All-“CIF” Volleyball team

If you want to just look at the all CIF-SS girls volleyball teams, scroll below. If you want to read my rant about the CIF-SS, read the following.

Well, the CIF-Southern Section apparently doesn’t want to be bothered with honoring high school students.  The CIF-SS has apparently washed its hands of the awards formerly known as all-CIF. Those are now in the hands of the LA84 Foundation, so the CIF-SS apparently neither keeps the information nor releases it anymore.

We at the Daily Bulletin and Sun had to get this from a member of the volleyball committee. It’s a shame that the CIF-SS, with its web site, and resources, can’t be bothered. As I understand, the teams are still essentially picked the same way as always, by a committee of coaches after the players are nominated. Yet there is no press release from the CIF-SS, nor is there a list on their web site. What a shame.

This problem may very well extend to all the sports that pick all-CIF teams: volleyball, football, water polo, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball. Since when was the CIF-SS not about recognizing worthy student-athletes?


First Team
Olivia Trudeau, Arroyo Grande; Samantha Orlandini, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Katie Condon, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Catheryn Quinn, Harvard-Westlake; Samantha Selsky, Marymount; Alesha Young, Newport Harbor; Katherine Sebastian, Harvard-Westlake; Lane Carino, Mira Costa; Devon Dykstra, Redondo Union; Megan Saraceno, Redondo Union; Morgan Carty, Upland.
Second Team
Jacqueline Johnson, Arroyo Grande; Francesca Silva, Dana Hills; Jazmine Jacobsen-Orozco, Lakewood; Katie Crosby, Los Alamitos; Stevi Robinson, Mira Costa; Megan Munce, Newport Harbor; Lauren Allen, Redondo Union; MacKenzie Knox, Edisonl; Emily Waterhouse, Harvard-Westlake; Nikki Doyle, Pioneer Valley; Kristen Dealy, Santa Barbara.
Players of the Year: Kendall Bateman, Mira Costa; Falyn Fonoimoana, Mira Costa.
Coaches of the Year: Lisa Zimmerman, Mira Costa; Adam Black, Harvard-Westlake.

First team
Alexandra Palmer, Laguna Beach; Piper Obradovich, Laguna Beach; Sarah Prather, Bishop Montgomery; Jennifer Edmond, Bishop Montgomery; Karin Ng, North Torrance; Kristin McNeese, North Torrance; Johnna Fouch, Redlands East Valley; Krista Vansant, Redlands East Valley; Courtney Boyd, Ayala; Madie Smith, Corona del Mar; Sierra Livesay, Riverside Poly; Hattie Waybright, South Torrance.
Second team
Amanda Remy, St. Lucy’s; Melinda Gomez, South Hills; Brittany Best, Norco; Christine Edwards, St. Joseph’s; Karissa Lagmay, Burroughs; Cami Martin, La Canada; Monica McFarland, Riverside King; Whittany Radcliffe, La Habra; Kacycee Gow, Hemet; Katie Judd, Torrance; Stephanie Stillman, Arcadia; Casey Klein, Pasadena; Natalie Allen, Corona; Kelly Schulte, Riverside Ramona.

Players of the Year: Dana Hutchinson, Laguna Beach; Ilyanna Hernandez, North Torrance.
Coach of the Year: Tricia Vansant, Redlands East Valley.

First team
Shannon Armstrong, Oaks Christian; Marissa Brand, Cypress; Paris Coleman, Brentwood; Jade Esquivel, Los Altos; Farren Halcovich, La Quinta; Marissa Rangel, California; Katy McCreary, Bonita; Lisa Morgan, La Quinta; Chanell Puou, California; Kara Sherard, Quartz Hill; Megan Welchman, Village Christian; Aly Squires, Santa Ynez; Ligna Fuentes, Cypress.
Players of the Year
Lauren Herrick, Cypress; Rachel Taylor, Village Christian.

