As we turn the calendar to 2013, here are some highlights from the 2012 Coast Union High School sports year:
Most Outstanding Turnaround
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On May 10, 1752, that redoubtable American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin conducted his first test of the lightning rod. Two hundred and sixty years later, May 10, 2012, the Lady Bronco softball team caught lighting in a bottle when they defeated Valley Christian Academy 10-0 to assure themselves of finishing first (11-1) in the Coast Valley League.
Why lightning in a bottle? In the previous two seasons the struggling team had won but a single game. Those teams lacked hitting, pitching, defense and a sense of confidence.
But in 2012, with the addition of assistant coaches Toby Cinque and Chris Corbet (backing up head coach Rocky Fordyce) and the arrival of freshmen Sage Radecki and Remy Corbett, Coast Union played some exciting, winning softball.
The outstanding player in this reporter’s opinion was Remy Corbet, who pitched, played solid defense and hit .467 with 21 hits, 25 runs batted in, and a praiseworthy on-base percentage of .625
Most Outstanding Athlete in a Sport
Hands down, senior Alex Zaragoza was more dominating in her sport — girl’s varsity tennis — than any other student athlete was in any CUHS sport in 2012. Zaragoza, a straight-A student who invested many hours in production and in rehearsing her role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and in many other student activities, racked up a phenomenal 45-6 record on the court.
Zaragoza recently told a reporter that the game of tennis has “always been mostly mental for me. I’m not a great athlete, and I’m not a runner. It’s mostly mental and strategy for me.” She added, “I play tennis because I love it, and I love being out there. I keep that in my head.”
Most Outstanding Soccer Player
After racking up a highly impressive 16-1-2 record in 2011, the boy’s varsity soccer team compiled another impressive record (13-3-2) in 2012, getting into the CIF playoffs for the second straight year. Leading the charge for the Broncos was the gifted Victor Casas.
The junior — who had scored a team-high 57 points in 2011 — came back with a passion in 2012, playing in all 18 games and leading all scorers with 79 points. Great things are expected of Casas in 2013 and there is no doubt that he will be showing his outstanding ball-handling and scoring skills at the collegiate level, if he decides to go in that direction.