The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced that $34,400 in scholarships were awarded to 49 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school.
The award, honoring former Section and State CIF President, A. Dale Lacky, recognizes the top male and female student-athletes within the Section. The scholarship committee selected four male and four female students as the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship. The remaining nominees were awarded a $600 scholarship from the section.
In addition, The Clarke Coover Scholarship Award has been established for two of the top honorees. This award, named in honor of former Section commissioner Clarke Coover, grants a $1,500 scholarship to one male and one female. The inaugural winners of the Clarke Coover Scholarship Award are Kayla Granucci of Roseville and Kyle Howarth of Granite Bay.
All schools were allowed to play one extra volleyball game and an extra boys and girls basketball game with 50 percent of the gate going directly to the foundation for the scholarships. More than $24,000 was generated through the foundation games. The balance of money came through California School Employees Association.
All of the winners will be recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony, which will take place on April 12, 2011 at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. The program will start at 9 a.m. The Section will also be honoring three male and three female model coach winners at this breakfast as well. University of the Pacific athletic director Lynn King is the keynote speaker.
The Clarke Coover Scholarship Award winners were:
KAYLA GRANUCCI (ROSEVILLE) – Granucci was a 12-sport athlete for Roseville. She played four years of basketball and soccer, and two years apiece for the volleyball and water polo teams. Her junior year, the soccer team won the Section Division II championship. She was a team captain for volleyball, water polo and basketball. She’s the only 12-sport athlete in her graduating class. She volunteers for the California Police Youth Charities, for her church, the Roseville West Little League and the Jerry McNeil Foundation. She also works for Blue Star Moms, Toys for Tots and is a part of the school’s Link Crew. Kayla has a 3.73 GPA and will attend the University of Nevada-Reno, where she’ll major in psychology and child development in the hopes of becoming a teacher and coach.
KYLE HOWARTH (GRANITE BAY) – Howarth played soccer, basketball and volleyball for all four years and was on the varsity teams for all three his sophomore year. He’s been a team captain four times, all-league for soccer three times and he’s been a part of Section championship teams for volleyball and soccer twice each. He’s been a Link Crew leader for the last two years, and he’s been a volunteer coach for the local youth basketball camp for four years. He started a youth soccer night that got nearly 1,000 children to a Granite Bay exhibition soccer match. He’s a lifetime CSF member and he’s received a National Merit Award. Kyle has a 4.27 GPA and plans on attending UC Davis, where he will major in biology with the future goal of becoming a doctor.
The four female $1,000 scholarship winners were:
EMILY BUHRKUHL (ELLIOT CHRISTIAN) – Buhrkuhl was a four-year standout for the softball team. She also ran cross country for two years and played volleyball for one. She was named to the HCL all-league team her freshman and sophomore years and was the league MVP her junior year. She volunteers at the Ashley House (retirement home) and with the Interact Sack Lunch Ministry and Stockton Food Bank. She’s also worked at several fundraising dinners for charity as well as her softball team. She’s received academic excellence awards in science, math and English. Emily maintains a 4.14 GPA, second-best in her class. She will attend William Jessup University in Rocklin, where she plans on continuing her softball career while majoring in business administration.
ASHLEY CIPPONERI (BEYER) – Cipponeri played water polo and competed for the swim team for all four of her years at Beyer. She was the water polo team MVP for two years and all-league for three. She volunteers as a caregiver at her church nursery, is a coordinator for the school blood drive, Pennies for Patients and Hope for Haiti and she’s an elementary school Fall Fair volunteer. She’s the student body Spirit Commissioner, Calculus Club president and the founder and president of the Beyer Hope Club. She also won the Violet Richardson Award for community service. Ashley has a 4.34 GPA, which ranks her No. 11 in a class of 409. She’ll attend Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo looking toward a career in nutritional research.
MABEL FLORES (LOS BANOS) – Flores was a three-sport standout; she’s competed for the water polo, wrestling and swim teams for all four years. She’s been a team captain for water polo twice and she’s earned medals at the state wrestling championships the last three years. She volunteers with the youth wrestling team, local animal hospital, water polo summer camp and she gives swimming lessons. She’s also the president of the Renaissance program and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Spanish Honor Society. Mable has a 4.27 GPA, which ranks her No. 4 in a class of 588. She’s undecided on her college, but plans on becoming a surgeon or nutritionist.
JILLIAN GOULART (EAST UNION) – Goulart played for the golf and softball teams for all four years. The golf team won Section titles for three of those years and she was all-league twice and the VOL MVP her senior year. Her softball teams have won one league title and she’s been all-league twice. She’s worked with her church to feed the homeless in San Francisco and serves at a local nursing home every Thanksgiving. She and her softball team cleaned up the football stadium after every home game for the last four years. She tutors junior high students in math. Jillian carries a 4.10 GPA, No. 7 in her class. She will attend Simpson University in Redding, where she’ll major in business administration with the hopes of working for the Disney Company.
