Cardinal Newman High School


Saturday, May 9

Men's Varsity Tennis

NCS boys tennis: Cardinal Newman duo claim crown



The Cardinal Newman doubles team of Tom Broffman and Connery Gschwend walked off with the first-place trophy in the NCS Division 2 tournament on Saturday, while singles player Alejandro Serrano Osoba had to settle for second place.

In the championship round played on the College of Marin campus in Kentfield, the Newman duo dispatched No. 1 seed Theo Ubben and Sandy Schenker of Marin Academy 6-0, 6-2.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Osoba lost to Salesian’s Dominic Tu 6-2, 6-4.

It was the second NCS title in three years for the Gschwend family. In 2013, Connery’s older brother Greg teamed up with Dylan Tasker for a victory in the finals.


The younger Gschwend and his partner were dominating and held serve throughout the match.

“We played really well together,” the junior said. “We got to the net a lot and were consistent with our volleys.”

The Newman players and coach Tony Greco watched the Marin Academy duo play an early-round match on Friday.

“They didn’t do anything that could hurt our guys,” Greco said. “If my players stayed strong, I knew we could beat them.”

Broffman and Gschwend played singles during the regular season but decided to form a doubles team for the NCS tournament.

“They complement each other,” Greco said. “Broffman has a strong serve and a good power game. He’s also crafty at the baseline while Gschwend is good at the net. They’re a strong combo.”

The Newman duo didn’t lose a set while winning three matches en route to the title.


“I think we played our best in the finals,” Broffman said. “We both served well and were more aggressive. Taking first in an NCS tournament was one of my goals, so this feels great.”

The singles final was a David vs. Goliath matchup. Osoba, the North Bay League singles champ, was spotting his Salesian foe size and experience.

“Osoba is a freshman, while his opponent is a senior and was bigger and stronger,” Greco said. “He matched Alejandro’s power and had an experience edge.”

Tu, who upset the No. 2 seed in the semifinals, put Osoba in a hole from the start. The first set was 5-0 before the Newman player got a game.

The second set was nearly the same as Osoba fell behind 4-1 before battling back to make it 5-4. However, the Salesian player was then able to serve out the match.


“It was a rough day,” Osoba said. “For the most part, I didn’t control the ball and missed badly on some shots I ordinarily make.

“I got back in the match late in the second set but I couldn’t break him when he was up 5-4.”

Osoba plans to return to his native Spain this summer but be back at Newman for his sophomore year.

“I’m very proud of him and the doubles players,” Greco said. “I think Alejandro needs to play experienced players more often. He needs to be challenged more. Don’t forget, he’s only 14.”

The Newman players will be back on the courts Tuesday as the Cardinals host a first-round match in the NCS Division 2 team tournament. The Santa Rosa school, the No. 7 seed, will entertain No. 10 International.

Newman, champions of the NBL, is 20-4 while International finished 7-6 competing in the Bay Counties League.

Friday, May 8

Women's Varsity Lacrosse

NBL Championship


Cardinal 13, Rancho Cotate 5

CN: Jordan Foster 3 goals, 3 assists; Maddie Wilson 3 goals, assist; Celine Gallo 3 goals, assist; Kasey Braun goal, 3 assist.

Notable: By virtue of its NBL title, Cardinal Newman is headed to the NCS Tournament which begins Wednesday. Newman’s playoff matchup will be determined Sunday.

Men's Varsity Baseball



Cardinal Newman        800   012   0–11   16   0

Santa Rosa                  001   001   0–2        9   1

WP: Cal Clamar, LP: Tyler Kelley

CN: Michael Clark 2×3, 2B, 2 RBI; Colin Imm 3×3, RBI; Aidan Nagle 1×1; Luc DeLorenzo 1×3; Clamar 1×3, 2 RBI; Jason Moran 2×3; Kasey Mansen 2×2, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Bryce McChinak 1×1; Travis Steever 1×2; Michael Vreeland 1×2.

Records: CN 18-4, 10-2; SR 3-18, 1-11

Thursday, May 7

Women's Varsity Softball


At Santa Rosa, all the Cardinals’ runs were unearned as the Panthers committed four errors. Newman was outhit, 7-3.

The Cardinals scored the only run pitcher Lexie Raasch would need in the first inning.

Cardinal Newman added two insurance runs in the third and another in the sixth.

Raasch, Sarah Holly and Emily Jaffe accounted for the Newman hits.

For Santa Rosa, Briana Ririe and Maicie Rackerby both had a pair of hits.


Cardinal Newman        102   001   0–4   3   1

Santa Rosa                   000   000   0–0   7   4

WP: Lexie Raasch, LP: Johanna Peelen

CN: Emily Jaffe 1×2, Sarah Holly 1×2, Raasch 1×4.

Records: CN 10-7, 6-6; SR 7-10, 6-6

Tuesday, May 5

Women's Varsity Softball



Cardinal Newman                002   000   00–2   2   3

Ukiah                                 000   002   01–3   9   0

WP: Delaney Kindopp, LP: Lexie Raasch

CN: Emily Jaffe 1×4; Kate West 1×3, RBI.

Records: CN 9-7, 5-6; Ukiah 17-4, 10-1

Men's Varsity Golf

NCS Division 2 Championship 


Par 71

Redwood Empire golfers: Brandon Bone (Cardinal Newman) 74 (Brandon placed third overall). 

Wednesday, April 22

Men's Varsity Baseball

Newman hands Carrillo rare NBL setback


Colin Imm’s solo home run in the first inning turned out to be the game’s only scoring as Cardinal Newman handed visiting Maria Carrillo its first NBL loss in nearly two years on Wednesday.

The outcome also tightened up the league race as the Pumas and Casa Grande are now tied with 6-1 records at the halfway point. Newman is 5-2.

Carrillo entertains the Gauchos on Friday at 4 p.m.

Wednesday’s loss snapped a 20-game league winning streak for the Pumas. Their last NBL loss was May 15, 2013, at the hands of Newman.

Imm, who bats third for the Cardinals, made solid contact on a Zach Scott thigh-high fastball and deposited the ball over the left-field fence and onto the tennis courts. It was the junior’s first varsity home run.

Pitcher Michael Clark and the Newman defense made the run stand up. The senior scattered five singles and his fielders played error-free.

Alex Roeser and Chris McMahon helped out with outstanding defensive plays.

“Clark pitched phenomenal,” Newman coach TJ McMahon said. “He consistently gave the Carrillo hitters tough balls to hit.

“Zach Scott also had great stuff. It’s a shame one of them had to lose.”

Newman never got close to scoring after the Imm homer. The Cardinals managed only three other hits and had three runners picked off first base.

“It’s definitely the biggest win of the year for us and puts us back in the NBL race,” McMahon said. “It was nice to see a clean defensive game. The bats didn’t do much, but credit goes to Scott for that.”

Carrillo got only one runner as far as third base. That was Clayton Andrews in the first inning.

“We had several opportunities to score but weren’t disciplined at the plate,” Pumas coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “I was impressed with both pitchers. Clark stuck mainly with his fastball and we went for some pitches out of the zone.

“It was a good high school game. Well-played pitching and defense by both teams.”

The loss snapped Carrillo’s seven-game winning streak.



Maria Carrillo              000   000   0–0   5   0

Cardinal Newman      100   000    x–1   4   0

WP: Michael Clark, LP: Zach Scott

CN: Alex Roeser 1×3; Colin Imm 1×2, HR, RBI; Kyle Scott 1×1; Kasey Mansen 1×2.

