Monte Vista, SRV athletes honored (now updated with Wolves honorees)

Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley will be having separate ceremonies on May 31 to honor their college-bound senior athletes.

The Monte Vista Athletic Boosters will pay tribute to 39 graduating Mustangs, and San Ramon Valley will honor 40 Wolves athletes. These are always great events. Danville should be proud.

Here are the Monte Vista students being recognized:

BASEBALL: Brett Binning (Auburn,); Basketball: Jen Casper (Menlo College), Stevie Oliveira (Santa Clara), Jasmine Dilworth (Howard); CHEER: Vanessa King (SMU); FOOTBALL: Mason Melin (Cornell); Jalen Avery (Laney), Zack Chang (Willamette), Anders Turner (Air Force); GOLF: Scott Munger (San Jose State); LACROSSE: Andrew Simor (Michigan); Ashlynn Goerz (Stanford); Jackson Scott (Chapman), Mike Garrigan (Cal Poly), Chris Yoshida (Cal Poly); Melissa Hsu (UC Santa Barbara); SOCCER: Lyndsey Hromatko (Cal), Hannah Clark (BYU), Hailey Mamizuka (Saint Mary’s), Ben Pancioni (Chico State), Josh Eusebio (Point Loma); SOFTBALL: Sarah Weber (Texas Tech); Kristen Clark (UC Santa Barbara); SWIMMING: Dillon Williams (Cal), Linda Lu (Amherst); Sidney Cooke (USC); TENNIS: Michael Feldman (Stevens Institute-Technology), Julia Gulub (Chabot), Kaitlyn Haithcock (Sonoma State); TRACK: Nina Rondoni (Cal Poly), Colton Tyler (DVC), Katharine Smiley (Tulane), Johnathan Davies (CSU-Bakersfield); VOLLEYBALL: Audrey Utchen (Washington Col.); Jenessa Helu (Delaware State); WATER POLO: Mackenzie Milham (UC Irvine).

Here are the San Ramon Valley students being recognized.

SWIMMING: Jenny Barcellona, Boise State; Jacqueline Doyle, Northwestern; Dani Orlandi, Cal Poly; Cody Tanabe, Cal Poly; Clayton Young, UC Santa Barbara. WATER POLO: Grace Cochran, Redlands; Devon Gasparini, UC Santa Barbara; Casey Pond, UC Santa Barbara; Tyler Martin, UC Santa Barbara; Nick Pasichuke, UOP; Grant Garcia, DVC. SOCCER: Alyssa Alarab, UCLA; Morgan Idso, UC Santa Barbara; Hannah Koski, Cal; Makenna Kummer, UC Santa Barbara; Kristen Pavlick, Ohio State; Megan Turner, Stanford; Alexa Vandevanter, Cal; Roxy Teichman, Redlands; Kyle Schumann, Santa Clara. FOOTBALL: Matt Anderson, Cal; Cameron Birse, Arkansas State; Ryan Dunn, Arizona; Alex Kim, Tufts. LACROSSE: Megan Gandsey, Saint Mary’s; Tess Kevorkian, UC Davis; Andrew Arabjo, Notre Dame de Namur. ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING: Ragan McKenzie, Oregon. SOFTBALL: Francine Villalobos, Mary (N.D.). BASEBALL: Conner Stahl, Chico State; Matt Fowler, CSM. VOLLEYBALL: Emily Reder, Tufts; Nicole Powers, Saint Mary’s. CROSS COUNTRY: Charlie Fenoglio, Rose Hulman Institute. RUGBY: Justin Bangay, Arizona; Matt Mulholland, Utah; Ryan Chen, Arizona; Andrew Kocir, Saint Mary’s; Dylan Lych, Cal Poly. TENNIS: Virginia Purcell, Grinnell College.

Matt Schwab

  • I see you

    I am suprised that there are not more athletes getting scholarships from these top two schools. You would think that they would have a better chance with all of the private coaching that these student’s parents could afford.

  • Harold GP

    All of the additional expenses does not mean a star athlete. In my opinion (as a high school coach), those who do not have it as easy work twice as hard to get to the next level.

  • Prep Fan

    Down goes Frazier. Amador 9 Granada 7. The 4th place team in the EBAL makes the finals.

  • I see you

    The Coaches at MV & San Ramon must be doing a bad job in getting the players out. It is more to coaching than coaching games during the season.

