P2P NCS Softball Honors
Alhambra's Briana Perez is the NCS Player of the Year.

ALL-NORTH COAST SECTION

Player of the Year
BRIANA PEREZ, ALHAMBRA


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

Three straight North Coast Section titles, three straight years hitting .600 or better, nearly 150 runs batted in during her four-year career, and nearly 100 stolen bases are just a few of the tangibles one can associate with the illustrious high school career of UCLA-bound Briana Perez.

This season, Perez led an Alhambra team which transitioned to the Division I bracket due to competitive equity by-laws, and nearly led the Bulldogs past defending champion Freedom in the quarterfinals. Along the way, Alhambra won the DAL-Foothill title in the league’s inaugural season, while Perez finished the year batting .600 with six home runs, four triples, 11 doubles, 39 RBI, and 25 stolen bases.

“She is the easiest kid I have ever had to coach,” said Alhambra coach Paul Buccellato. “She has great knowledge of the game, tremendous work ethic, and was a three-year captain in this program. She was a true leader by example, someone who would the hill by our practice field 10 times after practice all by herself, while other girls might struggle to get up the hill one time.”

Perez, who is currently playing with the US Junior National team, will join older sister Kylee on the Bruins’ roster next season. The two played together when Bri was a freshman at Alhambra and Kylee was a senior, winning the first of the Bulldogs’ three straight section crowns. Even as a high school freshman, Bri was one of the dominant players in the section. Since then, however, her career took off to become one of the most decorated n section history.

The future Bruin finished her high school career with 31 home runs and 76 total extra-base hits. She also finished with 148 RBI and 96 stolen bases. Her career OPS is a staggering 1.746, also drawing 17 or more walks in each of her final three season. Then there is the defensive aspect; the standout shortstop turned eight double plays this season. All in all, it is hard to find as aspect of Perez’ game which does not stand out above her peers.

“She is probably the best kid to ever come through this program,” Buccellato said. “She is so fast – she could steal, delayed steal, whatever she wanted to do. She can bunt and she can hit home runs – she can do it all at the plate. I think she can start at shortstop next year, or she can be the best outfielder in the program. She is that good.”

One thing was for certain this year, and in years past. When Perez got dialed in, it was hard to find a pitcher or a defense which could slow her down. This season, that meant a 12-game stretch in which Perez had multi-hit games in a staggering 11 of those 12 games, collecting 28 hits during that sequence. Even in the quarterfinal loss to Freedom, Perez had a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a double, two stolen bases, and three RBI.

For seven straight seasons, the Alhambra lineup featured a Perez, and a Sparacino for that matter, with sisters Hailey and Karlee mirroring the careers of Kylee and Briana. Next season will be a transition for the Bulldogs, as they look to move on with new names and faces for the first time in close to a decade.

“We will be fine next year with some new players coming in,” Buccellato said. “But it will be impossible to replace the talent and leadership we have enjoyed in this program. And you certainly cannot replace a Bri Perez.”

For an outstanding senior season, to cap an amazing four-year high school career, Briana Perez is our Prep2Prep North Coast Section Player of the Year.

Other players considered for this award include Amador Valley’s Danielle Williams and Foothill’s Nicole May.


Coach of the Year
MATT SWEENEY, FOOTHILL

Matt Sweeney is Prep2Prep's NCS Coach of the Year.

By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

Our 2015 North Coast Section Coach of the Year for football can now add the same title, but for another sport, as Foothill’s Matt Sweeney led his softball team to the Division I title this year, despite graduating 10 seniors from last year’s team which lost in the section championship game.

Towards the end of the regular season, it was clear that the Falcons were one of the top four teams in the section, but a section title still seemed slightly out of reach, especially Foothill lost to cross-town rival Amador Valley for the second time in the regular season, and did not get a hit off Dons ace Danielle Williams. Sweeney, however, delivered a different type of message to his team before Foothill faced Amador Valley again in the EBAL title game.

“I told the girls we were ready for that win,” Sweeney said. “We lost 6-0 to them the first time, and 2-0 to them the second time, so I told them that we would win 2-0 since we were improving by four runs each time.”

Sweeney proved prophetic, as the Falcons took down Amador Valley to win the EBAL tournament, and gain serious momentum headed into the NCS Division I playoffs, where they were awarded the second seed behind the Dons. They rode that momentum past Liberty and San Ramon Valley in the first two rounds, before smashing past BVAL champion Heritage in the semifinals, 9-1, and then dominating James Logan in the championship game, 6-2, scoring the last six runs of the game.

