Softball: San Marino position re-opened six more weeks to draw more applicants, assistant coach Stephanie Hernandez expressed interest in taking over as head coach, according to former coach Hilda Valencia.

Above: Assistant coach Stephanie Hernandez (black shirt).

Hilda Valencia, who spent three seasons as head coach of the San Marino softball program, stepped down at the end of the season to continue her education. She said she’s looking into finishing her B.A. in sports medicine at San Diego State. In her time at San Marino, Valencia compiled a 36-31 record (17-11 in league) and enjoyed her most successful season last year when the Titans finished 18-7 overall and 9-3 in the Rio Hondo League. San Marino that year also reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Whittier Christian, 1-0.

Andrew Gayl, who recently took over as athletic director, said the school re-opened position another six weeks in an attempt to draw more candidates.

“We’d heard that about 15 to 20 people were interested but when we looked online (EdJoin) there were only like five or six,” Gayl said. “We actually re-opened the position for another six weeks in hopes we would find more people. Ideally we’d do some interviews in the middle of August towards the start of the school year.”

Gayl, who also said the school is looking for a new girls tennis coach after first-year coach Ron Machuca took another position at South Pasadena, said the softball coach would serve as a walk-on.

Valencia said she enjoyed her brief time at San Marino for various reasons.

“The first year was the toughest because I came in late and didn’t have much time to prepare,” said Valencia, who went 4-15 and 1-11 in league her first season. “But the experience to prepare was awesome. We had a banquet and I told them they were pretty much my therapy. As soon as I walked up the field and heard their voices it just kind of changed my day entirely. My administration was great, they were behind me in any decision I made. The parents were extremely helpful. I can’t really complain.”

Valencia added that assistant Stephanie Hernandez has “absolutely” expressed interest in taking over the program.

“She has to go through the entire process like when I first applied,” Valencia said. “But absolutely she’s interested.”

Whoever takes over the program will have one of the marquee pitchers in all of the San Gabriel Valley in junior-to-be Michelle Floyd as well as standout shortstop Alexis Watanabe, who will be a senior next year. Floyd and Watanabe are two-time Star-News All-Area first-team selections.

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All-Area Softball: La Caada’s Lauren O’Leary was masterful, earned Star-News Player of the Year honors; La Caada’s KC Mathews is Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year: Lauren O’Leary, La Canada, Sr.
Coach of the Year: KC Mathews, La Caada, 4th season
Pitcher: Michelle Floyd, San Marino, So.
Pitcher: Katie Clancy, Mayfield, Sr.
Infielder: Anna Edwards, La Caada, Sr.
Infielder: Alexis Watanabe, San Marino, Jr.
Infielder: Sterling Shuster, La Salle, Sr.
Infielder: Schae Simpson, Monrovia, Sr.
Outfielder: Denise Gonzales, Alhambra, Jr.
Outfielder: Jessica Loicano, Temple City, Sr.
Outfielder: Sami Jakeway, Temple City, Jr.
Catcher: Catherine Horner, La Caada, Jr.
Utility: Alashanee Medina, Keppel, Jr.

Pitcher: Denise Van der goot, Flintridge Prep, Sr.
Pitcher: Kaysie Gatlin, Duarte, Jr.
Infielder: Mireya Hernandez, Mafield, So.
Infielder: Megan Siepler, La Caada, Sr.
Infielder: Cecily Ramirez, Keppel, Sr.
Infielder: Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra, Sr.
Outfielder: Shirley Drange, La Caada, Sr.
Outfielder: Brittani Hirose, Keppel, Sr.
Outfielder: Mary Rose Magnolia, Duarte, So.
Catcher: Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Mayfield, Sr.
Utility: Charley Parker, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.

