Cardinal Newman High School
ATHLETICS

Saturday, September 13
Varsity Football

Turnovers too much for Cardinal Newman to overcome

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Intensity kept Cardinal Newman close to one of Northern California’s top teams, but turnovers were the host’s undoing in a 42-21 loss to Clayton Valley.

A late second-quarter score pulled Cardinal Newman even. Then the Cardinals were driving to open the second half when the Ugly Eagles ran back an interception for the go-ahead score and regained momentum for the win.

“We came out and smacked them. But we didn’t take the second half the same way,” said Cardinal Newman defensive anchor Pat Evans. “You have to play four quarters.”

Playing a complete game was the very lesson learned by Clayton Valley. Ranked No. 1 in Northern California Division 2, the Ugly Eagles were reminded that Cardinal Newman can play with the best.

“They definitely gave us a run for our money. We had to tighten up. This showed us we have to be ready,” said Clayton Valley linebacker Jax Carter, who helped turn around the contest.

The two-time defending Diablo Valley Athletic League champions — undefeated in league both seasons — were as big and fast as advertised. Needing just six plays to go 70 yards for the game’s first score, Clayton Valley converted a fourth down and then hit on a long touchdown pass from Nate Keisel to Justin Zapanta.

Answering with an 80-yard drive, Cardinal Newman used spread formations to mostly run through Clayton Valley. Mixing in several passes, the Cardinals scored on a screen from Jordon Brookshire to Craig Lucey.

Clayton Valley marched down the field again only to be undone by yet another first-quarter penalty that took a go-ahead touchdown off the scoreboard. The drive ultimately stalled on an incomplete pass and Cardinal Newman took over near the host’s goal line. Then the first of five Cardinals turnovers put the Ugly Eagles back on top. Brookshire fumbled a high snap and Grifin Bentley grabbed it in the air and ran 8 yards untouched into the end zone.

Still, the Cardinals would match the bigger, deeper Ugly Eagles. Cardinal Newman yielded only two first downs the remainder of the first half to stay close. On the Cardinals’ final possession of the half, Brookshire guided the offense to the tying score. That came on the quarterback’s quick-strike sneak up the middle for 49 yards.

“We knew we could hang with them. We just went full out and were aggressive,” Brookshire said.

Opening the second half with the ball, Cardinal Newman gained a pair of first downs when the turnover bug struck again. Bentley broke up a pass and Elijah Breon grabbed the interception and ran the ball 55 yards for the go-ahead score.

Clayton Valley would score twice more in the third period. Boosting the Ugly Eagles’ offense was running back Miles Harrison, held out in the first half for disciplinary reasons.

Even in losing, Cardinal Newman gained valuable experience against yet another tough nonleague opponent.

“Obviously it would be nice to win your first home game,” Evans said. “Every week is an opportunity. We were ready for them.”
Playing smart and with intensity were Cardinal Newman’s goals after a tough road loss last week to rugged St. Mary’s of Stockton.

This was the first meeting between these teams since Cardinal Newman defeated Clayton Valley for the North Coast Section Division 2 championship in 2008, played at Santa Rosa High.

Both teams sought Saturday’s contest as a matchup of top programsto help bolster postseason resumes.

“They’re big, fast, strong, well coached. You might as well play the best people you can,” said Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin.

Long a good program, Clayton Valley has become a Bay Area power in recent years, including winning a section title in 2012.

Playing at Cardinal Newman was another test for yet another formidable Ugly Eagles team.

“Cardinal Newman is always really successful and competitive. It’s great for our players,” said Clayton Valley coach Tim Murphy.
The mutual respect matched the game plans. Both teams like to run the ball and control a game’s tempo.

“We want to run it down their throat,” Cronin said.

Clayton Valley did just that, forcing Cardinal Newman to play catch-up in the second half against an equally stout Ugly Eagles defense.

“Our defense has been playing well, but still needed to get better,” Murphy said. “Playing Cardinal Newman helps us. They do a good job running the ball.”

