“It matters not that you won or lost,
but how you played the game.”

— GRANTLAND RICE

Athlete of the Month / Athletes of the Year / Team of the Year

The following were chosen for the 2018-2019 School Year:
Athletes of the Month:

OCTOBER, 2018:

Raleek Brown Edison High School: Football. The freshman running back led his team to SJAA League Championship with a 5-0, 9-3 season record. This was Edison’s first league championship since 1977. For the season, Raleek rushed for 1,688 yards and 19 touchdowns on 158 carries and caught 31 passes for another 741 yards and 9 touchdowns. He played both ways and had two interceptions, two sacks and 37 tackles on defense.   He was Most Valuable Player in the SJAA. In January Raleek was named to the 1018-19 MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American Football First Team. In May Raleek was also selected by the Record as a spring All-Star Prep in Track and Field. In the section track and field meet he finished second in the 100 and his 1600 relay team finished third.

Astrid Craig Lincoln High School: Girls’ Tennis. A freshman, during the 2018-19 season she led her high school team, winning every match during the season as her team’s #1 player. She was ranked as the #3 Northern California player by the USTA in the NorCal 14 and under division.

NOVEMBER, 2018:

Matt Hosmer St. Mary’s High School: Boys’ Water Polo/Swimming. As a senior, Matt, was named the TCAL Most Valuable Player. On 11/1 he led his team (27-2) to a section quarter final win over El Dorado High School by a score of 29-9. Hosmer has    16 goals, including 10 in the first half. The next game against Rocklin he scored seven goals in a 17-10 win. He led the state with 240 goals (50 more than any other player in the country) and also had 59 assists for the season. He was selected to the Division I   First Team (second year) and Most Valuable Player in the Sac-Joaquin Section. For the last three years he has played for the USA National Team. He was the MVP of the Pan Pacific Games in 2016. He will play water polo for the Pacific Tigers next year. In the spring, Matthew broke two individual school records in swimming and was part of a relay team that broke a third. In the 50-yard freestyle he set a new record at 21.12. In the 100 free he set the record at 47.4.  The 200 medley relay team broke its own league record     in a time of 1:39.03. In the section championships he finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races to lead St. Mary’s to a first place finish among Division III teams.

Amilya Thompson Delta College: Women’s Volleyball. In October in two games in a tournament at home she had 23 kills and 28 assists in two three-set victories. She later had 19 assists, nine kills, five blocks, an ace and 17 digs in a four-set victory over Sac City College. In a two-win tournament for the Mustangs she had 23 kills, 25 assists, three blocks, 19 digs and two aces. For these efforts Amilya was named the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week. At  the end of the season she was named as an American Volleyball Coaches Association two-year college All-American for the second year in a row. She was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Big 8 Conference for the second time. Most amazing is that she was switched from an outside hitter to a setter her sophomore season and became MVP playing two different positions in two years. In the spring she and her partner qualified for the state championship on Delta’s Beach Volleyball team. She will attend Fresno State next year.

DECEMBER, 2018:

Luke Pavillard University of the Pacific: Men’s Water Polo. In a tournament in Mass. against MIT, Luke, a junior, scored five goals; against Harvard he scored a career best seven goals. On Nov. 10 Luke had five goals, one assist and three steals in a 14-8 win over San Jose State. This win gave Pacific a repeat as Golden Coast Conference champions. He was named conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He scored 78 goals, had 44 steals, 28 assists and 107 points. He is in the top three in league in each of those categories. For the second time he was selected as a first team All-American.

Camden Riley University of the Pacific: Men’s Soccer. Camden is a senior middle fielder for the Tigers. He was selected as the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Men’s MAC Harmann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate soccer player.

JANUARY, 2019:

Makenzie Lincoln Lincoln High School: Girls’ Water Polo. Makenzie had 11 total goals as her team took sixth overall out of 24 teams in a tournament at Napa which led   to the section playoffs. She led her team to a 9-1 TCAL league championship and was named as TCAL Co-MVP.

Greg Viloria Delta College: Men’s Wrestling. Greg won the Junior College State wres- tling championship in his weight class, going 30-0 for the year and never being taken down during a match for the whole season.

