Following a season in which Coast Union’s girls basketball team ran the table in the Coast Valley League (10-0) and put up a robust, impressive challenge against a big-school opponent in Round 2 of the CIF Division 5 playoffs, coach Keith Stowers announced team awards at a banquet Sunday, March 4, in the school library.
Juniors Karis Lawson and Kaylee Ferguson shared MVP honors. Lawson was also named the MVP of the Coast Valley League and honored as team captain.
Ferguson was named to the sll-CVL first team. Sophomore Alondra Mercado was named Most Improved Player by Stowers, and received honorable Mention from the CVL. Senior Meg Stern, who sings the national anthem before Coast Union games, was named to the all-CVL second team, while
Sophomore Ellie Kennedy was named to the all-CVL second team, and first-year head coach Stowers was voted Coach of the Year by the other coaches in the CVL. In an email interview, Stowers said, “I guess if you got the best players and you win league, they give you a plaque that says ‘Coach of the Year.’”
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Stern and fellow senior Zoe Markham announced that “This is our favorite varsity team we’ve ever played on. We will miss seeing the players and coach Keith and assistant coach Brian every day at practice.”
“These are the best coaches we’ve ever learned from, practiced with, and played for,” the seniors explained.
Overall, the Lady Broncos finished 13-8, and except for seniors Stern and Markham, Stowers has the heart of his team back next season.
Coast Union’s most outstanding female soccer player over the past few years has been Martha Gomez-Mora. She scored 10 goals her freshman year; she was Offensive MVP in 2015-16, and as a senior has been named MVP of the 2017-18 team by first-year head coach Brooklyn Brumund.
Brumund also gave the Most Improved Award to junior Jasmine Torres, and the Coach’s Award went to senior Karina Mendoza.
The team ended up with a 7-9 record, winning three of its last matches. In its 6-0 victory over Avenal in January, Gomez-Mora had a hat trick.