Second team
Megan Barr, El Rancho; Chelsea Hamilton, Quartz Hill; Kelly Hasenjager, Mayfair; Madison Horsley, San Dimas; Heidi Hillman, Santa Monica; Annie Kim, Gabrieleno; Morgan Ma, San Gabriel; Alexa Mioek, Oak Park; Molly Peterson, Oaks Christian; Kiki Salazar, La Mirada; Brooke Schlachter, Palm Desert; Kelsey Soos, Santa Ynez; Hannah Stoiberg, La Reyna; Charlotte Haun, Valley Christian.
Players of the Year
Lauren Herrick, Cypress; Rachel Taylor, Village Christian
Coaches of the Year
Robert Blaken, Village Christian; Heather Dillard, Cypress.

First team
Rachel Aragon, Mayfield; Sarah Elfinger, Calvary Murrieta; Lindsay Sappington, Calvary Murrieta; Nikki Lane, Chadwick; Michelle McCarthy, Chadwick; Keriann Mason, Arrowhead Christian; Leslie McDonald, St. Margaret’s; Savannah Holte, St. Margaret’s; Jackie Harvey, Laguna Blanca; Alexa Antoni, Ontario Christian; Katrina Post, Westridge; Samantha Borenstein, Viewpoint.

Second team
Galia Sotomayor, Providence; Daniela Macias, Gladstone; Katie Saavedra, St. Paul; Cindy Ortiz, Bishop Conaty; Antonia Antes, Big Bear; Whitney Granado, Woodcrest Christian; Emily Davisson, Laguna Blanca; Katie Borden, Laguna Blanca; Megan Sweeney, Mayfield; Janelle Tucker, Campbell Hall; Tiffany Horton, Rio Hondo Prep; Rene Simon, Calvary Murrieta; Sarah Grayden, St. Margaret’s; Carolyn McLaughlin, Westridge.
Player of the Year: Susan Carlson, Mayfield
Coaches of the Year: Ernest Banaag, Mayfield; Paul Amoy Calvary Murrieta.

First team
Kylie Edgemon, Upland Christian; Tanya Ivory, Victor Valley Christian; Kaley Morrison, Santa Clarita Christian; Osose Oboh, Faith Baptist; Coliette O’Connell, Connelly; Alyssa Parker, Baptist Christian; Christy Power, Coastal Christian; Heather Rushton, La Verne Lutheran; Madison Sano, Coastal Christian; Jennifer Trahan, Desert Christian; Krystyna Utzig, California Lutheran; Samantha Weiner, Milken Community.
Second team
Chelsea Allen, La Sierra Academy; Britni Dearden, Upland Christian; Ilana Drecier, Milken Community; Kristina Gibson, Santa Clarita Christian; MaryLu Gonzales, New Roads; Rosalind Hilman, Faith Baptist; Kelsey Kolar, Desert Christian; Hilary Marston, Fairmont Prep; JoAnn Mauries, San Gabriel Academy; Stephanie Sommer, Lighthouse Christian; Morgan Stansell, Victor Valley Christian; Megan Tabor, Baptist Christian; Breann Taylor, Hesperia Christian; Brittany Wilkins, La Verne Lutheran.

Players of the Year: Lila Frederick, Connelly; Bree Rauschenbach, California Lutheran.

Coaches of the Year: Dani Raiser, California Lutheran; Misty Sano, Coastal Christian.

  • BoHi Dad

    Pete, first of all, thanks very much for looking into this and getting the cif list out. I agree with your rant. What the heck’s going on?
    If you remember, I called you a few days ago and asked about this. I had called the cif office and was told they have nothing to do with the awards. Then I called the LA84 Foundation office in Los Angeles and was told they only hand out the awards but don’t have anything to do with the selection process, which is true. So my question is… “What next?” Who notifies the girls that they have made the “coaches selection” list (not cif anymore, I assume) and do they get any kind of award or recognition? So far it’s a big mystery. Guess we’ll find out. Again, thanks for dogging this for all us VB parents and congrats to all the local East SGV and IE girls who made it. Great Job!!!

