River Cats celebrate high school athletes
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats hosted their third annual All-City High School Sports Awards Sunday, May 22.
The River Cats named All-City boys and girls teams in each sport and the male Art Savage Award and the female “V” Award. Oak Ridge has had two “V” Award winners — distance runner Alex Kosinski and girls basketball star Sara James.
More than 360 local athletes were honored at the ballpark. The All-City athletes were acknowledged in a pre-game ceremony along with each sport’s Player of the Year. The male and female athletes of the year are recognized in an on-field pre-game ceremony.
The River Cats have worked with area experts and school/league administrators to form a committee to name the winners. The 2010-11 V Award winner was UCLA-bound Zoe Nightingale from St Francis High. She earned All-American volleyball honors, was an All-State first-team selection and was the Sacramento area Player of the year.
The 2010-11 Art Savage award winner was Dano Graves from Folsom High. He was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, CalHI Sports Mr. Football State Player of the year and Sacramento area Player of the year. This past season, the quarterback passed for an amazing 62 touchdowns and ran for 23 more to lead Folsom to the State Division II title. His 85 touchdowns set a state single season record.
El Dorado County was well represented on the All-City teams. Oak Ridge athletes included wrestlers Vince Waldhauser and Keaton Subjeck; Carly Bettancourt, girls basketball; Samantha Ralstin, who was named to both the All-City cross-country team and the track team; Will Findlay, track; Willie Tucker, football; Brandon Mills, swimming; Kasey Stanchek, softball; Jonathan Tuttle, boys volleyball; Katie Vaughn, girls volleyball; Tori Trylovich, girls tennis; and Tanner Schmutte and Brandon Sutter, boys tennis.
Union Mine’s athletes named were Cody Tow, wrestling; Sean Tow, football; Cassidy Stelzmiller, girls golf; Mikayla Tucker, girls volleyball; and Taylor McClain, boys tennis.
Ponderosa athletes included Hunter Gallant and Tyler Evanoff, baseball; Olivia Lucatuorto, softball; Andy Cunningham, swimming; Griffin O’Camb, boys volleyball; Alex Donaldson, girls soccer; Brooke Ruppenthall, track; Riley Ruppenthal, cross country; and Lianna Sybeldon, girls volleyball.
Representing Golden Sierra was senior-to-be Katie Christner, girls volleyball.