The four male $1,000 scholarship winners were:
LOGAN DAY (SAN JUAN) – Day played soccer and baseball for San Juan for all four years. He played football his freshman year. He was a team captain for the soccer team the last three years and baseball for the last two. He’s been named all-league for baseball twice and soccer once. He’s volunteered for the Angel Tree Project, Twin Lakes Food Bank, the St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children and he is a server for his church’s homeless outreach. He’s the editor of the school yearbook, the president of the school Christian Club and a leader of the rally spirit club. Logan has a 4.14 GPA, which ranks him No. 3 in his class. He’ll attend the University of Puget Sound where he’ll major in English with the hopes of becoming a teacher, journalist or lawyer.
WILL FINDLAY (OAK RIDGE) – Findlay played basketball and high jumped for the track and field team for all four years at Oak Ridge. In basketball, he’s been named all-league twice and he made four all-tournament teams. He set the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet record his junior year, clearing 6-foot-8. He’s a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society. He volunteers as a camp counselor for the Oak Ridge basketball camp, Walk for Education and the Pancake Cook-off. He’s an AP scholar with honors. Will has a 4.26 GPA, which ranks him 11th out of a class of 517. He’s undecided on his college – he’s been accepted to Stanford University – and has future plans of being an engineer.
BENJAMIN HODGES (RIVERBANK) – Hodges wrestled and competed for the cross country and track and field teams for four years apiece. He’s competed in the state cross country championships three times and his track teams have won the TVL title for all of his years. He volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America clean-ups, food drives and has participated in mission trips to Mexico. As a member of NJROTC, he does color guard, security and is a crossing guard. He attended California Boys State and the National Youth Leadership Forum. He’s an Eagle Scout. Benjamin has a 4.07 GPA, No. 1 in his class of 160. He will attend the Air Force Academy, where he’ll major in aeronautical engineering with the hopes of becoming a pilot or working in the special forces.
LOGAN VOS (RIPON CHRISTIAN) – Vos played basketball and golf for all four of his years at Ripon Christian. He’s been named team MVP four times in that span. He’s been named all-league for golf twice and for basketball twice. This year in basketball, he was the Southern League MVP and the Modesto Bee’s player of the year. He’s a praise team worship leader at his church and has gone to San Diego for a mission trip. He’s the community youth liaison for the Ripon City Council. He was named the Wendy’s High School Heisman award winner for California; this award is given to only two athletes per state. Logan carries a 4.30 GPA, tops in his class of 55. He’s undecided on his college, but plans on majoring in business administration.
The 20 female $600 winners were:
BRIANA BAER (CASA ROBLE)
HANNAH BEATTY (WOODLAND CHRISTIAN)
KATE DAVEY (LINCOLN-STOCKTON)
TAMARA DE LA ROSA (COSUMNES OAKS)
MARISA GENZOLI (HUGHSON)
NICOLE HELLER (ATWATER)
GABRIELLA HERRERA (WEST)
MELISSA IMMEL (DIXON)
KACIE JOHNSON (ELK GROVE)
DANIELLE LITTLE (ARMIJO)
APRIL LITTLEJOHN (COLFAX)
SARAH MANCINA (SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY)
MIRANDA ORNOUSKI (AMADOR)
CHEYENNE PERRY (TURLOCK CHRISTIAN)
NATALIYA REZNIK (SAN JUAN)
VICTORIA SANDSOR (PIONEER)
ALYSSA SCHMIDT (WHITNEY)
ROSA MARIA VALDEZ (VANDEN)
LENEE WASHINGTON (SACRAMENTO)
MEGAN WATSON (OAK RIDGE)
The 19 male $600 winners are:
MATTHEW AVILA (MODESTO)
DAMIEN BLAKE (SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY)
DAHLTON BROWN (ARGONAUT)
EFRAIN DELGADO (VENTURE ACADEMY)
ELLIS GOOD (NAPA)
MATTHEW HUBBARD (GOLDEN VALLEY)
LENNOX JACOBSON (MARYSVILLE)
NICKOLAS KLEIN (SONORA)
JOSHUA KNAPP (FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN)
KYLE LEE (UNION MINE)
NICHOLAS MAR (McCLATCHY)
ANDREW McNEECE (BENICIA)
TROYCE METCALF (LIVINGSTON)
JESSE NAKASONE (LINCOLN-L)
JACOB PETERSON (WEST)
KYLE RUSSELL (BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN)
LUKE SIMON (LODI)
ZACHARY STONE (NATOMAS)
DREW WIXON (OAKMONT)