Spring season famous for rain
Much of this year’s high school sports spring season will be remembered for the inches upon inches of precipitation that did its best to disrupt competition in the foothills.
But between those spring storms, the athletes at Bear River, Forest Lake Christian and Nevada Union were able to fit in some performances for the record books. More than 80 athletes were recognized with all-league honors.
Just two squads – the Bear River baseball team and the Forest Lake Christian golf team – were able to finish the season at the top of their respective leagues. The Bruins split the Pioneer Valley League Championship with Oakmont, while the Falcons went undefeated to stand alone atop the Central Valley Christian League.
Postseason play was part of the year for three teams and quite a handful of individual athletes.
Three Forest Lake Christian athletes not only competed in the postseason, but were crowned Sac-Joaquin Section Champions.
For the second-consecutive year, junior diver Nikka Campora won the Sac-Joaquin Section Diving Championship. Fellow Falcons, Nick and Thomas Coibion, a senior and sophomore, won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Doubles Tennis Championship.
The Bruin baseball team fell in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs with a 4-2 loss to Vanden, while the Nevada Union baseball team suffered a 17-4 defeat at the hands of Jesuit in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Making school history, the Forest Lake Christian girls soccer team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game, losing in the end to Modesto Christian 1-0.
A total of 27 Nevada Union and 15 Bear River swimmers qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Trials, with 24 of those athletes moving on to swim in the finals.
Bear River’s Rachel Welz and Nicole Jackson and Nevada Union’s Nancy Gutierrez competed in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Track and Field Masters Meet.
The following is a list of any team or league awards that coaches passed on to The Union.
Spring Sports Awards:
Baseball – Pioneer Valley League co-Most Valuable Players: Robby Alcombrack and Tyler French. First-team all-PVL: Matt Miraldi, Ryan Giacomini, A.J. Nunez and Vince Viola. Second-team all-PVL: Matt Hilton. PVL Coach of the Year: Mike Viola. Optimist All-Star Game: Alcombrack and French.
Golf – First-team all-PVL and team MVP: Niall Conn.
Soccer – First-Team all-PVL: Genevieve Speas. Honorable mention all-PVL: Brittany Adams. Team honors – MVP: Nikki Mathis and Crystal Bailey. Coaches’ Award: Vanessa Martin.
Softball – First-team all-PVL: Rebecca Zauner, Britney Ceo and Jenna Wermes. Honorable mention all-PVL: Ashley Sawyer, Brooke Mosman and Kelly Shepard. Team honors – co-MVP: Wermes and Ceo. Coaches’ Award: Shepard. Offensive MVP: Mosman. Defensive MVP: Zauner. Most Improved: Casey Visnor. Captains: Sawyer and Traci Hart.
Swimming – Team honors – Varsity girls co-MVP: Allison Dayton and Stephanie Ursiny. Most Improved: Elana Faria. Coaches’ Award: Jessica Agnew. Sportsmanship Award: Sarah Colin. Varsity boys co-MVP: Bryan Agnew. Most Improved: Ryan Bock. Coaches’ Award: Scott Martin. Sportsmanship Award: Kyler Levintin. Swam in Sac-Joaquin Section Finals: Chase Rogers, Ursiny, Dayton, Faria, Hannah Morehouse, Bock, R. Agnew and Robbie Stoddart.
Track & Field – PVL co-MVP: Rachel Welz. PVL medal winners (top three in an event at league meet): Nicole Jackson, Welz, Madalyn Groulx, Jared Murnan and Adam Stillman. Sac-Joaquin Section Meet qualifiers: Welz and Jackson.
Tennis – First-team all-PVL: Garrett Gregory and Miki Kono. Honorable mention all-PVL: Katherine Erickson and Marie Paquin. Team honors – MVP: Gregory and Kono. Most Valuable Career Award: Erickson. Most Improved: Rick Fowler, Tori Masucci and Jeanne McAteer. Coaches Award: Cameron Lewis and Ashley Lowe.
Volleyball – First-team all-PVL: Corey Tofte and James Dumont. Honorable mention all-PVL: Travis Lyon, Blake Rafter and Erik Bergen. Team honors – Best Offensive Player: Tofte. Best Defensive Player: Lyon. Team Player Ward: Sam White. Coach’s Award: Peter Moore.
Forest Lake Christian
Diving – Sac-Joaquin Section Champion: Nikka Campora.
Golf – First-team all-Central Valley Christian League: Ryan Stockton. Second-team all-CVCL: Christina Stockton and Matt Koch. Team honors – Most Valuable Player and Total Release Award: C. Stockton. Daniel Award: Austin Rosene. Boldness Award: Koch. Dependability Award: R. Stockton. David Award: Jeremy Brown. Determination Award: Maxx Mamula. Diligence Award: Justin Boatman and Chase Alexander. Mighty in Spirit Award: Ryan Ring. Loyalty Award: Travis Stokes.
