack Stafford 5, Gino Tarantino 2, Devin Farber, Max Bielen, Elliott Goldberg

Notable: Goalie Brock Bauer had 7 saves

Saturday, Sept. 21


Game 3

Cardinal Newman won by forfeit against Rodriguez

Game 4

College Park 14, Cardinal Newman 7

Goals: CN—Jack Stafford 6, Ryan Johnson

Notable: Goalie Brock Bauer had 5 saves

Game 5

Napa 8, Cardinal Newman 7, OT

Goals: CN—Jack Stafford 3, Ryan Johnson 2, Zach Peterson, Sean Houlihan

Notable: Jack Stafford had 8 saves in goal … Ryan Johnson had 4 saves in goal

Record: CN 5-6

Women's Varsity Water Polo



Dixon High Tournament

Game 1

Cardinal Newman 5, Fairfield 4

CN: Addison Edgar 5

Notable: Cardinals goalie Phoebe Sheahan had 15 saves

Game 2

Encinal (Alameda) 10, Cardinal Newman 1

CN: Edgar

Notable: Cardinals goalie Phoebe Sheahan had 17 saves

Game 3

Mira Loma (Sacramento) 7, Cardinal Newman 4

CN: Addison Edgar, Sarah Meder-Reumann 2, Sarah Banks.

Notable: Cardinals goalie Phoebe Sheahan had 19 saves

Record: CN 2-8

Thursday, September 19
Women's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 6, Santa Rosa 1

Singles: Emily Greco (CN) d. Haley Lyons 6-1, 6-0; Lelaina Beyer (CN) d. Laurel Ockenden 6-4, 6-4; Raven Quesenberry (SR) d. Preston Bernd 6-4, 6-1; Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Lindsay Briblescas 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Caroline Chu-Chloe Maybrun 7-5, 6-4; Molly Wolmuth-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Ana Rye-Olivia Cobb 2-6, 6-3, 10-8; Cara Doolittle-Meghan McCabe (CN) d. Emily Chu-Abbe Wood 6-2, 6-1

Record: CN 8-4, 4-1

Wednesday, September 18
Women's Varsity Soccer

CN 2, Santa Rosa 1.
Cardinal Newman held off Santa Rosa, 2-1, in a North Bay League match Thursday night at Santa Rosa.

“After the first 15 minutes of the game, I thought they were the better team,” Cardinals coach Paul Dixon said. “They deserved something out of the deal.”

Cardinals forward Megan Moore scored two more goals in the first 10 minutes to bring her team-leading total to 12 this season.

Moore’s first goal came in the opening minutes. A cross from Katrina Cline found Moore’s foot and ricocheted into the top left corner of the net.

The sophomore’s second goal came 6 minutes later, when she settled a ball out in the box and sent it sailing into the back of the net.

“Defense passes the ball well and we need to start holding the ball more and playing off that,” Moore said.

The Cardinals packed in defensively with senior captain Jackie Dutton the anchor in the middle. But Santa Rosa gained momentum and consistently pressured the Cardinals’ defense.

“We were really just trying to stay tight on our marks and not let them get a shot off,” Dutton said.

The Panthers continued to push the ball at the end of the first half but could not convert.

Quincy Barnett sent a header from teammate Melani Avalos over the crossbar, and Maddie Batchelder had a hard shot on goal but failed to capitalize.

Santa Rosa continued to put pressure on Cardinal Newman’s defense in the second half.

The Panthers played a dangerous ball into the Cardinals box off a free kick in the 55th minute but again didn’t score.

The Cardinals defense attempted to keep the ball out of the its half of the field, but kept “getting pounded left and right,” Dutton said.

Finally, the Panthers found the back of the net in the 68th minute when Laetitizi Hernandez chased down a long ball over the middle and sent it solidly past Cardinals goalkeeper Gabby Singler.

