The awards for the Coast Union softball team’s 2016 season were announced Monday, June 13, and senior Ellie Magnuson was named Most Valuable Player by Coach Rocky Fordyce. Sophomore Ani Corbet was named Defensive Player of the Year, and senior Maddie May received the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Fordyce gave the Coach’s Award to senior Reagan Kniffen, and senior Ashley Martinez received the Kim Kinney Award, which is given to a player who inspires teammates and is named in honor of the late Coast student Kim Kinney.
Magnuson also was named MVP for the Coast Valley League and chosen to The Tribune’s All-County first team, while Corbet, May and Kniffen were named to the All-CVL first team. Martinez and Alyssa Drew were named to the All-CVL second team, and Diana Cisneros was given league honorable mention.
Magnuson tossed three no-hitters (including a perfect game) in 2016; she also was named CVL and Coast Union MVP in 2015, and was named to the Tribune’s All-County second team in 2015 as well.
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Interviewed following her graduation from Santa Lucia Middle School and prior to her freshman year at Coast Union, Magnuson said that mental preparation in sports is perhaps more important than physical preparedness.
“Just one player who is really mentally ready, they can bring the rest of the team up.”
She also said, referencing academics, “I like solving problems, getting things done, doing it using my own time management.”
Special to The Cambrian