Sonora honors top athletes of 2002-03


Alison Gourley, Jessica Peterson and Bryann Turner were named Sonora High School's outstanding athletes for 2002-03 during the annual senior awards assembly yesterday in the school auditorium.

Gourley helped Sonora win two straight Valley Oak League championships in both volleyball and swimming, and Peterson was the league's Most Valuable Hitter in volleyball and its Most Valuable Player in basketball.

The two shared the Elks Award as Sonora's top female athletes. Gourley plans to continue her swimming career at the University of California at Santa Cruz, while Peterson will play volleyball on a full scholarship at Fresno State.

Turner was an all-league defensive back in football and a member of the VOL-championship 4x100 relay team in track. He was presented with the Fred Rowe Award as the Wildcats' outstanding male athlete. Turner plans to play football at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Michelle Banks, the VOL's MVP in volleyball, and Andrew Silva, the golf MVP, were the female and male winners of the Outstanding Achievement in Athletics Awards. Banks has a full volleyball scholarship to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Silva plans to play collegiately, too.

The Mary York Award for most inspirational female athlete went to volleyball and basketball player Nicki Rodriguez, and the Jack Wivell Award for most inspirational male athlete was presented to football and basketball player Rob Hoyt.

Swimmer and spiritleader Hillary Sauls, volleyball player Katie Huynh and wrestler Joel DePaoli received the 2002-03 Scholar Athlete Awards.

Sonora also honored its VOL varsity scholar athletes (grade-point averages of 3.7 and above) in all four classes. Repeat winners were senior Vanessa Apland in spiritleading, junior Katie Baier in swimming, junior Josee Bowser in tennis, sophomore Becky Clinite in swimming, sophomore Heather Fisher in swimming, junior Cammy Fumar in basketball and swimming, senior Alicia Greenleaf in track, junior Nicole Hart in cross country and soccer, junior Haley Hohengarten in basketball and soccer, junior Melisa Hough in cross country and swimming, senior Jessica Mefford in tennis, senior Travis Miller in soccer, senior Ari Nesper (one of three class valedictorians) in tennis, junior Jared Orrock in soccer and tennis, and senior Lainey Southard in soccer, plus DePaoli, Sauls and Turner in their sports.

Other VOL scholars:

Seniors Vanessa Clark, softball; Heather Duerkop, soccer; Aino Kalske, basketball; Kari Martinez, softball; Ashley McClung, track; Gina Peters, tennis; Lauren Rogers, volleyball, swimming; Stephen Vasquez, football; Karl Waite, baseball; Ryan West, football.

Juniors Jillian Bartgis, volleyball; Jessica Mullins, soccer; Sheraden Mundy, soccer; Rob Paterson, basketball; Willie Segerstrom, cross country, track; Matt Wisehart, swimming.

Sophomores Molly Hongola, tennis; Danny Scott, swimming.

Freshmen Sara Oliveira, golf; Darr Snedeger, golf; Jordon DePaoli, wrestling.

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