“She’s just one of those players that sets fire,” Panthers coach Nikki Kumasaka said of Hernandez. “We needed a spark up there and that’s exactly what she did.”

Santa Rosa continued to press for the equalizer but was denied as the clock ran out.

Santa Rosa fell to 5-4 overall. Cardinal Newman improved to 5-1.

“We were fortunate to come away with the win,” Dixon said.

Men's Varsity Waterpolo
At Agua Caliente

CN 14, Sonoma 7.  Multiple players contributed to the scoreboard with Jack Stafford scoring six goals, Zach Peterson scoring four goals, Nick Uebel scoring three goals, and Joey Frazier one goal.  The defensive effort was strong with Nick Price, Max Bielen, Joey Frazier, and Jack Stafford all drawing one steal.  Brock Bauer tallied a career-high 18 blocks in the goal.  The entire roster played and contributed to the victory.

Women's Varsity Waterpolo

Cardinal Newman 6, Sonoma Valley 6

CN: Addison Edgar 2, Sarah Meder-Neumann 2, Gabriella Edman, Ashton Smith.

Notable: Cardinals goal keeper Phoebe Sheahan had 27 saves.

Record: CN 1-6-1

Tuesday, September 17
Women's Varsity Golf

Cardinal Newman 262, Windsor 272

CN: Megan McConnell 37, Emily Pham 51, Taylor Foster 53, Angela Chang 54, Lexi Allen 67.

W: Ashley Llamas 49, Emily Hoey 51, Natalie Smith 54, Anna Kelley 59, Megan Buckman 59.

Record: CN 4-1

Men's Varsity Soccer

Santa Rosa              1   3 -  4

Cardinal Newman   2    0 -  2

CN: Alex Roeser, Brandon Bone; Assists: CN: Tyler Farrar

Notable:  Santa Rosa rallied from a 2-0 first half deficit and had two penalty kick for goals in the second half

Record:  CN 2-2-1, 0-1

Saturday, September 14
Varsity Football

CN 7, El Cerrito 35.  Pushing to gain a measure of momentum, Cardinal Newman could not hold back El Cerrito in a decisive third quarter, and the much-anticipated contest slipped away.

The season’s first defeat for Cardinal Newman was not as one-sided as the 35-7 score would indicate. Saturday night’s game was even on the scoreboard at the half, but the Gauchos wore down the Cardinals’ determined defense.

With two weeks until their next game, Cardinal Newman will use the loss as a teaching moment to improve as both players and a team.

“We’ve got to get better. We just have to go back on the field and focus,” said receiver and defensive back Kevin Lucey. “Hopefully we can grow from this.”

One of the Bay Area’s featured prep football games of the week, the contest matched teams that reached the North Coast Section semifinals a year ago.

El Cerrito figured as the favorite, returning a handful of athletic players headed for major college programs. Still, the Gauchos respected Cardinal Newman as one of the region’s top teams.

“Their offense was good. And their defense, I tip my hat off to them. They bend but don’t break,” El Cerrito quarterback Keilan Benjamin said.

Despite a more than two-to-one advantage in first half plays, El Cerrito could not take control of the game.

Following a deep El Cerrito drive that resulted in a missed field goal, Cardinal Newman answered with a first down and then the game’s longest play. Keaton Dunsford threw a strike to Lucey over the middle and the receiver sprinted much of the way for the 68-yard score.

Answering early in the second quarter, El Cerrito went 80 yards in five plays. James Houston’s longest run evened the score with the power back going 23 yards on a pitch.

Each team would have two more drives in the half. An El Cerrito penalty wiped out the go-ahead score on what would have been a highlight-reel touchdown pass to Jalen Harvey.

A three-and-out Cardinal Newman series to open the second half would not bode well for the home team.

On the third play of the next drive, Benjamin connected with Harvey over the middle and he streaked to the end zone. El Cerrito would not look back.

Despite fumbling on the kickoff, Cardinal Newman came up with another big play with the game in the balance when Kasey Mansen made a diving interception in the end zone.

