Friday, July 13, 2012
More Girls State Athletes of the Year
By Mark Tennis, Paul Muyskens & Harold Abend
We have honorees listed for the five CIF divisions plus one for each year in school. Since the overall athlete of the year is a freshman, a senior of the year also has been named. An honor roll including many other multi-sport standouts has been added as well.
Congratulations to the following girls for being selected as a 2011-12 Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year:
Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) After moving to California last year with her guardian, Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike Brown, the Canadian-born and Under-19 Canadian National Team member had a short career in California. Despite joining a team that had won back-to-back state championships, Fields not only found her niche, but the UCLA-bound guard made her mark in one of the most successful girls programs in state history. When USC-bound Monarchs star Jordan Adams went down early in the season, Fields literally carried the team through the Nike TOC and a trip to Washington D.C where the Monarchs played some of the toughest teams in the nation. Her banner year was culminated in leading Mater Dei to a three-peat after she posted a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds with six assists in a 57-40 victory over Berkeley in the CIF Division I state championship game in Sacramento. Fields had per game averages of 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals and “she was the best player at the McDonalds All-America game,” said Cal-Hi Sports Managing Editor Ronnie Flores.
Note: For additional seniors who have been singled out, look for lists under each CIF division.
Chelsea Chenault (Carondelet, Concord) Swimming It was an exceptional group of junior girls in California during 2011-12 and since Chenault just missed out in her attempt to gain a spot on the U.S. Olympic team she’s the one who got the nod. Chenault’s best event is the 200 free and although she did make it into the 200 free final at the Olympic trials she didn’t finish in the top six and was denied a trip to London. Still, Chenault had another outstanding high school season for Carondelet. Named as the East Bay Swimmer of the Year (over Celina Li, the only other California high schooler to make it to an Olympic trials final), Chenault had eye-opening times in the 200 free and 500 free and helped Carondelet set a section record in the 400 free relay. Chenault has been a top junior national performer for U.S. teams since she was 13 years old.
More Junior Girls Honor Roll Members Kristen Berlo (San Marcos, Santa Barbara) Volleyball, Softball
Tylinn Carter (Serra, San Diego) Volleyball, Basketball
Celina Li (Foothill, Pleasanton) Swimming
Gabrielle Maurice (Johansen, Modesto) Softball
Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day) Basketball
Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (Bishop O’Dowd) Soccer
Sasha Wallace (Holy Names) Track & Field
Rachol West (Garces, Bakersfield) Basketball, Volleyball
Sarah Baxter (Simi Valley) Cross Country, Track It would be hard to start a high school career for the first two years any better than Baxter has. She captured the CIF 3200-meter championship at the CIF state track meet for the second straight year and also won for the second straight year in the CIF Division I state cross country race. For all of that, Baxter was earlier named by the Ventura County Star as its Female Track Athlete of the Year. Baxter didn't lose a race in the 3200 all season while also running the fastest time in the nation. She also has repeated as the top girls athlete in the state for the Class of 2014.
More Sophomore Girls Honor Roll Members Jordin Canada (Windward, Los Angeles) Basketball
Sarah Cho (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Golf
Mandy Coleman (McNair, Stockton) Basketball, Track
Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley, Pleasanton) Softball
Stamatia Scarvelis (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) Track
Ariana Washington (Poly, Long Beach) Track
Kyla Ross (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) Gymnastics As the overall State Athlete of the Year, Kyla also is tops in the category for just freshmen girls only.
More Freshman Girls Honor Roll Members Hayley Hodson (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) Volleyball
Margaux Jones (Redlands) Track
Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark) Softball
Cana Manzella (Foothill, Tustin) Soccer
Savannah Rennie (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Volleyball
Katie Lou Samuelson (Edison, Huntington Beach) Basketball*
Abbey Weitzell (Saugus) Swimming
*Samuelson has since transferred to Mater Dei of Santa Ana.
