What a year for Mustang sports …

Sweeney, Gonzalez & Campos Who will be next year’s Athlete

The Dispatch selects the top performers in each sanctioned sport
offered at Gilroy High School

The Dispatch selects the top performers in each sanctioned sport offered at Gilroy High School …

• Badminton

Players of the Year

Yiwah Liang & Alyssa Perez

The two seniors bolstered the No. 1 singles spots .

• Baseball

Player of the Year

Peter Mickartz

The Mustangs’ leading hitter and team MVP also performed closing and spot-starting duties for a Gilroy team that made the CCS playoffs.

Also: Drew Andersen, Chris Hernandez, Michael Stevens, Jeremy Teschera

• Boys’ basketball

Player of the Year

Calvin Kretz

The senior shooting guard was an all-around solid scorer and earned a spot on the TCAL First Team.

Also: Ryan Chisolm, Adam Moon, Adam Supnet, Dominick Wilkins

• GIRLs’ basketball

Player of the Year

Kristen Campos

When the junior point guard was on the floor, the Mustangs were a well-oiled machine. Naturally, she played nearly every minute in Gilroy’s CCS semifinal run.

Also: Kendall Costa, Katherine Hussey, Amanda Link, Shanté Mancera

• Cross country

Players of the Year

Darrin Amerson &

Stephanie Radtke

Amerson, the best runner for the boys, was also a 4.15 student. Radtke, a three-time CCS qualifier, also contributed to the basketball team.

• Field hockey

Players of the Year

Elena Ramirez & Karlie Sandoval

Ramirez led the Mustangs in goals scored while Sandoval was named to the All-CCS First Team.

Also: Shanté Mancera, Genelle Perez

• Football

Player of the Year

Justin Sweeney

School and league rushing records? Check. Big plays in big games? Check. Flat-out speed when turning the corner on sweeps? Triple check. And this all-CCS running back is just a junior.

Also: Bobby Best, Jared Gamm, Shea Lemos, Peter Mickartz, Jay Raven


Player of the Year

Ryan Clark

Clark was the lone Mustang golfer who qualified for the CCS meet.


Player of the Year

Kristen Campos

The only athlete named by the Dispatch as Player of the Year in two sports, the junior qualified for the CCS meet last fall.

• Gymnastics

Player of the Year

Samantha Nussbaumer

Floor specialist was the only ‘Stang to reach the CCS Finals.

Also: Adrienne Etienne, Stephanie Orth

• Boys’ soccer

Player of the Year

Alfonso Motagalvan

Gilroy’s field general was showered with postseason awards, including CCS Player of the Year. Now the 3.9-GPA student takes his game to UC Santa Barbara on a full ride.

Also: Ben Alcantar, Artemio Arteaga, Everardo Diaz de Leon


Players of the Year

Amanda Bruce &

Joann Olivo-Pedroza

Both midfielders earned first team All-TCAL honors. Olivo-Pedroza was also named Junior of the Year.

Also: Alysha Davis, Sara Hugo, Kendra Sato

• Softball

Player of the Year

Kayla Aldridge

The senior shortstop takes her slick glove and powerful bat to St. Mary’s.

Also: Patty Olvera, Dana Schoenemann, Sarah Villar

• Swimming

Player of the Year

Santiago Maciel

The butterfly specialist capped off a stellar four-year career at GHS with league titles in the 200 IM and 200 fly and a trip to the section finals.

Also: Scott Castruita, Lee Walton

• Tennis

Player of the Year

Ben Wilson

Just a sophomore, Wilson was the top ‘Stang player on the hardcourt.

• Track and field

Player of the Year

Bobby Best

With a State Finals appearance in discus, look for a big season from this junior weightman next spring. In the fall, he’ll once again anchor the football team’s offensive line.

Also: Sierra Barroza, Stephanie Radtke, Frank Valadez, Arnulfo Velasquez

• Boys’ volleyball

Players of the Year

Vinny DeLorenzo & Patrick Largo

Outside hitter DeLorenzo, a junior, and setter Largo, a senior, powered a potent Mustang attack last season.

Also: Ryan Chisolm, Dominic Jackson, Steven Good, Travis Graham, Adam Moon

• Girls’ Volleyball

Player of the Year

Amanda Link

The All-TCAL power hitter was a force at the net for the Mustangs.

Also: Kendall Costa, Michelle DiFiore, Stephanie Orth

• Water Polo

Players of the Year

Lauryn Rossi & Travis Gamble

Rossi, a leading scorer, and Gamble, a defensive mainstay, led the ‘Stangs in the pool.

• Wrestling

Player of the Year

Armando Gonzalez

The junior placed third at State and was the most consistent grappler on a team that placed sixth in California – best in GHS history.

Also: Hunter Collins, Adin Dueñas, Austin Gubrud, Vanessa Gutierrez, Nico Naranjo

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