FEBRUARY, 2019:

Mya Blake Bear Creek High School: Girls’ Basketball. Sophomore, 5’4” guard, led Bear Creek to the Division I Nor-Cal finals, averaging 20.4 points, 3.9 assists and 4.2 steals per game for the season. In the Nor-Cal Division I semi-finals she scored 23 points. She was named the 2018-19 season Most Valuable Player by the SJAA coaches. She was named to the 2019 Sports Stars All-Norcal Girls Second team. Mya was recognized by the Record as a 2019 Winter High School Preps Student Athlete. As a junior she is at- tending Edison High School.

Dailen Victor Chavez High School: Boys’ Basketball. Senior Dailen Victor had 32 points in the season opening victory over Turlock. He was league SJAA MVP as a junior last year. He was the leading scorer in the 2018-19 Stagg Tournament with 88 points in three games in early December, earning him the Chris Kjeldsen Trophy for leading scorer and also being named to the All-Tournament team. He scored 41, 19 and 28 points in the three games. In the SJAA league play he averaged 30.9 points per game, scoring 20 or more points in all ten league games. He had games of 43, 47, 31, 43 and 35 points during league. He was again named the 2018-19 SJAA Most Valuable Player. For the season, he scored 817 points or 28.2 points per game. This was 12.5 points more than the next most prolific league scorer for all games. He led his team to a 9-1 league record, losing in the first round of the playoffs to TCAL champion Modesto Christian. Dailan was recognized by the Record as one of their 2019 Winter High School Prep Student Athletes.

MARCH, 2019:

Valerie Higgins University of the Pacific: Women’s Basketball. Sophomore, 6’1” guard, led her team with double figures in points and rebounds. After the first WCC Tournament game she had a league-leading 13 double doubles.  She scored 18 points and 14 rebounds against Santa Clara after scoring 26 points and 10  rebounds against the Broncos two weeks earlier. In the first game of the WNIT against Fresno State she had 20 points. Prior to the last game she was second in program history in single-season steals with 98 (3.1 per game) and scoring with 531 points (17 per game), sixth in rebounds at 279 (9 per game) and 12th in blocks with 37. In a final game against Arizona in the NIT Tournament she scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds. Valerie was the All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-WCC selection.

Spencer Monteiro San Joaquin Delta College: Men’s Basketball. Spencer, a 6’6” sophomore forward, had 18 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Shasta in the Cabrillo Tournament in early November. In early January he scored the winning basket at the buzzer and finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. For the season he averaged 17.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He led his team to a 23-7 season record and 14-2 in league, shooting 56.6% from the field. He was named to the first team All- League in the Big 8 JC conference.

APRIL, 2019:

Giovanni Gonzalez Chavez High School: Football. As a 15-year-old junior in the 2017-18 season, Giovanni threw for 2,851 yards and 30 touchdowns (10th in the section). In the 2019-20 season as a 6’0”, 175-lb. senior, he threw a winning touchdown in a 36-28 win over Lodi. After two games he completed 62% of his passes, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Against Valley HS he completed 15 of 17 passes for 230 yards and five touchdowns. For the season, Giovanni completed 143 of 259 passes for 2,061 yards and 34 touchdowns, with only three interceptions. He was selected as Co-Offensive Player    of the Year for the SJAA league.

Taylor Low Lincoln High School: Girls’ Basketball. As a senior, Taylor averaged 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She was the captain of her high school team her last three years and a two-time Tri-City Athletic League MVP while maintaining a 4.59 grade point average. Taylor was also selected to the league All-Defensive team. She was selected by the Record as the winner of the Charles Washington Award for her community activities, presented at the 2019 All-Star Preps Best of the Record evening. She also scored 13 points in the 2019 Senior All-Star Basketball Game played at Delta College in June.

MAY, 2019

Bryce Johnson St. Mary’s High School: Boys’ Basketball. Bryce, senior 6’7” forward/ guard/center, averaged a double-double this season with 18.1 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game for the Rams, who won 26 of 33 games on the floor this season and won the Sac-Joaquin Section title as the #3 seed in Division II. He had 23 double-doubles for the season. He finished his three-year career with 1716 points and 1198 rebounds. He was selected to the TCAL first team All-League by the coaches. He was selected by CBS as an Athlete of the Month. He was selected to the 2019 Sports Stars All-Norcal Boys Second Team. Bryce was also recognized by the Record as a 2019 Winter High School Preps Student Athlete.