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All-Area Baseball: KJ Edson’s durability, determination resulted in Arcadia’s deepest playoff run in 24 years, earning Edson Star-News Player of the Year honors. Pasadena Poly’s Wayne Ellis is Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year:
KJ Edson, Arcadia, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Wayne Ellis, Pasadena Poly, 24th season

Pitcher: Jordan Kutzer, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Pitcher: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, Jr.
Infielder: Hunter Merryman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infielder: Corey Copping, Temple City, Jr.
Infielder: Nick Bueno, Monrovia, Sr.
Infielder: Mark Jebbia, Maranatha, Sr.
Outfielder: Chris Rucker, Pasadena, Sr.
Outfielder: Brendan Campbell, Arcadia, Jr.
Outfielder: Frankie Wright, Alhambra, Sr.
Catcher: David Hubinger, St. Francis, Sr.
Utility: Matt Saeta, Pasadena Poly, Sr.

Pitcher: Brian Holman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Pitcher: Erik Trask, Arcadia, Jr.
Infielder: Juan Morales, Alhambra, Jr.
Infielder: David Olmedo-Barrera, St. Francis, Jr.
Infielder: Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena, Jr.
Infielder: Tyler Dominguez, Arcadia, Sr.
Outfielder: Juan Crespo, Alhambra, Jr.
Outfielder: Chris Williams, La Salle, Jr.
Outfielder: George Papavasiliou, Arcadia, Sr.
Catcher: Jonah Jarrard, Temple City, Jr.
Utility: Julian Jarrard, Temple City, Sr.

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All-CIF Baseball: Pasadena Poly’s Brian Holman is Division 6 Player of the Year, Wayne Ellis is Division 6 Coach of the Year, 12 others earn honors.

Player of the year:
Austin Saenz, Mission Viejo (12)
Coach of the Year: Chris Ashbach, Mission Viejo
Devyn Bolasky 12 Vista Del Lago
Kyle Davis 11 Pacifica/Garden Grove
Michael Dingilian 12 Chaminade
K.J. Edson 12 Arcadia
Jake Gallaway 12 Etiwanda
Lucas Giolito 11 Harvard-Westlake
Travis Harrison 12 Tustin
Joseph Keller 11 Chino Hills
Troy Mulcahy 11 Crescenta Valley
Jacob Nottingham 10 Redlands
Zach Ortiz 12 Cypress
Boog Powell 12 Mission Viejo
Kyle Raubinger 12 Arroyo Grande
Andres Rodriguez 12 La Mirada
Brennan Salgado 12 Glendora
C.J. Saylor 11 South Hills
Corey Sims 11 Alemany
Kevin Wade 10 Trabuco Hills
Austin Watters 12 West Torrance
Dan Zandona 12 Santa Barbara

Player of the year:
James Kaprielian, Beckman (11)
Coach of the Year: Kevin Lavalle, Beckman
Ryan Barker 11 Lancaster
Jakari Bass 12 Lancaster
Andy Crowley 12 San Gorgonio
Justin Garza 11 Bonita
Matt Gelalich 12 Bonita
David Herd 12 Paloma Valley
Brandon Horth 12 Woodbridge
Brennan Leitao 12 Woodbridge
Joppi Martin 12 University
Kenny Mathews 12 Diamond Bar
Ryan Mulvihill 12 Culver City
Tyler Rich 11 Colton
Chad Rieser 12 Beckman
Zack Rivera 11 Beckman
Timmy Robinson 11 Ocean View
OBryan Sanchez 12 Whittier
Jack Sheeley 12 Quartz Hill
Chance Sisco 10 Temescal Canyon
Kory Weeks 12 Rancho Alamitos
Frankie Wright 12 Alhambra

Player of the year:
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat (11)
Coach of the Year: Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat
Adam Alcantara 10 Bishop Amat
Jacob Anderson 12 Chino
David Berg 12 Bishop Amat
Aaron Bernal 11 Colony
Scott Blumer 11 Troy
Nick Bueno 12 Monrovia
Corey Copping 11 Temple City
Bowdien Derby 11 La Salle

Chance Fuglistaher 12 Kaiser
Ryan Garvey 12 Palm Desert
Trent Gilbert 12 Torrance
Edgar Gomez 12 Indio
Ryan Hartman 11 Savanna
Brooks Kriske 11 Palm Desert
Matt Lee 12 San Dimas
Evan Ocello 12 Oaks Christian
Bobby Pettey 11 Sonora
Travis Radke 12 Oaks Christian
Tyrone Taylor 11 Torrance
Taylor Wetzel 11 Granite Hills