Kyla Ross (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) Gymnastics Since Aliso Niguel has more than 2,800 students and is Division I in many sports within the CIF Southern Section, the freshman gymnast gains this honor by virtue of being the overall State Athlete of the Year.
More Division I Senior Girls Honor Roll Members Koral Costa (San Pedro) Soccer, Softball
Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) Swimming, Water Polo
Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Basketball
Carlee Gray (Elk Grove) Softball, Basketball
Emily Lockman (Norco) Softball
Sammy Jo Prud’homme (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo) Soccer
Jasmine Tosky (Palo Alto) Swimming
Melanie Wade (Palo Alto) Volleyball
Kodi Lavrusky (Yucaipa) Soccer, Basketball, Track With a soccer scholarship to UCLA, Kodi also ran track and played basketball to earn the Riverside Press Enterprise Female Athlete of the Year honor and now adds our statewide salute for Division II. For the second year in a row, Lavrusky led the Thunderbirds to the Citrus Belt League championship in soccer. She also shattered the school record for career goals with 127. On the track, Lavrusky set records in the 100-meter dash, long jump and was on the 400 relay team. She helped Yucaipa capture its first Citrus Belt League championship. Lavrusky added basketball to her schedule this year as well and even played a soccer game and basketball game on the same day.
More Division II Senior Girls Honor Roll Members Hannah Huffman (Carondelet, Concord) Basketball
Emily Sklar (Presentation, San Jose) Volleyball
Tiffini Stone (Canyon, Canyon Country) Basketball, Track & Field
Amy Weissenbach (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Cross Country, Track Last year's Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year had another standout season this year before she will head to Stanford in the fall. After setting a national record and winning the 800 meters state championship as a junior, Weissenbach defended her state title by again taking home the top spot in 2012. Her dreams of making the Olympics came to a frustrating end as other runners fell in front of her and stopped her momentum in a qualifying heat. Weissenbach also ran cross country once again last fall and was in third-place in the CIF Division III championship. She and classmate Cami Chapus will go down as perhaps the best one-two distance running duo in state history.
More Division III Senior Girls Honor Roll Members Cami Chapus (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Cross Country, Track
Nisa Ontiveros (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) Softball
Maya Hood (La Jolla Country Day) Volleyball, Basketball Along with twin sister Malina, Maya will play next at the University of San Diego. Although she was beaten out as the Division IV State Player of the Year by teammate and basketball State Junior of the Year Kelsey Plum, Hood did make the Super Elites second five. Despite being under 6-foot tall, the 5-foot-10 Hood can jump higher than girls much taller. This is why she was so effective in both basketball and volleyball (averaged 17.4 points and had 220 kills), playing on two state championship volleyball teams and a runner-up for the Torreys before adding a state title in Division IV hoops this season. Plum gets most of the hype, but according to Country Day State Coach of the Year Terri Bamford, Maya was “a tremendous leader, our emotional and physical leader. I’m so happy for her getting a state player honor.” With her speed, she could have been an outstanding track performer and competed as a freshman but with the demands of basketball and volleyball something had to give. Hood already has been named the San Diego Union-Tribune Girls Athlete of the Year.
More D4 Senior Girls Honor Roll Members Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson) Softball
Kellian Hunt (Whittier Christian, La Habra) Cross Country, Track
Michelle Miller (Poly, Pasadena) Basketball, Volleyball A top student-athlete bound for Princeton, Michelle will go down in the basketball record book next to names like Cheryl Miller, Diana Taurasi and Lisa Leslie with 3,331 career points. A two-time Division V State Athlete of the Year, she was also named as the Pasadena Star-News Basketball Player of the Year for three years in a row. On the season, she averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Miller also was a key contributor to the school's volleyball team that made it the finals of the CIFSS Division 3AA playoffs.
More D5 Senior Honor Roll Members Aubrey Bekandam (Hamilton, Hamilton City) Basketball, Softball
Faith Kraatz (Tri-City Christian, Vista) Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Amber Padilla (Pomona Catholic) Softball
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