Soccer – First-team all-CVCL: Jillian Witzke and Shelby Lowe. Second-team all-CVCL: Jessica Raskin, Aubrey Stelzner and Sarah Hodges. Honorable Mention all-CVCL: Megan Stallings and Jordan England. Team honors – Mighty in Spirit Award: Chelsea McGirr. Daniel Award: Hodges. Determination Award: Taryn McGirr. Dependability Award: Stelzner and England. Jacob Award: Witzke. Boldness Award: Stallings. Obedience Award: Raskin and Kim D’Antonio. Diversity Award: Lowe. Persistence Ward: Rachel Kerber and Katie Fletcher. Positive Attitude Award: Alaura Woody and Katie Shore. Most Improved Award: Elyse Vierra and Ellia Meade.
Softball – CVCL Most Valuable Player: Jessica Lockhart. First-team all-CVCL: Lockhart, Megan Sanders and Rebecca Farnum. Second-team all-CVCL: Lindsey Engbrecht. Honorable mention all-CVCL: Lindsey Richert and Christel Johnson. Optimist All-Star Game: Lockhart. Team honors – Positive Attitude Award: Ashley Leppek, Callie Miller. Dependability Award: Bethany Huusfeldt. Determination Award: Kara Siegalkoff and Johnson. Diligence Award: Julie Moore. Loyalty Award: Lauren Schrack. Daniel Award: Lockhart and Sander. Jacob Award: Engbrecht. Mighty in Spirit: Richert. Diversity Award: Farnum.
Tennis – Sac-Joaquin Section doubles champions: Nick and Thomas Coibion. First-team all-Golden Empire League: Megan Wieczorek and T. Coibion. Honorable mention all-GEL Jenny Johnson, Torrey Haddad, Chelsea Hanson and N. Coibion. Team honors – Total Release Award: Wieczorek and Matt Rose. Loyalty Award: Johnson and Peter Ivey. Boldness of Heart Award: Haddad. Dependability Award: Hanson and Jackie Sutton. Determination Award: Ali Robinson, Rob Magorian, Mark Huntsinger, Kit Boyd, Ririko Yamaguchi, Peter Ivey and Johnny Lehmer. Mighty in Spirit Award: Mia Sasaki and N. Coibion. Loyalty Award: Sara Shackelford and Ivey. Daniel Award: T. Coibion. Positive Spirit Award: Daniel Magorian.
Baseball – First-team all-Metro: Nic Gauldin, Dan Graning and Josh Noxon. Honorable mention all-Metro: Dan Stith and Kelcey Wirick. Optimist All-Star Game: Dan Graning and Nic Gauldin.
Diving – Metro Championship Meet – Girls varsity: Molly Swartz (1st), Bryanna Charnette (2nd). Boys varsity: Tyler Foster (3rd), Eric Gillespie (4th), Nick Fisher (5th). Sac-Joaquin Section Meet – Foster’s second-place finish set a new NU men’s diving record. Charnette was 10th in frosh/soph division and Gillespie was 16th the varsity division.
Golf – First-team all-Metro: D.J. Milligan. Team honors – MVP: Milligan. Most Improved Player: Ryan Walker. Rookie of the Year: Spencer Biersdorff. Coaches’ Award: John Hyland.
Soccer – First-team all-Metro: Leigh Collins, Kacey Rogers and Marinda Graham. Honorable Mention all-Metro: Erica Goode, Ariane Turner and Kai Ling Clark. Team Awards – Captains: Collins and Rogers. Offensive Players of the Year: Rogers and Goode. Midfielders of the Year: Collins and Graham. Defender of the Year Turner. Coaches’ Award: Clark.
Softball – Team honors – MVP: Kayla Olson. Defensive MVP: Kayla Bennett. Offensive Player Award: Roxanne Ray. Coaches’ Award: Rachelle Chan. Most Improved Player: Khrista Davis.
Swimming – All-Metro: Drew Harris, Jon Huffman-Eddy, Kyle Virva, Whitney Stephenson, Caitlin Lee, Colleen Heauser, Hayley Porter, Jordan Golnik, Jason Tilly and Nicholas Ingersoll. Swam in Sac-Joaquin Section Finals: Stephenson, Porter, Lee, Heauser, Shiloh Fish, Shanna Stefani, Stephanie Larson, Harris, Huffman-Eddy, Virva, Elitt Golnik, Eric Wurster, David Monroe, Gabriel Ingersoll, Jason Cobbe and Mike Saturnino.
Track & Field – All-Metro athletes (top five in an event at league meet): Allison Chapple, Addi Bright, Nancy Gutierrez, Caitlin Wilcox, Jon Schaake, Andrew Primrose, Erik Salmonson, A.J. Ostrowski, Taylor Christensen and Dominic Ruggiero. Sac-Joaquin Section Meet qualifier: Gutierrez.
Tennis – First-team all-Metro: Eli Waggoner and Jordan Stratigakes. Team honors – MVP: Waggoner. Most Improved: Will Harvey. Most Inspirational: Stratigakes and Andy Tweed. Coaches; Award: Caleb Goodman and Jasper Fredrickson.
Volleyball – Optimist All-Star Game: Graham Davis, Sam Hochwald, Tim Lamphier, Truk Jantz and Vince Cancilla.
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The 2021 High School Optimist All Star teams for baseball, softball and boys volleyball have been announced, and several local student-athletes made the cut.