The Cougars have one more game left on their schedule, against Bakersfield Christian High School for the State Championship. This is a big moment for not only the Cougars, but for the city of Rohnert Park. The Cougars will be hosting the game, which is Sat. and starts at 6 p.m. For those community members who have followed the team all year, or those who haven’t had the opportunity to support the boys, this is the game to do it.
Rancho Cotate Head Coach Gehrig Hotaling woke up Friday morning one year older. Of course, he wasn’t thinking about being 36 years old, he was thinking about Friday’s North Coast Section Division 3 Championship game against Las Lomas High School. Though he might not get a cake, Hotaling got something much better: an NCS Title.
Rancho Cotate High School’s Coach Gehrig Hotaling is overcome with emotion as he hugs junior Mihalis Santorineos after his team defeats Las Lomas 7-0 in the NCS Championship game. Rancho (no. 2 seed) and Las Lomas (no. 1 seed) played against each other in the NCS Championship game Fri., Nov. 29 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. This was probably the best birthday Coach Hotaling could have ever asked for: a championship win!
Photo by Jane Peleti
Though the focus is on the Rancho Cotate Football team and their quest for a state championship, there are other sports community members need to pay attention to. Basketball teams for Rancho, Credo and Technology High School have returned from Thanksgiving break and are starting to warm up. The soccer season for both the Cougars’ men and women have started as well. Here’s what the community might have missed while the attention was on football.