Records: MC 13-3, 6-1; CN 13-4, 5-2

Friday, April 17

Varsity Swimming



Girls: Montgomery 96, Cardinal Newman 78

200 Medley Relay: (M) 2:04.03; 200 Free: Jessica Kwan (M) 2:23.99; 200 IM: Theresa Nowak (M) 2:28.54; 50 Free: Molly Kinahan (M) 28.56; 100 Fly: Eva Ratcliff (M) 1:00.50; 100 Free: Addison Edgar (CN) 1:06.10; 500 Free: Sophie Ebright (M) 6:52.82; 200 Free Relay: CN 2:04.85; 100 Back: Jessica Kwan (M) 1:10.10; 100 Breast: Theresa Nowak (M) 1:11.24; 400 Free Relay (M) 4:08.91

Record: CN 2-3

Boys: Cardinal Newman 89,  Montgomery 84

200 Medley Relay: (CN) 1:51.08; 200 Free: Jack Stafford (CN) 2:06.35; 200 IM: Ray Monks (CN) 2:12.14; 50 Free: Devin Farber (CN) 23.96; Diving: Alex Pontz (M) 100 Fly: Quinn Kezer (M) 58.68; 100 Free: Devin Farber (CN) 55.24; 500 Free: Spencer Holtschult (CN) 5:19.62; 200 Free Relay: (CN) 1:44.30; 100 Back: Quinn Kezer (M) 1:00.06; 100 Breast: Max Bonta (M) 1:05.28; 400 Free Relay (CN) 3:43.91

Record: CN 4-1

JV: CN won

Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 6, Casa Grande 1

Singles: Connery Gschwend (CN) d. Nico Carballal 6-3, 6-1; Tom Broffman (CN) d. Ram Goli 6-2, 6-3; Brad King (CN) d. Jeff Becker 6-4, 6-2; Jason Goldblatt (CG) d. Grant Wall 6-4, 6-0.

Doubles: JP Destruel-Chris Buse (CN) d. Kevin Zamanzadeh-Manas Varma 6-3, 6-1; Cole Henry-Trevin Anderson-Soria (CN) d. Sam Fuller-Spencer Battaglia 6-4, 6-1; Cutler Price-Chris Urasaki (CN) d. Sai Nadendla-Josiah Huse 6-0, 6-0.

Saturday, March 21

Men's Varsity Baseball 



Cardinal Newman         500   005   0–10     13   0

Del Campo                   200   010   0–3        3   2

WP: Michael Clark, LP: Devon Burhans

CN: Alex Roeser 2×4; Kyle Scott 3×5, 3B, RBI; Luc DeLorenzo 1×3, RBI; Aiden Nagle 1×3, RBI; Clark 1×5, RBI; Colin Imm 1×2; Kyle Fistolera 1×2; Kasey Mansen 1×3, 2 RBI; Cal Clamar 1×1, RBI.

Records: CN 5-2, DC 4-2-1

Thursday, March 19

Women's Varsity Softball


Sonoma Valley       000 000 1- 1- 3- 1

Cardinal Newman  400 000 x-  4- 7- 2


WP: Lexie Raasch (CG, 9K’s), LP: Hayden Pearce
CN: Megan McConnell 2×3, 2 2B, Sarah Knight 1×3, 2B;


Men's Varsity Tennis

Cardinal Newman 4, Maria Carrillo 3
Singles: Alejandro Serrano Osoba (CN) d. Valentin Lohmer 6-0, 6-0; Connery Gschwend (CN) d. Dat Tran 6-3, 6-3; Vidur Kailash (MC) d. Tom Broffman 7-5, 6-2; Sandeep Tiwari (MC) d. Brad King 6-2, 6-2
Doubles:  Brendan Caskey-Matthew Guangco (MC) d. Chris Buse-JP Destruel 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Cole Henry-Grant Wall (CN) d. Spencer DeRecat-Bobby Jepson 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Chris Urasaki-Cutler Price (CN) d. Tom Poland-Edison Chan 6-2, 6-2
Record: CN 12-3 Overall; 6-0 NBL

Wednesday, March 18

Men's Varsity Baseball


The Cardinals scored more runs in this game than they had in their previous five games combined.

Newman banged out 18 hits and scored multiple runs in four innings.

“The bats finally showed up,” Cardinals coach T.J. McMahon said. “We had hits up-and-down the line-up.”

Leading the offensive barrage was Alex Roeser. He was 5-for-5 with three RBIs. Also with multi-hit games were: Aiden Nagle, Bryce McChinak, Kasey Mansen and Luc DeLorenzo.

Pitcher Kyle Scott held Rancho to five hits while picking up the victory.

“He was able to consistently stay down in the strike zone,” McMahon said. “Between his fastball and curve, he kept the hitters off balance.”

It was Scott’s first start of the season.

Newman is 4-2 and 1-0 in league.



Rancho Cotate          000   000   0–0       5   1

Cardinal Newman     102   344   x–14   18   0

WP: Kyle Scott, LP: Jayman Graveman

CN: Alex Roeser 5×5, 3 RBI; Aiden Nagle 3×4, 2 RBI; Bryce McChinak 2×4; Kasey Mansen 2×3; Luc DeLorenzo 2×3, RBI.

Varsity Swimming




Cardinal Newman 90, Santa Rosa 78

200 Medley Relay:  CN 1:50.99, 200 Free: Trevor Jones, (SR) 1:58.86; 200 Ind Med: Ray (CN) 2:11.35; 50 Free: Devin (CN):23.76; 100 Butterfly: Gino (CN) 1:02.75; 100 Free: Devin (CN) :54.53; 500 Free: Spencer (CN) 5:09.13; 200 Free Relay: CN 1:46.51; 100 Back: Ray (CN) 1:01.26; 100 Breast: Spencer (CN) 1:10.31; 400 Free Relay: CN 3;40.57


Santa Rosa 115, Cardinal Newman 53

Tuesday, March 17

Women's Varsity Basketball

CIF girls basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman upset by Brookside Christian 54-50



Fouls and free throws told the story of the Cardinal Newman girls’ 54-50 loss to Brookside Christian Tuesday night in the CIF NorCal basketball semifinals.

Newman was called for 22 fouls; Brookside 11.

Brookside attempted 27 free throws, making 17 of them.

Newman made 2 of 5 free throws — in the entire game.

The imbalance had Newman coach Monica Mertle quizzing the official scorer multiple times late in the game, wondering out loud if it could be right.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Knights had taken 18 free-throw attempts to Newman’s 3. And it wasn’t a particularly chippy game.

Afterward, Mertle spoke carefully about the difference.

“I’ve never seen a basketball game with that large of a discrepancy,” was as much as she’d say.

“But we can’t control that,” she added.

Maybe it was an omen that one of the three referees took the floor just before tipoff without his whistle. He had to hurry over to his jacket in the bleachers to begin the game.Newman, the top-seeded team in NorCal Division 4, finishes 26-7 overall.

No. 4 Brookside, a 100-student school from Stockton, is 26-3 and advances to play Piedmont Saturday night in the regional final. The winner there plays the Southern California winner for the state title.

Brookside’s Aarion McDonald had a game-high 24 points, while her teammate Ra’kyra Gabriel added 12. The Knights relied on only five players, using a sixth sparingly.

Newman freshman guard Maiya Flores scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers.

Senior guard Kylie Kiech and sophomore forward Hailey Vice-Neat each added 10. Post players Tiffany Salinas and Lauren Walker both ran into foul trouble.

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The game was tight throughout, with Newman holding a slim 16-14 lead after the first quarter, which the Cardinals were able to extend to 24-19 with 2:51 left in the first half.

But two baskets by the Knights, a three-foot bank shot from McDonald and a 3-pointer from Gabriel, tied it at 24 with 1:34 left in the half.

Brookside came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring Newman 9-5 during a three-minute stretch, taking a 34-30 lead.

After a frustrating possession in which Newman missed four shots, including two 3-pointers, Brookside’s Ariana Vaughn got a rebound, dribbled the length of the floor and put in an easy layup for a 36-30 advantage, the largest of either team.

Newman fought back to trail by one, 36-35, after three quarters.

Kiech sank a 3-pointer from the top, followed by another three by Flores and a putback by Vice-Neat to go up 43-38.

After Newman was called for another foul, Mertle asked the scorekeeper for the first time about the free-throw numbers. Almost halfway through the fourth quarter, Newman had not yet taken a free throw in the second half.

