Yeanay, Santander, Murnin All-NBL picks
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
The leadership of the Casa Grande High School girls basketball team has been honored by placement on the All-North Bay League team by the league coaches.
In Casa Grande's first year in the NBL, junior forward Brooke Santander, and senior point guard Lyndsey Murnin were named to the first team, while defensive specialist senior Dayna Dolcini received honorable mention notice.
The trio led Casa Grande to a 16-13 record and a 7-7 mark in its first NBL season. The Lady Gauchos were playing their best basketball at season's end, and won their first North Coast Section Division II playoff game over Emery before being eliminated by No. 2 seed Clayton Valley in a quarterfinal contest.
Santander led the team in scoring and at times carried the entire offense.
She scored from inside on a multitude of drives, shot from outside and developed an excellent mid-range jump shot. She was also a strong rebounder and defender.
Murnin was one of the team's top scorers as a junior, but sacrificed some of her own scoring to transfer to the point guard position where she directed the Casa Grande offense and often looked to pass first and shoot second. She still managed to be a dangerous scorer and was often the player the Gauchos looked to as the shot clock wound down.
A superb ball handler, she was instrumental in breaking the opposition's press. Like the majority of the Lady Gauchos, she was also a tenacious defender.
Dolcini was generally acknowledged to be one of the best defenders in the Redwood Empire.
At 5-foot, 9-inches she was often asked to defend taller opposition post players, and also had the quickness and the anticipation to defend outside as well. She became more of a scoring threat in the latter part of the season.
Santa Rosa junior guard Katie Daly and Montgomery senior forward Claire Donnelly shared Most Valuable Player honors.
Chosen to the first team along with Murnin and Santander were Chantal Evett, a senior guard from Montgomery; Kerianne Noonan, a junior guard from Windsor; Morgan Bertsch, a junior forward from Santa Rosa; and Mikaela Francis, a senior center from Maria Carrillo.
Chosen to the second team were Cardinal Newman sophomore guard Kylie Kiech, Ukiah senior guard Kae Mayfield, Santa Rosa sophomore guard Kylie Oden, Montgomery senior guard Ashlee Wilson and Santa Rosa sophomore forward Devin Murray.
Honorable mention notice went to Dolcini, along with Windsor junior guard Andrea Flinn, Rancho Cotate senior guard Kerriann Fronda, Ukiah junior guard Courtney Mee, Rancho Cotate junior guard Kristine Ricossa, Rancho Coatate junior forward Nicole Guerrero, Cardinal Newman freshman forward Tiffany Salinas and Maria Carrillo junior forward Claire Wheeler.
Casa Grande's high-scoring junior guard Cetrick Yeanay is the first Gaucho boy named to an All-North Bay League first team. The outside-shooting guard was the Gaucho go-to guy when a basket was needed. He led the team with 444 points in 28 games, averaging 15.9 points per game. Along the way, he hit 67 3-pointers, five times as many as any other player on the team. He is also a gifted ball handler, who started for the varsity as a point guard as a sophomore before moving to shooting guard this season.
Senior Jake Ielmorini, who provided scoring, rebounding, defense and, most importantly, leadership for the Gauchos, was named to the second team. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior, averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He had more than twice as many steals as any other player on the team.
Only three of the seven NBL teams had players placed on the all-league first team. Yeanay was joined by Cardinal Newman seniors Kenny Love and Tim McCullough and Montgomery juniors Noah Orlik and Alec Raven.
Cardinal Newman senior Corey Hammell was chosen the league's Most Valuable Player.
McCullough and Raven shared honors as Defensive Players of the Year.
Joining Ielmorini on the second team were Maria Carrillo senior John Aitchison, Ukiah senior Frankie Garcia, Cardinal Newman senior Kyle King, Windsor senior Casey Myers, and Ukiah senior Paul Steliga.
Cardinal Newman's Tom Bonfigli was Coach of the Year.
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