PREP: Miners, Bruins and Falcons earn all-league honors
The prep winter sports season has finally come to a close after several deep playoff runs by local teams.
Throughout the winter months, local high school athletes impressed on the court and the pitch, and for their efforts they were recognized by their respective leagues for their standout abilities.
Here is a look at the local players who earned all-league honors:
Nevada Union, Bear River and Forest Lake Christian all had a girls basketball team that reached the playoffs and all three teams were loaded with talent.
The Lady Miners’ stay in the playoffs was short lived, but getting there wouldn’t have been possible without All-Sierra Foothill League First Teamers Meadow Aragon and Greta Kramer.
Aragon, a sophomore, averaged 14.4 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game this season. In SFL play, she scored 12.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg and two blocks per game.
“Meadow is just steady on both end of the court, especially on the boards,” said Nevada Union head coach Jenn Krill. “She really has a nose for the ball, as evidenced by her 4.7 offensive boards a game for the season. Meadow isn’t flashy on offense but she is solid and just gets the job done. Defensively, she is a monster inside and has some highlight reel blocks. She has the ability to alter shots by guards and posts, and is physically strong enough to hold her own against anyone.”
Kramer, a junior, averaged 12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 10 free throw attempts in SFL play this season
“Greta’s athleticism is insane. At 5-11 she’s typically the fastest person on the court,” Krill said. “As our other big, she is really tough to guard because she has a great first step and has an uncanny ability to weave through traffic and draw fouls.”
Bear River’s girls basketball team, which made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals, had five players earn All-Pioneer Valley League honors. Senior guard Alyssa Pulkinghorn (12.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 steals per game), and junior post player Mallory Rath (9.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg) are both first teamers.
“(Pulkinghorn) is a very smart player,” said Bear River head coach Randy Billingsley earlier this season. “She is a steadying force for us. When things start to get out of control for us, she’s always that girl that can get us back on track. She’s a leader for us.”
Junior guard Katelyn Meylor (14.2 ppg, 4.3 spg), senior post player Ashley Albee (6 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and junior Kylee Dresbach-Hill (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 spg) all made the All-PVL Second team.
The Forest Lake Christian girls finished second in the Central Valley California League standings and made a run to the Division VI semifinals.
Leading the Lady Falcons post season honorees was Sara Ritchart, who earned CVCL co-MVP honors. Ritchart, a senior guard, led her team with 13.5 ppg and 3.9 spg. Ritchart shared the MVP with Victoria Neptune from Victory Christian.
Also earning All-CVCL honors from FLC were senior Courtney John (First Team) and sophomore Lily Sween (Second Team). John averaged 7.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg, and Sween averaged 8.2 ppg and 8.3 rpg this season.
In boys basketball, only the Falcons from Forest Lake Christian reached the playoffs after earning second in the CVCL. For their efforts, they landed three players on the All-CVCl team. FLC first teamers include senior guard Brett Soria (16.6 ppg, 4.5 spg) and freshman guard Luke Gilliland (13.7 ppg). Forest Lake Christian’s Andrew Barrozo (8.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) made the All-CVCL Second Team.
For Bear River, the Pioneer Valley League season was a rough road that resulted in 10 losses and no wins. But along that road, two Bruins left a lasting impression. Senior Rhiley Harrison earned a spot on the All-PVL First Team and sophomore Calder Kunde landed a spot on the All-PVL Second Team.
Nevada Union is part of the Sierra Foothill League and the coaches of that league have a policy in which they do not release the names of All-SFL selections until all teams from the league have been eliminated from the playoffs. With Woodcreek, Folsom and Del Oro still battling it out in the CIF NorCal tournament, the SFL has yet to release the names of the All-SFL selections.
Both the Bear River and Forest Lake Christian girls soccer teams reached the playoffs due to rosters loaded with talented players.
For Bear River, who finished second in the PVL and reached the second round of the Division V playoffs, there were plenty of accolades to go around. Bear River goalie Natalie Hubacz was named the PVL Co-MVP after a stellar league season in which she had five shutouts and allowed just eight goals in 10 PVL games. Junior Savannah Collyer (10 goals, 11 assists), senior Cameron Ramsour (8 goals), senior Mary Halloran and senior Kayleigh Siebels all earned All-League honors. Bear River’s Abby Weir, Megan McShane, Holly Neal and Josephine Wilting were all All-PVL honorable mention as well.
For the CVCL champion Forest Lake Christian Lady Falcons, they too had a host of players earn league honors. FLC’s Amber Jackson was the league MVP. Alysse Moore, Autumn Green and Emily O’Neil all landed on the ALL-CVCL First Team. Veronica Makovey and Sydney Jones are All-CVCL Second Teamers.
Nevada Union did not participate in a league this season, opting to play as an independent.
Forest Lake Christian had the only boys team in the playoffs of the three schools. Leading the team this season were All-CVCL First Team selections Shawn Hegarty and Cade Ralston. FLC’s Harry Zea earned a spot on the All-CVCL Second Team.
Bear River had just one player make the All-PVL team this season with Josh Griesel earning a place among the leagues best.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email email@example.com.
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