Napa High juniors Chase LaRue and Brady Bledsoe and sophomore Anthony Toscano each placed fifth in the Green & Gold Tournament at San Marin in Novato on Saturday.
For the Indians at the Foothill JV Tournament in Pleasanton, Emilio Delanni, Benito Saldivar and Calvin Snyder came home with championships.
Placing second were Yesenia Contreras and Manuel Infante, while Cole Lex, Ericka Madrigal and Gunner Reger each placed third.
“The team is heading in the right direction and some individuals are taking home some hardware,” Napa head wrestling coach Nacho Franco said.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Justin-Siena girls finally met their match at the Redwood Empire Invitational Basketball Tournament, falling 45-38 to host Healdsburg in the championship game Saturday night.
The Braves (2-3) came out strong, taking a 15-9 lead into the second quarter. However, the Greyhounds kept it close throughout the second quarter and closed the gap to 21-19 by halftime. A back-and-forth third quarter ended with Healdsburg up 31-30. After the Greyhounds hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, Justin-Siena went on a 7-0 run to take a 37-34 lead. But Healdsburg took the lead and pulled away with free throws.
The Braves shot 23 percent from the field and 12 percent from the 3-point line.
“Any time you are in the championship game of a tournament, you did well, so that is a positive we will take away,” Justin-Siena head coach Andy Bettencourt said. “A lot of credit goes to Healdsburg. They did a really nice job of taking away some things that we wanted to do and made some big shots when they needed to. We played pretty well for a lot of the game, and just couldn’t make enough shots in the fourth quarter. We have some things we need to get better at and are ready to get to practice this week to work on them.”
Ally Jackson, who led the Braves with 13 points and 14 rebounds and had two assists, and Ashlee Whittemore (eight points, six rebounds, two assists) were named to the all-tournament team.
Mary Minigan had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, Emmy Morrison five points and five rebounds, and Kiran Monteverdi two points, three assists and three steals.
Justin-Siena held off Clear Lake in Friday’s semifinal, 43-33, taking the lead for good in the second quarter. They had a 15-10 lead after one quarter and held six-point leads at halftime and going into the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Cardinals 6-2.
Whittemore matched the career-high 27 points she had the day before against El Molino, and added five rebounds and four steals. Jackson had nine points and seven rebounds. Morrison had three points, five rebounds and three steals while playing well defensively. Minigan had two points, four rebounds and three assists, and Karlie Wells grabbed three rebounds. Monteverdi had two points and three rebounds and played “phenomenal defense” all night, Bettencourt said.
“We did a nice job of playing at our tempo and we got a ton of good shots on offense,” the coach added. “Defensively, we were able to limit their opportunities and force a good amount of turnovers.”
Justin-Siena next hosts Sonoma Valley at 7:30 Saturday night.
Varsity Boys Basketball
Albany 53, Napa 44
Joe Carnazola led Napa with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Charles Gravett had nine points and three rebounds.
Sammy Morales scored six points. Vince O’Kelley, Alex Kokotas and Zach Swim each scored five points.
“Albany was a great team for us to play against. They are physical and extremely disciplined. We can hopefully take a lot from this loss,” said coach Zack Cook.
Napa 63, Woodland 54
Napa (4-4 overall) took the third-place game in the tournament in a game against host Woodland.
All-Tournament selection Joe Carnazola led Napa with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Also helping Napa was Sammy Morales (11 points, 12 rebounds, two assists), Vince O’Kelley (10 points, six rebounds, three assists), Charles Gravett (nine points), and Zach Swim (four points, seven rebounds).
Danny Ruiz (five points, four assists) and Alex Kokotas (seven points) both played well off the bench.