  • MiraMan

    I See You,

    I don’t understand your comment. SRV is a school with perhaps a graduating class of 500 and they have 40 scholarship athletes and you think that’s a low number??? Monte Vista is likely a little bigger, but the same holds. So based on what expertise is 40 low??? I’d be willing to bet that out of the 500 or 550 graduating seniors only about half are serious athletes. So about 15% to 20% of the serious athletes get scholarships. Come on man, that’s huge!

    I’d be willing to bet that if you look at Berkeley or Pittsburg, both big schools with a lot of athletes, you would find the number of scholarship athletes to be more like 15 or 20. Logan probably has a similar number to Monte Vista or SRV, but then again Logan is twice the size of SRV or Monte Vista.

    Harold GP, I’m not sure this supports your “poor kids work harder” theory!

  • @I See You
    What exactly is the coaches job as far as getting athletes out?

  • I see you


    It is the coaches responsibility to get there players exposed. With all of the recruiting services and social media it is even that much easier. Most high school coaches are only interested in the coaching the game. There are countless students who get passed up just because the coach “Dropped The Ball” on their careers.

    Monte Vista’s Varsity had Sixty-Five football players on the team and had Zero Div 1 scholarships. If the coach got off of his #### there would have been more players to get out.

  • Prep Fan

    They are not all full ride or even all scholarship players (some of these schools don’t even give scholarships), but are college-bound senior athletes. The common thread they share, other than being very good at athletics is having good enough grades to be recruited or admitted to these colleges. That takes a lot more work and effort than daddy paying for full time trainers. Many of these are excellent schools that are not easy to get into no matter how good an athlete you are.

    Congratulations to these student athletes. Well Done!

  • I see you

    Prep Fan

    I’M just saying that MV has a very good football program. It is a shame that only a few are getting looked at. You can’t say that the Coach dosen’t play a roll in this.

  • EBPrep

    @I See You

    Monte vista’s varsity team had 50 players on their roster at the beginning of the season and I believe had a few less by the time league rolled around. Also, if you actually read the above article, they have a player from the class of 2013 playing at Air Force, which is a D1 school playing in the mountain west. That school only gives full scholarships so there’s no question that you’re completely wrong. Start commenting on these posts when your facts are correct please.

    Congrats to all these student athletes for their great accomplishments.

  • What players got over looked? Out of the 65 you must know the 3-4 that should have been offered.

  • MiraMan

    Prep Fan,

    I understand that all the names listed above are not full-ride scholarships, I just didn’t care to argue that point. The number of full-ride scholarships is quite small and some of the schools listed above don’t give scholarships for playing sports (Cornell I believe is one such school). But I assumed the list above are student athletes that are going on to play an NCAA/JC sport at the designated college based on some level of recruiting. Put differently, I am sure SRV has more than 40 athletes going on to college. Hell, Miramonte has 275 seniors, 200 of which played some varsity sport and probably 195 of them are going on to college (with a few going to JC).

    I See You,

    In football coaches do have a lot to do with the recruiting process. In some other sports (eg. soccer and lacrosse) a lot of the exposure comes from club teams, camps, etc. High school, at least from what I’ve seen, is only a piece of the puzzle and coaches don’t actively market the players as much.

    With football, I still don’t see why four players for Monte Vista is some sort of travesty. Miramonte only had two and that was about average for us. In fact, I’d love for someone to remind me who the last true D1 commit (as in full scholarship from a major program) from Miramonte? Tristan Tool to Boise State? In any case, I think you are over-estimating the number of scholarships and the amount of time and energy a lowly paid high school coach can be expected to spend marketing marginal players.

  • BobSchieffer

    Congratulations to the cited athletes for the ascendance to the next level, regardless of scholly moolah. Hard work and talent got them there, not training $. The Ivies/D3 do not offer $, most kids are full pay through their FAFSA forms and that’s why the they have gazillions in their endowments. A D2 scholarship baseball player may get $500… per year! For FB, a coach may not lift a finger for a recruit to D3 but may want the recognition of having his all-leaguer go D1. Contrarily, he may not even do that lest his mantra of “I don’t have any D1 recruits and look what we did on the field” be challenged. One local AC was dismissed when he procured some <D1 offers as the HC was clinging to the mantra. That being said, it really isn't the HCs job to get kids recruited (in FB it helps.) Parents or mentors even schmoozers MUST do most of the legwork: film, workouts, camps, emails from their kid to the coaches, follow up, more camps, etc.
    I see you- I'm not an SRV nor MV parent, but the statement that the MV HC is lazy is myopic. When he coached the East Bay all-stars to a W over Sacto in the Holiday Classic he and his AC stated they would put in a word for ANY player on the squad who was seeking the next level; players they'd known for five days! (Pretty talented ones though.) Demariay Drew, no offer until the Classic…two weeks later, a Golden Bear.