A few minutes later, she asked for the cumulative total: Brookside had taken 18, Newman 3.

“We missed a lot of free throws in the first half,” Brookside coach Pico Wilburn said. “I think that made them think they could be more aggressive.”

Brookside made 5 of 11 foul shots in the first half, and 12 of 16 in the second.

With 1:43 left, Brookside’s McDonald was fouled in a scrum under Newman’s goal after a long miss by Vice-Neat, setting her up at the foul line with the game tied at 47.

She made the first of two, putting the Knights up, 48-47, the final lead change of the night.
With 30 seconds left, the speedy McDonald added to the lead with a steal of a long pass from Vice-Neat to Kiech, who fouled her.

McDonald sank both free throws, then another two after being fouled by freshman Jasmine Henderson on the inbound pass, putting Brookside up 52-47.

Wilburn said the win was a moral victory for his girls, who he said hadn’t garnered much respect this season after turmoil last year. Though he has coached for more than 20 years — including coaching against Mertle when she was in the sixth grade playing youth basketball — Wilburn only took over at Brookside in September after the previous coach was let go.

“This feels so good,” he said. “It’s a morale lift.”

Three of Brookside’s players are headed to Division I colleges, including Gabriel to Florida-Atlantic and Vaughn to University of the Pacific. McDonald, a junior, has verbally committed to the University of Washington, Wilburn said.

He had high praise for Mertle and the four-year-old Newman girls program: “They are going to come right back.”

Mertle praised her seniors, who came in as freshmen in the first female class at Newman, after its sister school Ursuline High closed.

“They formed the foundation of our program,” she said. “It’s been a struggle. We’ve scraped and clawed and every year we’ve gotten better. They’ve been the pillars of that. I’m really proud of them.”

CIF NorCal Tournament

Division 4


Brookside Christian 14 11 11 18 – 54

Cardinal Newman 16 9 10 15 – 50

CN: Maiya Flores 20 (six 3s), Kylie Kiech 10, Hailey Vice-Neat 10.

Men's Varsity Basketball

CIF boys basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman falls to St. Mary’s, 61-43



There are sports aphorisms that seem to be true at every level, and even across different games, and one of them is this: It’s tough to beat a good team three times in a row.

Cardinal Newman boys basketball coach Tom Bonfigli knew it full well before his team’s CIF NorCal Division 4 semifinal playoff game against Saint Mary’s of Albany. And his concerns were borne out as the Cardinals fell to the visiting Panthers 61-43 at Fitzgerald Gym on Tuesday night.

The Newman boys were the Redwood Empire’s last remaining hope for a NorCal title.

The Cardinals had knocked off Saint Mary’s twice this season, a one-point win in the Rose City Tournament back in mid-December and a 17-point romp in the semifinals of the North Coast Section playoffs.

The Panthers turned the tables Tuesday, using their superior quickness to harry Cardinal Newman and avoiding the mistakes that had doomed them in those earlier meetings.

“The fact we beat ’em twice was nothing in the minds of our players,” Bonfigli said afterward. “And this game wasn’t an 18-point game. We got to six or eight a couple times, but we didn’t use good judgment. And they did a good job of slowing things down when they had to.”

The Cardinals never led in this game, and didn’t manage to tie the score again after it was 11-11 in the first quarter. But they cut their deficit to 51-43 on a 3-point shot by Connor Rubattino from behind a screen, just before Bonfigli called time out with 2:02 remaining.

Newman made several stirring comebacks this season, and pulled out a tense one-point win over Half Moon Bay in the preceding round. The home crowd, wearing St. Patrick’s Day green in combination with Cardinal red, sensed another big finish.

But Cardinal Newman (30-4) would not score again. The Panthers (20-11) ended with a 10-0 flourish, getting easy buckets after breaking the Cardinals’ press and picking up a couple of gift free throws after senior Justin Botteri was hit with a technical for arguing a foul call.

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“We play as a team. I don’t think anybody had a great game tonight,” Bonfigli said. “We weren’t nervous, we weren’t intimidated. We just didn’t play well.”

Saint Mary’s coach Craig Battle said the difference this time was better execution of his team’s full-court press.
“We didn’t give ’em any easy baskets this time,” Battle said. “Everybody knows we press. But he’s a smart coach, and he beat the pressure and they got a lot of layups.”

It wasn’t that the Panthers called off the press this time. They just organized it a bit differently, and ran it more smoothly.

The quick Saint Mary’s kids were quick of hand and foot. They constantly got their hands on the basketball, tipping Newman passes. And when they were able to get a turnover, their transition game was hard to stop.

Early, it seemed as though rebounding would be the equalizer for Cardinal Newman. That advantage seemed to disappear as the game wore on.

“They killed us on the boards last time,” Battle said. “I haven’t seen the numbers, but our perimeter players got a lot of rebounds tonight. We wanted to hold them to one shot.”

The turning point for the Panthers was an 8-0 run late in the third quarter that gave them a 40-27 lead. The Cardinals generated a little buzz with a 5-0 push in the fourth quarter that included a three-point play by Rubattino. But Saint Mary’s big man Demond Washington responded with a three-point play of his own after he was fouled by Newman center Gunnar Walker.

Washington led all scorers with 17 points, including nine in the final period. Kevin Warren scored 14 for the Panthers. Botteri paced Cardinal Newman with 15 points, followed by Rubattino with 13.

Rubattino will be back next year, but the Cardinals’ other four starters graduate in June. They’ll have quite a senior season to remember.

“I think this team really played well together,” Bonfigli said. “They got the maximum out of their potential. They won a lot of big games, came back several times. And 30 games is a phenomenal achievement.”


DIV. 4

Saint Mary’s             17  11  12  21  —  61

Cardinal Newman    12    8    9  14  —  43

Cardinal Newman–Justin Botteri 15, Connor Rubattino 13, James Ryan 6, Damian Wallace 5, Chad Sousa 4.

Records: SM 20-11, CN 30-4

Men's Varsity Tennis


Cardinal Newman 7, Ukiah 0

Singles: Connery Gschwend (CN) d. Claudio Carrera (U) 6-0, 6-0; Tom Brossman (CN) d. Blake Hosmer (U) 6-1, 6-0; Brad King (CN) d. Anthony Ebert (U) 6-0, 6-0; Zach Duckworth (CN) d. Seth Woldemar (U) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Chris Buse/JP Destruel (CN) d. Dante Burrell/Giovanni Barba (U) 6-0, 6-0; Cole Henry/Grant Wall (CN) d. Ricky Carrillo/Indigo Funk (U) 6-0, 6-1; Cutler Price/Chris Urasaki (CN) d. Ismael Ceja/Brian Olinger (U) 6-1, 6-0.

Records: CN 5-0 NBL; U 0-5 NBL

Tuesday, February 24

Men's Varsity Tennis



Cardinal Newman 7, Analy 0

Singles:  Alejandro Serrano Osoba d. Nick Wight 6-0, 6-2; Connery Gschwend d. Aidan Toner Rogers 6-0, 6-7 (7-3), 11-9; Tom Broffman d. Michael Grieve 6-1, 6-1; Brad King d. Jeremy Rozet 6-3, 6-3

Doubles:  JP Destruel-Jake Bentham d. Noah Peake-Greg Gonzales 6-4, 4-6, 11-9; Cole Henry-Grant Wall d. Lucas Brooker-Tommy Howley 6-1, 6-2; Cutler Price-Chris Urasaki d. Nicco Weisskoff-Nathan Sevillo 6-2, 6-0.

Women's Varsity Softball



Novato                      003 020 2- 7-10-1

Cardinal Newman       410 001 0- 6- 8- 2

CN: Emily Jaffe 3×4, 2B; Raasch 2×4

Record:  CN 0-1

Friday, February 20

Men's Varsity Basketball

Newman Boys Down Monty in NBL Final



Year after year, game after game, quarter after quarter, the Montgomery and Cardinal Newman boys basketball teams battle each other like 500-pound gorillas.

