Cardinal Newman High School
ATHLETICS

 

Varsity Football 

Saturday, November 15

NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win

By PHIL BARBER

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

What was most impressive for Cardinal Newman wasn’t that senior halfback Craig Lucey had 241 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ North Coast Section first-round playoff game against Novato on Saturday night.

It’s that Lucey wasn’t even his team’s leading rusher.

Sophomore quarterback Jordon Brookshire ran for 261 yards and three touchdowns of his own against the Hornets, teaming with Lucey to form an indomitable one-two punch, and Cardinal Newman emerged with a 41-27 victory over the visiting Hornets.

That’s right around 500 rushing yards between two players, which is usually enough to guarantee a win.

Despite that impressive ground attack, though, Newman didn’t flatten the Hornets or leave them in the dust. In fact, the game wound up being as hard-fought as you would expect between the No. 8 (Cardinal Newman) and No. 9 (Novato) seeds in the Division 3 bracket. Both of these teams were conference co-champions, Newman in the North Bay League and Novato in the Marin County Athletic League, and they played like it Saturday.

When Novato scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Cassee to Ben Putman with 6:31 to play, it trimmed the Cardinals’ lead to 34-27 and set up a heart-pounding finish.

Moments later, Cardinal Newman faced third-and-3 from its own 39, but Brookshire was able to find Connor Rubattino with a 23-yard completion.

Rubattino had only two catches in the game, but both were on key third-down conversions in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals pushed on from there, and Lucey finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to put Newman up by 14.

Novato’s dreams died a couple snaps later when Cassee missed a receiver and senior Matt Knott intercepted for Newman to ice the game.

The Hornets (7-4) won their first league title since 2008 this year, but ultimately were unable to solve the Cardinals’ ground game.

Newman (8-3) didn’t rely on a lot of trickery to pound out those yards. Lucey would head outside, left or right, behind trap blocks and kick-outs by fullback Zack Stoltz.

Brookshire would read the defense and either give the ball to Lucey or keep it himself, generally for a run up the middle.
The blocking was practically flawless, as were Brookshire’s reads.

“He’s reading people,” Newman coach Paul Cronin said of his young quarterback. “We started in January. And he’s about 95 percent, which amazing for a sophomore kid.”

With Brookshire and Lucey trading yards, Cardinal Newman overcame an early 6-0 deficit and built a 28-6 lead with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns that bracketed an interception by James Rael. The Cardinals were rolling.

But Novato came into the game as one of the top passing teams in the section, and Cassee started to find his rhythm. After passing for just 70 yards in the first half, he would finish 18 of 27 for 206 yards and three touchdowns.

“They do so much stuff offensively, it’s like you can’t really get dialed in,” Cronin said. “They just have so many darn sets. You don’t know which one they’re gonna go with, and you’re kind of throwing ’em all up there, trying to do the best job you can.”

Cassee’s scoring plays included a 2-yard pass to Juan Carlos O’Neil at 2:28 of the third quarter. Brookshire lost a fumble on Cardinal Newman’s next possession, and the Hornets capitalized with O’Neil’s 21-yard touchdown run that cut Newman’s lead to 28-20.

At that point, Cronin had to be thinking about a lost opportunity at the end of the first half, when the Cardinals drove from their 36 all the way to the Novato 1 but couldn’t get another play off before the clock expired

Fortunately for the Cardinals, they were able to trade touchdowns with Novato in the fourth quarter, helped on one of them by Brookshire’s 61-yard run.

Next up for Cardinal Newman on Friday is undefeated Campolindo, the No. 1 seed in the division.

“I’d be lying if I were to say I didn’t watch a lot of Campolindo film between the hours of 12 and 3 this week,” Cronin admitted.

Friday, November 14

Varsity Football

Fourth-quarter touchdown lifts Cardinal Newman

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After trailing through three quarters Friday night, Cardinal Newman scored with 3:25 remaining and then held on to defeat visiting Windsor, 23-20, in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Jaguars had a chance to tie the game with six seconds left, but Gedi Tevares’ 41-yard field goal attempt came up short.

Newman completed the North Bay League portion of the season with a 6-1 mark. That’s the same record as Rancho Cotate, but the Cardinals get the league’s automatic invitation to the North Coast Section tournament because of the league’s tiebreaker procedure.

The Cardinals fell behind Windsor, 20-9, before scoring the final 14 points of the game.

Damian Wallace’s 95-yard kickoff return and a two-point conversion in the third brought Newman to within three points.

After the teams traded possessions without scoring early in the fourth, Craig Lucey then scored on a 19-yard run. The point after failed.

Jordon Brookshire, the Cardinals quarterback, was outstanding. He rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries. One of those runs resulted in a 41-yard touchdown.