Despite suffering a second nonleague loss, Cardinal Newman is confident rolling into North Bay League play.

Friday, September 12
Women's Varsity Water Polo

Nonleague

AT RIO LINDA

Sierra Shootout

Golden Valley 13, Cardinal Newman 3

Goals: CN-Julia Kennedy, Allisa Wankmuller, Addison Edgar.

Deer Valley 8, Cardinal Newman 5

Goals: CN-Marissa Garzini, Kennedy, Edgar 2, Cal Webb.

Marin Academy 5, Cardinal Newman 0

Notable: Phoebe Sheahan had 30 saves in the three matches.

Women's Varsity Soccer

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Santa Rosa  0  1  1  1  –  3

Cardinal Newman  0  1  0  0  –  1

CN goal: Lauren Miller. Assist: Dani Gilson.

Record: CN 3-4-1, 0-1

Thursday, September 11
Women's Varsity Tennis
NBL
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
 
Maria Carrillo 4, Cardinal Newman 3

Singles: Fu Long (MC) d. Anna Hartmann 6-1, 6-0; Kira Deguchi (MC) d. Preston Bernd 6-1, 6-1; Tiffany Liang (MC) d. Anna Tamayo 6-1, 7-6 (7-1); Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Brenda Soundra 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: Anna Carr-Emma Samson (MC) d. Rachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Noor Lamba-Tejoni Johnson 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 10-7; Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson (CN) d. Rhea Sheth-Jessica Christensen 6-3, 7-5.

Record: CN 4-6, 1-2

Tuesday, September 9
Women's Varsity Golf

AT UKIAH VALLEY GOLF COURSE

Par 34

Cardinal Newman 243, Ukiah 272

CN: Megan McConnell 39; Natalie Justice 48; Emily Pham 49; Angela Chang 52; Sarah Knight 55.

U: Grace Eversole 48; Cassidy Schutz 53; Emily Bawcom 56; Ashlyn Thurston 56; Elka Roderick 59.

Records: CN 2-0, U 1-1

Women's Varsity Tennis

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman 7, Ukiah 0

Singles: Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Gema Udarbe 6-3, 6-3; Preston Bernd (CN) d. Victoria Rubio 6-1, 6-0; Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Taylor Scott 6-3, 6-2; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Lizzy McKeon 6-0, 6-0.

DoublesRachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Jessica Wong-Meliah Capistrano 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Mayra Jimerez-Sydney Summers-Knight 7-5, 7-5; Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson (CN) d. Maya Maurer-McBangalo-Sarah Teran.

Record: CN 4-5, 1-1


Men's Water Polo

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman 13, Sonoma Valley 4

CN GoalsStafford 7, Farber 2, Tarantino 2, Houlihan 1, Peterson 1

CN Goalie Brock Bauer Saves:  8

Records CN 1-0; SV 0-1

JV: Cardinal Newman 12, Sonoma Valley 4


Women's Varsity Volleyball

AT HEALDSBURG

Cardinal Newman d. Healdsburg 21-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-23

CN: Ingrid Jungferman 10 kills; Marina Vidaurri 9 kills; Sara Gruber 6 aces.

Record: CN 5-2

Women's Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Analy        1  3  –  4

Cardinal Newman  0  2  –  2

CN Goals - Megan Moore, Abby Stroner


Monday, September 8
Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Marin Catholic  2  0  –  2

Cardinal Newman  2  1  –  3

CN goals: Rupert Holden; Shayne Bruno; Tyler Ferrar. Assists: Ferrar; Kyler Hankins.

Friday, September 5
Varsity Football
AT STOCKTON

Cardinal Newman        0     0   7   8 – 15
St. Mary’s                      7    15   7   6 – 35
Records: CN 1-1, SM 1-0

Thursday, September 4
Women's Varsity Golf

NBL

AT OAKMONT WEST

Par 36

Cardinal Newman 266, Maria Carrillo 284

CN: Megan McConnell 47; Angela Chang 50; Emily Pham 50; Sarah Knight 57; Natalie Justice 62.