Friday on the neutral hardwood of Santa Rosa Junior College, the Vikings and Cardinals tipped off in the North Bay League Tournament championship game, and the game was every bit as intense as expected. After one quarter, Newman led by two points. At halftime, Newman led by two points. After three quarters, Newman led by two points.

Final score: Cardinal Newman 47, Montgomery 45.

The dust didn’t really settle until the final second, when the Cardinals’ James Ryan sneaked into the lane to grab an offensive rebound on teammate Justin Botteri’s missed free throw. Ryan cradled the ball and flashed a big smile, and Newman had won the rubber match in the Redwood Empire’s most competitive basketball rivalry.

“It was a great game,” Cardinal Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “I though both teams played really, really well. I thought both teams played really, really hard. The execution was good. Fitch (Montgomery’s Tom Fitchie) is a great coach. Playing these guys here, league finals, kind of the highlight of your season.”

The Cardinals’ blue-collar approach to basketball was reflected in their balanced scoring. Sophomore Damian Wallace had 13 points off the bench, senior Justin Botteri scored 11 and junior Connor Rubattino added 10 points while hitting three 3-pointers.

Newman built an eight-point lead, its largest of the game, twice in the fourth quarter, the last at 43-35 with 3:54 remaining. But the Vikings clawed their way back into it, and senior Joe Peterich made things interesting when he popped a 3-pointer from the right baseline to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 47-45. Montgomery called time out with 1.8 seconds left, and Botteri was fouled on the inbound pass with 1.4 on the clock. He missed both free throws in the double bonus, but Ryan came through with the big rebound.

At the start of the game, the teams didn’t look so evenly matched. The Vikings scored the first nine points of the game as Newman missed its first six shots and Montgomery’s 6-foot-11 center, Eric Poulsen, quickly established his dominance inside.

Poulsen would win up with 24 points — nobody else on the Monty side scored more than six — and several blocked shots, including two in the first four minutes to set the tone.

But just like that, Cardinal Newman reversed course. The impetus was Wallace, who entered the game with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter and his team trailing 9-0. The Cardinals reeled off a 13-2 run, with Wallace and Botteri scoring five points each.

“Damian Wallace is a heck of a player,” Bonfigli said. “One of those guys — he’s instinctive, he’s intuitive, he makes good decisions, he’s fearless.”

Poulsen remained the most important player on the court. In fact, he scored 12 of Montgomery’s 14 points in the third quarter. But after that opening spree, the Cardinals made him work much harder for his buckets, collapsing on the big man with double teams and forcing him to pass out of the post.

Cardinal Newman improved to 26-2 while Montgomery fell to 18-10. Both await their North Coast Section playoff seedings Sunday.

Women's Varsity Basketball

Cardinal Newman Rolls to Tournament Title


It would be an understatement to say Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team dominated NBL opponents this season.

The Cardinals not only won all 16 games they played against league foes, they won those games by an average of 38 points.

On Friday night, in the finals of the NBL Tournament, Newman dismantled Santa Rosa, 71-30.

After the game, which was played at Santa Rosa JC, Panthers coach Jim Gomes paid Newman the ultimate compliment. “Team-wise and depth-wise they’re the best NBL team of all time,” he said. “They just do so many things well.”

Santa Rosa hung tough early and trailed 9-7 after the first quarter. However, by halftime, the Cardinals were cruising, 28-16.

After intermission, it only got worse for Santa Rosa. The Panthers were held to four points in the third while Newman scored 21.

“They came out and shot the lights out,” Gomes said. “We couldn’t handle it.”

Hailey Vice-Neat had seven of her game-high 17 in the third quarter.

The Cardinals had three other double-figure scorers. Finishing with 10 apiece were: Maiya Flores, Lauren Walker and Tal Webb.

Vice-Neat and Walker had 10 rebounds each, Tiffany Salinas nine.

“I’m very proud of this team and what they stand for,” coach Monica Mertle said. “This is a group of hard-working, intelligent young women who have put their personal agendas aside for the good of the program.

“We play as a team and that’s the only way the game should be played.”

Devin Murray, in her first game since suffering a concusion on Jan. 8, led the Panthers with nine points, and Emily Codding had eight.

The Panthers head into next week’s NCS Division 1 Tournament at 20-8. Three of those losses were to Newman. During the regular season, the Cardinals beat them 66-33 and 65-43.

Cardinal Newman, sporting a 23-5 record and a 17-game winning streak, competes in NCS Division 4.

Tuesday, February 17

Women's Varsity Basketball

Cardinal Newman trounces Montgomery 80-53



Cardinal Newman raced to its 16th win in a row Tuesday night with an 80-53 victory over visiting Montgomery in an opening round game of the NBL tournament.

The top-seeded Cardinals will play Santa Rosa for the tourney title on Friday at SRJC. The Panthers advanced with a 54-49 triumph over Windsor.

It was the second-best offensive game of the season for the Cardinals. They scored 85 in a win over Rancho Cotate on Jan. 8.

Newman broke open Tuesday’s game in the second quarter by outscoring Montgomery 29-7.

One reason for Newman’s success this season is depth and it was on display Tuesday. Ten players scored and five finished in double figures.

Six-foot-4 sophomore Lauren Walker led the attack with 14. She was followed by Maiya Flores (13), Kylie Kiech (12), Tal Webb (11) and Britta Irvine (11).

“Webb and Irvine gave us a big lift off the bench,” coach Monica Mertle said.

“I was really happy with the way we shared the ball. Being unselfish is one of the keys to this team’s success.”

(See more photos from the game)

Coach Steve Bell’s Montgomery team has lost three times to Newman and the Cardinals have impressed him.

“They’re awfully good,” he said. “They have complete players and also depth. They’re talented, skilled and move the ball well.”

The Vikings got big games from Abby Lea and Shayla Newman. Lea scored 16 and was 7 of 9 from the floor while

Newman had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Newman is 22-5 overall while Montgomery’s record is 13-14.



Montgomery                   10      7   16   20–53

Cardinal Newman        17   29   17   18–80

CN: Lauren Walker 14 (13 reb.), Maiya Flores 13, Kylie Kiech 12 (6 assists), Tal Webb 11 (6 reb.), Britta Irvine 11.

Records: Mont. 13-14, CN 21-5


Notable: It was the 16th straight win for the Cardinals…

Friday, February 13

Men's Varsity Basketball

Cardinal Newman, Montgomery share NBL crown



Cardinal Newman and Montgomery both needed road wins Friday night in order to share the NBL regular-season title — and both came through.

The Cardinals upended Casa Grande, 57-50, while Montgomery defeated Santa Rosa, 66-42. Both games were played in front of standing-room-only crowds.

Newman will receive the league’s automatic invitation to the NCS tournament based on a drawing before the season started.

In the NBL tournament beginning next Wednesday, the Cardinals will host Windsor, while Montgomery entertains Casa Grande.

(See more photos from the Cardinal Newman-Casa Grande game)

Newman took the lead early against Casa Grande and held a 45-34 edge going to the fourth quarter.

The Gauchos cut the margin to seven in the final period but could get no closer.

Four Newman players finished in double figures, led by James Ryan with 14 points. Damian Wallace came off the bench to score 12, while Justin Botteri had 11 and Connor Rubattino 10.

Jon Christy had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Casa Grande.

It was career win No. 697 for Cardinals coach Tom Bonfigli, as well as the school’s 22nd NBL title.

“It was a loud, hot gym and our kids rose to the occasion,” Bonfigli said. “We executed well against a very good team on their court. We shot 55 percent from the floor and turned the ball over only six times. On defense, I thought our pressure seemed to bother them.”

Gauchos coach James Forni wasn’t happy with the way his team played.

“Overall, Newman stepped up and we didn’t,” he said. “They communicated well and we didn’t. I think that was a big reason we weren’t successful.”

Casa Grande ends the regular season 17-9 and 11-3 in league. Newman is 24-2 and 12-2.