The sophomore was equally as impressive with his passing. He completed eight of nine throws for 80 yards.

Friday, October 31

Varsity Football 

Benefield: Full speed ahead for Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin had his team gathered around Friday night, moments after the visiting Cardinals dismantled rival Montgomery on their home field, and immediately began talking about Saturday’s practice.

No gloating, no back patting. A few words of encouragement, a thing or two to work on, and on to next.

Cardinal Newman entered the game with a league record that was only slightly better than Montgomery’s yet took the host team apart for four quarters in the most dominating fashion. It was 52-13 by game’s end and Newman had moved to 5-1 in league and the Vikings were dropped to 3-3.

The win keeps the Cardinals in the running for the NBL crown and quashes any slim chance the Vikings had to stay in the hunt.

The Cardinals are thinking long term.

“We have gotten better,” sophomore quarterback Jordan Brookshire said. “But there are things to work on.”

Like coach, like quarterback.

“It’s just a step in getting to playoffs,” Brookshire said of the win.

But before the playoffs, a little thing called the league title must be decided. After Friday night’s win, Cardinal Newman is chasing Rancho Cotate, which manhandled Ukiah 60-0 Friday night and also gave the Cardinals their only league loss.

With Windsor’s loss to Maria Carrillo Friday, Newman is in sole possession of second place in league going into the final game next week when the Cardinals will take on Windsor.

The Cardinals showed every sign of peaking when it counts. After a non-conference preseason schedule that saddled them with two losses, the Cardinals have looked sharp.

And Friday night’s win was as thorough as it gets.

The Cardinals marched to victory largely behind dominant performances by Brookshire and senior running back Craig Lucey, who had three touchdowns apiece.

Brookshire had 233 yards on 15 carries. In the air, he was four of six attempts for 82 yards.

When he wasn’t running, his sturdy running back was. Lucey had 171 yards on 23 carries.

But for Lucey, the defining moment wasn’t a slice of one of the Cardinals’ offensive flurries, it was sophomore defensive back Damian Wallace’s fourth-quarter interception of Vikings quarterback R.J. Flores. After Wallace snagged the ball deep in his own territory, he outsprinted the entire Vikings side until it was only Flores left to stop him.

Flores’ night of frustration ended with the hit he put on Wallace that sent the defensive back’s helmet flying.
But it was Wallace’s sturdy gallop that impressed Lucey.

“It’s really good to see guys out there playing aggressive,” Lucey said. “The way he finished it was really impressive. It was a symbolic play for how we should play all the time.”

The play could be seen as symbolic of Flores’ night as well. The senior quarterback had an impressive 241 passing yards but repeatedly lost his composure throughout the game. He threw two interceptions, but also threw his helmet to the turf.

It was a different story on the other sideline as the Cardinals calmly delivered 11 more points than they have averaged all season and held Montgomery to 9 points below their typical output.

But there wasn’t a lot of whooping from the Cardinals. After the game the young quarterback talked of the big picture, but also taking the rest of the season in pieces — not getting too far ahead of themselves.

Before the game, Cronin said that this deep into the season, his sophomore quarterback really can’t be considered a sophomore anymore. He’s got too much running in his legs and air under his tosses to be seen as an underclassman.

Brookshire showed the panache of a seasoned vet. He put up big numbers and found teammates who could do the same.

Late in the third quarter, he ran a quarterback keeper, showed his quickness and popped in for a one-yard touchdown run.

Less than two minutes into the fourth, Brookshire showed an entirely different kind of speed, out racing the entire Vikings squad for an 80-yard touchdown run.

But for Brookshire and the Cardinals, those pieces are just building blocks for next game, next practice, next Friday night.

Thursday, October 30

Women's Varsity Volleyball 

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman d. Rancho Cotate 25-17, 25-17, 25-17

CN: Monique Boudreaux 9 kills, Marina Vidaurri 10 kills, Ingrid Jungferman 9 kills, Melissa Mitchell 12 assists, Megan Vice 10 assists.

Monday, October 27

Men's Varsity Soccer

AT MARIA CARRILLO

Cardinal Newman  1  1  –  2

Maria Carrillo  1  0  –  1

CN goals: Kyler Hankins; Tom Broffman.

Record: CN 7-9-2, 4-8-1

Women's Varsity Golf

NCS Division I Qualifier

AT BLUE ROCK SPRINGS GC (Vallejo)

In the Division 2 tournament at Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo, Cardinal Newman’s Megan McConnell was the low Empire golfer with an 89.

The Cardinal Newman team finished third with a 389 score.

