PHS honors winter athletes
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Tiger coaches awarded their standout athletes Monday, March 24 at the annual winter sports awards ceremony in the Patterson High cafeteria.

The event—which featured a number of competitors from the Patterson boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams—honored the best male and female athletes from each sport.

The ceremony also acknowledged a variety of other individual accolades, noting achievements in leadership, team spirit and overall improvement.

Boys varsity basketball coach Brian De la Porte picked Justin Rodriguez to receive the Tiger Pride award. Teammate Kevin Phelps was acknowledged as the Most Improved Player, while Gurkirt Heerey was awarded the Coach’s Award.

Due to the on-going success of the girls varsity basketball program, Coach Elizabeth Tolleson had a difficult decision to make as to who would receive the most coveted honors.

It was ultimately Jovanah Arrington and Mele Tupouata who both took home the Most Valuable Player awards, respectively. Kiara Job came away with the Coach’s Award, while Dayna Hansen earned the Outstanding Defensive Player award. The Outstanding Offensive Player award was granted to record breaking three-point shooter Shealyn Craven.

Arrington, Hansen and Job were also selected as the team’s co-captains.

Wrestling coach Virgil Canseco named Adrian Luna as the Most Improved Wrestler, while Daniel Cota won the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the season. Jordan Canseco captured the Tiger Pride award, and Manuel Cruz obtained the Coach’s Award for the season.

Junior varsity and freshmen

The Patterson High JV and freshmen winter athletics were also capped off at Monday evening’s ceremony.

JV boys basketball coach John Wheeland awarded Ernesto “Ernie” Huizar the most Outstanding Defensive Player Award, while Avery DeHoyes walked away with the Outstanding Offensive Award. Nana Appiah received special recognition, winning the Coach’s Award Monday evening.

Angel Rojas of the freshmen basketball team won the Outstanding Offensive Player award, while teammate Tre McGill acquired the Most Improved Player Award. Pierre Williams was awarded the team’s captain.

JV girls basketball coach Sarah Gomez awarded Emma Hansen the Tiger Pride award, while teammates Brandy Brown and Kajeane Davis won the Outstanding Defensive and Offensive Player award, respectively.

Girls freshmen basketball awarded Jaira Luna the Outstanding Offensive Player award, and Tequea Penny the Most Improved award. Veronica Vargas was awarded team captain.

Justin Gonzalez of the JV wrestling squad walked away with the Coach’s Award, while teammates Nicholas Molieri secured the Most Improved Wrestler award. Simon Perez captured the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for his team.

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