Analy appoints new basketball coach for boys

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Analy High School has a new direction for its men’s basketball program.

Kris Mahiri, who served as assistant to head coach Jason Carpenter last season when the school was known as West County, will take over. Carpenter stepped down from his role after the season.

“I’m excited,” Mahiri told The Press Democrat on Saturday. “Originally, I wasn’t going to go out for work, but I got a taste for children. I’ve been coaching some of these boys since last season, starting in the fall before the season started. Most of them asked me if I would be willing to come and help the coach during the season. I kind of acclimated myself to these boys.

“Great group of kids, great group of kids. I’m super excited.”

Mahiri, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has extensive basketball coaching experience. He was a star during his prep days at Buchtel High School in Akron and had stints at both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Akron before injuries derailed his playing career.

He moved to Sonoma County in 1998 and has been coaching ever since. He was the boys’ head coach at Santa Rosa in the early 2010s, then led the girls’ program at Maria Carrillo for several years.

“We are delighted that Coach Mahiri will take over the program and anticipate a smooth transition due to his well-established relationships with players and parents,” Analy Athletic director Joe Ellwood said in a text. “We look forward to seeing Coach Mahiri lead the program and continue the tradition of fostering athletic and academic excellence.”

Analy, which reverts to its original name in the fall, was 17-10 overall last season and finished second in the league to North Bay-Redwood at 7-3. The Tigers return three players from all leagues in rising seniors Gavin Reid (first team) and Syris Paley (honorable mention), as well as rising junior Walter Galbraith (second team).

Analy will also move to the more competitive NBL-Oak division for this upcoming season.

“Like I said, I’m excited,” Mahiri said. “We have talent at school. We’re going to have some work to do, but I think we’re going to be quite competitive this season.

Cal-Hi Sports Final Softball Baseball Rankings

The Cardinal Newman baseball team closed out a historic season as the No. 27 team in the state in CalHi Sports’ final rankings of the school year.

The Cardinals (24-6) captured the North Shore Division 3 Division title, the first Division title in program history, and earned a berth in the NorCal Division 1 Regional Playoffs, where they fell to then-No. 1 Saint Francis — who finished the year as the state’s No. 2 team after losing to state No. 1 De La Salle in the Division 1 title match.

CalHi Sports also ranked the Cardinals, who finished co-champions of the NBL-Oak, as the No. 4 team in Division 2 in California. (CalHi Sports divisions sometimes vary from NCS and CIF.)

The Ukiah baseball team also earned well-deserved recognition for their miraculous post-season streak. The Wildcats (20-10) captured the NCS Division 2 title as the No. 9 seed and earned a trip to the CIF NorCal Division 2 playoffs, where they fell to the eventual runner-up Granite Bay, which finished the year as the No. 1. 30 team in the state in the CalHi Sports rankings.

Despite all its success, CalHi Sports named Ukiah as the No. 8 team in the state’s Division 3.

Petaluma, who fell to Ukiah in the NCS Division 2 title match, was an honorable mention in Division 3.

Several softball programs were also recognized by CalHi Sports in their season-ending division rankings.

Fort Bragg, the undefeated North Central League I champion, and St. Helena, the NCLI runner-up, finished No. 9 and No. 10 respectively in the Division 5 standings for the state.

The Timberwolves (23-5) were NCS Division 4 playoff runners-up, while the Saints (18-9) were NCS Division 5 playoffs but qualified for the CIF NorCal Division 5 playoffs , where they reached the semi-finals. .

Clear Lake (16-8) and St. Vincent (21-7) also appeared in CalHi Sports’ Division 5 rankings. The Cardinals were on the expanded list of the next 5 teams, while the Mustangs were an honorable mention selection.

Summer Baseball Record

Summer league baseball is in full swing across the county.

In the opening weeks of the California Collegiate League season, the defending CCL champion Healdsburg Prune Packers found their way back to winning ways with a 6-1 record in a doubleheader against the Solano Mudcats. Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Sonoma Stompers, a new addition to the CCL this summer, improved to 5-5 after a 6-4 victory over the Lincoln Potters on Friday.

The Santa Rosa Scuba Divers, the newest addition to the local summer baseball circuit, were 6-8 Saturday afternoon in the Pacific Division of the Pecos League, an independent baseball league with teams in California, in New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, Texas. and Colorado.

Yesou can contact editor Gus Morris at 707-304-9372 or [email protected] On Twitter @JustGusPD.

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