Par 72

Redwood Empire Golfers

Megan McConnell (Cardinal Newman) 89, Angela Chang (CN) 93, Emily Pham (CN) 99, Natalie Justice (CN) 108, Sierra Sanchez (Piner) 113, Sophie Sells (Kelseyville) 135.

Friday, October 24

Varsity Football 

CARDINAL NEWMAN 49, UKIAH 7

At Cardinal Newman, Craig Lucey caught two touchdown passes and ran for another.
The senior caught scoring passes  of 21 and 9 yards and also had a 56-yard run.
The Cardinals took control from the start as they led 21-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Jordon Brookshire completed only four passes but three of those went for touchdowns. In addition to the two to Lucey, the sophomore also hooked up with Connor Rubattino on a 17-yard score.
Newman is now 4-1 in the NBL and 5-3 overall. Ukiah’s record is 0-5 and 1-7.

Wednesday, October 22 

Men's Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Ukiah                        0   1–1

Cardinal Newman       0   2–2

Goals: CN-Rupert Holden, Tyler Farrar.

Record: CN 6-9-2, 3-8-1

Varsity Cross Country

NBL

AT MARIA CARRILLO

Distance – 2.7 miles

Boys team results: 1. Maria Carrillo 16, Cardinal Newman 59, Ukiah 63

Individual results: 1. Jordan Scobey (MC) 13:48; 2. Zac West (MC) 14:12; 3. Jacob Wright (MC) 14:48; 4. Lucas Azcarraga (MC) 14:50; 5. Steve Adams (CN) 14:50; 10. Nate England (U) 15:06

Girls team results: Maria Carrillo 15, Ukiah 62, Cardinal Newman 63

Individual results: 1. Chaz Breedlove (MC) 16:55; 2. Samantha Perry (MC) 17:04; 3. Shannon Palladino (MC) 17:24; 4. Allie Ahern (MC) 17:25; 5. Cecilia Avelar (MC) 17:35; 8. Katherine Wong (U) 17:57; 10. Carlie Borders (CN) 18:30

Men's Varsity Water Polo 

MCAL

AT LARKSPUR

Redwood 20, Cardinal Newman 10

CN goals: Jack Stafford 7; Zach Peterson 3

Record: CN 5-4

JV: Red 18, CN 6

Tuesday, October 21

Women's Varsity Volleyball

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman d. Windsor 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-12

CN: Ingrid Jungferman 17 kills, 18 assists; Marina Vivaurri 14 kills; Megan Vice 24 assists, 15 digs; Kate West 27 digs.

Record: CN 12-4, 4-7

Women's Varsity Soccer

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Montgomery            2   3–5

Cardinal Newman    0   0–0

CN 4-10-4, 1-7-3

Women's Varsity Tennis

NBL
 
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
 
Cardinal Newman 7, Rancho Cotate 0
 
Singles:Preston Bernd d. Natalie Miranda 6-0, 6-2; Anna Tamayo d. Cindy Sanchez 6-1, 6-1; Rachael McGregor d. Cailey Baker 6-2, 6-1; Tasha Schafer d. Anth Anaya 6-2, 6-3
 
Doubles:Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley d. Danielle Ellis-Noelia Caballero-Marco 6-3, 6-2; Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson d. Kyla Johnson-Jaclyn Dorn 6-1, 6-0
 
Record: CN 13-8; 10-4.

 

Women's Varsity Water Polo

MCAL

Redwood 13, Cardinal Newman 3

Goals: CN-Addison Edgar, Alissa Wankmuller, Tal Webb.

Saves: CN-Phoebe Sheahan 9.

Record: CN 4-13, 2-7

JV: Redwood 15-2

Friday, October 17

Varsity Football 

Brookshire leads way in Newman’s victory

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Jordon Brookshire passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more as visiting Cardinal Newman defeated defending North Bay League champion Casa Grande, 48-7, Friday night.

Brookshire figured in all three of his team’s first quarter scores. He connected with Casey Mansen on a 28-yard pass and then ran in a pair of TDs (nine and 13 yards).

For the evening, Brookshire completed 14 of 19 passes good for 146 yards. He rushed 12 times for 24 yards.

Running back Craig Lucey also had a big night. He ran for 115 yards on eight touches and scored twice (25 and 45 yards).

The Cardinals’ defense was led by Bryce McChinak with nine tackles while Pat Evans had five.

Max Cerini scored Casa’s touchdown in the second quarter on a 17-yard run.

Cardinal Newman is 3-1 in the NBL and 4-3 overall. The Gauchos fall to 1-3 and 1-6.

