By Keith Lair
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BROOKE CONTRERAS, LOS ALTOS, SOPHOMORE
Brooke Contreras has always thought of herself as a defensive stalwart.
“I am mostly a defensive player on my club team and I only play defense,” she said. “But my dad (Los Altos co-head coach Bobby Contreras) told me to become more of an offensive player and a defensive player.”
The sophomore scored 136 goals, 50 more than her freshman year. She also had 35 assists.
“Who doesn’t like scoring?” she said.
But it’s still not her forte.
“Defense wins games,” she said. “I like playing both. I have to make sure my offense is better and he (father Contreras) made me more of an offensive player.”
She scored with 1:27 to play to break a tie in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game and give the Conquerors an 8-7 victory over heavily favored Palm Desert.
She had 67 steals and drew 22 ejections, which helped the Conquerors create power-play situations.
“Winning the CIF title was amazing,” she said. “All of that hard work paid off. I can’t believe we won it. We worked so hard, going to morning practice and then to afternoon practice.”
It gives Brooke her first championship ring. Her brother, Justin, was selected the Tribune Player of the Year in the fall. But the senior failed to get a ring. The Conquerors lost in the CIF-SS Division 5 title game.
“I’ll be teasing him for weeks and weeks,” Brooke said.
It was the first time that the Conquerors have won a CIF-SS girls title in water polo.
COACH OF THE YEAR
DANNY FEOLA, SAN DIMAS
San Dimas High School has had a girls water polo program for only two years, Danny Feola beginning the program only last year. The Saints finished second in the Valle Vista League in their inaugural season and then went undefeated in league play this season.
But it was in the playoffs that the Saints shined this season. They defeated Savanna in sudden death overtime in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs. The Saints had two blocked shots in a 5-3 quarterfinal victory over La Sierra before falling to eventual division champion Foothill Technology of Ventura in the semifinals. San Dimas finished the season 20-11.
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, senior
Sarah Adams, Charter Oak, junior
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, senior
Erin Gonzales, Bonita, senior
Victoria Mezack, Los Altos, senior
Shelby Garcia, San Dimas, junior, goalkeeper
Amanda Legaspi, Bonita, freshman
Devin Holcomb, St. Lucy’s, junior
Katie Fugnit, Charter Oak, sophomore
Kaitlyn Eng, Los Altos, senior
Samantha Murillo, Los Altos, senior, goalkeeper
Kirra Hemric, Bonita, sophomore
Hailey Gonzalez, San Dimas, junior
Rachel Garwick, Bonita, junior, goalkeeper
BASELINE: Los Osos (21-10)
PALOMARES: Ayala (23-7)
HACIENDA: Charter Oak (26-6), Los Altos (26-7)
VALLE VISTA: San Dimas (20-11)
MIRAMONTE: Workman (6-5)