Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Isabella Scolini

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Isabella ScoliniName: Isabella Scolini
School: Clayton Valley Charter High School
Grade: Senior
Sports: Basketball, Softball, Golf

The saying “The world is your oyster” is one that senior Scolini endorses in her athletic and academic aspirations. By the time she graduates this spring, Scolini will have three seasons of varsity basketball, four seasons of varsity softball and, for good measure, was also on the varsity golf team to begin her three-sport senior year.

Basketball head coach Paul Kommer commends his shooting guard Scolini, “Isabella is one of the hardest working and respectful players I’ve ever coached. Whether it’s a drill in practice, a scrimmage or a game, she is a player that we can always count on to give her best effort. Her greatest attribute may be the example she sets for her teammates in terms of effort, attitude and respect for everyone around her.” Illustrating those traits, Scolini received the Coaches Award during her junior year of basketball.

Beyond CVCHS

Outside of Clayton Valley Charter, Scolini played for NorCal Choppers Softball until this fall when she transferred to the Ohana Tigers Gold team. Last spring, junior Scolini earned second team all-Diablo Athletic League softball honors. She recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball journey next fall at Saint Mary’s College. Nicknamed Izzy, Scolini is on a very short list of girls who began their softball careers in Clayton Valley Little League and continued all the way to Division I college softball.

Scolini reflects that her favorite part about representing CVCHS is playing for an acclaimed school alongside teammates she’s befriended during her athletic endeavors. She says her teammates push her to be better and make competing that much more enjoyable. Scolini also took part in soccer, ballet and kung-fu as a youngster. She believes that growing up playing different sports has turned her into a better athlete and taught her many skills that she is able to apply to her current athletic career.

While off the golf course, basketball court and softball field, Scolini maintains a 3.8 GPA and participates in the Wise Club, Engineering Academy and Link Crew at the Concord charter school. She is ecstatic to play her next four years of competitive softball for the Saint Mary’s Gaels as a business major.

Scolini notes that her parents, coaches and committed teammate Soo-Jin Berry (another multi-sport athlete) have been incredible supporters throughout her athletic and academic journeys.

CVCHS student journalist Katherine Pugh wrote this Spotlight.

The Pioneer congratulates Isabella and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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Katherine Pugh
Katherine Pugh
Student Writer

Katherine Pugh is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School. She enjoys running on the CVCHS cross country team in the fall in addition to the track and field team in the spring. Pugh also swims recreationally for Oakhurst Country Club in the summer. She is a part of the CVCHS Engineering & Design academy and finished her sophomore year with a 4.33 GPA. She’s also excited to be a representative for CVCHS’s ASB leadership group during her junior year. In addition, Pugh works as a hostess at Ed’s Mudville Grill in Clayton. She is very excited to be writing the Student Athlete Spotlight for the Concord Clayton Pioneer.