AT CASA GRANDE

Cardinal Newman       21   7   20   0–48

Casa Grande                    0   7     0   0–7

CN: Casey Mansen 28 pass from Jordon Brookshire (Aidan Nagle kick)

CN: Brookshire 9 run (Nagle kick)

CN: Brookshire 13 run (Nagle kick)

CG: Max Cerini 17 run (Matt Abramo kick)

CN: Craig Lucey 45 run (Nagle kick)

CN: Lucey 25 run (PAT failed)

CN: Mansen 25 int. (Nagle kick)

CN: Zach Stoltz 4 pass from Brookshire (Nagle kick)

Passing: CN-Brookshire 14-19-146, 2 TDs; CG-JJ Anderson 7-16-95.

Receiving: CN-Mansen 2-83, TD; Stoltz 3-83, TD; Mark Burrows 2-21; Connor Rubattino 8-59; CG-Joey Markam 3-42; Kaleo Garrigan 1-24.

Rushing: CN-Brookshire 12-24, 2 TDs; Lucey 8-115, 2 TDs. CG-Spencer Torkelson 7-26; Kevin Donahoe 11-34; Cerini 6-42, TD.

Records: CN 4-3, 3-1; CG 1-6, 1-3

Thursday, October 16

Women's Varsity Golf

AT OAKMONT WEST

Par 36

Cardinal Newman 257, Casa Grande 312

CN: Megan McConnell 42, Emily Pham 50, Sarah Knight 53, Angela Chang 54, Natalie Justice 58.

CG: Emma Dennett 53, Carrianne McCarthy 58, Rose Dagino 63, Shelby Althuizen 68, Natalie Micco 70.

Record: CN 14-0

Women's Varsity Volleyball

AT MARIA CARRILLO

Maria Carrillo d. Cardinal Newman 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18

CN: Kate West 21 digs; Maggie Rei 13 digs; Ingrid Jungferman 8 kills, 13 assists; Kylea Langhals 8 kills.

Women's Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Windsor                    1   1–2

Cardinal Newman      0   1–1

Goal: CN-Megan Moore.

Assist: CN-Julia Hasson.

Record: CN 5-8-4, 1-6-3.

JV: CN won 1-0

Varsity Water Polo

High school girls water polo

MCAL

AT UKIAH

Ukiah 19, Cardinal Newman 5

Goals:  CN: Megan Cannon, Allison Edgar, Marissa Garzini, Pal Webb; Caroline Olsen

Record:  CN 4-14, 1-5

High school boys water polo

MCAL

AT UKIAH

Ukiah 18, Cardinal Newman 15

Goals:  CN: Jack Stafford (13), Zino Parantino, Zach Peterson

Record: CN 8-8, 5-3

JV: CN won

Wednesday, October 15

Men's Varsity Soccer

AT CASA GRANDE

Cardinal Newman          0   0   0   0–0

Casa Grande                0   0   0   1–1

Press Democrat Report:

At Petaluma, the only goal of the game came with two minutes left in the second overtime.

That was when Edwin Aquiu scored.

Aquiu collected the ball inside the six-yard box after it took a funny bounce and kicked it to the back of the net.

“He thought it hit a pothole,” coach Greg Volker said.

Newman mounted a final challenge but Casa keeper Jort Kuiphof made a difficult save with 10 seconds remaining.

Most of the night’s action came on Newman’s side of the field.

“I felt we should’ve scored more because of the way we controlled the ball,” Volker said. “We didn’t play our best but found a way to get the win.” 

Women's Varsity Tennis

NBL 

AT MONTGOMERY

Montgomery 4, Cardinal Newman 3

Singles: Marghi Andreassi (M) d. Anna Hartman 6-0, 6-2; Alexandra Wood (M) d. Preston Bernd 6-4, 6-2; Delaney Seymour (M) d. Molly Wolmuth 6-3, 6-3; Karen Cai (M) d. Anna Tamayo 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: Rachel McGregar-Tasha Schaefer (CN) d. Maria Casciani-Haley Wyatt 4-6, 6-4, 11-9; Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Mckennah Goshgarian-Megan Gallegos 5-7, 6-4, 10-7; Gigi Swenson Aguirre-Maddie Wilson (CN) d. Alli Young-Laila Laham 7-5, 6-2.

Tuesday, October 14

Women's Varsity Golf

NBL

AT OAKMONT WEST

Par 36

Cardinal Newman 240, Santa Rosa 298

CN: Megan Emily Pham 40; McConnell 44; Sarah Knight 50; Angela Chang 51; Natalie Justice 55.

SR: Kara Curry 45; Maddie Clifton 62; Dreena Edillor 62; Olivia Hernandez 64; Catherine Brunet 65.

