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May 11, 2010 > Spring Sports Roundup

Spring Sports Roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By William Mancebo

Tennis: Tennis season ended for the local stars of both the Mission Valley and the Hayward Area athletic leagues at the North Coast Section Championships, which were held at Santa Rosa High School on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

The MVAL Championships, which concluded earlier in the week at the Fremont Tennis Center, could have been called the Mission San Jose Invitational, as the finalists in both the singles and doubles tournaments were from Mission High School. The tournament's top seed, Kyle Richter, proved worthy of his seeding with a 6-3, 6-1 win over teammate Brandon Nguyen.

Richter broke Nguyen's serve three times in the first set, then raced out to a 5-0 lead in the second before finally having his serve broken. At that point, it was too little, too late for Nguyen, as Richter broke serve one last time to close out the match.

Mission also took the doubles title, with Warriors Evan Dankewiecz and Garrick Dzoan winning the crown over their teammates Nikhil Krishna and Khalid Dhanani, 6-3, 6-3.

Richter continued his momentum with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over Cardinal Newman High School's Michael Kuhlman in the first round of the NCS tournament, and a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals over Allen Xu (California High School). Unfortunately, Richter had no answers for top-seeded Michael Guzman (Justin-Siena), who won the semifinal 6-1, 6-1.

HAAL singles champion Derek Lee from Moreau-Catholic High School won his first round match against Noah Lee (Summerfield Waldorf High School), but came a cropper in the quarters, losing 6-2, 6-1 against Andrew Pises (Miramonte). Pises, the No.-2 seed, was the eventual NCS champion, beating Guzman in the final.

Golf: Moreau Catholic High School's Carlos Briones won his second straight HAAL title, leading Moreau to the league crown with a team score of 398 at the HAAL Championships at Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland.

Sophomore Briones hit 17 greens and made six birdies en route to his tournament-winning score of four-under par 68. Moreau Catholic finished its season undefeated, 15-0, 12-0 in HAAL play, winning their first golf title in 21 years.

Bishop O'Dowd's Ryan Keene was second, shooting 77, and Briones' teammate Jose Montes shot a 79. Moreau's Blake Ramos (who shot an 82), Kevin Murray (83) and Joe Jung (83) also medaled. The Mariners automatically qualify as the HAAL representative at the NCS Tournament of Champions, held at Baywood Country Club in Arcata on Monday, May 17.

Track and Field: James Logan High School boasts the top 300 intermediate hurdler in the state in Monte Corley, who posted the second highest time in the year, 36.58 seconds, at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on May 1. His teammate Tessa Runels won the girls long jump (a wind-aided 18-4) at the event.

Washington High School's boys and girls won their meets against Mission San Jose (by scores of 79-57 in the boys meet, and 69.5-66.5 in the girls) at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Individual results: Boys - 400 relay: Washington 44.72. 1600: B.Rich (W) 4:29.6. 110HH: Okwudiafor (MSJ) 14.85. 400: Tomasi (W) 54.45. 100: Wang (MSJ) 11.48. 800: Chestnut (W) 2:04.93. 300IH: Padilla (W) 42.57. 200: Tomasi (W) 23.03. 3200: B. Rich (W) 9:54. 1600 relay: Washington 3:36. SP: Eddings (W) 34-5.5. DT: A. Rich 110-1. LJ: Cheng (MSJ) 21-3. TJ: Okwudiafor (MSJ) 42-9. HJ: Cheng (MSJ) 5-8. PV: Miller (W) 12-6.

Girls: 400 relay: Washington 51.78. 1600: Huson (MSSJ) 5:19. 100HH: Fujikawa (MSJ) 17.47. 400: LUI (MSJ) 1:02.38. 100: Swayzer (W) 13.08. 800: Hirsch (MSJ) 2:28.35. 300IH: Martinez (W) 52.06. 200: Njitanji (W) 27.74. 3200: J. Gerards (W) 11:43. 1600 Relay: Mission San Jose 4:14.34. SP: Wallace (W) 28-1. DT: Wong (MSJ) 76-7. LJ: Swayzer (W) 17-3. TJ: Lanigan (W) 29-7. JH: McElligott (MSJ) 5-0. PV: Chang (MSJ) 9-6.

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