Incline High honors top athletes
With the last day of school set for Thursday, June 15, Incline High School recently honored the top Highlander athletes of the spring season and of the entire year.
Athletes from softball, baseball, golf, swimming, and track and field were selected as the school’s top performers, along with awarding the female and male senior athletes of the year.
Senior golfer Christine Schwartz was named the school’s top female senior athlete of the year. She finished second individually at the NIAA Class 2A State Girls Golf Tournament as the Highlanders won their fifth straight state golf championship.
Schwartz was also the team captain of this year’s girls’ basketball team.
“It was awesome,” Schwartz said of receiving the award. “It was totally unexpected. I didn’t think, in any of my years in high school, I’d ever get this award. I pushed myself really hard in all of the sports I played. I think my coaches recognized that, especially toward my senior year.”
For the boys, Victor Herrera was named the school’s male senior athlete of the year for his role on Incline’s soccer team as a team captain. Herrera led the Highlanders to a 12-6-4 record and a berth into the Class 3A Northern Region playoffs.
According to HighlanderSports.org Herrera was also a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps air rifle team. Herrera will continue his soccer career in the Incline area with plans to attend Sierra Nevada College in the fall.
State champion swimmer Kate Rye was named the swim team’s MVP. Rye won her third consecutive title in the 50-yard freestyle, breaking her own school record at the state meet in May. The junior swimmer also captured gold in the 100-yard freestyle.
The team’s most improved swimmers went to Delilah Fleming for the girls’ team and Logan Eckert for the boys.
Sophomore Jacob Leoncio was named the baseball team’s MVP this year. Leoncio led the team with 20 hits and 12 RBIs. Freshman Brayden Hock was recognized as the Highlander’s most improved player. The baseball team finished 7-13 this year.
For softball, junior Haeden Suter was named the team’s MVP. She led the Highlanders with 22 runs, 20 hits, three triples and had the team’s only home run. Sophomore Savannah Stacy was named the team’s most improved player. The Lady Highlanders finished their year with a 5-17 record.
For boys’ golf, freshman Satchel Hirsh was named team MVP in leading Incline to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Hirsh also finished fourth individually at the state tournament, Most improved player went to sophomore Zach Pexa.
Freshman Samantha Giangreco capped her first year competing for the Highlanders track and field team as the squad’s MVP. She qualified for state in a team-high, three events. Giangreco would finish in third place in high jump, fifth in discus and sixth in the 100 meters.
Freshman Tommy Ornburg was named the team’s most improved athlete. He finished his year off with a personal record at regionals in the 1,600 meters, finishing with a time of 6:35.01.
Rounding out the school’s awards, senior Conor Nix received the Eric Hays memorial award. Nix led the Highlanders’ ground attack last fall, and also qualified for state in track and field in high jump and pole vault.