The Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association (CBAADA) honored 168 male and female athletes from its 84 member schools and fourteen member leagues this past Monday, May 12th, at an awards breakfast held at Cal Baptist University in Riverside.
Each school selected their Athlete of the Year on the basis of athletic achievement, academic excellence, school and community service, and character. Each Athlete of the Year received a certificate and a patch.
CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod gave a short welcome address acknowledging this time to celebrate “’the cream of the crop’ for their hard work, dedication, and example to others.”
A new School Sportsmanship Award was announced and eleven Valley schools were among the twenty-three schools inaugural recipients: Chaparral, Great Oak, Heritage, Lakeside, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley, Paloma Valley, Perris, Temecula Valley, Temescal Canyon, and Vista
In addition to the twenty-four athletes named from the Southwestern and Sunbelt Leagues, four Valley athletes were among the ten recipients of a $500 scholarship awarded by the CBAADA; and for the first time ever, two were from the same school. One hundred and two student-athletes applied for the scholarships.
Jasmine Garcia, a soccer player from Lakeside High, will be majoring in microbiology at San Diego State University. Davis Peralta, from Elsinore High, played three sports: football, basketball, and track. He will be attending the University of Redlands to study physics and mechanical engineering. Sarah Spencer from Temecula Valley High, played volleyball and soccer. She will be studying biology at Colorado Mesa. Parker Yocum, also from Temecula Valley High, will be wrestling and studying law at BYU.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, student-athletes were urged to seek out the special people who helped shape their character and helped them achieve their success. “You didn’t get here all by yourself.”
Cheyenne Coger: Tennis
John Baron: Football, Soccer
Cadie Bates: Volleyball
Cole Dreschler: Soccer
Emily Buechler: Cross-country, Soccer, Track
Davian Neitz: Football, Basketball, Track
Paige Virgil: Water Polo
Kevin Padlo: Football, Basketball
Sarah Spencer: Volleyball
Parker Yocum: Football, Wrestling
Kasey Calderon: Volleyball
Aaron Ruth: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Hailey Price: Tennis, Water Polo, Track
Tommy Wilson: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Nichole Chilson: Tennis, Softball
Alejandro Castellanos: Cross-country, Track
Kiana Williams: Basketball
Ricky Ruiz: Soccer, Football
Kailee Smith: Softball
Ramon Benz: Football, Soccer, Track
Summer Traylor: Cross-country, Soccer, Track
Osvaldo Majia: Cross-country, Track
Ashley Michalski: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Chris Rested: Wrestling