2016 Yakima Valley Sports Awards For Top High School Athletes Handed Out Today [PHOTOS]
The 14th Annual Yakima Valley Sports Awards Luncheon, orchestrated by the Yakima Valley Sports Commission, was held earlier today (June 9) at the Yakima Visitors and Convention Center to honor top area high school teams, athletes and coaches during this recently completed school year.
Nominees and eventual winners were chosen by the Sports Department of the Yakima Herald-Republic. Some 21 different schools, from Cle Elum to Prosser to Goldendale were represented.
2015-16 Team of the Year honors went to the Selah baseball squad who, just weeks ago, captured the school's first-ever state title. The Male Athlete of the Year went to Roy Zavala of Mabton and the female award was presented, for the second-straight year, to LaSalle's Lauren Newman.
Zavala is headed to the University of Puget Sound to play football after rewriting all of his
school records in basketball. His four-year career produced 1,812 points which ranks him sixth all-time of Yakima Valley scoring. He was named MVP in his league and first-team all-state in both football and basketball.
Newman was the Valley's leading goal scorer in soccer, a first-team all-league basketball player and added four state track medals to up her career total to 10. She also won a state championship in the long jump event and broke the 27-year-old Valley record. She will compete next at Washington State University.
Here is the list of other prep winners by season:
Boys cross country – Spencer Stewart, Eisenhower
Girls cross country – Alexis Redfield, Zillah
Football – Eric Briscoe Jr., Davis
Girls soccer – Kendra Hanses, West Valley
Girls swimming – Krista Wilson, Ellensburg
Volleyball – Jillian Berg, West Valley
Coach – Corey Ingvalson, Prosser football
Team – Prosser football
Boys basketball – Coleman Sparling, Ellensburg
Girls basketball – Alexis Castro, Granger
Girls wrestling – Desiree Zavala, Grandview
Boys wrestling – Josue Rodriguez, Toppenish
Girls bowling – Amanda Selberg, West Valley
Coach – Johnny Cerna, Toppenish wrestling
Team – Toppenish wrestling
Baseball – Dustin Yates, Selah
Softball – Talyn Trevino, West Valley
Boys track and field – Brigham Cardon, Selah
Girls track and field – Lauren Newman, La Salle
Boys tennis – Daniel Foster, West Valley
Girls tennis – Nicole Rasmussen and Elena Riehl, West Valley
Boys golf – Nick Baker, Cle Elum
Girls golf – Morgan Baum, East Valley
Boys soccer – Israel Gonzalez, Grandview
Coach – Mike Archer, Selah baseball
Team – Selah baseball
OVERALL PREP WINNERS
Male athlete of the year – Roy Zavala, Mabton
Female athlete of the year – Lauren Newman, La Salle
Jack Cleveland Coaching Award – Mike Archer, Selah baseball
Team of the year – Selah baseball