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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2,2011 -- Page 7 Sara Gambetta is Cloverdale High School's all-time record holder By Charlie Delfino Soccer season has come and gone. All the trials and tribulations of the sport have been forgotten. All the bumps, bruises, blood, sweat and tears are all in the past as the girls have moved on and have left the game behind. Good players have been around for years, great players come and go. It's when you get a player like Cloverdale's Sara Gam- Sara Gambetta holds CHS records. Sara Gambetta on the soccer field. betta that etches in stone an even higher mark in the local sports his- tory. It's when an All-Time record is set, passed up, and then passed up again that makes what ultimately is a team sport into a personal tri- umph. If one has the goal to be the best there ever was it takes hard work, it takes desire, and it takes someone ahead of you to set the foundation and the record to which you strive for. Sara Gambetta has done that, she has set the bar, re-set the bar, and then has taken the record books and re-wrote them. Sara has three, yes three Clover- dale High School girls' All-Time records. Her 19 goals this season is second on the all-time scoring list, second only to her own all-time scoring mark of 22 goals that she set in her Junior year. The most impres- sive statistic is that she has scored 56 career goals as a Cloverdale Eagle, a record that will be hard to reach for those up and coming soccer enthusi- asts. If you know this young athlete and have watched her throughout the years it has been all about the team, not about records or personal bests. Sara is the ultimate friend, teammate, and role model. She has always left everything she has on the field and never really paid much attention to the foundation she has laid the past four years. Her goals were to make the playoffs, her goals were for her team to win a champi- onship, and if you asked her she'd trade all the accolades and records for a NCL I South title in a heart- beat. It just so happens that along the way this lady Eagle was helping her team, helping them win games with each and every goal she kicked in the net. It took great teammates along the way, great passes, and support to get to where she is today. On the very top of the charts. Sara has played the game since she was four years old, she scored six goals her freshman year, nine her sophomore year, 22 her Junior year and 19 her final year as an Eagle. She has been chosen on the All-league team as a Sophomore, Junior, and Senior and was 2nd team on the All-Empire team last year as a Junior. The All-Empire list hasn't come out yet this year but the odds are Sara will again be there represent- ing her town and her school. An impressive other fact about this young lady is that she holds a grade point average above a 3.5 and has been taking college prep classes ever since they have been offered to her and her classmates. It's been a fun and exciting ride these last four years watching #20, a number that was also worn by her brother Jordan, run up and down the soccer field, To see her share the successes of others as well as her own. To see her make a precision pass to a teammate, to watch her dribble around the turf at full speed as if she didn't even have a ball with her. She led by example, and her and her close group of friends have developed a soccer program that has a very bright future. Congratulations to Sara, to her teammates that have helped her along the way, and to the program; that elusive NCL I title will hope- fully be there soon for those return- ing Lady Eagles. As for the All-Time records that have been set, it looks as if winning the pennant will be an easier goal to reach. Feature Ath ,ete Of The Week: Jule Edwards This week's Feature Athlete Of The Week is nine year old Washing- ton School 4th grader Julie Edwards. Julie is currently a point guard for the local St. Peters CYO basketball team and also spends her fall season out on the football field cheering on the local Cloverdale Chargers foot- ball team. Julie is a bundle of energy, a young athlete as cute as can be out on the court. She runs, jumps, and dribbles her way around the court like a true veteran. To watch this young lady take on players some- times twice her size can put a smile on the face of anyone who has a love for the game. She dives for balls, jumps as high as she can to get re- bounds, and runs around waving her arms in the air doing everything she can to block a pass or slow down a potential drive to the basket. When asked about her goals for this year's basketball team as well as herself, there was one word that kept coming up over and over again; "fun." When you have a fourth grade athlete describing his or her experiences it's that magic word every parent, coach, or player hopes to hear. It's truly all about the "fun" at this age and Julie is a per- fect example of