Maile Eugenio-Caras Valor Training Center/Bear Creek High School: Muay Thai. Maile, at age 13, won the Girls’ Open Junior Bantamweight Division Belt at the Thai Box- ing Association – Sanctioning Authority Classic World Muay Thai Expo in Des Moines, Iowa on June 20-23, 2019. She has competed in Bangkok, Thailand against New Zealand, Chile, Ireland, and Ukraine, and is a two-time youth world gold medalist, guided by her head coach, Kru Patrick Rivera. The sport emphasizes the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Young competitors fight three one-and-a-half-minute rounds. Of 854 competitors, Maile was singled out by Grandmaster Chai Sirisute of the event for her style and perfor- mance at the Iowa competition and won one of four “Best Fighter” awards. Last month, she competed in Antalya, Turkey in the IFMA Youth World Championships and brought home the silver medal. She also played freshman volleyball at Bear Creek this fall.

JUNE, 2019:

Ryan Shreve University of the Pacific: Baseball. On April 14, Ryan, a 6’6”, 205-lb. right-handed junior pitcher, threw a no-hitter at Santa Clara. It was the fourth no-hitter   in Pacific history. He struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed only one base runner on a hit batter in the fourth inning. On March 24 against Loyola-Marymount, Ryan had a no-hitter until the 8th inning.

Mikaela Ferreira Delta College: Softball. Mikaela, freshman infielder, was named a California Junior College Nor-Cal All-American infielder. She led her team to a 38-9 record and fourth in the state. She was the season’s Big 8 leader in home runs (11), extra base hits (27) and batting average (.535). When the team needed to win twice to get to the State Tournament, Mikaela drove in the winning run in a 4-3 win over Monterey Peninsula in the second game after going 4-4 in the first game won by Delta 7-3. In the prior playoff game to open the State Tournament double elimination against San Mateo, she went 3 for 4 with a double in a loss.

JULY, 2019:

Celina Flores U.S. Army: Power Lifter. Celina Flores graduated from Stagg High School in 2004, weighing 90 lbs. and now at 4’10”, 125 pounds, is a Sergeant 1st Class in the U.S. Army. She recently qualified for the International Powerlifting League World Champion- ship in Limerick, Ireland from October 24-27. She holds the military bench press record for her 125-lb. weight class, lifting 148.5 pounds. The overall competition results consist of total lbs. lifted in three events, the squat, bench press and deadlift. She has highs of 225 lbs. in the squat, 160 lb. bench press and 259 lb. deadlift for a total of 644 pounds.

Jamar Marshall St. Mary’s High School: Boys’ Basketball/Track. The Rams junior on the basketball team averaged 15.2 points per game on the Section Championship team. Then he became a state champion as a member of the St. Mary’s Track and Field team. He won the 110-meter hurdles at the State Meet with an unofficial best time in the nation this year of 13.31. He also finished 3rd in the 300-meter hurdles at the State Meet. He had a time in the 300-meter hurdles of 38.25 in winning at Sac-Joaquin Section Meet.  On June 22 in Florida at the USA Track and Field U-20 Junior National Championships, he ran the 110-meter hurdles in 13.22 wind legal. This was the fastest high school time in the country this season and the second fastest in history. He finished 3rd behind two college runners and missed qualifying for the Pan American U20 Championships by .01 second. Later that week he was recognized by USA Today as an All-USA Hurdler. He also competed in the long jump and 400 hurdles at Modesto Junior College at a USATF Regional Qualifying meet. The Junior Olympic Championships were held July 22-28 in Sacramento.

AUGUST, 2019:

Skyler May St. Mary’s High School: Girls’ Golf. Skyler May, who will be a junior on the 2019-20 St. Mary’s Girls’ Golf team, qualified for the IMG Academy Junior World Championship in the 15-18 age group and represented Stockton. It is a three-day tourna- ment at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla with representatives from all over the world. To qualify for the IMG tournament, Skyler shot a 71 at Haggin Oaks. In September 2018, May and two other Stockton high school golfers represented First Tee of San Joaquin in the PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championships. Here she was paired with pro Chris DiMarco for two rounds of play. Skyler shot a 2-under for 141 for the two days.