Dunsford and Lucey hooked up on a pair of long third-down pass plays to carry the Cardinals into scoring range. But the Gauchos’ pass defense stiffened.

On the field-goal attempt, Adarius Pickett crashed through the line. After blocking the kick, Pickett scooped up the ball and ran untouched 67 yards for the score.

While more than a quarter remained to be played, Cardinal Newman would not threaten again. The Cardinals did not gain a first down on three more possessions.

“We were in this game,” Lucey said. “We gave it our all and sometimes it doesn’t work out.”

Going into the game, Cardinal Newman was finding its rhythm in nonleague play with many first-year starters. El Cerrito was seeking a higher gear with a skilled and experienced squad.

El Cerrito sought the game to improve its resume for a possible state bowl berth.

“We wanted to spruce up our preseason. And Cardinal Newman is a team we could see in the playoffs,” El Cerrito coach Kenny Kahn said.

Cardinal Newman looked forward to hosting the Gauchos as a measuring stick of where the Cardinals are in Week 3 of the season.

“You can see where you’re at against a team like this that’s so loaded,” Newman coach Paul Cronin said.

Friday, September 13
Women's Varsity Soccer

Rancho Cotate   0   1   1

Cardinal Newman   0   2   2

CN: Katrina Cline 2.

Record: CN 4-1, 1-0.

Thursday, September 12
Women's Varsity Volleyball

Cardinal Newman d. El Molino, 3-0: 25-15, 25-18, 25-18

CN: Juli Buehnerkemper 13 kills,Ingrid Jungferman 11 kills, 11 assists, Melissa Mitchell 17 assists
JV: CN won 2 straight sets

Women's Varsity Golf



Cardinal Newman 221, Casa Grande Inc.

CN: Megan McConnell 37, Emily Pham 44, Alex Gutierrez 45, Taylor Foster 46, Angela Chang 49

CG: Emily Hulsman 43, Emma Dennett 48, Megan Lafferty 55, Kerrianne McCarthy 62.

Record: CN 3-1

Women's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman d. Montgomery 5-2

Singles:  Emily Greco (CN) d. Alexandra Wood 6-2, 6-1; Laina Beyer (CN) d. Hailey Frank 6-0, 6-0; Delaney Seymour (M) d. Preston Bernd 3-6, 6-4, 6-0; Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Sami Eberhart 7-5, 7-5

Doubles:  Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Maria Casciani-Sophie Stamoulis 6-1, 6-3; Karen Lai-Kelsey Dowdall (M) d. Molly Wolmuth-Meghan McCabe 6-2, 6-4; Cara Doolittle-Peyton Smith (CN) d. Alexis Adams-McKennah Goshgarian 7-5, 7-5.

Tuesday, September 10
Women's Varsity Volleyball


Cardinal Newman d. Healdsburg, 3-1: 25-17, 25-22, 10-25, 25-15.

CN: Juli Buehnerkemper 10 kills, Ingrid Jumgferman 6 kills, Mimi Fowler 21 digs, Kylile Laforge 12 digs, 2 aces.

Women's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 7, Ukiah 0

Singles:  Emily Greco d. Lizzy McKeon 6-0, 6-0; Laina Beyer d. Serenity Voboril 6-1, 6-2; Preston Bernd d. Jasmine Hancock 6-1, 6-1; Anna Hartmann d. Olivia Pratt 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: Sadie Schroeter-Anna Tamayo d. Alyssa Langevin-Gemma Udarbe 6-4, 6-1; Meghan McCabe-Molly Wolmuth d. Sydney Summersknight-Taylor Scott 6-0, 6-0; Cara Doolittle-Peyton Smith d. Victoria Rubio-Karina Perez 6-0, 6-0

Record: CN 5-4; 1-1

Women's Varsity Golf


Cardinal Newman 262, Santa Rosa Inc.

