Natalie Mitchell, Coach Jennifer Guinn take top honors —

There were three Inland soccer players that were selected the player of the year in their respective divisions, including Temecula Valley’s Natalie Mitchell, as the CIF Southern Section released its awards for the 2021-2022 season last week.

Mitchell, a senior midfielder for the Lady Golden Bears, was chosen the Division 1 girls soccer player of the year after helping the Golden Bears win the program’s third section championship. She also scored both goals in the team’s 2-0 victory over Santiago in the Division 1 championship game. Joining Mitchell are three of her teammates as well as Temecula Valley’s head coach. Jennifer Guinn was selected the coach of the year for not only guiding her teams to section championships, but winning a State title as well.

Overall, there were 84 additional players from Inland schools, 46 girls and 38 boys, who were selected to division first teams. From the southwest Riverside County region, inside the Valley News coverage area, the following players, representing their boys’ and girls’ high school teams were selected.


Division 4

First Team: Brandon Prince, Beaumont, (11); Lucas Carballo, Bloomington, (11); Jose Garcia, Cajon, (12); Jose Macias, Carter, (12); Manuel Talavera, Citrus Hill, (12); Michael Quintero, Citrus Hill, (11)

Division 5

First Team: JT Trevino, Great Oak, (10)

Great Oak sophomore JT Trevino (22) was named as a First Team All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys’ soccer selection. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

Division 6

First Team: Jonathan Sotelo, Elsinore, (12); Spencer Lewis, Linfield Christian, (12); Falcon Muller, San Jacinto, (12)

Division 7

First Team: Aaron Ohler, Santa Rosa Academy, (12); Aiden Roach, Santa Rosa Academy, (11); James Sperling, Santa Rosa Academy, (12)


Division 1

Player of the year: Natalie Mitchell, Temecula Valley, (12)

Coach of the year: Jennifer Guinn, Temecula Valley

First Team: Kate Jacobsen, Temecula Valley, (12); Peyton Bundy, Temecula Valley, (12); Zoe Willis, Temecula Valley, (11)

Division 5

First Team: Natalie Arnold, Hemet, (11); Bridget Arnold, Hemet, (11); Presley Searl, Hemet, (11); Faith Kasper, Heritage, (11)

Division 7

First Team: Christine Marlow, Santa Rosa Academy, (12); Sydney Geske, Santa Rosa Academy, (12)

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JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.