The section title would not have been predicted before the year by many outside the Falcons’ program, especially after Foothill graduated its core of players from the previous year. But instead, the Falcons gained an influx of talent, and Sweeney wound up starting three freshmen, including his starting battery of pitcher Nicole May and catcher Courtney Beaudin, both of whom wound up as two of the top players in the section this season.

“I was concerned about leadership before the season, but there was a ton of respect and leadership from this group,” Sweeney said. “Our three seniors learned in the shadow of our 10 seniors last year, and they created a great dynamic on the team. The unique part about this year was how they ended up being very unselfish, and very cohesive.”

It became clear early in the season that there would be no drop-off in talent on the Pleasanton campus, as the Falcons won their first seven games, six of those by shutout, as May quickly gained the attention of everyone across the section. Those seven wins were followed by a one-run loss to Livermore, but the team bounced back with five straight wins, including a 1-0, extra-inning victory over Freedom, in a reversal of the previous season’s section title game. That win came in handy for seeding later in the year, as did eight straight wins between losses to Amador Valley.

Throughout the season, a theme emerged for Sweeney and the Falcons, one which has the veteran coach seeming years younger than the story told by his actual age and years of experience. A year removed from his battle with throat cancer, Sweeney has become re-energized by a group full of not only young talent, but a tremendous work ethic.

“The best players on this team are also the hardest workers,” Sweeney commented. “It has been an absolute joy to coach this team.”

In the wake of winning a section title, his team also echoes his comments, only in regards to playing in his program.

“I’m proud to be a part of a team led by Coach Sweeney,” said May, who was named the NCS Freshman of the Year. “His dedication drives the team to do better. We started the season off strong, and we learned from our losses. Not only did he make sure that we improved as a team throughout the season, but also that everyone got closer, and my teammates are like a second family to me.”

For his ability to mold a group mixed with veteran leaders and talented young players, and lead to a section title, Matt Sweeney is our Prep2Prep NCS Coach of the Year.

Other coaches considered for this award include Concord’s Megan Coddington, James Logan’s Teri Johnson, and San Marin’s Liz Hartmann.



FIRST TEAM ALL-NCS

Nicole May, Foothill
Position: Pitcher
Year: Freshman

The first-team EBAL selection notched an incredible 293 strikeouts in her 191 innings pitched, leading Foothill to the NCS Division I title. She posted a 0.84 ERA in her first high school season. The Oklahoma commit also hit .460 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.


Danielle Williams, Amador Valley
Position: Pitcher
Year: Junior

The Northwestern commit and EBAL MVP was purely dominant in the circle, striking out 316 batters in 164 innings pitched, with a 0.47 ERA and three no-hitters. 16 of her starts resulted in complete game shutouts.


Vanessa Strong, Freedom
Position: Pitcher
Year: Junior

Strong led the Falcons to their third straight BVAL title and nearly back to the NCS championship game, pitching Freedom to 16 wins. She had a 1.17 ERA with a pair of no-hitters, and struck out 206 batters in 137 innings pitched.


Missy Nunes, Livermore
Position: Catcher
Year: Senior

The Oregon State commit was an absolute rock for the Cowboys, batting .514 with eight home runs, four triples, six doubles, and 31 RBI. She added 13 walks for an astronomical OPS of 1.625, while striking out just six times all season.


Riley Siegel, Drake
Position: Catcher
Year: Senior

The MCAL Player of the Year hit .443 to lead the Pirates into the Division III semifinals, along with seven home runs and 18 total extra-base hits. The UC Davis commit also walked 19 times and stole 12 bases, both team-high marks.


Briana Perez, Alhambra
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Perez capped her amazing high school career by hitting .600 with six home runs, four triples, and 11 doubles, to go with 39 RBI and 25 stolen bases. The UCLA commit also walked 17 times for an astronomical OPS of 1.758.


Hope Alley, Foothill
Position: Infielder
Year: Sophomore

Moving from second base to shortstop this season, Alley anchored the infield for the EBAL and NCS Division I champion Falcons. She also hit .370 with nine stolen bases, including a .431 average during EBAL play and a .428 average during the four-game playoff run.


Karlee Sparacino, Alhambra
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The Cal-bound Sparacino hit .440 with five home runs and a team-high 44 RBI for the Bulldogs. She also turned 13 double plays.


Madison Kahwaty, Livermore
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

The University of Pacific commit and first-team EBAL selection led the Cowboys with a .534 batting average, to go with nine doubles and a team-high 38 RBI. That included a 10-game hitting streak to end the season, and the game-winning double in an early win over Amador Valley.