CN: Megan McConnell 47, Taylor Foster 51, Emily Tham 52, Alex Gutierrez 53, Angela Chang, 59.

Friday, September 6
Varsity Football
CN 41, Novato 9

As far as non-league tune-up games go, this one had no suspense as Cardinal Newman easily dispatched visiting Novato 41-9 on Friday night in preparation for hosting next Saturday’s blockbuster match-up against East Bay power El Cerrito.

The Hornets (0-2) were overmatched from the get-go, falling behind 24-0 to the Cardinals (2-0) early in the second quarter. Novato had no answers for Cardinal Newman’s passing attack behind quarterback Keaton Dunsford (17-22, 253 yards, 1 TD).

“Cardinal Newman is a team that is clicking on offense right now,” Novato coach Jason Searle said. “They can really throw the ball.

“They have guys that fit really well into the offense.”

The Cardinals complemented their passing attack with ground pounding by Craig Lucey (15 rushes, 74 yards, 1 TD) and Zach Stoltz (18-69, 1 TD). Cardinal Newman’s Kevin Lucey had a big night receiving (eight catches for 156 yards) and returned a kickoff 80 yards.

“I thought we played well tonight,” Dunsford said. “Our defense played well and our offensive line was exceptional. Everyone was focused on their assignments.”

The party got started for the Cardinals with a long sustained opening offensive drive that ended with a 5-yard run by Dunsford.

Leading 7-0, Cardinal Newman added a 35-yard field goal by Trent Klein, a 1-yard scoring run by Stoltz and a 15-yard scoring pass from Dunsford to Dylan Kolman for a 24-0 halftime lead.

“Dunsford was on tonight,” Craig Lucey said.

Novato’s offensive momentum was consistently stunted with turnovers, silly penalties and execution breakdowns. The most glaring backfire came when the Hornets took the opening second half kickoff at their 20-yard line and drove 79 yards before fumbling away the ball inside the Cardinals one-yard line to come up empty.

“We didn’t capitalize on our chances,” Searle said.

Novato, which gained yards behind the passing of quarterback Robbie Cassee (13-21, 190 yards), finally scored midway through the third quarter on a four-yard run by Nathaniel Barkus (11 rushes, 72 yards) to narrow the Cardinals’ lead to 24-7.

“It’s early in the season,” Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin said. “We had some things break down defensively.”

Any hopes Novato had of a late comeback were crushed by Kevin Lucey’s timely kickoff return to the Hornets’ eight yard-line. Two plays later Stoltz waltzed in for a three-yard score and a 31-6 lead with 5:40 to play in the third quarter.

The teams swapped field goals and Craig Lucey added a 16-yard scoring run in the final minutes to finalize the score at 41-9.

“We are working on staying focused and getting better every week,” Cronin said without referring to the upcoming looming challenge.

One week and counting and El Cerrito awaits.

Tuesday, September 3
Women's Varsity Golf
At Oakmont West
Cardinal Newman 265, Montgomery 283
Montgomery: Hayley Komrij 47, Hailey Hermann 54, Liz Iontosca 58, Lauren Averill 59, Bethany Vidamo 65.
Cardinal Newman: Megan McConnell 47, Emily Pham 50, Angela Chang 53, Taylor Foster 56, Alex Gutierrez 59.
Records: CN 1-1, Mont. 2-1

Women's Varsity Volleyball


Cardinal Newman 3, St. Helena 0: 25-15, 25-17, 25-22.

Ingrid Jungferman 10 kills; Mimi Fowler 12 digs, 2 aces.
Record: CN 2-0

Girl's JV Volleyball
CN 2, St. Helena 0
Record: CN 2-0

Friday, August 29 & Saturday, August 30

Men's Varsity Water Polo

Napa Valley Regional Water Polo Tournament: In the first game, CN defeated Rodriguez High School 5-4 with an exciting fourth quarter comeback. Jack Stafford scored three goals while Zach Peterson and Devin Farber each contributed one goal. Brock Bauer was solid in the cage with five saves. Winning the first game propelled the team into the winners’ bracket.

