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Local prep athletes honored as All-CIF selections

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Mira Costa’s All-CIF infielder Serena Ponciano led the team with a .466 batting average and 25 RBI. Photo by Ray Vidal

By Randy Angel

West Torrance (30-3) made its first appearance in the CIF-SS softball finals in school history, building a four-run lead and held on for a 6-4 victory over Redlands East Valley for the Division 3 title.

Jason Belcher was named Coach of the Year and was joined by Player of the Year senior Mailee Newman who played pitcher and infielder for the Warriors.

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Senior catcher Becca Chung was named to the All-CIF team.

In Division 2, North Torrance senior pitcher Kyndra Marzorini was selected to the All-CIF team despite the Saxons dropping a 1-0 second-round game in eight innings to Laguna Hills.

Also earning All-CIF honors was South Torrance freshman infielder Reagan Walsh.

In Division 4, Mira Costa’s senior infielder Serena Ponciano was named to the All-CIF team after the Mustangs finished with an 18-12-1 record. Ponciano led the team in batting with a .466 average, RBI with 25 and two home runs.

Torrance senior outfielder Jenn Lew was also named to the All-CIF team.

In Division 5, El Segundo senior pitcher Monique Benjamin was named to the team after leading the Eagles to the quarterfinals where they lost to eventual runner-up JW North 6-2.

In Division 6,  Chadwick junior pitcher Alex Davisson earned All-CIF honors.

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

 

In boys volleyball, fourth-seeded South Torrance was swept by eventual runner-up and top-ranked Newport Harbor 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.

However, Spartan coach Aaron Saldana was named Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 36-3 record.

Senior setter Kohl Kutsch and senior opposite hitter Luke Krzmarzick were named to the All-CIF first team.

Mira Costa senior Max Cajuste led the Mustangs to the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals. Photo by Ray Vidal

Mira Costa (20-8) lost a heartbreaking match 25-20, 21-25, 15-25, 25-20, 16-14 to South in the quarterfinals. Senior outside hitter Max Cajuste earned Division 1 first team honors.

In Division 2, Bishop Montgomery’s versatile middle blocker/outside hitter Daniel Matheney earned All-CIF honors after leading the Knights to a 20-10 record

In Division 5, Vistamar (16-2) was shutout by eventual champion Diamond Ranch who lost only one set in five playoff matches. Junior middle blocker Jake Hoffman earned All-CIF status.

 

BASEBALL

 

Despite finishing with an impressive 28-4 record, Mira Costa failed to have a player named to the All-CIF Division 1 team. Overall, it was a down year for the South Bay high school baseball teams with only three players earning All-CIF honors.

In Division 4, South Torrance senior pitcher Kevin Ishimaru was honored after posting a 9-2 record and 1.12 ERA while leading the Spartans to a 26-5 record.

In Division 6, Rolling Hills Prep juniors Jake Hammond and Sam Wilson were named to the All-CIF team. Hammond hit .438 with 32 RBI and a team-high 17 doubles. Wilson batted .581 with a team-leading 50 hits and 48 RBI. He also had 14 doubles and three home runs.

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