  • I see you

    #13 BobSchieffer.

    Maybe the word lazy was a little to hard… McClymonds High School only averages about 25 players on their football teams and every year they get multiple scholarships

    Alonzo Carter who was the Head Coach at McClymonds High School always sent a minimum of 7 players per year.

    As far as Demariay Drew is concerened, he was worthy of a D1 offer but his coach at Livermore did nothing for him..

    College coaches do not take parents seriously. The head coach has to make the calls if you are going to get in real consideration.

  • MiraMan

    I See You,

    McClymonds’ success getting kids to play football at the next level has been well documented. Clearly they are an anomaly. But, comparisons to programs like SRV and MV are pretty far-fecthed. Numerous factors make these programs hard to compare.

  • I see you


    I am not comparing the football programs. I am only talking about the amount of work and effort that the coaches do outside of coaching on Friday nights. Alonzo Carter and Curtis McCauley spend countless hours getting the coaches to come to their schools.

    Before Carter took the Contra Costa job there wasn’t any scolarships their. Last year I read that he had Fourteen D1 scholarships. Clearly that was because he continued to do his job outside of the football field.

  • DeLa smacked both those EBAL teams so hard that some of those kids might have decided never to play again.

  • poor track coverage so far with the cif state meet. NCS represented well this year. top ncs finishers in sprints fell short. long relay qualified 2 teams to finals. hurdles boys and girls top marks. I dont see anything on the trials friday.

  • SLpirates

    i agree wit that bigdog

  • MtEdenHomer

    I See You is right in that many coaches at the high school level are not as motivated or not as informed about getting their kids to play at the next level as they are about their performance now. But, what’s to be expected of a poor guy trying to work all day, coach all afternoon, and watch film all night? Coaches try the best they can and the best they know how. Players should take a more active role in determining what needs to be done and then asking the coach for assistance. It’s not the ideal situation, but the realistic alternative to leaning on a man who’s already trying his hardest to push that boulder up that hill. There’s a reason why many coaches retire young to spend time with their families.

  • MiraMan


    I like your comment. I would add that the situation is different in affluent areas versus less affluent areas. At Mack a player’s motivation is more often tied to getting into college either to continue to aspire to a pro career (foolishly perhaps) or get an education. Many of these “scholarships and commitments” are financial aid and guaranteed admission without which the player would not be able to go to college or JC.

    At SRV or MV a marginal college player with financial resources will likely forego football and go to the college of their choice rather than toil away playing D3 ball at some far-flung college they have no interest in. Guaranteed admissions and financial resources just aren’t the drivers for those kids. Conversely, the coaches are not likely to spend time pursuing D3/JC offers for a marginal player unless the player really shows the initiative. I really think that skews the numbers tremendously comparing Mack to the Tri-Valley schools.

  • Parents better get involved now with their kids playing football cuz when they turn 18 and they sign up to play college they belong to the school now. there wont be any parent influence, interferance or communication with coaching staff. the school owns yur kid body and mind. a couple of coaches told it best that they have families and coaching staff to support, college football coaching is a revolving door, head coach goes, so does the majority of the staff. they are there to get results or they dont stay. they have no tolerance to put up with any BS.

  • with the lousy coverage on track and field this week mabey the Times can cover the GoldenWest Invitational next week. It is moving to Cal Berkeley for the first time ever, leaving Sacramento area after over 30 years.
    This should attract a lot of track buffs and competitors. The Golden west has produced numerous college stars and future Olympic stars too many to mention. Times, quit false starting and get your relays together!

  • BobSchieffer

    @I c u, when referring to parents was specifically referring to setting up their recruiting binder, organizing their log(s) of emails, calls, contacts yada yada; NOT referring to parental contact with coaches whatsoever. That’s a good way to get crossed off or moved down the board. At the higher academic LACs, parents have some admin contact so they know you can afford $55k.