Andre Williams '19 has capped off his incredible senior season by bringing home the big one: Last week, Andre was the winner of the 2018 California Division 5 State Cross Country Championship!
The race, held in Fresno, featured two hundred and fifteen athletes from throughout California. Andre pulled out the win with a time of 15:35.2, besting the second-place runner, Jackson Adelman from St. Margaret's (San Juan Capistrano, CA) by four seconds. Andre and Jackson Adelman were neck-and-neck for most of the race before Andre pulled away for victory. His average pace throughout the race was an incredible five minutes flat! This week, Andre was featured in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat; you can read more about the State meet here and see a complete list of results by division.
Congratulations to Andre and to Cross Country Coach Danny Aldridge!
Cross Country will compete at the Mariner Invite in Hayward on Saturday. The course at Hayward high school is the same course for the NCS meet in November. The Coyotes finish league dual meets on Wednesday, October 24 at Spring Lake. It is the Senior Day Meet and we will celebrate the seniors after the meet. On Monday, November 5 the Coyotes will travel to Willits for the CMC Championship Meet where the league championship will be decided. Good luck Coyotes!
Sonoma Academy's Andre Williams '19 won the Division 5 Stanford Invitational last Saturday! He finished 29 seconds ahead of the second place finisher in the Division 5 race. Andre also ran the fastest time (in all divisions) from the Sonoma County area with his 15:42 finish.
Congrats to Andre and all of the SA athletes who competed in the meet.
Close to seven hundred runners competed in the Viking Opener in 2018, with schools from all over northern California competing at Spring Lake. The Coyotes Andre Williams ran the fourth fastest time on the day, setting another school record with his 10:09.1 finish. The top girl finisher for the Coyotes was Mackenzie Stewart who finished at 13:25.7. The previous week, Andre Williams broke the 12 year old league record at the Spring Lake 3.05 mile course with his 15:24 finish. The Coyotes return to action on Wednesday when they compete in a league meet at Spring Lake. For complete results for the Viking Opener, vist: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-viking-opener/ https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-girls-viking-opener/
The Coyotes cross country teams started the season at the Rancho Cotati Invitational on Friday and then competed in the Bob Shor Invitational on Wednesday. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Andre Williams '19, who followed up his third place finish on Friday with a first place finish on Wednesday. These performances were impressive, especially since most of the top small and large school athletes in the area were competing. On the girls side, Kenzie Stewart, '21 was the fastest with a 12th place overall finish on Wednesday. The Coyotes host a meet at Spring Lake on Wednesday.
For a complete list of results, visit: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-bob-shor-invite/ https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-bob-shor-invite/
The Coyotes knocked off Roseland Collegiate Prep 2-1 and tied Technology 2-2 in two crucial NCL II league games. With the wins, the Coyotes improve to 10-5-2 overall and 5-4-2 in league play. With recent results, the Coyotes put themselves in contention for a post-season berth in the NCS playoffs. With four games remaining, every result will be important to help them qualify for the NCS playoffs. The top 16 teams qualify for the NCS playoffs. Next week the Coyotes host Rio Lindo (6 pm on Monday), league leading Calistoga (4:30 pm on Wednesday) before finishing league play against St. Vincent (Friday at 4:30 pm) on Senior Day.
The boys soccer team will host Tomales on Friday October 6th at 6:30pm at SA. After a strong start to league play, the Coyotes lost a their past three league games and will look to bounce back against Tomales. On Wednesday, the Coyotes lost 1-0 to St. Vincent, in a game in which they dominated posession and shots on goal, but were unable to finish scoring chances. They are 8-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in league play. The Coyotes have eight games remaining and with a strong finish will meet the criteria to apply for the North Coast Section playoffs. After missing out on the NCS playoffs last fall, the Coyotes are eager to return to the postseason and that will motivate them to finish the season strong.
