The Vintage High girls basketball team secured its first Monticello Empire League title since 1985 with a 57-22 rout of Armijo on Senior Night.
The Crushers’ five seniors – Carlyn Bacci, Megan Kuehl, Bailey Loban, Lily Meyers and Maggie Schuh – started and “set the tone early in the contest that we were on a mission,” head coach Joe Donohoe said, building a six-point lead after one quarter before juniors Alyssa Andrews, Kate Ilsley and Nicole Gleeson combined for 13 second-quarter points.
“The senior leadership has been tremendous all year, and to win a league title with this group is so fulfilling,” Donohoe said. “We all made this our goal and committed to the responsibility of it in early June. It is very exciting to accomplish it and move on to the postseason.”
Andrews led all scorers with 20 points and had seven rebounds and six steals. Gleeson had 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting from the field, and added five steals, three blocks and five rebounds. Ilsley had seven points, Meyers six points and eight rebounds, Loban four points, and Schuh and Kuehl two points each.
“It was very special to have legendary Vintage coach Bob Soper deliver the MEL championship banner to myself and the girls,” Donohoe added. “I am honored and blessed to be able to call this my team.”
American Canyon 48, Fairfield 43
While winning just two of 14 games during a tough preseason and starting 0-4 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, American Canyon kept its eyes on the prize and finished strong.
The Wolves prevailed at Fairfield in their regular-season finale Tuesday night to finish in a tie for third place with Benicia, which routed Vallejo 51-34. With three section playoff berths available for the conference, and champion Vanden and runner-up Bethel having already clinched two of them, American Canyon and Benicia would have to break a tie.
American Canyon head coach Angela Davis said the Wolves won the tiebreaker based on head-to-head point differential. American Canyon beat Benicia by five more points than it lost to the Panthers by.
The section will hold some play-in games on Friday, with the first round starting next Tuesday.
With top scoring threats Robyn-Elizabeth Yan and Adriauna Samodio combining for just 13 points against Fairfield, nine under the juniors’ combined average, American Canyon needed others to step up.
That the team’s four seniors did, and may have extended their playing careers. Mariah Carlyle had one of her biggest games of the season with team highs of 15 points and 14 rebounds, as did Trinity Tapia with 12 points, three rebounds and an assist. Lauren Summers supplied two points, six rebounds and an assist, and Erika Culannay two points and a rebound.
Yan had 10 points, four assists and six rebounds, Samodio tallied three points, four rebounds and three assists, and sophomore Louralei Salanga chipped in two points.
Fort Bragg 49, St. Helena 14
The Saints were led by Citlalli Garcia (eight points) and Lisa Lord (four points) in a road loss at Fort Bragg Tuesday night.
They end the season Thursday with a senior night matchup at home against Cloverdale. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball
Wood 54, Napa 42
Leading Napa was Joe Carnazola (14 points, six rebounds), Mitch Hippauf (six points, six rebounds, three blocks), and Sammy Morales (six points, three assists, two steals).
Napa, playing its last Monticello Empire League basketball game, finishes the year 11-16 overall, 4-6 in league.
St. Helena 69, Fort Bragg 45
The Saints (11-14 overall, 4-9 North Central League I) started Tuesday’s senior night matchup in St. Helena 9 for 9 from the field, posting 35 points in their highest-scoring quarter of the season. They led 53-25 at halftime and 63-30 going into a bench-heavy fourth quarter.
Playing well for the Saints were Ethan Battistini (game-high 21 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two blocks, steal), Olie Russum (14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks), Ryan Rockwood (eight points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals), Christian Iano (seven points, three rebounds), and Nick Jeworowski (seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals).
Varsity Boys Soccer
Napa 1, Vacaville 0
Angel Rodriguez scored on an assist from Julio Alonzo in the second half as the Indians notched an always-tough win on the smaller, natural grass field of Tom Zunino Stadium on Monday night.
The Indians (11-6, 6-3 MEL) were to host Vacaville in their Senior Night game on Wednesday night. They will open the section playoffs on Tuesday.
Vintage 7, Wood 1
Monday’s Senior Night game at Memorial Stadium was led by junior Oscar Loyola, who scored the Crushers’ first five goals on assists from Diego Cortez, Miguel Plancarte, Alex Cendejas, Eddy Gonzalez and Gerardo Perez.
Juan Carlos Zepeda added a goal on an Erick Cid assist, as did Gonzalez on an Edgar Correa assist.
JV Boys Soccer
Vintage 9, Wood 0
David Ochoa scored twice as the Crushers improved to 8-0-1 in MEL play Monday night.
They also got goals from Angel Villasenor, Jorge Galvan, Luis Mendoza, Nathan Ramirez, Kevin Valdovinos, Jason Fuentes and Tate Salese. Providing assists were Emmanuel Duran, Javier Barboza, Eric Javar, Tate Salese, Luis Jimenez and Jose Avina.
JV Boys Basketball
St. Helena 63, Fort Bragg 44
The Saints overcame a five-point, first-quarter deficit with suffocating defense in the second quarter Tuesday night in St. Helena.
After halftime, it was a balanced scoring effort that led to a 37-18 advantage over the final two quarters.
Playing well for the Saints were Caleb Granados (12 points), Ryland Campos (11 points), Emmet Bowen (eight points), Caleb Jeske (seven points) and Tucker Battistini and Will Garrett each scored six points.