The Coastal Mountain Conference revealed its All-League teams for fall this week, and St. Helena High’s Isabelle Ortiz highlighted a decorated group of Saints girls soccer players, receiving Co-MVP honors.
The senior midfielder shared the top award with Middletown senior Aly Ferguson.
Ortiz, who helped the Saints (11-3 overall, 9-1 North Central League I) to a share of the league title, was positioned in the heart of the lineup and provided support on both offense and defense. She scored two goals and also assisted on two.
Receiving First Team honors were seniors Isabelle Birebent (five goals, one assist) and Cynthia Vargas (tied for team-high 10 goals, team-high eight assists). Junior goalkeeper Blayney Adamson and freshman Cydney Adamson (tied for team-high 10 goals, six assists) earned Second Team honors.
Defensive stalwarts senior Katie Johnson (one goal) and junior Citlali Garcia were honorable mentions.
In football, senior Casey Walker represented St. Helena on the First Team offense. As the Saints’ workhorse at running back, he piled up 659 total yards from scrimmage and scored total eight touchdowns. He ran for over 100 yards twice.
The Offensive MVP was Lower Lake’s senior quarterback Hokulani Wickard.
On defense, the Saints’ senior defensive back Christian Cia made First Team defense. Middletown’s senior defensive lineman Colton Hall was Defensive MVP.
St. Helena senior Connor Dotzler was an honorable mention as an offensive lineman.
In volleyball, senior Lindsay Martin represented the Saints as a Second Team selection. MVP honors were shared by Kelseyville sophomore Allison Bryant and Clear Lake senior Kiana Richardson.
In boys soccer, junior Brandon Olguin was named to the First Team and freshman Diego Moya was an honorable mention. Fort Bragg’s Kevin Portillo was MVP.
Prep Boys Basketball
Sutter Home tournament begins Thursday
The 46th annual Sutter Home Classic tips off Thursday at St. Helena High, featuring eight North Coast Section teams.
The first two days, the first game begins at 4 p.m. and the night cap starts at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, the consolation games begin at 2 p.m. and the championship starts at 6:30 p.m.
In the field are Roseland University Prep, John Swett, Rincon Valley Christian, Healdsburg, El Molino, Piner, Calistoga and host St. Helena.
The Saints open the tournament – and their season – against Upvalley rival Calistoga at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
They will look to repeat and possibly improve on last year’s performance when they lost to Healdsburg in the championship game, 63-52.
Sonoma State heads to NCAA Division II Tournament
St. Helena High School graduate Tate Battistini had five kills on a .364 attack percentage, three block assists, one dig and 6.5 points for the Sonoma State volleyball team in a 3-1 loss to Cal State Los Angeles in the quarterfinals of the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament in San Francisco Nov. 16.
Sonoma State (20-8 overall), which won the CCAA North Division title, received an at-large bid for the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament. The Seawolves are the No. 8 seed for the West Regional and will face California Baptist, the host team and the No. 1 seed, on Thursday in Riverside.
Sonoma State has qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine times in the past 10 years.
The West Regional also has Northwest Nazarene, Central Washington, Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage, Cal State San Bernardino and Azusa Pacific.
Battistini, a 5-foot-11 sophomore outside hitter who is from Angwin, has 40 kills, seven digs, four block assists and 43 points for the Seawolves.