that. Whether it's out on the court, out on the football field, or simply walking down the street you will always see a big smile on this young lady's face, a true testament that she is having "fun." Her team goal was "to work together and have fun," her person- al goal for the year was "to learn more about basketball and to have lots of fun." Oh how nice it is to be a 4th grader with a whole life of expe- riences ahead of you. Julie's favorite subject in school is math, her favorite number is one, and her favorite food is pizza. Her favorite sports moment was when she stole a ball from the other team and passed the ball to her teammate who shot and scored a basket for her team. Her worst sports moment was when she "passed the ball and the other team got it." Julie is a lifelong Cloverdale resident who plans on playing basketball and cheerlead- ing when she attends CHS. One of the questions we ask our athletes is who they admire at both the professional level and their fa- vorite all time Cloverdale High School athlete past or present. The choice of a pro athlete went from player to team as she stated she likes the San Francisco Giants. The choice was an easy one when it came to her favorite CHS athlete as she chose freshman Junior Varsity player Kelsi Sibert. We would like to congratulate this week's Feature Athlete Of The Week Julie Edwards. .::::::.. ::: :.:: Julie Edwards is our Athlete of The Week ! The Cloverdale Eagles varsity basketball team, back row from left: Sierra Hage, Whitney Edens, Marycruz Lopez, and Morgan Carlson. In front from left: Madison Stewart, Brittany Vandagriff, Sara Gambetta, and Taylor Spaulding. "Trash talk," doesn't help Upper Lake Courgars By Charlie Delfino It was a North Central League (NCL) I South contest between two teams going in very different direc- tions. The Eagles have found their intensity and have been disman- tling their opponents each and ev- ery week as of late. The Upper Lake Cougars are a bottom feeder team deep in the cellar fighting to find themselves and their integrity. The words may seem harsh, but sometimes the truth hurts and the game that Upper Lake brought to the Herb Nunn Memorial Gymnasi- um was nothing more than trash taking, foul language, and a some- what thug mentality. The elbows and cuss words were equally being thrown by the Cou- gars throughout the contest. The good news was how well the Eagles held their composure, took their lumps, and did their talking on the scoreboard. The home team held Upper Lake to two points in the first quarter, 12 points in the entire first hall and beat the visiting team 63 to 20 when it was all said and done. The Eagles had two players in double figures. Whitney Edens scored 15 points, Morgan Carlson 12, Brittany Vandagriff nine, Sierra Hage eight, Madison Stewart seven, Sara Gambetta six, Taylor Spauld- ing five, and Marycruz Lopez made a free throw to score one. Edens had six steals, Stewart added three steals and four assists. Cloverdale is now on top in the NCL I South race and will continue their push for the title in a huge showdown against rival St. Vin- cents on Tuesday and will be back home against the Clear Lake Cardi- nals on Friday, Feb. 4. JuniorVarsity Eagles meetly. Roseland Prep The Cloverdale junior varsity Ea- gles girls' basketball team only had one game last week, since the North Central League I South game with Upper Lake was cancelled by Upper Lake because they couldn't field a team. The Eagles played Roseland Prep from the Santa Rosa area, on Tues- day. "It was a good game for us. We played well in the first quarter and jumped out to a 15 to two lead," said coach Mark Spaulding. The junior Eagles went into a "shooting slump," in the second quarter, but ended up winning 35- 21. High scorers were: Amy Mora, 10; Morgan Robinson, nine; Amanda Lawson and Danielle Hall, five; Ri- ley Marincic, three. It was a good game for the Eagles, the coach said, and he was able to play a lot of peo- ple and "work on some stuff." The Eagles play St. Vincent on Tuesday and meet Clear Lake at home on Feb. 4 starting at 6 p.m. The 8th grade team at Washington School went 5-9 and showed much improvement this season. Pictured top row left: Courtney Buergler, Alysa Mathison, Alex Lopez, Ashley Duran, and Coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Middle row left: Celia Pulido, Perla Anguiano, and Monica Lemley. In front: Maria Gonzalez. The 7th grade girls volleyball team went 13-1 and won the league championship. Pictured are top row left: Teanne Edens, Paige Wasniak, Jenna Cheli, Rachel Sceales, Angel Bernardi, Robin Weathers, and Coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Middle row left: Celeste Gastineau, Alejandra Perez, Halley Donahoo, Alissa Giovanatto, and Sydney Missamore. Bottom row left: Karsyn Stewart, Jordyn Turner, and Bailey Stewart. #20 Sophomore guard Morgan Robinson is shown shooting a free throw in a home game against Lower Lake. Photosby Charlie Delfino