Record: CN 13-0

Women's Varsity Volleyball

AT UKIAH

Ukiah d. Cardinal Newman 25-16, 25-10, 25-18

JV: CN 2-1

Friday, October 10

Varsity Football

By HOWARD SENZELL
For The Press Democrat

Newman 38, Rancho Cotate 45 

Justin Zinnerman scored on a 6-yard pass from Gunner Mefferd in overtime to lift Rancho Cotate to a 45-38 victory against the visiting Cardinal Newman Friday night.
The Cougars got the ball first in the extra period and scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 6.
On its possession, Newman also had a fourth-and-goal from the 6. However, the Cardinals gained only a yard as the Rancho defense stiffened.
The Cardinals took a 31-28 lead into the fourth quarter after trailing 14-10 at halftime.
With the win, Rancho is 28-1 on its home turf. This season, the Cougars are 3-0 in the NBL and 4-2 overall.
Newman’s record is 2-1 in league and 3-3.

Men's Varsity Soccer

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Santa Rosa  2  1  –  3

Cardinal Newman  0  1  –  1

CN goal: Mitchell Hansen.

Thursday, October 9

Women's Varsity Golf

AT FOXTAIL SOUTH
 
Par 35

Cardinal Newman 246, Rancho Cotate 296

CN: Megan McConnell 39, Emily Pham 46, Angela Chang 51, Natalie Justice 52, Sarah Knight 58.

RC: Taylor Singh 52, Jessica Baumann 54, Tiffany Davis 60, Sonika Dola 64, Rachel Sousa 66.

Records: CN 12-0, RC 0-12

Varsity Water Polo

High school boys water polo

MCAL

AT LARKSPUR

Marin Academy 10, Cardinal Newman 9

CN goals: Jack Stafford 2; Gino Tarantino 2; Devin Farber 2; Max Bielen; Joey Frazier; Zach Peterson.

Notable: Cardinals goalie Brock Bauer had 6 saves.

Record: CN 7-5, 5-2

High school girls water polo

MCAL

AT LARKSPUR

Marin Catholic 11, Cardinal Newman 6

Goals: CN-Marissa Garzini 2, Jacquelyn Castro, Addison Edgar, Gabi Edman.

Saves: CN-Phoebe Sheahan 12 saves.

Record: CN 3-11, 1-4

JV: MC won 15-5

Women's Varsity Volleyball

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Santa Rosa d. Cardinal Newman 26-24, 25-20, 15-25, 27-25

Wednesday, October 8

Men's Varsity Soccer

NBL
 
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Maria Carrillo               1   1   0    0–2

Cardinal Newman     2   0   0   1–3

Goals: CN-Kyler Hankins 2, Tyler Farrar.

Record: CN 4-6-2, 1-5-1

Women's Varsity Tennis 

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
Cardinal Newman 7, Windsor 0 
 
Singles:  Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Kathryn Kuklinski 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; Preston Bernd (CN) d. Saria Campers 6-0, 6-0; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Alexa Black 6-0, 6-0; Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Yesenia Perez 6-0, 6-2
 

Doubles:  Tasha Schafer-Rachael McGregor (CN) d. Nan Yoo-Maddie Stokeld 6-1, 6-3; Megan Ryan-Anna Freeberg (CN) Lexy-Revelez 6-1, 6-4

Record: CN 11-7, 8-3

Tuesday, October 7

Women's Varsity Golf

AT OAKMONT WEST

Par 36

Cardinal Newman 246, Montgomery 311

CN: Megan McConnell 42; Angfela Chang 49; Natalie Justice 50; Sarah Knight 52; Emily Pham 53.

Mont: Jaxen Brazell 50; Cammie Bursuglia 62; Simone Leibowitz 63; Jenna Smith 65; Bella Abreu 71.

Record: CN 11-0

Women's Varsity Tennis

NBL

AT MARIA CARRILLO

Cardinal Newman 4, Maria Carrillo 3

Singles: Fu Long (MC) d. Anna Hartmann 6-0, 6-1; Tiffany Liang (MC) d. Preston Bernd 7-6 (6), 6-2; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Glenda Soundra 7-6 (1), 6-4; Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Emma Samson 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: Rachel McGregor-Tasha Schaefer (CN) d. Anna Carr-Tejoni Johnson 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; Noor Lamba-Rhea Sheth (MC) d. Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley 7-5, 5-7 (10-4); Maddie Wilson-Gigi Swenson-Aguirre (CN) d. Jessica Christensen-Sarah Horglund 6-0, 6-3.

Friday, October 3

Varsity Football

Newman pulls away from Maria Carrillo 42-28

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In a high-scoring second half, the Cardinal Newman football team pushed for a late lead, eventually beating Maria Carrillo 42-28, Friday night in Santa Rosa.

The Pumas struck first, when Walker Rotherham found Jared Brazis for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but the Cardinals capitalized on a Puma fumble in response.

Craig Lucey completed the drive with a 10-yard carry for the touchdown.