Julia Scardina, Marin Catholic
Position: Infielder
Year: Sophomore

The first-team MCAL selection hit .571 with three home runs, 13 doubles, and 25 RBI, all of which were team-high marks. The NC State commit also walked 12 times for a .639 on-base percentage.


Noellah Ramos, Irvington
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

The Cal Poly bound Ramos was named Player of the Year in the Mission Valley Athletic League, and earned all-league honors for all four years of her high school career.


Hannah Rosenfeld, Bishop O’Dowd
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

The George Mason bound Rosenfeld hit a team-high .554 for the Dragons, with four home runs, nine doubles, and 30 RBI. That included a walk-off game-winning hit in the playoff opener against Newark Memorial and all three RBI in the loss to Livermore.


Morgan Hess, Heritage
Position: Outfielder
Year: Sophomore

The speedy Hess was a first-team BVAL selection after serving as Heritage’s top threat atop the lineup. The left-handed batter hit .654 with a team-high 27 stolen bases, to go with 14 walks for a .735 on-base percentage.


Kat Hall, Heritage
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The MVP in the BVAL led the league champion Patriots in the circle and at the plate, batting .528 with two home runs and a team-high 22 RBI, while also posting a 0.42 ERA with six complete game shutouts.


Hailey Dolcini, Fortuna
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The HDN-Big 5 MVP got it done in the circle and at the plate for the Huskies, as the dominant player in the region. The UC Riverside commit went 23-2 with a 0.38 ERA and seven no-hitters, striking out 345 batters in 165 innings pitched. At the plate, she hit .620 with six home runs, five triples, 13 doubles, and 31 RBI. She finished her four-year varsity career with 47 extra-base hits at the plate and 1,176 strikeouts in the circle.




Frankie Hammoude, Bishop O’Dowd
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Junior

The Co-Player of the Year in the WACC-Foothill hit .508 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI, walking 14 times and not striking out once during the season. The Oregon State commit also registered 18 assists behind the plate.



SECOND TEAM ALL-NCS

Madison Papenhausen, San Marin
Position: Pitcher
Year: Freshman

The Utah commit was dominant in the circle for the Mustangs, leading them to the Division III title. She went 15-2 with a 1.09 ERA, with opposing batters hitting just .157 against her. At the plate, she hit .419 with seven home runs and 26 RBI.


Robyn Wampler, Berkeley
Position: Pitcher
Year: Senior

The Co-Player of the Year in the WACC-Foothill led the Yellowjackets to a league title by going 16-4 with an ERA below 1.50, while also batting over .400 for the season.


Camille Rodriguez, James Logan
Position: Pitcher
Year: Junior

Rodriguez led the Colts to an unbeaten mark in MVAL play, and went 18-3 with a 1.15 ERA overall for the season, with one no-hitter and nine complete game shutouts. She struck out 154 batters in 134 innings pitched.


Courtney Beaudin, Foothill
Position: Catcher
Year: Freshman

The first-team EBAL selection made it clear she will be a force in this section, batting .453 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in her inaugural high school campaign. She was at her best in league play, where she hit .564 with six of her 10 home runs.


Melika Ofoia, John Swett
Position: Catcher
Year: Junior

The three-time TCAL-Stone MVP continued to be one of the top hitters in the section, batting .600 with 10 home runs, 12 triples, and 37 RBI for the Warriors. The New Mexico State commit walked 13 times and posted an OPS of 2.191, with 21 stolen bases. Ofoia also added pitching to her repertoire this season, winning 10 games when she wasn’t behind the plate.


Savannah Jones, Terra Linda
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

The Georgetown commit and first-team MCAL selection hit .493 with a pair of triples and nine doubles this season, turned four double plays, and struck out just three times all year for the Trojans.


Sabrina Nunez, Redwood
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

Nunez concluded an illustrious high school career by hitting .459 with 13 stolen bases this season. The Cal commit posted an 11-game hitting streak late in the year, including eight straight multi-hit games, and finishes with a career .509 batting average in four varsity seasons.


Juliana Pichardo, Concord
Position: Infielder
Year: Senior

As one of just two seniors on the Concord roster, Pichardo led the Minutemen to a Division II title, hitting .400 with two home runs and a team-high 34 RBI. The first-team DAL selection also reached 19 times on either a walk or hit by pitch.


Emma McLaughlin, Carondelet
Position: Infielder
Year: Sophomore

The first-team EBAL selection hit .481 for the Cougars, with 10 doubles, and committed just two errors in the field.


Bella Vick, Alameda
Position: Infielder
Year: Junior

The first-team WACC-Foothill selection hit a team-high .583 with 26 RBI for the Hornets. She had nine doubles and turned six double plays during the season.