Cardinal Newman        15   17   13   12–57

Casa Grande                  13   11   10   16–50

CN: James Ryan 14 (4 steals), Damian Wallace 12 (3 3s), Justin Botteri 11 (11 reb.), Connor Rubattino 10.

Notable: The Cardinals share the regular season title with Montgomery.

Wednesday, February 11

Men's Varsity Basketball


At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals put the game away by outscoring the visitors, 26-9, in the third quarter.

James Ryan had eight of his nine points in the period.

Connor Rubattino was Newman’s high-point man with 15.

Tuesday, February 10

Women's Varsity Basketball

Cardinal Newman girls claim NBL title



Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team captured its second straight North Bay League regular season title Tuesday night by defeating visiting Santa Rosa, 65-43.

With one game remaining, the Cardinals are 13-0 while second place Santa Rosa is 11-2. Newman plays at Casa Grande on Thursday.

“This was one of our goals,” coach Monica Mertle said. “I was really happy with the effort all the way through. We didn’t shoot well, but we stuck with it and got the job done.”

The Cardinals never trailed. After one quarter it was 22-14 and the lead grew to 32-22 by halftime.

Three-point shots late in the third by Hailey Vice-Neat, Kylie Kiech and Jasmine Henderson enabled Newman to expand the lead to 54-30 heading to the final period.

Kiech was the game’s top scorer with 17 points. She also had eight rebounds and five assists.

Vice-Neat scored 11 to go along with 11 boards. Tiffany Salinas contributed 10 points.

For Santa Rosa, Emily Codding scored 15 while Kylie Oden and Sara Howard finished with 10 apiece.

It was the 14th win in a row for the Cardinals. Their last defeat was on Dec. 30 when they lost to Brea Olinda (52-43) in the West Coast Jamboree.

When Newman and Santa Rosa met earlier in the year, the Cardinals won 66-33.

“This time we played with more poise,” Panthers coach Jim Gomes said. “That was especially true in the first half.
“Newman had a heckuva third quarter on both defense and offense. They’re such a good team, you can’t fall behind and expect to catch up.”

There’s a good chance the two schools will meet again a week from Friday in the final of the NBL Tournament.

Thursday, February 5

Men's Varsity Basketball


At Ukiah, coach Tom Bonfigli picked up career win 694.

The Cardinals held the Wildcats to two points in the second quarter and led 37-10 at halftime.

Justin Botteri scored 13 points for the visitors while Connor Kennedy had 11 for Ukiah.

“We played very good defense and took Ukiah out of everything they wanted to do,” Bonfigli said. “Also, they couldn’t match our height around the basket.”

Monday, January 26

Men's Varsity Basketball 

Newman shocks Casa Grande with frantic last-minute rally


Cardinal Newman rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 40 seconds to defeat Casa Grande, 60-54, before a standing-room only crowd Monday night at the Cardinals’ gym.

The win elevated Newman into a tie with the Gauchos atop the NBL standings.

Both schools are 6-1 as the league season reached its midway point.

Newman trailed 54-48 and Casa had the ball when the game turned. Following a missed shot, sub Jamon Roberts scored a basket.

On the Cardinals’ next possession, sub Damian Wallace nailed a 3-point goal to make the score, 54-53.

Roberts then rebounded a missed shot and fed Connor Rubattino, who made a 3-pointer. That gave the Cardinals a two-point lead. They finished the game by making four free throws.

“Holy cow, what a game,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “It was one of the those games everyone will remember.”

Rubattino finished with 29 points. Wallace and Cody Baker each scored nine. Will Crain, with 14 points, was the only Casa player to finish in double figures. Robbie Sheldon and Tommy Buickerood each had nine.



Casa Grande                   13    9   15   17–54

Cardinal Newman        14   13   6    27–60

CN: Connor Rubattino 29, Damian Wallace 9, Cody Baker 9.

JV: CN won 47-37

Thursday, January 22

Men's Varsity Basketball


At Santa Rosa, Connor Rubattino scored 30 points while playing only three quarters. He also had nine rebounds.



Cardinal Newman           20   21   20   12–73

Santa Rosa                    10   19   14   12–55

CN: Connor Rubattino 30 (9 reb.), James Ryan 13, Justin Botteri 10.

Records: CN 16-1, 5-1; SR 7-11, 2-4


Wednesday, January 21

Women's Varsity Basketball

High school girls basketball: Cardinals in a romp over Santa Rosa, 66-33



The Cardinal Newman girls basketball team won the battle of the North Bay League titans as it rolled over Santa Rosa to a 66-33 win Wednesday night.

Both teams entered the contest with undefeated 5-0 NBL and 12-5 overall records in a battled at Santa Rosa’s gym for the top spot in the league.

“Our goal was just to work hard,” Cardinal Newman coach Monica Mertle said. “It was very simple.”

Kylie Kiech led the Cardinals with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists.

(See more photos from the game)

Without Panthers’ key player Devin Murray, Cardinal Newman’s Hailey Vice-Neat dominated under the basket, as she snagged 13 rebounds and added 13 points and two assists.

“We have great leadership,” Mertle said of her senior players. “Anyone will step up on any given night and the girls have really been big on playing as a team.”

Kiech and Vice-Neat joined six other Cardinal Newman players who scored in Wednesday night’s win.

“We prepared a lot and really came together as a team,” Kiech said. “It’s always intimidating coming out to their crowd and we just started sharing the ball and playing as a team, and it got our confidence up.”

Maiya Flores had 11 points, while Tiffany Salinas and Megan McConnell added nine and six points, respectively. Tal Webb and Lauren Walker both chipped in five points and Julia Bertolero nailed a free throw to help push Cardinal Newman to another win in its undefeated league season.

“We just got really tired,” Santa Rosa coach Jim Gomes said.

“The Cardinals played very well and they shared the ball really well. They’re a very good team.”

The Panthers were led by senior Kylie Oden, who scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Emily Codding had three points, three rebounds, two steals and five blocks for the Panthers.

“Both of those ladies fight until the very end,” Gomes said of Oden and Codding. “They’ve been our horses all year long and they are just great basketball players.”

Natalie Vasquez recorded six points, Sara Howard finished with five points and Bre Ririe had four points for Santa Rosa.

Maiya Lopez also added a bucket, as the Panthers dropped their first league game of the year.

“I knew that my team needed me,” Oden said, “but we all knew that we had to pull together tonight. Without Devin, it’s a difference but it’s not an excuse.”

On Friday, the Panthers visit crosstown rival Montgomery, while the Cardinals travel to Petaluma to take on Casa Grande.



Cardinal Newman          13   15   18     20–66

Santa Rosa                        7     7    12      7–33

CN: Tiffany Salinas 15, Kylie Kiech 12, Hailey Vice-Neat 11.

Records: CN 13-5, 6-0; SR 12-6, 5-1

Men's Varsity Wrestling



Cardinal Newman 77  Santa Rosa 0

108 – Harry Bruno (CN) forfeit
115 – Nick Hernandez (CN) p. Tazebachew Gilardoni 2:15
122 – Connor Gilmartin (CN) forfeit
128 – Kyle Smith (CN) TF Prabin Thapa 19-3
134 – Casey Frazier (CN) p. Noah Spierings 3:20
140 – Jake Butler (CN) p. Chase Pemberton 3:03
147 – Mason Levinson (CN) p. Jordan Jolliff 3:03
154 – Tanner Mendoza (CN) p. Jeramiah McManus :28
162 – Joey Frazier (CN) p. Travis Dillon :43
172 – Double forfeit
184 – Rylee Formway (CN) forfeit
197 – Nicholas Wycoff (CN) forfeit
222 – Jake McElderry (CN) forfeit

287 – Gunnar Hayman (CN) forfeit

Record: CN 4-0

Tuesday, January 20

Men's Varsity Basketball 


At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals got off to a quick start and led 18-5 after one quarter.

Justin Botteri led the offense with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds.

The Pumas got 13 points from Clayton Andrews and 12 from Dominic Garcia.

“We came out with good energy and played really well the first half,” said Newman coach Tom Bonfigli, who praised the play of his reserves.