  • Pete Marshall

    I think the LA84 Foundation has some sort of certificates, but how the girls are contacted or when they will be contacted is anyone’s guess. Is it really that hard for the CIF-Southern Section to take the all-CIF teams from coaches and put out a press release and post them on the web site? It shouldn’t be.

  • Thom Simmons


    I realize this is almost a year old but, I just came across it. Thanks for calling me and getting ALL of the facts on why we stopped doing this award. Twelve years in this position and you can’t think to ask me? Dissapointing but, not surprising.

    Thom Simmons

  • Thom: By posting on my blog, you had an opportunity to make it clear, but you decided not to. Feel free to post again and make us understand.

  • Thom Simmons

    OK, Pete… here you go…

    We stopped calling these teams ALL-CIF-SS teams because we had nothing to do with their selections. We were not involved in the organization, process or selection criteria. The coaches made the selections and we simply released their lists. However, guess who got the complaints from parents and the media when a particular athlete who may or may not be deserving got left off the list. Yep… we did. And when given this explanation the parents and the media blasted us for not taking ownership of something with our name on it. It was a damned if we do and damned if we didn’t situation. Additionally, these selections became very political and some deserving athletes were left off the lists for reasons that had nothing to do with their abilities. Last, many in the coaching community were so apathetic that, once again, deserving student-athletes did not get the recognition they should have. So, we got out of the business and put the onus on the folks who are ultimately responsible for the selection of these teams… the coaches. All the while, we continued to pay and provide the certificates through a joint partnership with the LA84 Foundation.

    This year we have gotten back into putting or name on these list because of assurances we have received from the coaching community that they would take on fully their responsibility of standing by their lists and responding directly to concerns from parents and the media. Secondly, they also assured us that they would address problems of politics and apathy.

    And the reason I chose not to provide you with this information when I originally posted was that they haven’t been the All-CIF-SS teams since 2005 yet, here we were being taken to task two years later as if it was somehow new. What would have been the point to address it now in that forum? Your concerns should have been taken up back when we first made that decision. And, finally, you and I have known each other for 12 years Pete. You know and have interacted with the staff of this office and you know how hard each and everyone of us works here. To state we didn’t want to be “bothered with honoring high school athletes” was grossly unfair and completely untrue. Conversely, I could have stated you didn’t want to be bothered doing your job by checking the facts and getting both sides of the story before ranting on your blog. I didn’t do that because I know that’s not true, Hopefully, in the future, you’ll give us here at the CIF-SS office the same respect.

  • Thom:
    Thanks for the response. I always considered that they called them the all CIF-SS teams because they were organized by CIF division and frequently had to do with how teams and individuals did in the CIF playoffs. I wasn’t one of the media members or a parent who blamed the CIF-SS for issues there, or thought it was the CIF-SS’ responsibility. I guess I didn’t realize it was such an issue. UNLESS A SELECTED ATHLETE’S NAME HAS A TYPO OR IS MISTAKENLY OMITTED IN THE PRESS RELEASE, THE CIF-SS SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED FOR THOSE SELECTIONS. Anyone who thought otherwise, was being unfair to the CIF-SS.
    However, a lot of parents wanted to see the all-CIF selections in the paper, not just get certificates. And LA84 Foundation did not do a great job of releasing those to the media, or the general public. I believe it was difficult to get some kids recognized because the CIF-SS took its name off the team. I still called them the all-CIF teams, because what did the LA84 Foundation Division I basketball team mean? Division I of what? Division I of the CIF-Southern Section. I’m glad to see things are back to the way they were in that CIF-SS is back on the teams, but I hope everyone understands that its the coaches from the individual divisions to blame for the selection of the teams, not the CIF-SS.