Friday, April 18, 2014

Velasquez, Heethuis Named Santa Rosa Athletes of the Month

Brooke Heethuis and Jordan Velasquez have been honored as Santa Rosa Athletes of the Month for March.
Baseball star Jordan Velasquez and softball standout Brooke Heethuis have been honored as the March Santa Rosa Academy Menifee 24/7 Athletes of the Month, sponsored by RE/MAX Diamond Realty.

Velasquez is hitting .469 to lead the Freelance Division for the Rangers, who are 6-4 in their second year playing a freelance schedule. The senior plays shortstop and pitcher.

"Our pitching has been improving and the team skill level has been getting better every single game," he said. "We could go to the playoffs, but being a freelance team, it's not easy."

Velasquez hopes to attend Mt. San Jacinto College and play baseball there next year.

Heethuis is just a freshman but is a team captain of the softball team, which is in its first season of existence. Only three players have previous softball experience so her experience in years of youth softball has proved to be valuable.

"We're doing OK," Heethuis said about the challenge of building a team in its first year of freelance play at the CIF level. "We're not going to the playoffs or anything, but we're improving.

"It's been pretty much a learning experience, but nobody's losing that drive we have," said Heethuis, who is a softball and pitcher. "I'd love to keep heading in the right direction and helping my team improve."

Velasquez and Heethuis received a certificate from Menifee 24/7 and a Target gift card from RE/MAX Diamond Realty.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Heritage High's Atkins, Sage Honored as Athletes of the Month

Cynthia Nemelka of RE/MAX Diamond Realty presents the Menifee 24/7 Athlete of the Month award to track and field standout Torrey Atkins. Also honored was softball player Jordan Sage (below).
Hurdler and relay runner Torrey Atkins and softball standout Jordan Sage of Heritage High School were honored this week with the Menifee 24/7 Athlete of the Month award, sponsored by RE/MAX Diamond Realty.

Cynthia Nemelka of RE/MAX Diamond Realty presented the honorees with a Target gift card. They also received a certificate from Menifee 24/7 for their accomplishments in March.

Atkins was named Athlete of the Meet at the recent Mt. Carmel Invitational. He set the meet record in the 110-meter high hurdles with a personal best time of 14.15, then established a personal best in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.56.

"I didn't know if I had the record when I ran the race," Atkins said about his meet record time in the high hurdles. "I knew it was fast. Then my coach was on the phone and running toward me, and he told me.

"There's something about Mt. Carmel I just love. I like the hard tracks, not the bouncy ones. And the hurdles felt really short because I'm tall, so I basically just walk over them."

On Saturday, Atkins will compete in the invitational heat of the high hurdles at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational against some of the nation's top athletes.

Sage is one of the top players for the softball team, which is in first place in the Sunbelt League with a 7-0 record and 12-6 overall. She She has a 4-3 pitching record and is batting .390.

She originally committed to a college in Nebraska but has decided to play at Mt. San Jacinto College next year.

"Jordan has been doing a great job both offensively and defensively," said her coach, Angela Ramiro. "I don't know what we would do without her. She is truly an asset to our team."




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Arvizu, Oyhenart Named Paloma Valley Athletes of Month

Holly Oyhenart and Josuha Arvizu received their Athlete of the Month awards from Cynthia Nemelka of RE/MAX Diamond Realty.
Baseball player Joshua Arvizu and softball player Holly Oyhenart of Paloma Valley High School have been honored as the Menifee 24/7 Athletes of the Month, sponsored by RE/MAX Diamond Realty, for the accomplishments in March.

Arvizu is a defensive leader in center field for the Wildcats, who are tied for first place in the Sunbelt League standings at 4-0 and are 9-4 overall. He also is hitting .296 with 7 RBIs.

In addition to athletics, Arvizu is an outstanding student. He excels in his advanced placement classes and has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.

"Josh is an outstanding student-athlete," said his coach, Chuck Kemp. "He challenges himself every day with a stringent academic schedule that includes multiple AP classes. On the field, no one works harder than Josh. He shows tremendous leadership anchoring our defense in center field."

Arvizu said he is confident of the team's ability to win the league title this year, based on its league championship last year and returning experienced players.

"We want to build off the team chemistry we have to get even better," said Arvizu, whose team was 14-1 in league play last year. "As far as the academics, it's easy with coach Kemp because he expects us to be students first and then athletes."

