Tennis doubles
DOUBLES Healdsburg’s No. 1 doubles team, consisting of Brandon Housman (at back, left) and Niles Cobb, was named to the NBL All-League tennis team for their play this year. (Photo by Michael Lucid)

Last week’s announcement of All League rosters in baseball and softball, which produced nine local players getting wider recognition, begs the reminder that there’s more than just bats-and-balls to prep sports in the springtime.

After waiting for all of the post-season playoffs to conclude, the NBL-Redwood commissioners finally released the lists of All League selections in all sports—badminton, tennis and golf, as well as baseball and softball.

Joe Ellwood, the commissioner of the North Bay League, provided the full rosters of all high school sports this week—including sports that are not played in Healdsburg, such as boys volleyball.

Of the 10 names on the North Bay League, Redwood division all-league list for boys golf, two Healdsburg boys made the first team, and one the second team. First team names included junior Graham Highfield and sophomore Beckett Little, while Evan Barnes, a freshman, made the second team.

Girl playing badminton
CONCENTRATION Kathleen Casero is an NBL All-League volleyball selection this year in both singles and doubles categories.

In boys tennis, championship teams from Cardinal Newman and Maria Carrillo dominated the choices, though Healdsburg’s Brandon Hausman and Niles Cobb, both sophomores, were named to the second team doubles list.

The NBL All League badminton team included 11th-grader Andy Duran, of Healdsburg, among the top five boys singles, and sophomores Kathleen Casero and Caitlyn Parker among the top girls singles players. The team of Kathleen Casero and Estrella Santiago was picked as one of girls doubles awardees, and Andy Duran and Caitlyn Parker were tabbed in the mixed doubles category.

Already noted were All League selections in baseball for Wyatt Dugan and Tyler Swanson, Xander Harms and Isaiah Robles. Alex Mauro-Manos was picked in the exclusive Best Pitcher category. 

Softball picks include Claire Berry, Ashley Jenkins, Celia Vallatton and Izzy Osborn. Congratulations are due to all of these individuals and the many student-athletes at Healdsburg High who compete.

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Christian Kallen has called Healdsburg home for over 30 years. A former travel writer and web producer, he has worked with Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and other media companies, usually in an editorial capacity. He started reporting locally in 2008, moving from Patch to the Sonoma Index-Tribune to the Kenwood Press before joining the Healdsburg Tribune in 2022.


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