The local PAC 8 league announced its winter sports awards on Monday, with plenty of San Luis Obispo County student-athletes garnering accolades.
Arroyo Grande High junior Ashlyn Herlihy was named girls basketball MVP after leading the Eagles to an undefeated league championship. Teammate Meghan Smith, a sophomore, was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Mission Prep senior Quinton Adlesh shared boys hoops MVP honors with Righetti standout Cameron Walker.
Arroyo Grande junior and Pepperdine commit Brianna Welch was named league MVP for girls soccer, with teammate Summer Soriano, a senior, splitting Defensive Player of the Year honors with Righetti’s Hannah Hurd. Paso Robles junior Natalya Marcove was named Goaltender of the Year.
Keeper of the Year accolades on the boys side went to San Luis Obispo’s Brayden Mahoney, with teammate Nick D’Acri taking home the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Arroyo Grande seniors Rebekah Hernandez and Isabella Manuele shared MVP honors in girls water polo.
In wrestling, Atascadero senior Karson Block was named Wrestler of the Year for the upper weights, while Paso Robles senior Kameron Morones took home the honor for the lower weights.
Full lists of the PAC 8 first and second teams will run at a later date.
Morro Bay boys golf earns win
The Pirates defeated Santa Maria, 240-289, in a par-35 nine-hole competition at Morro Bay Golf Course.
Santa Maria’s Joseph Balderama was the medalist at 44, followed by Garrett Holdstock at 45 and Rayce Francis at 47 for Morro Bay (1-2).
Titans top Orcutt Academy
The Nipomo boys golf team bested league foe Orcutt Academy, 208-248, in nine holes at par 35 Rancho Maria.
Adam Burrola was the medalist for the Titans (1-0), shooting a 38. Jett Rugg shot a 39, and Keenan Camacho carded a 41 for Nipomo.
Tigers fall in boys volleyball
John Duffy had eight kills as San Luis Obispo fell 3-0 to Santa Ynez by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 25-21.
Shea McSorley added seven kills for the Tigers (6-3), and Bowen Schwoerer had 21 assists.