Jalen Dural finished with five points and five rebounds while Damian Wallace contributed seven points.

The Cardinals are now 15-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of league foe Windsor.

Cardinal Newman            18   18   15   11–64

Maria Carrillo                    5   13   10     7–35

CN: Justin Botteri 20 (8 reb.), Connor Rubattino 8 (10 reb.), James Ryan 9 (6 reb.).

Saturday, January 17



The Oakridge Invitational

Cardinal Newman individual results & place:

128 – Kyle Smith, 4th, 2-2
134 – Jake Butler, 3rd, 3-1
140 – Mason Levinson, 5th, 5-1
147 – Michael Klee, 1st, 3-0
154 – Joey Fraizer, 2nd, 4-1
184 – Rylee Formway, 5th, 4-1
287 – Gunnar Hayman, 7th, 4-1

Most outstanding wrestler: middle weight, Michael Klee

Women's Varsity Basketball


At Santa Rosa, the visiting Cardinals raced to a 27-1 lead after one quarter.

The margin increased to 46-14 by halftime.

Maiya Flores led Newman with 17 points. Lauren Walker narrowly missed a double-double as she scored 15 to go along with nine rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures was Hailey Vice-Neat with 14.

“We did a good job maintaining defensive intensity,” coach Monica Mertle said. “That’s always a focus for us.”

Newman has also developed into a scoring machine. The Cardinals scored 76 last Thursday against Ukiah and have put more than 70 points on the board in six games.

The Cardinals are 12-5 overall while Carrillo is 5-10 and 1-4 in league.


Cardinal Newman       27  19   21   10–77

Maria Carrillo                1   13     2     1–17

CN: Maiya Flores 17, Lauren Walker 15 (9 reb.), Hailey Vice-Neat 14 (7 reb.).

Records: CN 12-5, 5-0; MC 5-10, 1-4

Notable: Tal Webb put up impressive numbers coming off the bench-7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals

Friday, January 16

Men's Varsity Basketball

Windsor hands Cardinal Newman first loss




In the biggest shocker of the current Redwood Empire basketball season, host Windsor defeated previously unbeaten Cardinal Newman, 43-36, Wednesday night.

Brent Tucker’s 3-pointer with just over a minute left gave the Jaguars the lead for good, 37-36.

In front of a packed gym, Windsor finished the game on a 9-0 run.

It was the second meeting of the season between the two schools.

The first time was Dec. 19 in a tournament at Casa Grande and Newman won 57-46.

On Wednesday, Newman appeared on its way to its 14th consecutive victory as the Cardinals led 12-5 after one quarter. Windsor eventually pulled even at 29-29 going to the fourth.

Connor Rubattino was Newman’s leading scorer with 19 points.

Cardinal Newman              12      5    12    7 – 36
Windsor                             5     10   14   14 – 43

Friday, January 9

Men's Varsity Basketball 


At Santa Rosa, two streaks were alive at the end of the night.

The Cardinals remained unbeaten and are now 13-0, while the Cougars lost for the 14th consecutive time.

Connor Rubattino scored a game-high 23 points while playing around 12 minutes. Justin Botteri had 13 and nine rebounds in limited minutes.

The score was 27-13 after one quarter and in the third period, Rancho scored only two points.

Newman dressed 13 players and all but one scored. Damian Wallace, Conor McCarthy, Seth Doolittle and Jamon Roberts were especially effective in reserve roles.

“We did a lot of things pretty well,” winning coach Tom Bonfigli said. “The defense was solid and we scored a lot of points in transition.”



Rancho Cotate           13      8    2   12–35

Cardinal Newman       27   19   19   7–72

CN: Connor Rubattino 23, Justin Botteri 13 & 9 rebounds

Records: RC 0-14, CN 13-0

Thursday, January 8

Women's Varsity Basketball 


At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals posted their highest point total of the season.

Newman previously had scored 74 on three occasions.

The Cardinals put 31 on the board in the first quarter and led by 25 after one.

Four players from Newman scored in double figures with Maiya Flores and Lauren Walker leading the way with 16 apiece. Kylie Kiech had 12 and Hailey Vice-Neat finished with 11 to go along with 12 rebounds.

Tal Webb had a solid game coming off the bench as she scored eight and made five steals.

“I was happy that the girls maintained focus and intensity throughout the game,” coach Monica Mertle said.

The Cardinals are off to a 2-0 start in league.


Rancho Cotate          6      1    8     7–22

Cardinal Newman   31   16   24   14–85

CN: Maiya Flores 16, Lauren Walker 16, Kylie Kiech 12, Hailey Vice-Neat 11 (12 reb.).

Record: CN 9-5, 2-0

Wednesday, January 7

Men's Varsity Basketball

High school boys basketball roundup: Cardinal Newman dominates Montgomery



Before a standing-room- only crowd at the Viking Dome Wednesday night, undefeated Cardinal Newman and forward Connor Rubattino proved two things.

The Cardinals are the best team in the North Bay League, and Rubattino is the top player in the Redwood Empire.
The junior scored 28 points as Newman opened league play with a 55-35 victory over Montgomery.

Rubattino hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals the lead in the opening minute and they led all the way. The 6-foot-3 junior scored 10 of his team’s 12 points in the first quarter.

In the second half, the lead remained double digits except for a brief period in the fourth. The Vikings closed the gap to 39-31 on a Jack Fitchie layup with 5:20 remaining. However, a 10-0 run put the Cardinals back in control. Rubattino’s two treys and baskets by Chad Sousa and Damian Wallace came during the uprising.

Montgomery was once again without point guard Michael Septimo. He injured his knee on Dec. 26 and the Vikings have lost six consecutive games since then.

“We just need to find ways to score,” coach Tom Fitchie said. “Septimo does so much for us. It’s not for lack of effort. The kids have never stopped trying.” Septimo could miss another month.

(See more photos of the game)

Erik Poulsen led the Vikings’ attack with 12 points. The 6-foot-11 senior was double-teamed every time he got the ball in the post.

“We felt we could collapse on Poulsen and we did a good job of that,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “Our big man Gunnar Walker did a great job. He also had seven rebounds.”

The low point for the Vikings came in the third quarter when they scored only four points.

“Montgomery had a tough time creating shots the entire game and that was especially true in the third quarter,” Bonfigli said. “Jamon Roberts and Conor McCarthy gave us great minutes off the bench in the period.

“Overall, we played with a lot of poise. We went into an opposing gym that was packed and did what we came to do. This game was a major test for us.”

It was the first time since 2009 that a Newman team had won at Montgomery.

Supporting Rubattino on the offensive end were James Ryan with 10 points, while Damian Wallace finished with nine.

Cardinal Newman       12   16   9   18–55
Montgomery                  7    12   4   12–35
CN: Connor Rubattino 28, James Ryan 10, Damian Wallace 9.
M: Eric Poulsen 12, Jack Fitchie 8.
Records: CN 12-0, 1-0; M 5-8, 0-1
JV: CN won 51-42

Varsity Wrestling


Cardinal Newman 37, Maria Carrillo 29

106: Dylan Levinson (CN) won by forfeit

113: Kai Addington (MC) d. Harry Bruno 11-2

120: Randi McMann (MC) p. Nick Hernandez

126: Kyle Smith (CN) d. Connor Rogers 7-2

132: Jake Butler (CN) d. Matt Green 12-4

138: Mason Levinson (CN) d. Adam Poulter 8-1

145: Aaron Mosier (MC) d. Yoon Su Nam 14-3

152: Jon Opel (MC) d. Tanner Mendoza

160: Michael  Klee (CN) p. Sedwick

170: Joey Fraizer (CN) d. Cameron Casey 5-0

185: Josh Groosbeck (MC) p. Rylee Formway

195: Ben Claiche (MC) p. Nick Wycoff

220: Jake McElderry (CN) p. Ryan Bonanno

285: Gunnar Hayman (CN) p. Alexsis Becarra

Wednesday, December 31

Men's Varsity Basketball

Sonoma County Classic: Newman races past Piner, 48-27



Undefeated Cardinal Newman went on a 22-0 run in the first half and then coasted to a 48-27 victory over host Piner in the championship game of the 33rd annual Sonoma County Classic on Wednesday night.