“I think the first half was representative of the preparation we’ve all put in this week.” Maria Carrillo head coach Jay Higgins said. “We both had good game plans for each other and a good defense.”

Tied at halftime, Cardinal Newman began the third-quarter scoring frenzy when Michael Ortola carried the ball for 5 yards and the touchdown.

The Pumas’ Alex Netherda was quick to respond, carrying the football for 43 yards, before Rotherham found Brazis to complete the two-point conversion

It was the last time Maria Carrillo would lead, however, as a 23-yard carry from Newman’s quarterback Jordan Brookshire, and a completed two-point conversion of their own, put the Cardinals up 21-14.

“They made some adjustments and we couldn’t get our feet under us after that,” Higgins said. “They (Cardinal Newman) did a good job of doing what they needed to get done.”

Rotherham found Jack Dobar for a touchdown to tie the game at 21, but Cardinal Newman regained the lead 10 seconds later, returning a kickoff for 60 yards.

“We fumbled the ball five times,” Cardinal Newman head coach Paul Cronin said. “I never gave us control of the game. If we could hold on to the ball, we could have done a lot better controlling the game.”

Maria Carrillo’s Isiah Kohne recovered a fumble and returned the ball 65 yards for a touchdown, but it wouldn’t be enough to clinch the home win.

“I really enjoy prepping for them,” Higgins said. “It’s a fun week for us in terms of the chess game, and it’s enjoyable because it’s so challenging.”

Brookshire added a 31-yard touchdown and a 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the Cardinals’ lead and seal the win on the road.

“He’s a great athlete and he’s matured as a player,” Cronin said, “but our line upfront was able to control the game.”

The Cardinals improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the North Bay League, but Cronin said the team was a bit disappointed in minor mistakes, and they know what they needed to work on.

“We need to do a better job of ball security,” he said. “We need to work on that this week.”

Maria Carrillo dropped its overall record to 2-3 and 0-2 in the NBL. 

AT MARIA CARRILLO

Cardinal Newman            0            6            21            15            —            42

Maria Carrillo                    6            0            15               7            —            28

MC: Jared Brazis 3 pass from Walker Rotherham (kick failed)

CN: Craig Lucey 10 run (kick failed)

CN: Michael Ortola 5 run (Nagle kick)

MC: Alex Netherda 43 run

MC: Brazis pass from Rotherham 2 pt conversion

CN: Jordan Brookshire 23 run

CN: Brookshire 2 pt conversion

MC: Jack Dobar 3 pass from Rotherham (Nagle kick)

CN: Matt Knott 60 kickoff return (Nagle kick)

CN: Brookshire 31 run (Nagle kick)

MC: Isiah Kohne 65 fumble return (Eastwick kick)

CN: Brookshire 47 run (Nagle kick)

Rushing: CN-Lucey 17-162, TD, Brookshire 20-245, 2 TD; MC- Netherda, 7-86.

Receiving: CN- Zack Stoltz 3-42

Passing: CN-Brookshire 4-4, 65

Women's Varsity Soccer 
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Rancho Cotate        0   2   0   0–2

Cardinal Newman    1   1   0   0–2

Goals: RC-Kamryn Coulter, Ashley Fontanelli. CN-Megan Moore, Gaby Singler.

Assists: CN-Moore, Dani Gilson.

Record: CN 4-7-3, 1-4-2

Thursday, October 2

Women's Varsity Golf

AT OAKMONT WEST

Par 36

Cardinal Newman 253, Ukiah 270

CN: Megan McConnell 42; Natalie Justice 47; Angela Chang 51; Emily Pham 52; Hannah Knight 61.

U: Grace Eversole 45; Cassidy Schutz 48; Ashlyn Thurston 57; Elka Roderick 58; Emily Bawcom 62.

Record: CN 10-0, U 8-2

Varsity Water Polo

High School boys

MCAL

AT FINLEY AQUATIC CENTER

Marin Catholic            0     3   1   1 –5

Cardinal Newman   5   10   0   4 –19

Goals: MC-Michael Bassous 2, Liam Noonan 2, Zack Anderson-Jew. CN-Jack Stafford 13, Max Bielen 2, Joey Frazier 2, Devin Farber, Zach Peterson.

Saves: CN-Brock Bauer 11

Record: CN 6-4, 4-1

High School girls

MCAL

AT FINLEY AQUATIC CENTER

Marin Catholic 20, Cardinal Newman 2

CN: Marissa Garzini, Tal Webb

Notable: Goalie Phoebe Sheahan had 12 saves.