Records: CN 2-0, MC 1-1


Women's Varsity Volleyball
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman d. El Molino 25-23, 25-21, 25-21.

CN: Marina Vidaurri 10 kills; Ingrid Jungferman 11 kills, 10 assists.

Record: CN 1-1

Wednesday, September 3
Varsity Football
PD Preps Insider: Newman defense loosens up

Hatch another Newman standout

Linebacker Pat Evans was the defensive standout for Cardinal Newman in its 56-32 victory over Churchill County (Nev.) on Saturday, making plays all over the field. His efforts were noted in The Press Democrat’s game story.

If Evans had a wingman that evening, it was nose guard Duncan Hatch. The senior made life hard for Churchill County quarterback Joe Pyle, meeting him at the line on running plays and pressuring him into incompletions on pass plays.

Hatch also had a key stop against Greenwave running back Nathan Heck, planting him for no gain on the first play after the Cardinals had taken a 35-32 lead late in the third quarter.

Newman coach Paul Cronin thought the turning point for his team Saturday evening was when his defense, especially his seniors, relaxed a bit and started having fun.

“It’s weird,” Cronin said. “Every year you play the first game, and it’s a little reflective of last year’s team. I don’t know why that is.

“I think our guys are really conscious of trying to do a good job defensively, and we played nervous instead of saying ‘let’s just go play this game.’ ”


Tuesday, September 2
Women's Varsity Volleyball
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Volleyball Roundup: Analy rallies from 2 sets down

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

ANALY 3, CARDINAL NEWMAN 2

Analy, with its back to the wall after dropping the first two games, rallied to defeat host Cardinal Newman in a non-league volleyball game Tuesday night.

The Tigers won the deciding game, 15-9, after Newman got off to a quick start with identical 25-22 wins in the opening sets.

Analy came back to get on the board with a 25-10 win in the third and then stayed alive with a 25-22 victory in the fourth.

The score was 7-7 in the deciding set when Analy took control by winning four points in a row.

For Newman, Jade Buhman was impressive with nine kills and 15 digs.

“It was a roller coaster,” Cardinals coach Anna Waller said. “We’re a young team and this was our first game. I think we were mentally fatigued at the end. We just didn’t finish.”


Analy d. Cardinal Newman 22-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22, 15-9

CN: Jade Buhman 9 kills, 15 digs; Megan Vice 22 assists; Hannah Robles 8 kills.

Records: Analy 1-1, CN 0-1

Saturday, August 30
Varsity Football

Cardinal Newman races to 56-32 victory in opener

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Newman 56, Churchill County (Nev.) 32

LOOMIS — One minute and 30 seconds into the 2014 football season, Cardinal Newman had already turned over the ball and given up a quick touchdown with some shoddy defense. With a sophomore quarterback at the helm, it looked like things could pretty quickly spiral out of control, at least in Saturday’s opening game at Del Oro High.

On the sidelines, coach Paul Cronin wasn’t sweating it — at least not any more than you would expect on a blistering August afternoon in the Central Valley. It was 104 degrees in the parking lot before kickoff, and no doubt hotter on the artificial turf.

“Relax,” Cronin told his players. “Long game. Fun game.”

“You get in the first games, they’re so goofy,” Cronin said afterward. “I mean, you got a sophomore quarterback starting, you got nerves and a big event. The kids, the Marines come talk to ’em. You blow it out of proportion. So if you freak out there as a team, it’s gonna be tough to come back.”

Newman survived its jitters and an inspired performance by Churchill County (Nev.). By the end, it was the Cardinals who were having fun, scoring the final 28 points of the game and beat the Greenwave 56-32 as part of the Honor Bowl series, starting the season on a high note.

In addition to going 1-0, Cardinal Newman served notice that its quarterback position is in capable hands. Young Jordon Brookshire was sensational, rushing for 228 yards on 22 carries and completing 8 of 11 passes for another 178 yards. Brookshire ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more, making it look easy in his first varsity action.

Honor Bowl organizers named him Newman’s player of the game.

