. B-4 — SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 lorts THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, Ray Hamill/Thc Daily Journal Pictured clockwise from top left, Lady Wolverines soccer coach Pat Hart led his team back to the playoffs in 1997/98; Wildcat footballers narrowly missed out on a trip to the postseason; Deep Valley's David Cetani became the first basketball in school history to score more than 1,000 career points; and Ukiah's Ryan Mack made it to the state championships in both cross-country and track and field. TOP TEN TEAMS OF 1997/98 The Lady Wildcats with head coach Bill Brunemeyer. 1 - Lady Wildcats basketball. The Ukiah girls boldly went where no other Ukiah basketball team went before, making it all the way to the NorCal semi finals. 2 • Ukiah Cross-Country. A talented group led by Ryan Mack, Josh Otto and Yoshi Rahm finished fifth at the State CC meet. 3 - Willits Track and Field. The Wolverines won their fist NCS Class A championships in 19 years. 4 - Willits Wrestling. The Wolverines won their second • straight CMC championship. 5 - Ukiah Boys Swimming. The Wildcats climaxed a succes-•: ful season with an NBL championship. I 6 - Potter Valley Football. The Bearcats won seven straight to win the NCL III crown. 7 - DVC Baseball. The first ever Hornet team to win a league title. 8 • Ukiah Baseball. The Wildcats made it all the way to the second round of NCS play, the furthest a Ukiah baseball team has ever gone. 9 - Deep Valley Basketball. The Deep valley boys became the first ever Hornets squad to make it to the postseason, falling just short in their bid for an NCL III league championship. 10 - Potter Valley Tack and Field. With just four boys, the Bearcats finished a remarkable seventh of 23 teams at the NCS Class A championships. Sports review Continued from Page B-3 varsity counterparts made it an interesting season, remaining in the hunt for the postseason for .much of the year. Familiar successes at Willits High There was familiar stories making the headlines in Willits, where (surprise, surprise) both soccer squads made the playoffs. Boys coach John Schadeck took a young squad, made up of a ; core of talented sophomores, to ; the NCS semifinals and almost '. upset the odds against University ' in the Bay Area, bowing out in large part due to some poor officiating. The girls, meanwhile, really surprised a number of observers, with coaches Pat Hart and River Blough working their magic. Like the Bearcats in track and field, the Lady Wolverines overachieved like few other squads in the district, making it all the way to the NCS semi finals (and very nearly beyond) despite a relatively young and inexperienced group of girls. Football continued to struggle in the Willits, but things haven't been helped by their third different coach in three years. Few squads have shown the same enthusiasm as the Wolverines, however, and with coach Dave Clark returning next year (as well as some talented JVs coming through) the Willits boys will be looking to put two straight winless season behind them. On the volleyball courts, the Lady Wolverines showed some signs of life under second-year coach Jill Walton, and with a very successful JV team, the Willits girls can look to the future with optimism. Wrestling head coach Bob Colvig said his goodbyes this past season, and went out with a bang, clinching his second straight CMC title. Colvig, who has been with the program for over two decades, will be missed in the Willits gym after making a lasting impression on numerous athletes during his tenure. Both Wolverine basketball teams struggled this yea'r, but again the Willits boys have a talented group of JVs on hand and can look to the future with optimism, while the girls had plenty to cheer about when Elle Hansen closed her high school career with two of the most dominating and intense performances seen at the high school in some time. The Wolverines put the disappointment of the winter basketball season behind them when track and field took center stage, winning their first CMC title since 1979 and sending seven athletes on to the NCS.Meet of Champions. The distance running trio of Wes Serkin, Ryan Shields and Niko Savarese dominated all year, and with numerous athletes returning next year, look for the Wolverines to continue to be a force to reckon with on the track circuit. Baseball had an up and down season, with the Wolverines putting a slow start behind them and wining six straight with some fundamentally sound ball, including a memorable victory over the Empire's second-ranked Kelseyville Indians. The softballers, meanwhile, can look to the future with a young squad gaining some valuable experience this season. In the swimming pool, the Wolverines, were unable to match the experience of previous years, but gained some valuable experience for the young swimmers. Diver Dan Bartholomew, perhaps the best all-around athlete at Willits High School this year, was one of the most dominating performers for the Wolverines all year, while Jason Whitney closer out his high school career with one of the most improved seasons of any athlete in any sport. 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