After falling behind 5-2, the Cardinals ended the first quarter by scoring 16 in a row. They then scored the first six points of the second quarter. Piner’s first basket of the period came 45 seconds before intermission on a shot by Levani Dominiko.

Staked to a 26-7 lead at intermission, Newman coach Tom Bonfigli substituted liberally in the second half.
“We played extremely well,” Bonfigli said. “Obviously when you hold a team to seven points in a half, your defense played well.

“We felt Keith Adams was Piner’s best player and our focus was to shut him down,” Bonfigli added. “We played him tight on the perimeter and then used our height advantage to keep him from getting to the basket.”

Adams finished with a team-high 12 points, a majority of those coming in the second half.

Connor Rubattino, selected the tournament’s most valuable player, got the Cardinal Newman offense going. He scored a dozen of his 19 points in the first quarter.

“He’s a special player,” Bonfigli said of the junior. “He’s very good on offense, defense and rebounding.”

Justin Botteri and Gunnar Walker also made the all-tourney team. Botteri had 11 rebounds and eight points in the championship. He and Walker kept Piner from getting easy shots.

The Prospectors got few second-chance points. The Cardinals allowed them only three offensive rebounds.

“Newman’s size caused us problems,” Piner coach Mike Erickson said. “Their defense is solid, just real good.

“I thought we had a case of big-game jitters in the first half when we couldn’t make a basket,” Erickson added. “No question, they were the best team. They just manhandled us.”

The Cardinals are 10-0 and won three tournaments in the pre-league portion of their schedule. They also captured the Rose City and Brett Callan Memorial championships.

Bonfigli said he never expected his team to be undefeated heading into North Bay League play. The Cardinals open Wednesday night at Montgomery.

“I never thought we’d be undefeated because we had some tough teams on our schedule,” Bonfigli said. “To win every game, you have to overcome so many variables.”

Newman had two close calls. They beat Washington by four points and St. Mary’s by a point.

“We improved a lot since the season started, but to play to our potential, we still have to keep on improving,” Bonfigli said.

Sonoma County Classic




Cardinal Newman       18   8   12   10–48

Piner                            5   2     8   12–27

CN: Connor Rubattino 18, Justin Botteri 8 (11 rebounds)

Saturday, December 20

Men's Varsity Basketball

Brett Callan Memorial Tournament: Newman rallies to force OT, then captures the title



Trailing by six points with less than two minutes left in regulation, the Cardinal Newman boys basketball team rallied to force overtime and then defeated Washington of San Francisco, 68-64, to win the Brett Callan Memorial Tournament on Saturday night in Petaluma.

After the game got to the extra period, Cardinal Newman never trailed. Damian Wallace followed a missed shot to make it 60-58 and the Cardinals were in front for good.

Newman got off to a great start and led by five after one quarter with the lead growing to 11 at halftime.

The second half was a different story, with Washington getting back in the game thanks to a 32-15 run.
The Eagles’ biggest lead was 57-51 with 1:58 left in the fourth.

Justin Botteri started the comeback with a put-back basket and that was followed by two James Ryan free throws.

Ryan then put the Cardinals in front when he made a 3-point play the old-fashioned way. Washington’s Armani Hall converted one of two free throws to knot the score.

Newman had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Connor Rubattino’s jumper failed to hit iron.

“The game was a tale of two halves,” Cardinals coach Tom Bonfigli said. “In the first half, we played our best half of the season, and then Washington really stepped it up in the second half.

“We got it going in the final two minutes of regulation and the overtime.”

Rubattino finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, and was named tournament most valuable player.

Ryan collected 12 points while Wallace had nine.

Newman is now 7-0 and that includes two tournament wins. In addition to the Callan, the Cardinals captured the Rose City last week at their gym.

“I think we showed progress in our three games this week,” Bonfigli said. “We beat three good teams in three days.

“To come back against a quality team like Washington is something the kids should be proud of,” Bonfigli added.

“They’re very good with a lot of good athletes.”

Washington is now 8-2.

Saturday, December 14

Men's Varsity Basketball 

Cardinals comeback surprises St. Mary’s in Rose City Tournament



Playing a smothering defense in the second half, Cardinal Newman was able to rally and defeat visiting Saint Mary’s, 42-41, in the championship game of the Rose City Tournament on Saturday night.

After trailing 29-20 at intermission, the Cardinals held the Albany school to a dozen points in the second half.

Down one, Saint Mary’s had the ball with 25 seconds remaining but could only get off an errant 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded.

“Holy mackerel, that was a great game,” winning coach Tom Bonfigli said. “People won’t see a better game all year.
“Our guys showed a lot of poise. We played at a much better tempo in the second half and also our shot selection was better.”

Newman erased most of the Panthers’ lead in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors, 15-7.

Justin Botteri, who scored a game-high 20 points, was selected the tournament’s most valuable player.

Connor Rubattino, who had 18, and James Ryan were named to the all-tourney team.

Even though he didn’t make the all-tournament team, Gunnar Walker was outstanding on defense. The 6-foot-8 center continually forced opposing players to change their shots and also did a strong job on the boards.

“He’s the glue that holds our defense together,” Bonfigli said. “He played the entire game against Saint Mary’s.”

For Bonfigli, it was career win No. 677 and improved the Cardinals’ record to a perfect 4-0.

All teams in the tournament played twice on Saturday because of Thursday’s rain-out.

Newman got to the championship by defeating San Marin, 57-42. Saint Mary’s advanced by upending Redwood, 65-42.

Saturday, December 6 

Women's Varsity Basketball


At Santa Rosa, the visiting girls built what proved to be an insurmountable early lead in the championship game of the Cardinal Newman Classic.

The Oregon school led 20-5 after one period.


“We weren’t ready to play and they were,” Cardinals coach Monica Mertle said. “We outscored them over the last three quarters, but 15 points was a lot to overcome.

“On a positive note, we showed a lot of improvement over the three days of the tournament.

“Oregon City is nationally ranked and the school has a great basketball history.”

Tiffany Salinas had an outstanding game for Newman with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Kylie Kiech had 11 points and 12 rebounds while Tal Webb finished with 10 points and five assists.

Kiech and teammate Maiya Flores were named to the all-tournament team.

Cardinal Newman Classic

Oregon City           20   14   17   11–62

Cardinal Newman    5    15   15   18–53 

CN: Tiffany Salinas 19 (15 reb.), Kylie Kiech 11 (12 reb.), Tal Webb 10 (5 assists). 

Record: CN 2-1

Saturday, November 29

Men's Varsity Cross Country

CIF State Championships


Course- 5K

Division 4

Cardinal Newman: 68th Place. Steve Adams, senior, 16:50.

Men's Varsity Basketball



El Molino                          9              4             7           9         —    29
Cardinal Newman            19           14           15           6         —    54

Top scorers: CN—Connor Rubattino 19; EM—Pearson 13

Notable: All 16 players played for Cardinal Newman.

Records: CN 1-0; EM 0-1

Cross Country

Padecky: Cardinal Newman’s Steve Adams not running away from epilepsy fight



Two years before his world would change forever, the warning signs began but Steve Adams didn’t see them. Like a thief in the night they came. Hidden from view they were, a faint image if he had noticed them at all. He was a freshman at Cardinal Newman, a teenager entering a rite of passage. So much was going on, so much to think about, the arm tremors were no more than a forgettable nuisance. A housefly to be dispatched.

In the beginning, maybe once a month his hands would betray Adams. They shake. No preamble. Just shake. Or Adams would hold something and then, as if listening to a command from someone else, his hands would lose their grip and a pencil or a cup or a piece of paper would fall to the ground. Adams would shake his head. Whatever.

Adams literally was a body in motion. He made it to state his freshman year as a cross-country runner. He was a smart kid. You could lose weight just watching Adams move about; he had so much energy to burn.