Things did not start smoothly for the Cardinals, though. On the second play from scrimmage, Brookshire threw a bubble screen to wide receiver Kasey Mansen, who fumbled. Connor Richardson recovered for Churchill County, and it took the Greenwave just two plays to find the end zone, speedy Nathan Heck scoring on a 23-yard run.

Early on, it was Churchill County making the big plays and Cardinal Newman countering with sustained drives. The Cardinals marched the ball 72 yards in 14 plays, then went 83 yards in 18 plays to knot the game at 14-14 early in the second quarter. Newman took its first lead, 21-14, 1:41 before halftime on another bubble screen to Mansen; he broke this one for 32 yards.

The Cardinals offense was rolling, but they had lost two fumbles in the first half. It could have been worse, too, with Brookshire letting a couple of shotgun snaps slip through his hands. He was able to recover both.

“That was just me thinking a little too quickly about the next step and not focusing on my ball security,” Brookshire said.

If the first half was interesting, the third quarter was absolutely wild.

Heck started it with a 58-yard run just 27 seconds into the quarter. Midway through the period, Pyle punched it in from 2 yards out for Churchill County. Newman responded with a crisp drive, Brookshire finishing it on a 31-yard run. The Cardinals forced a punt, but on their next play, Greenwave defensive back Aaron Bitter flew into the backfield, plucked Brookshire’s pitchout from the air and raced 38 yards for a touchdown.

“We had got control of the game, and then I called a stupid play for a touchdown,” Cronin said. “… And then you’ve got frantic-ness going on. There’s just touchdowns all over the place.”

The crowd hadn’t finished celebrating that highlight when Mansen took the ensuing kickoff and blasted 85 yards for a Cardinal Newman touchdown.

Along the way, Churchill County had missed three extra points (one of them a 2-point try broken up by Cardinals defensive back Tommy Streb), allowing Newman to take a 35-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

Streb scored on an 87-yard pass play 1:19 into the fourth quarter (on yet another bubble screen), and Cardinal Newman never looked back. It was the defense that took over late.

“Honestly, we were over-pursuing the running backs,” senior linebacker Pat Evans said of the Cardinals’ early struggles. “What they’d do is cut back underneath us once we got over the top. We made a game-time adjustment and started reading the guards, and that allowed us to see the holes better and fill them with a lot more accuracy.”

It was Evans who sparked the turnaround. He made several high-impact tackles, batted a ball out of the air on a blitz, intercepted a pass and ran down a ball carrier from behind, stopping him inches short of a first down — all in the second half

This was a high-profile win for Cardinal Newman.

The Honor Bowl included four games Friday and six Saturday — split between Del Oro and Oceanside High in Southern California — and spotlighted some of the top prep teams in California and other Western states. The series honors the U.S. military, and the game here had a USMC color guard for the national anthem and a couple of Humvees parked behind one end zone.

The final Northern California game had relevance to Cardinal Newman, too. It featured Clayton Valley Charter, the Cardinals’ opponent on Sept. 13. Cronin’s assistants were planning to stick around to scout the Ugly Eagles, but the head coach was heading home. He had his young son with him, and anyway.

“I’ve been watching their film all summer,” Cronin said. “I’m sick of watching Clayton Valley.”


CARDINAL NEWMAN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Athletic Director 
Jerry Bonfigli    
Office: (707) 546-6470 Ext. 127
Fax:    (707) 544-8502
jbonfigli@cardinalnewman.org

Assistant Athletic Director
Dave Geoffrion
           
Office:  (707) 546-6470 Ext. 111
         geoffrion@cardinalnewman.org

Athletic Secretary 
Gayle deRutte
Office: (707) 546-6470 Ext. 115
Fax:    (707) 544-8502
derutte@cardinalnewman.org

Ryan King
Office: (707) 546-6470 Ext. 317

Booster Board 
Carol Drake
          Booster President
          carol.drake@gandgmarket.com

Kathy Badger
Advancement Office: (707) 546-6470 Ext. 121
 








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