The Southern Section offices released the selections for the All CIF boys’ and girls’ high school basketball teams, picking quite a few local players from around the area, including Player of the Year Mya Pierfax from Paloma Valley High School and her coach Matt Dale, who was named the Division 4AA Coach of the Year.
Dale, who was already honored as CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year, led the Wildcats to a 34-3 record this season. Paloma Valley went 13-1 in winning the Sunbelt League title, won the CIF Division 4AA championship and won its first four games of the CIF State tournament. The Wildcats were scheduled to play in the state championship game before it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The winter sports season was the last official season to get selections for the All-CIF teams as there will be no spring selections due to all the school’s transitioning to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Released in late March and presented by the LA84 Foundation, the following local players were selected:
All-CIF Boys’ Team
Open Division: Evan Mobley (12), Rancho Christian.
Division 5A: Jeremiah Minegar (11), Linfield Christian; Donovan Cox (11), Linfield Christian; Joseph Milner (12), California Military Institute.
All-CIF Girls’ Team
Division 4AA: Neveah Manning (11), Orange Vista; Sydney Woodley (11), Paloma Valley
Coach of the Year: Matt Dale, Paloma Valley
Division 5AA: Princess McCauley (9), San Jacinto Valley; Krislyn Mozga (10), San Jacinto Valley
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