And then Adams stepped into that hotel elevator in Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in July 2013. Adams was attending the National (Boy) Scout Jamboree. The tremors now were occurring twice a week.

“I kinda lost awareness,” he said, “until I hit something.”

He hit the back wall of the elevator. He caromed upright. Ten seconds later Adams wobbled on his feet. A few of the seven other people in the elevator steadied him. Then about 10 seconds later, maybe 15 seconds he guesses, Adams couldn’t be caught.

“I might have fallen (to the floor),” he said.

“My son did fall to the floor of the elevator,” his father, Dale, says he was told later. Dale was back in West Virginia for the Jamboree as well but not with his son at that moment. Adams was taken to his hotel room. Weak of walk, he was supported by two good Samaritans, who put his arms around their necks.

Adams lay in his bed for 30 minutes and decided to press on with the Scout activities.

“I thought it was muscle spasms,” said Adams, not one to give up and give in easily, a trait that would come to define him in the next 17 months.

Back home a week later Adams went to Sutter Hospital for tests. Initial results offered two possibilities — Adams either had a tumor or epilepsy.

“I was hoping it was a tumor,” said Adams, quite possibly the only human in recorded history who has ever said that. “If it was tumor it could be removed and I’d be done with it.”

It wasn’t a tumor. Adams, 17, had and has Juvenile Onset Epilepsy.

And thus began the quite incredible, remarkable, astounding journey to where Steve Adams is today.

He will run Saturday in Fresno at the state cross-country championships.

If there was such a thing as the CIF Comeback Athlete of the Year, Adams gets the award and, to be perfectly fair, a parade and Jimmy Kimmel as well.

“Steve is the guy who came off the floor of an elevator to run in the state meet,” said his coach, Chris Puppione. “This is like the St. Louis Rams taking a quarterback (Kurt Warner) from the Arena League who becomes the Super Bowl MVP.”

Puppione, a 1997 SSU graduate with a degree in creative writing, understands and employs quite well the gift of hyperbole. It is not only warranted but even necessary to exaggerate how Adams made it this far. Words like “courage” and “determination” are faint and inefficient indicators, representing much more modest achievements, like running with a cold or a sore ankle.

Adams has reached another level of compliment, an elevation rarely occupied, which will be represented in the following paragraph.

“I never hid this,” Adams said. “I just didn’t want to talk about it. I was and I guess I still am working out how to deal with epilepsy and what is expected of me. I struggled to get a sense of what I was and where I was going.”

Very few people know of his condition: His parents, his close friends and maybe a teammate or two. That’s it. “Hey! Guess what? I am an epileptic!” That’s not usually a conversation starter among teenagers in hallways between classes.

Adams doesn’t have a lot of time to debate internally how much should he reveal. Fact is, the kid who wants to be an aeronautical engineer is working hard to understand the disease and all of its complex tributaries.

Consider what is on his plate.

The base definition: Epilepsy is a disruptive neurological condition that affects the nervous system. Brain cells may fire uncontrollably at four times the normal rate.

The possible side affects from the medications necessary to control epilepsy: Fatigue, dizziness, weight gain, loss of bone density, speech problems, depression, organ inflammation and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

The myths dispelled by the truth: Epileptics are not violent, quite capable of holding jobs and are not neurologically disabled. Epilepsy is not contagious.

Areas of activity to be tightly controlled or eliminated altogether: Swimming, climbing, use of power tools, operation of motor vehicles and contact sports.

Now a senior, Adams was impacted his junior year, just months after his seizures. “I was mildly depressed, generally less happy,” he said. The school year and his cross-country season was a struggle. He was taking Keppra, an anti-convulsant. The very common seizure medication was preventing episodes but also affects thinking and reactions.

By the time first-year Newman coach Puppione met his cross-country team for the first time in June of this year, Adams had done enough processing that it was very clear to him what he must do. And what he did, Puppione had never experienced before.

“You’re gonna make me work hard,” Adams told Puppione. Yes, TOLD. Puppione had coached such elite runners as Olympian Kim Conley, stars like J.K. Withers and Sarah Sumpter, but in his 16 years as a track and cross-country coach Puppione had never had a runner approach him like Adams.

“My first reaction? I thought to myself ,‘Who are you?’ ” Puppione said. “He was holding ME accountable. And then I kept talking to him and finding out more about his situation. He was treating epilepsy like it was a blister. And he can run with a blister.”

Puppione found out Adams was no shrinking wallflower. Not boastful or rude, Adams nonetheless didn’t want his senior year in high school to pass without finding out how good he could really be. It was at a 25-team cross-country meet in Pleasanton in September in which both coach and runner shred the last bit of hesitation or apprehension Adams would be placing himself in harm’s way.

“It was 98 degrees,” Puppione said. “The heat was unbearable. Steve was totally exhausted afterward. He pushed himself to the limit and there were no reactions.

“That was the turning point for us.”

That’s when Puppione pushed and Adams responded. Last Saturday at Hayward High School, Adams entered the NCS cross-country meet and he might as well have entered without a name or number.

“Steve was a guy nobody worried about,” Puppione said. “He was on no one’s radar.”

By design, and because Adams is most comfortable this way, Puppione had his guy start slow. Adams was 45th after the first mile. He was 25th after the second mile. With 600 meters to go he was 18th. Like the rabbit who sees the carrot,

Adams sprinted to 14th, qualifying for state.

“That race is an allegory for his life,” Puppione said.

To those who thought Adams was just filler material in the NCS, the collective gasp was like a sucking sound in Hayward. Adams stunned them, and they didn’t even know the whole story. They didn’t have any idea. They do now.

“By telling my story,” said Adams, who has not suffered a seizure in at least six months, “I hope to inspire others. I didn’t let it beat me. Overcome. Don’t give up.”

Adams is a good patient. Driving right now is not necessary. He gets rides. He can’t swim. He has to go to bed at 9:30 every night; Adams and his docs suspect lack of rest and stress brought about the episodes. OK, fine. I’ll rest. I can’t go rock climbing?

“But I love to rock climb,” Adams said.

OK. I won’t, he thinks to himself. On the other hand …

“I do trees,” Adams said with a smile. He gave that glance that kids do when they sneak their hand in the cookie jar, hoping no one saw him.

Sorry, Steve. Everyone will be looking now. You never wanted to hide anyway. Now people will know what you have done: That sometimes the race is won without ever having to step onto the track. Like this Saturday in Fresno.

No matter how fast everyone else runs at state, no one, absolutely NO ONE, will have covered as much ground as Steve Adams has.

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Saturday, November 15 

Varsity Football 

NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win



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


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 


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


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


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 


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


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



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 



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



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



Montgomery            2   3–5

Cardinal Newman    0   0–0

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

Women's Varsity Tennis

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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



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



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


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



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



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


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

JV: CN 2-1

Friday, October 10

Varsity Football

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



Santa Rosa  2  1  –  3

Cardinal Newman  0  1  –  1

CN goal: Mitchell Hansen.

Thursday, October 9

Women's Varsity Golf

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



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



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



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

Wednesday, October 8

Men's Varsity Soccer


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 


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


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



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


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. 


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 

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


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



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



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 



Cardinal Newman    0  1  0  0  –  1

Montgomery             1  0  1  0  –  2

Women's Varsity Volleyball 



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


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


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

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 


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


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.


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



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

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
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
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
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


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

Monday, September 22
Women's Varsity Soccer

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

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



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


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
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
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

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

Men's Varsity Soccer


Cardinal Newman             0   0–0

Santa Rosa                        0   2–2

Saturday, September 13
Varsity Football

Turnovers too much for Cardinal Newman to overcome


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



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



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
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


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


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


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


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


Analy        1  3  –  4

Cardinal Newman  0  2  –  2

CN Goals - Megan Moore, Abby Stroner

Monday, September 8
Varsity Soccer


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

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



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

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

Volleyball Roundup: Analy rallies from 2 sets down



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


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.”


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