Last week, The Press Democrat held their 2018 All-Empire banquet and recognized student-athletes from all of the schools in the Redwood Empire. The Coyotes representatives were honored at the banquet: SA Boys scholar-athlete of the year - Anish Bedi (tennis)
SA Girls scholar-athlete of the year - Madison Glenn (cross country, soccer and track & field)
SA Girls athlete of the year - Tristen Sherley (soccer and basketball)
SA Boys athlete of the year - Kheva Mann (cross country, and track & field)
A complete list of the student-athletes honored can be found at: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/8314561-181/pd-default-story-headline-xy?gallery=8317880&sba=AAS
The Coyotes girls soccer team knocked off San Marin 2-1 on Thursday night in their final non league game before starting Sonoma County League play next week. With the win, the Coyotes improved to 2-2-2 overall after losing to Branson earlier in the week. With the shift to winter soccer, the Coyotes will compete in the Sonoma County League which features larger schools from the area including Analy, El Molino, Healdsburg, Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Elsie Allen and Piner. The Coyotes open league play against Piner, 4:30 on Monday at SA. After considerable success in the fall at the league and NCS level, the Coyotes are expecting a much more competitive schedule playing mainly larger schools. "We are excited about the new challenge and are working hard to improve," said coach Ziemer. "It's nice to be in competitive games and it will be fun to be the underdog again," added Ziemer. "We have a fun group of girls and although we are young, it will be exciting to see how the first season of winter soccer unfolfds."
In their final match of the season this past Tuesday night, the JV volleyball team found themselves down one set to zero against the visitors from Upper Lake. The Coyotes did not let themselves get discouraged, instead they kept their focus and resolve in the second set and pulled out a victory, sending the match to a deciding third set. In the third set the Coyotes took control early and never looked back, winning by a score of 15-8, and completing a come-from-behind victory. The season for the JV girls ends with them in a second-place tie in the NCL 2 league, but more importantly it ends with every player having improved tremendously since the beginning of the year. Congratulations to the players and coaches on a successful season!
Our varsity volleyball team defeated the Technology High Titans on Thursday night three sets to one, giving the Coyotes their seventh victory in a row. The win also ends a week of celebration for the girls, after honoring the team's six seniors on Tuesday night in the annual Senior Night Ceremony. Prior to the match against Upper Lake, seniors Rachel Gothelf, Emily Ibanez-Arroyo, Hannah McNeely, Izzy Ryan, Grace Mendoza, and Nina von Raesfeld were honored for their contributions to the volleyball team, athletic program, and school.
Next up the varsity girls will wait for the North Coast Section playoff bracket to be relaesed on Sunday, October 21. The girls are hoping for a top 8 seed and home game next Tuesday night, October 23. Good luck to the players and coaches in the playoffs.
The Sonoma Academy volleyball teams will play their final matches of the league season in the next three weeks, with both teams hoping to continue to build on their success thus far. The varsity volleyball team is currently 11-4 overall and 7-4 in league play, and they hope to finish the season strong as they are now looking to earn a top 10 seed in the North Coast Section Playoffs in late October. The JV girls volleyball team has a few big matches coming up, where they will try to defeat teams that they lost to in close matches earlier in the season. The varsity team will play two home matches next Monday and Tuesday at 6pm, with the JV team playing an intersquad scrimmage beforehand at 4pm. After the long weekend break both teams host Upper Lake on Tuesday, October 16 at 5pm and 6pm, with the Senior Night Ceremony set to take place before the varsity match. We hope youcan join us for some fun volleyball action in the next two weeks.
The JV volleyball team continues to make big strides in their improvement on the volleyball court, which was extremely evident in their first victory of the season this past Tuesday night. The Coyotes welcomed league newcomer Credo High School to the Sonoma Academy Gymnasium for what would be a two set to zero victory for SA. The girls will now finish the week out with practices before continuig NCL 2 league play next Thursday when they face Upper Lake at Sonoma Academy.
After a tough stretch of games early in the season, the varsity volleyball team has now won their past three matches. The win streak started last Saturday at the Calistoga Tournament where the Coyotes won their first match of the season by defeating Round Valley in two sets. This past Tuesday the girls continued with NCL 2 league play by defeating Credo High School from Rohnert Park and followed that up with a win over Rincon Valley Christian on Thursday night. Both matches were won three sets to zero.
Next week, the Coyotes will travel to Roseland Collegiate Prep in Santa Rosa on Tuesday to see if they can keep their win streak going. Then they will host Upper Lake on Thursday at Sonoma Academy. Both matches are schedule for a 6 pm start.
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