Several local athletes receiving CIF honor tonight

Several local athletes and coaches are in Los Alamitos as we speak, receiving CIF “Character Counts” awards for their pursuit of “Victory with Honor” during the last school year.

Local athletes awarded are Carter senior 119-pound wrestler Steven Melara, Cajon senior basketball player Layshia Clarendon, Colton basketball player Reann Ragoo, Yucca Valley basketball player Lauren Bushong, Alta Loma three-sport athlete Kevin Gannuscio and Upland Christian volleyball player Kylie Edgemon. Colton girls soccer coach Diego Garcia was also honored.

As for Melara, the senior is coming off an impressive summer where he qualified for the U.S. Junior National wrestling team after finishing fourth in the Greco-Roman state championships.