Record: CN 3-9, 1-2

Men's Varsity Soccer 

NBL

AT MONTGOMERY

Cardinal Newman    0  1  0  0  –  1

Montgomery             1  0  1  0  –  2

Women's Varsity Volleyball 

NBL

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Cardinal Newman d. Casa Grande 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14

CN: Kate West 24 digs, Jade Buhman 9 aces, Ingrid Jungferman 19 kills, Megan Vice 19 assists.

Record: CN 9-9, 2-4

Wednesday, October 1

Women's Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Casa Grande                 3   0–3

Cardinal Newman       2   0–2

Goals: CG-Amanda Galbraith 2, Alyssa Fowler. CN-Abby Stromer, Megan Moore.

Assists: CN-Gabby Singler.

Record: CN 4-7-2, 1-4-1

JV: CN won 2-1

Tuesday, September 30

Women's Varsity Golf

AT OAKMONT EAST
Par 32
Cardinal Newman 221, Maria Carrillo 238
CN: Megan McConnell 36, Angela Chang 45, Emily Pham 41, Natalie Justice 47, Sarah Knight 42.
MC: Morgan Olhiser 41, Hallie Aanenson 49, Gillian Fernandez 47, Chianna Crawford 48, Katy Darrow 53.
Records: CN 9-0, MC 6-3

Women's Varsity Tennis

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
Cardinal Newman 4, Santa Rosa 3
Singles:  Anna Hartmann (CN) d. Haley Lyons 7-5, 6-0; Laurel Ockender (SR) d. Preston Bernd 6-2, 6-1; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Taylor Bellinghausen 6-3, 6-3; Lindsay Bribiescas (SR) d. Anna Tamayo 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles:  Rachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Chloe Maybrun-Caroline Chu 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5), 6-4; Ana Rye-Olivia Cobb (SR) d.  Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley 6-0, 2-6, 6-3; Maddie Wilson-Gigi Swenson-Aguirre (CN) d. 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.
Record: CN 8-7, 5-3

Women's Varsity Volleyball 

 AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Montgomery d. Cardinal Newman 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-12 

CN: Ingrid Jungferman 19 kills; Jade Buhman 14 kills, 4 aces, 23 digs; Hannah Robles 28 digs, 7 kills; Megan Vice 22 assists; Melissa Mitchell 20 assists.

Records: Mont. 10-5, 4-1; CN 8-9, 1-4

Friday, September 26

Varsity Football

CARDINAL NEWMAN 48,
 SANTA ROSA 19

At Cardinal Newman, Kasey Mansen had three touchdown runs of more than 55 yards.

The senior’s first score was a 77-yard kickoff return. That was followed by a 55-yard fumble recovery and then a 91-yard kickoff return.

Quarterback Jordon Brookshire had a good night as he completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Santa Rosa                 6      6   0   7–19

Cardinal Newman    21   21   6   0–48

CN: Jordan Brookshire 7 run (Aidan Nagle kick)

CN: Brookshire 8 run (Nagle kick)

SR: Kalei Aukai 80 run (PAT failed)

CN: Kasey Mansen 77 kickoff return (Nagle kick)

CN: Conner Rubattino 16 pass from Brookshire (Nagle kick)

CN: Mansen 55 fumble recovery (Nagle kick)

SR: Devonte Manning 1 run (PAT failed)

CN: Mansen 91 kickoff return (Nagle kick)

CN: Michael Ortola 4 run (PAT failed)

SR: Aukai  13 run (Ben Kutcher kick)

Passing: SR-Aukai 1-3-22. CN-Brookshire 14-20-142, TD.

Receiving: SR-Manning 1-22. CN-Rubattino 4-53, TD; Zach Stoltz 4-44; Mark Burroughs 2-4.

Rushing: SR-Manning 29-117, TD; Aukai 8-106, 2 TDs. CN-Craig Lucey 7-37; Brookshire 9-57, 2 TDs; Ortola 6-31, TD.

Records: SR 0-4, CN 2-2

Tuesday, September 23
Women's Water Polo

MCAL

AT TERRA LINDA

Cardinal Newman 6, Terra Linda 5

Goals: CN-Marissa Garzini 3, Alissa Wankmuller 2, Gabi Edman.

Saves: CN-Phoebe Sheahan 16.

Record: CN 3-7, 1-0

Men's Varsity Water Polo
MCAL
 
AT TERRA LINDA

 
Cardinal Newman  6  5  2  5  –  18
Terra Linda             0  0  1  1  –  2

 
Goals:  CN: Jack Stafford (7), Zach Peterson (4), Gino Tarantino (2), Sean Houlihan( )2, Joey Frazier, Nick Uebel, Devin Farber; TL: RJ Williams, Nathan Peacock
 
Notable:  Cardinal Newman goalie Brock Bauer had nine saves
 
Record:  CN 2-1

Women's Varsity Golf
NBL
 
AT ADOBE CREEK
 
Par 36
 
Cardinal Newman 255, Casa Grande 319
 
CN: Megan McConnell 46, Angela Chang 48, Emily Pham 51, Natalie Justice 54, Sarah Knight 56.
 
