CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 14, 2022) — Four local athletes earned league most valuable player awards for the second year in a row as the Diablo and East Bay athletic leagues announced their all-league honorees for the fall season.
Northgate and College Park each had three DAL MVPs among the athletes from local schools tabbed for all-league honors.
College Park junior Faith Espinosa was the DAL Valley MVP golfer again. Her senior schoolmates Gavin O’Leary (offense) and Keith Brown (defense) were named MVPs after leading the Falcons to an undefeated DAL Valley Division football championship.
Northgate senior Ellexis Mingming claimed her second successive DAL Foothill Division MVP award.
Bronco water polo had the DAL MVPs for both boys and girls. Evalinne Vecchio on the girls side and junior boy Ben Forer each repeated as the league’s outstanding performer.
All-Diablo Athletic League
Boys: 1st team – Jack Rattary, Alex Lamoureux (College Park), Daniel Messer (Clayton Valley Charter); 2nd team – Daniel Martinez (CVC); Honorable Mention- Alex Walker (CVC), Robert Benard (Northgate), Blake Leung (College Park).
Girls: 1st team – Isabelle Ruff (CVC); 2nd team – Grace Reed (CP); Megan Malloy, Gabriela Manning (NG); HM – Missy Leclaire (CP), Skylar Bennett (CVC), Macey Harlow, Ella Kopper (NG).
VALLEY MVP Offense – Gavin O’Leary (CP), MVP Defense – Keith Brown (CP); 1st team – Sean Murphy, Keoni Caban, Jose Ortiz, Monte Beam, Fredriko Naranjo, Quentin Artis, Fabian Lopez (Concord), Dillon Daley, Tony Keck, Enzo Giannini, Jimmy Voorhies, Mason Kern, Angelo Abella, Colby Taul (CP); 2nd team -Josh Greer, Dalton Bonnington, Hunter Pelayo, Langston Cook, Donovan Khatami, Colter Seidenspinner (CP), Ashten Adkins, Tayshawn Glover, Jalen Downs, Manuel Zuniga (Mt. Diablo), Sean Murphy, Jaden Reger, Fredriko Najanjo (Con), Mozell Wilson, Da’ion Kendricks (Ygnacio Valley).
FOOTHILL 1st team – Emanuel Webster, Emilio Pucci (NG); 2nd team – John Pelletier, Liam Walsh (NG).
FOOTHILL MVP – Ellexis Mingming (NG); 1st team – Audrey Cheng (NG); HM – Cami Barajas (NG).
VALLEY MVP – Faith Espinosa (CP); 1st team – Ashtyn Hosler, Aailylah Dacasin (CVC), Erin Hurley (CP); 2nd team – Ciera Alkhoury, Tori Pollicino, Olivia Divers (CP); HM – Athena Alkoury (CP), Keyli Flamenco (CVC), Kaitlyn Sakurai (Con).
FOOTHILL 1st team – Emma Golovin (NG); 2nd team – Zuzana Duris, Tade Scheid, Diana Zvenigorodsky (NG); HM – Charlotte Perrin (NG), Siobhan O’Neill (CP).
VALLEY 1st team- Arlen Venegas Rivera (Con), Adriana Alcasabas (CVC); 2nd team – Ashlee Pilon, Grace Deseelhorst (CVC); 2nd team – Leah Lopez (CVC), Jaquelin Fernandez (Con), Mariela Rios, Crystal Gomez (YV); HM – Leslie Mendoza (YV), Ruma Pierre (CVC), Kai Murillo (Con).
VALLEY 1st team – Leila Garcia, Annika Scheafer (CVC), Abby Wood, Hannah Hetrick, Ava Davis (CP); 2nd team – Ava Salamasidis (CVC), Emma Wood (CP), Gabriella Guzman Hernandez (YV); HM – Emma King (CVC), Sophie Pence (CP), Sophie Ramos (MD), Christina Noonan (YV).
FOOTHILL 1st team – Ela Ismen (NG); 2nd team – Lauren Philips (NG); HM – Grace Dausses (NG).
VALLEY Boys: MVP – Ben Forer (NG), Outstanding Goalie – Cal Albright (NG); 1st Team – Colin Parker, Tommy Martin (NG), Misha Popov, Jackson Barnacal (CP), Dominic Vines, Kyle Stillinovich (CVC), Jackson Faulkner (Con); 2nd team – Tate Stein, Jack Emelson (NG), Kyle Hetherton (CVC), Nic Austen, Connor Glasgow, Ryland Pierce (CP), Matthew David (Con); HM – Aiden Chenault (NG), Sam Harper (CP), Jack Parker (CVC), Hudson Freitas (Con).
VALLEY Girls: MVP – Evalinne Vecchio (NG); 1st team – Eireini Priftis (Con), Mikayla Brown (CVC), Kalena Kardell, Lucy Galbraith (CP), Rachel Tucker, Sophia Weise (NG); 2nd Team – Ella Thorsen, Elisa Thorsen (CP), Chloe Pappas, Ainsley Castillo, Claire Mohrland. Josie Croy, Geetha Chandrasekaran (NG), Savannah Freitas (Con); HM – Makena Cooper (CVC), Adriahna Shirley (CP), Maddie Rohrlick (NG), Riley Bowen (Con).
All-East Bay Athletic League
(DLS boys, Carondelet girls. CVCHS football)
Boys: 1st team – Trey Caldwell.
Girls: 2nd team – Kendall Foxworthy; HM – Mary DeMartini.
1st team- Derek Thompson, Spencer Brien, Journey McKoy, Charles Greer, Cooper Powers, Johnathan Guerrero, Joey Manzone, Stef Bakiev (DLS); Jordan Palega, Joey Mourad, Charles Cox, Anthony Lucero, Davin Amos, Micah Avery, Casey Forester, Richard McKay, Henry Phifer (CVC); 2nd team – Dylan Greeson, Drew Cunningham, Jaden Jefferson, Tommy Rainsford, Grant Wells (DLS); Jake Dern, Nick Khashabi, Isaiah Mejia, Jake Morris (CVC).
1st team – Samantha Miller; 2nd team – Morgan Gamble, Sam Reyes; HM – Chloe Sitzmann.
2nd team – Bella Ehrlich; HM- Shelby Santos, Lauren Atis.
Boys: 1st team – Carsten Peters, Jack Richards, Tyler Layman, Dominic Brown, Jay Hubbard.
Girls: 1st team- Josie Haast, Sarah Wright, Abby Roder; 2nd team – Brynn Tully, Clara O’Connor.
Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.