David Sanchez III Village Oaks School: Handball. David (also known as “D3”) in 2018-19 won at every level and competition. At age 15 he has set national records by capturing national junior titles in the one-wall, three-wall and four-wall competitions in the same calendar year. He has won all of these titles as both a singles and doubles player. There has only been one other player in junior handball history to do this. David trains out of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

SEPTEMBER, 2019:

Jasmine Gonzales University of the Pacific: Women’s Cross Country. As a junior, Jasmine became the first Pacific X-country runner in history to be selected WCC runner of the week by leading the team to a second place finish in the Big Wave Invitational in Hawaii. She covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:03.00, which was 33 seconds faster than last year. She was the leader of the Tigers team with a time of 18:36.00 on Sept. 28, 2018, in the Montana Invitational. She also was the fastest Tiger in the 6,000-meter race on  Oct. 13, 2018 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational with a program best time of 21.12.7.

Vinnie Bologna Delta College: Baseball. The sophomore left fielder hit two long home runs for four RBI’s as the Mustangs defeated Cosumnes River College in the Northern California Super Regional playoffs. Bologna led the state with 17 home runs, 73 RBI’s and a .855 slugging percentage. He batted .402, scoring 75 runs and stealing 23 bases during the season. Vinnie was named Co-player of the Year in the Big 8 Conference for helping the league champion Delta College Baseball team to 19-5, 33-7 records this season.

Athletes of the Year:
Female Athlete of the Year – CELINA FLORES

Sergeant First Class Celina N. Flores graduated from Stagg High School in 2004. Powerlifting was a hobby for her and became a stress reliever after her 1st deployment to Iraq. Several friends that she lifted with noticed some skills and encouraged Celina to try some competition in powerlifting. Everything has been uphill since her 1st competition in 2016. She was awarded her first medals with a 3rd place finish at a competition, and then in October of 2018, she won the Kentucky Muscle Powerlifting Championship setting the Kentucky State Bench Press record in the 56kg weight class. Everything was clicking for her now, and in December of 2018, she was awarded 2nd place, and established a Kentucky State record in the 60kg weight class. She qualified for the United States of America Powerlifting Championships. With several other state records established in Kentucky, she moved on to the 2019 Military Nationals and was awarded 2nd place including setting a military bench press record in the 57kg weight class.

Celina entered the International Powerlifting Championships. She won 1st place in the 52 kg Bench.  Only Celina loves the sport of powerlifting. She especially loves showing others, especially females, that it is OK to be strong and lift weights in a predominantly male dominated sport.

Celina has been deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She is currently enrolled in college pursuing a degree in psychology and will continue her active duty service.

Male Athlete of the Year – GREG VILORIA

Greg began his wrestling career at a very young age. Greg’s father introduced him to wrestling at 5 years old while living in San Jose. After moving to Tracy, Greg pursued wrestling beginning in middle school where he learned wrestling and free style wrestling.

Free-style wrestling is a style of amateur wrestling practiced around the world. The style’s ultimate goal is to throw and pin your opponent to the mat which results in an immediate win. Free-style wrestling combines traditional wrestling, Judo and other techniques. Greg won two state high school championships while at Tracy High School in the free style. He captured titles in traditional wrestling and high school wrestling where he was section champion and divisional champion. Greg graduated from Tracy High School and entered San Joaquin Delta College where he continued his wrestling career under Coach Mike Fandler. In his freshman year, he finished 3rd at the community college state finals. His sophomore year was highlighted by a state championship in his weight class.

Greg is now attending Menlo College where he is a sophomore on a wrestling scholarship and studying accounting. After college, Greg hopes to pursue a professional career in accounting and continue with mixed martial arts and wrestling. Good luck Greg.

2018-2019 Team of the Year:
San Joaquin Delta College Women’s Soccer Team

After finishing third in the Big 8 Conference, the Delta College Mustangs went on the road to defeat #2 seeded Folsom Lake JC. They then defeated Harnell JC 3-1  in the Nor Cal semifinals to advance to the elite eight for the third year in a row. The Mustangs made program history with its first trip to the State Championship.

The team finished with a 19-4-3 record after losing 2-1 to undefeated Santiago Can- yon in the State Semifinals.