Kaitlyn Hager, Rancho Cotate
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior

The Hiram-bound Hager hit .473 with three home runs, nine doubles, and 29 RBI. The first-team NBL selection also added some top performances in the circle, going 6-1 with a 1.91 ERA.


Katelyn Sturm, Arroyo
Position: Outfielder
Year: Junior

The first-team WACC-Foothill selection led Arroyo into the playoffs by hitting .439 with 10 home runs, 24 RBI, and 28 runs scored. She added 15 stolen bases.


Kimiko Zapanta, Alhambra
Position: Outfilder
Year: Senior

The speedy first-team DAL selection hit .488 with 19 stolen bases and 34 runs scored for the Bulldogs. Over the last two years, the Saint Mary’s College commit was a perfect 57-for-57 on the base paths.


Brittney Scardina, Rancho Cotate
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The North Bay League MVP posted a 7-1 record in the circle, with a 1.90 ERA, striking out 92 batters in 73 innings pitched. She also hit .389 with three home runs and 27 RBI, and will play next season for CSU San Marcos.


Morgyn Wynne, Concord
Position: Utility
Year: Junior

As the season went on and games became more important, Wynne’s workload increased, as her 8-3 record in the circle included wins over Carondelet, Redwood, and Livermore in the last three games of the season, resulting in a Division II title for the Minutemen. She also hit .338 with two home runs, six doubles, and 19 RBI.


Megan Bower, Miramonte
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Junior

The Santa Clara commit hit an amazing .679 with six home runs and 41 RBI, and struck out just one time all season. She now has a career .686 batting average with 29 home runs, 67 total extra-base hits, and 132 RBI heading into her final high school campaign.


Faith Derby, Freedom
Position: Designated Hitter
Year: Senior

Derby’s big bat led the Falcons at the plate, and delivered them into the section semifinals. She hit .544 for the season with eight home runs, seven doubles, and 31 RBI. In Freedom’s quarterfinal game with Alhambra, she not only delivered a two-run homer during the Falcons’ sixth-inning comeback, but also ended the game with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh.



THIRD TEAM ALL-NCS

PITCHERS

Holly Gonzales (Kennedy-Fremont), Carly Slack (Marin Catholic), Sofia Earle (Carondelet), Ellie Bauer (San Rafael), Allison Hersh (Kennedy-Richmond)


CATCHERS

Jenna Christensen (Fortuna), Sierra Shanoff (Montgomery), Cassie Wenn (James Logan)


INFIELDERS

Jenna Liu (San Ramon Valley), Kalissa Heihn (Freedom), Reilani Peleti (Rancho Cotate), Lacey Sandoval (James Logan), Riley Ehlen (Heritage), Haley Titone (Cardinal Newman), Hannah Myers (Amador Valley), Nicole Shoptaugh (Piedmont), Hana Suppus (Piner)


OUTFIELDERS

Marissa Gonzales (Freedom), Gabriella Zagone (College Park), Valeria Torres-Colon (Amador Valley), Anyssia Ramirez (Heritage), Sydney Frankenberger (California), Cydney Hampton (St. Patrick-St. Vincent)


UTILITY

Krystyna Allman (Castro Valley), Brittany Martinez (Pinole Valley), Anna Zoia-Buescher (Montgomery), Brooke Panfili (Acalanes), Mary Locher (Las Lomas), Reyna Heredia (Saint Mary’s), Aliyah Yates (James Logan)




HONORABLE MENTION:

ACALANES: Kylie Berry, Jazzlyn Boynton
ALAMEDA: Trina Eichel, Mira Piamonte
ALBANY: Isabel Lavrov
ALHAMBRA: Brianna Edwards, Maci Shepherd, Lindsey Osmer, Regan Silva
AMADOR VALLEY: Jessica Emde, Sofia Molina, Courtney Dinelli
AMERICAN: Hannah Hillman, Brittany Walkingstick
ANALY: Hannah Hillman, Brittany Walkingstick
ANTIOCH: Ayanna Sanchez, Bailee Reed
ARROYO: Kayla Ching
BEREAN CHRISTIAN: Molly Kolander, Taylor McCullough
BERKELEY: Milan Machado Buckley, Claire Kaneko, Madeline Kaneko
BISHOP O'DOWD: Elizabeth Avery, Nicole Hammoude, Michael Edwards-Gonzales
CALIFORNIA: Kelly Curlett, JoAna Mullins
CAMPOLINDO: Tara McAteer, Katelyn Poole
CARDINAL NEWMAN: Cassie Killeen
CARONDELET: Gabrielle Williams, Keleva Salt, Ally Schwenger
CASA GRANDE: Kate West, Alauna Rico, Presley Ruoff
CASTRO VALLEY: Lauren Kong, Emily Shaw, Yazmine Romero
CLAYTON VALLEY: Nikki Mason
CLOVERDALE: Tehya Bird
COLLEGE PARK: Molly Seibel
CONCORD: Amber Desena, Elena Oceguera, Sarah Clifton, Aleya Rath
DEER VALLEY: Jaleah Hardy
DEL NORTE: Allison Douglas, Brook Nolan, Payten Healy
DOUGHERTY VALLEY: Jessica Kim, Sam Tran
DRAKE: Brianna Gallardo, Sophia Lin
DUBLIN: Kayla Gregory, Libby Schkig
EL CERRITO: Hannah Lane-Goldstein
ENCINAL: Kaitlyn Ogata, Lily Wilmot
EUREKA: Alyssa Jiminez
FERNDALE: Taylor Watkins
FOOTHILL: Lauren Hermes, Karen Didio, Hailey Hayes, Mary Rockwood
FORTUNA: Taylor Murray, Taylor Fournier, Juliana Ortega-Miranda
FREEDOM: Allyson McBroom, Shannon Coston, Allyson Ferreira
GRANADA: Tatum Hayes, Jessica Marty, Emma Duckworth
HAYWARD: Jasmin Martinez
HEAD-ROYCE: Ruby Siltanen
HEALDSBURG: Keely Bullock
HERCULES: Vanessa Osti, Mia Yuen
HERITAGE: Xiara Diaz, Juliana Sargent
JAMES LOGAN: Olivia Cazares, Adrianna Garcia
JUSTIN-SIENA: Mel Corona
KELSEYVILLE: Allison Bryant, Bailey Couey
KENNEDY-FREMONT: Mallory Ussery
KENNEDY-RICHMOND: Ariana Rhodes
LAS LOMAS: Ally Carrol, Alissa Gardenal, Claire Sellick
LIBERTY: Hayli Greene, Alexus Coleman
LIVERMORE: Alyssa Ramirez, Emily Trask
LIVERMORE VALLEY CHARTER: Katie Lucas
LOWER LAKE: Shelby Sapeta
MARIA CARILLO: Bethany DeVault
MARIN CATHOLIC: Izzy Incaviglia, Destiny Buckhanan
MCKINLEYVILLE: Lexi White
MONTE VISTA: Natalie Parker, Jordan Maddox, Cassidy Cheong
MONTGOMERY: Ashley Baker, Maddie Larson
MOREAU CATHOLIC: Gabi Perez, Arielle Acosta
MT. EDEN: Yolanda Campos, Vanessa Tungui
NEWARK MEMORIAL: Haylee Nelson, Viviana Gamez
NORTHGATE: Morgan Batesole
NOVATO: Maddie Perryman
PETALUMA: Jaden Krist, Alexis Silinonte, Emily O’Keefe
PIEDMONT: Camille Creighton, Kyra Gardner
PINER: Jonelle Bolduc
PINOLE VALLEY: Angel Turner
PITTSBURG: Bria Horace, Ally Gordon
RANCHO COTATE: Taylor Del Santo, Malia Kuka, Taylor Proctor, Talia Guerrero
REDWOOD: Mandy Weitenhagen, Morgan Baker-Celis
SAINT MARY'S: Janai Denard, Taylor McCracken
SALESIAN: Raiven Robinson
SAN LEANDRO: Sierra Flores
SAN LORENZO: Sarah Giles, Bella Martinez
SAN MARIN: Alexis Bishop, Kayla Simonetti
SAN RAFAEL: Ella Moreira-Gerlach
SAN RAMON VALLEY: Casey Overfield, Sophia Hayes, Lauren Arado
SANTA ROSA: Emma Guilfoil
SONOMA VALLEY: Ally Alcayaga, Lyndsey Lee, Molly Brown, Jenna Ebert
ST. BERNARD'S: Ally Del Grande
ST. JOSEPH NOTRE-DAME: Tyesen Gordon, Caroline Bridges
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT: Neenah Pangilinan, Deijah Pangilinan
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Sully Henry, Haley Antonini
SWETT: Synthea Davis
TAMALPAIS: Jonny Sekula
TECHNOLOGY: Danielle Baker
TENNYSON: Maritza Magallanes
TERRA LINDA: Alexa Honsbergewr
UKIAH: Kelly-Ann McKeown
UNIVERSITY: Jane Rand
WASHINGTON: Arrianna Whitlock
WINDSOR: Kayla Scott
YGNACIO VALLEY: Audrianna Chappell