CG: Rose Bagnino 58 (PB), Kerrianne McCarthy 62, Shelby Althuiven 65, Anna Luiz 66, Natale Micco 68.
 
Records: CN 7-0, CG 2-5

Women's Varsity Tennis
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
 
Cardinal Newman 6, Casa Grande 1
 
Singles: Satvika Madadi (CG) d. Anna Hartmann 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; Preston Bernd (CN) d. Sara Geyer 6-1, 6-1; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Sandy Yang 6-3, 6-4; Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Julia O’Keeffe 6-2, 6-0.
 
Doubles: Rachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Skyler Genelly-Emily Ingram 6-2, 6-2; Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Sally Nanez-Michelle Ruiz 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson (CN) d. Danielle Rebullida-Marie Montoya 6-3, 6-1. 
 
Record: CN 6-7, 3-3

Women's Varsity Volleyball
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
Maria Carrillo d. Cardinal Newman 25-10, 25-21, 25-22
 
CN: Jade Buhman 8 kills, 10 digs, 4 aces; Kate West 14 digs; Hannah Robles 6 kills, 12 digs, 4 aces.
Records: MC 10-3, 3-0; CN 7-8, 0-3

Men's Varsity Soccer

AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Rancho Cotate                1              3              —             4
Cardinal Newman            0              1              —             1

Monday, September 22
Women's Varsity Soccer
NBL
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN

Ukiah  2  0  0  0  –  2
Cardinal Newman  0  2  0  0  2
CN goals: Julie Moreno; Grace Forsell. Assists: Megan More 2.
Record: CN 4-5-2, 1-2-1

Thursday, September 18
Women's Varsity Tennis

NBL
 
AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
Montgomery 4, Cardinal Newman 3
.
Singles:  Marghi Andreassi (M) d. Anna Hartmann 6-1, 6-1; Alexandra Wood (M) d. Preston Bernd 6-2, 7-5; Delaney Seymour (M) d. Molly Wolmuth 6-2, 6-4; Anna Tamayo (CN) d. Karen Cai 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
 
Doubles:  Tasha Schafer-Rachael McGregor (CN) d. Maria Casciani-Mckennah Goshgarian 7-6 (7-2), 6-0; Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Haley Wyatt-Megan Gallegos 6-1, 6-3; Allie Young-Laila Laham (M) d. Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Water Polo
High school girls water polo

MCAL

AT FINLEY AQUATIC CENTER

Justin-Siena 22, Cardinal Newman 6

CN: Addison Edgar 3, Marissa Garzini 2, Julia Kennedy.

Notable: Phoebe Sheahan had 10 saves for the Cardinals.

Record: CN 2-7

 
High school boys water polo
 
MCAL

AT FINLEY AQUATIC CENTER

Justin-Siena 19, Cardinal Newman 9

CN: Jack Stafford 6, Devin Farber 2, Gino Tarantino.

Record: CN 1-1

JV: JS won 11-7


Tuesday, September 16
Women's Varsity Golf
NBL
 
AT OAKMONT WEST
 
Par 36

Cardinal Newman 257, Rancho Cotate 329

Rancho Cotate: Jessica Baumann 59, Taylor Singh 59, Tiffany Davis 71, Sonika Dola 69, Rachel Sousa 71.

Cardinal Newman: Megan McConnell 45, Angela Chang 53, Emily Pham 51, Natalie Justice 54, Sarah Knight 54.

Record: CN 5-0

Women's Varsity Tennis
AT WINDSOR
 
Cardinal Newman 7, Windsor 0

 

SinglesAnna Hartman (CN) d. Kathyrn Kuklinski 6-2 6-2; Preston Bernd (CN) d. Saria Campers 6-4,6-0; Molly Wolmuth (CN) d. Megan McCabe 6-2,6-2; Anna Tamayo  (CN) d. Alexa Black 6-1,6-0.

DoublesRachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer (CN) d. Yesenia Perez-Brittany Barba def 6-1,6-0; Megan Ryan-Shannon Foley (CN) d. Nan Yoo-Annabel Cole 6-1,6-1; Gigi Swenson-Aguirre-Maddie Wilson (CN) d. Anna Freeberg-Georgia Wyman 6-1, 6-1.

Women's Varsity Volleyball
AT SANTA ROSA

Santa Rosa d. Cardinal Newman 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20


Men's Varsity Soccer
NBL

AT SANTA ROSA

Cardinal Newman             0   0–0

Santa Rosa                        0   2–2


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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