The following were chosen for the 2017-2018 School Year:

Athletes of the Month:

Month Athlete Name School Sport
October 2017 Anitra Khoth Lincoln Golf
Amilya Thompson Delta College Volleyball
November 2017 Daniel Rojas Amatuer Junior Racquetball
Kriekie van Wyk UOP Field Hockey
December 2017 Dusty Frampton St. Mary’s Football
Jordan Whatley Edison Football
January 2018 Zach Haddad Amatuer Bowling
Celeste Almendarez Edison HS Girls’ Basketball
February 2018 Aaron “Tre” Jenkins III St. Mary’s HS Football/ Basketball/ Track
Sophia Oceguera Team USA Cadet Taekwondo
March 2018 Tristain Blackmon UOP Men’s Soccer
Elysia Urrea Lincoln HS Girls’ Wrestling
April 2018 Kyra Christmas UOP Women’s Water Polo
Mya Blake Bear Creek HS  Girls’ Basketball
May 2018 Roberto Galinat UOP Men’s Basketball
Sydney Lahners UOP Softball
June 2018 Jamal Marshall St. Mary’s HS Football/Basketball/Track
Craig Perkins Delta College Track & Field
July 2018 Ricardo “Ricky” Diaz III In Shape Sports Club Racquetball
David Sanchez III US Handball Assoc Handball
August 2018 Jordan Lee 12U AAU Jr. Olympics Girls’ Track & Field
Galadriel Mellion 13-14 USATF AAU Jr. Olympics Girls’ Track & Field
September 2018 Karl Winter St. Mary’s HS Cross Country/Track & Field
Hailey Williams St. Mary’s HS / UC Davis Girls’/Women’s Water Polo

Athletes of the Year:

  Athlete Name School Sport

Teams of the Year:

 2017-2018 San Joaquin Delta College
Baseball
Stockton Colts PeeWee Youth Hockey

The following were chosen for the 2016-2017 School Year:

Athletes of the Month:

Month Athlete Name School Sport
October 2016 Anitra Khoth Lincoln Golf
November 2016 Lexi Elman UOP Volleyball
Cutrell Haywood Stagg Football
December 2016 Jake Dunniway St. Mary’s Football
Dusty Frampton St. Mary’s Football
January 2017 Annalisa Manabat Franklin Tennis
David Sanchez III Sierra Middle School Youth Handball
February 2017 Fuatino “Tino” Moalo McNair Girls’ Wrestling
Andre Kelly Lincoln Basketball
March 2017 Kriekie van Wyk UOP College Field Hockey
Aaron “Tre” Jenkins III St. Mary’s Football
April 2017 Aquira DeCosta St. Mary’s Girls’Basketball
David Jackson Lincoln Tennis
May 2017 Melvin Flax Delta College Mens’ Track and Field
Jaliah Brice-Moore Bear Creek Girls’ Track and Field
June 2017 James Free II UOP Baseball
Yahav Shahaf UOP Swimming
July 2017 Christian Almanza St. Mary’s Baseball
Jasmin Tran Bear Creek Girls’ Badminton
August 2017 Daisy Contreras McNair Girls’ Soccer, Water Polo, Basketball
Hailey Reed UOP Softball
September 2017 Sophia Oceguera Discovery Martial Arts/ Stockton Collegiate International Taekwondo
David Reya-Ruiz Edison Football

Athletes of the Year:

  Athlete Name School Sport
Aquira DeCosta St. Mary’s Basketball
Jake Dunniway St. Mary’s Football

Team of the Year:

  Team School Sport
Rams St. Mary’s Football

 

The following were chosen for the 2015-2016 School Year:

Athletes of the Month:

Month Athlete Name School Sport
October 2015 Osai Brown McNair Football
Kevin Truax Lincoln Water Polo
November 2015 Levante Bushnell Stagg Football
December 2015 Alex Obert UOP Water Polo
Amilya Thompson Lincoln Volleyball
January 2016 Aquira DeCosta St. Mary’s Basketball
February 2016 Zahria Hendrix Lincoln Basketball
Roman Romero McNair Wrestling
March 2016 McKenzie Bacich Bear Creek Wrestling
Cameron Pieters Stockton Charter Basketball
April 2016 Jaelen Ragsdale Weston Ranch Basketball
May 2016 Jasmine Pharms Stagg Volleyball, Basketball, Track
Sem Verbeek UOP Tennis
June 2016 Gio Brusa UOP Baseball
Michael Thompson Stagg Track
July 2016 Cicelya Beard Delta College Track
Jarron Silva St. Mary’s Baseball
August 2016 Michael Fancy Delta College Track
Eric Sloan Delta/USC Track
September 2016 Madeline Zunino Lincoln Golf
Roderick Townsend Lincoln/Delta Track

Athletes of the Year:

Month Athlete Name School Sport
Roderick Townsend Lincoln/Delta Track
Jasmine Pharms Stagg Volleyball, Basketball, Track

Team of the Year:

  Team School Sport
Cougars Weston Ranch Basketball