In the second game, CN suffered a loss to a strong Justin Siena team, 2-9. Jack Stafford found the goal twice. Brock Bauer made three saves.

In the third game, CN suffered defeat to River City High School, 3-11. Jack Stafford scored two goals and Max Bielen added one goal. Ryan Johnson had one steal. Goalkeeper Brock Bauer had an exceptional game with seven blocks.

In game four, CN squared off against Whitney High School and won 11-6. Jack Stafford tallied ten goals; Max Bielen scored one goal. Gino Tarantino was instrumental with two key assists. Devin Farber, Ryan Johnson, and Max Bielen played solid defense and fought for one steal a piece. Brock Bauer had five saves in the cage.

In the final game, CN lost a heart-breaker to Bear Creek High School, 6-7. Jack Stafford had two goals while Zach Peterson, Devin Farber, Gino Tarantino, and Ryan Johnson all contributed one goal apiece. Brock Bauer had four saves in the cage. Overall, the Cardinals brought home sixth place in their first tournament.

Friday, August 29
Varsity Football
CN 41, Modesto Christian 28
By Howard Senzell, Press Democrat

Senior Keaton Dunsford passed for 289 yards to lead visiting Cardinal Newman.

Dunsford completed 19 of 27 passes including three for touchdowns.

In the first quarter, he connected with senior Jeff Rebello for a 36-yard score and later in the game found senior Ryan O’Leary for TD passes of 18 and 41 yards.

Dunsford also rushed for two touchdowns, both from the 1.

Newman controlled the game from the outset and led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

The final score was as close as Modesto Christian got.

O’Leary was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 98 yards.

Rebello caught two passes for 69 yards.

The Cardinals rushed the ball 35 times for 157 yards. Junior Zach Stoltz led the ground game with 75 yards on 15 carries.

Thursday, August 28
Women's Varsity Volleyball


CN 3, Clear Lake 0:  25-12, 25-12, 25-20.

Women's Varsity Golf


CN 271, Ukiah 257 

U: Cassidy Schutz 49, Hailey Drake 50, Gretchen Roderick 51, Grace Eversole 53, Emily Bawcom 54

CN: Megan NcConnell 41, Emily Tham 56, Alex Gutierrez 57, Taylor Foster 58, Angela Chang 59

Records: U 2-0, CN 0-1

Monday, August 25
Men's Varsity Soccer
CN 4, Roseland Prep 0: Junior Alex Roeser scored the first of his two goals on a breakaway early in the first half.  Senior George Sakapoulos made a header off a corner-kick by sophomore Tyler Farrar.  Junior Brandon Bone also had a goal and senior Alex Ward added an assist.  Senior goalie Matt Payne recorded eight saves.
Saturday, August 23
Men's Varsity Soccer
CN 3, Fort Bragg 1: Newman began its pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory over Fort Bragg.  The Cardinals scored first on Alex Roeser's goal seven minutes into the contest, but Fort Bragg equalized just before the half.  Newman continued their offensive pressure after intermission, breaking through on senior George Sakopoulos' goal on a direct-kick in the 47th minute and Alex Ward's blast from 20 yards out with about 10 minutes left to play.  

JV Boy's Soccer
CN 0, Fort Bragg 1

Men’s Varsity Water Polo
CN 7, San Marin 18: Sophomore Jack Stafford scored five goals; senior Ryan Johnson and junior Gino Tarantino both added one goal. Junior Brock Bauer tallied three blocks in his debut as the varsity goalkeeper.

Women's Varsity Water Polo
CN 4, San Marin 15: Sara Meder-Reumann had three goals and Ella Lorenzo scored one goal for the Cardinals.  Goalkeeper Phoebe Sheehan had 19 saves. 


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