Player of the year:
Brian Holman, Pasadena Poly (12)
Coach of the Year: Wayne Ellis, Pasadena Poly
Nathan Antoun 12 Capistrano Valley Christian
Nick Campbell 12 Vasquez
Steve Criss 12 Oxford Academy
Philip Diaz 12 Bell-Jeff
James Grandpre 12 Desert Christian/Lancaster
Chance Gusbeth 11 Desert Christian/Lancaster
Andrew Jacks 11 Crean Lutheran
Tanner Kruse 11 Bishop Union
Jordan Kutzer 12 Pasadena Poly
Jason Malana 12 Calvary Murrieta
Hunter Merryman 12 Pasadena Poly
Alex Monreal 12 Salesian
Alex Pachino 12 Viewpoint
Royce Park 11 Flintridge Prep
Aaron Puls 12 Bishop Union
Matt Saeta 12 Pasadena Poly
Lucas Sardo 11 Oxford Academy
Tyler Sprague 11 Viewpoint
Gerardo Velasquez 12 Academy of Academic Excellence
Jon Woodcock 12 Villanova Prep

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All-CIF Softball: La Caada’s Lauren O’Leary is player of the year, KC Mathews is coach of the year as Spartans sweep top honors in Division 5, eight others honored.

Player of the Year
: Lauren O’Leary, La Caada (12) Pitcher
Coach of the Year: KC Mathews, La Caada
Jessica Avila, Citrus Hill 11 Pitcher
Courtney Cuzick, Nipomo 10 Pitcher
Michelle Floyd, San Marino 10 Pitcher
Alyssa Fuimaono, Beaumont 11 Pitcher
Veronica Ramirez, Azusa 12 Pitcher
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello 11 Catcher
Shania Hernandez, St. Monica Catholic 12 Infield
Salina Gonzales, South El Monte 12 Infield
Karah Hernandez, Rosemead 10 Infield
Vanessa Cordova, West Valley 12 Infield
Alix Cook, Marlborough 12 Infield
Jayne Tickemyer, Beaumont 12 Infield
Taylor Purdy, Barstow 12 Infield
Emily Sanchez, Schurr 10 Infield
Casey Snooks, Savanna 12 Infield
Melissa Zuniga, Katella 11 Infield
Anna Edwards, La Caada 12 Infield
Tiffany Fox, Savanna 12 Outfield
Brittany Hirose, Keppel 12 Outfield
Denise Gonzalez, Alhambra 11 Utility
Allison Lamb, Morro Bay 10 Utility

Player of the Year:
Bridgett Castro, Calvary Chapel/Downey (10) Infield
Coach of the Year: Tom Osburn, Calvary Chapel/Downey
Katie Anderus, Paraclete 12 Infield
Elizabeth Caporuscio, Rim of the World 12 Pitcher
Jasmine Catolico, Oxford Academy 11 Infield
Katie Clancy, Mayfield 12 Pitcher
Amanda Conroy, Rosamond 11 Catcher
Jamie Duran, Kern Valley 11 Utility
Kayla Evans, Kern Valley 12 Pitcher
Felicia Gonzales, Yucca Valley 11 Pitcher
Savanna Gutierrez, Paraclete 12 Pitcher
Mireya Hernandez, Mayfield 10 Infield
Kelsey Hodge, Capistrano Valley Christian 12 Utility
Nikki Hoffman, Citrus Valley 10 Infield
Hayley Jaquess, Citrus Valley 10 Pitcher
Catalina Maldonado, Carpinteria 10 Pitcher
Victoria Martinez, Saddleback Valley Christian 12 Infield
Cassie Orgel, Oxford Academy 12 Pitcher
Larisa Petakoff, Calvary Chapel/Downey 10 Pitcher
Brittney Sharkey, Riverside Christian 12 Pitcher
Heaven Silveira, Santa Clara 12 Infield
Denise van der Goot, Flintridge Prep 12 Pitcher
Haley Young, Notre Dame/Riverside 9 Infield

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