As if their season wasn’t rewarding enough, members of the Coast Union High volleyball team got some surprising news Monday. Coach Pam Kenyon was named the CIF-Southern Section Division 5A coach of the year and senior setter Sophie Flemion was honored as the division’s player of the year.
Teammate and middle blocker Nicky Ortiz joined Flemion on the all-section team, which includes 12 other players from the Southern Section.
The honors add a few more highlights to the Broncos’ already impressive season resume that includes the school’s third Southern Section title and a trip to the CIF Southern California regional tournament, which ended in a second-round loss to Tri-City Christian — the eventual state runner-up.
“I was so incredibly pleased with what the girls did this season,” Kenyon said. “To have other honors on top of that, it’s recognition for all their hard work.”
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Flemion was the leader in kills for every Broncos match, Kenyon said. Ortiz also played an important role on the team, usually coming up with defensive stops.
“I’m completely shocked and honored by it,” Flemion said about winning the player of the year award. “It was also an honor to be part of a team. It was a great pleasure for me this season. We had a lot of fun together and we built lifelong friendships. This whole season was a huge honor.”
Also landing on the division’s 5A team were Coastal Christian’s junior middle blocker Leslie Henry and junior setter JoAnn Lindstaedt, who were part of a Conquerors team that challenged Coast Union for the Southern Section Division 5A title.
In boys water polo, Nipomo’s Kirk Wilenius and Cole Holloway were named all-section team members in Division 7. The Titans, who were the Los Padres League champions, suffered an upset in the semifinals of the division playoffs to end the season.
GIRLS SOCCERAtascadero 6, Orcutt Academy 1
Christine Curtis and Rhainnon Dudley scored two first-half goals each as the Greyhounds raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead in a nonconference game win.
Byrnne Frace and Maia Mumford scored the final two goals for Atascadero (5-0).
BOYS BASKETBALLAtascadero 64, Santa Barbara 46
With four players scoring in double figures, Atascadero avenged Saturday’s 63-49 loss to Santa Barabara in the Arroyo Grande Tournament.
Hayden Mislavsky led Atascadero (6-3) with 20 points. Connor Kim added 15, Joe Johnson scored 12 and Rob Berwick had 11.
GIRLS WATER POLOAtascadero 12, Santa Ynez 1
Claire Leong scored five goals, and Erin Morley added three as the Greyhounds improved to 4-3 this year.