Oyhenart, also an outfielder, is one of the leaders of the Wildcats softball team, which is 4-1 and one game out of first place in the league standings. She is hitting .542 with 10 RBIs.

"Holly is a very smart, reliable and hard-working athlete," said her coach, Briana Wells. "She is one of our team captains and has done a wonderful job filling the role as a leader both on and off the field. She is a mature athlete who understands that she must continually work hard to improve her skills. Her batting average is proof of her hard work and dedication to the game."

"I've been playing since I was little, and it's something I don't take lightly," said Oyhenart, whose team's only league loss was to Heritage.

Oyhenart has accepted a scholarship to Christian Brothers University in Tennessee.

Arvizu and Oyhenart received a certificate from Menifee 24/7 and a Target gift card from Cynthia Nemelka of RE/MAX Diamond Realty.




Friday, April 4, 2014

Heritage High Athletes of Week Honored by Menifee 24/7

Alexandria Blevins and Brett Pendleton were selected Heritage High Athletes of the Week, along with Alejandro Castellanos Becerra and J'men Aldrete (not pictured).
Menifee 24/7 has honored four Heritage High School student-athletes as the Athletes of the Week for their recent accomplishments.

Senior first baseman Brett Pendleton is hitting .333 for the Patriots baseball team, which is 7-6 overall and 1-2 in Sunbelt League play. He also has four doubles and two triples.

Senior pitcher Alexandria Blevins has a 3.25 ERA and is hitting .421 for the softball team, which is 3-0 in league play.

Alejandro Castellanos Becerra was honored for his accomplishments on the track and field team. Also honored was J'men Aldrete of the golf team.




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Four Standouts Honored as Paloma Valley Athletes of Week

From left: David Hamilton, Jordan Allec, Kiana Broderson-Jones, Rebekkah Ouk.
Paloma Valley High School's Athletes of the Week include two talented boys and two talented girls who are being honored by Menifee 24/7.

Senior track and field star Rebekkah Ouk has the top marks in the Sunbelt League in the long jump (15-10) and triple jump (30-4). Her personal bests in those events are 16-8 and 32-0. She also participates in the 4x100 relay.

"Rebekkah is the hardest working athlete on the team," said her coach, Juan Merida, about Ouk, who is the team captain and who carries a 4.0 GPA. "She is constantly helping others on the team and is really like an assistnat coach. Her work ethic and care for others really set her apart."

Ouk, who plans to major in math in college, explained why she likes the long jump.

"When you jump, it just feels like you're flying in air," she said.

Sophomore Jordan Allec started the season on the JV tennis team but won a challenge match to move up to the varsity, where he has made the switch from singles to doubles.

"I was working with members of the varsity team," said Allec of his time on the JV squad. "They helped me and I decided to challenge.

"Doubles is a lot more strategic than singles. It was kind of a big change, but once you get used to it, it's fun."

Allec and his partner earned their first win in a league match against Lakeside last week.

Junior Kiana Broderson-Jones is in her third varsity season with the softball team. The center fielder went 2 for 3 against Elsinore last week and 2 for 3 against Perris, with a stolen base in each game.

She is hitting .425 for the Wildcats, who won two of their first three league games.

Junior right-side hitter David Hamilton had 17 kills and 8 digs in the volleyball team's win over Heritage last week. He leads the team with 113 kills.

I'm pretty confident we will win league," Hamilton said. "I think this year's team is better than last year's."







Friday, March 28, 2014

Heritage High Athletes of the Week: Gonzalez, Sage, Atkins

From left: Jordan Sage, Torrey Atkins, Adrian Gonzalez are the Heritage High Athletes of the Week.
Three standout student-athletes are honored today as Menifee 24/7 Athletes of the Week from Heritage High School.

Junior pitcher Adrian Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 0.37 ERA for the Patriots baseball team, which took a record of 4-4 overall and 1-1 in Sunbelt League play into today's game against Paloma Valley. He is also hitting .308 on the young season.

"So far, we're doing pretty good," Gonzalez said. "The chemistry on the team has matured since last year. We play more like a family. I think we can keep winning as long as we play together."

Gonzalez plays third base when he isn't pitching.

Senior softball player Jordan Sage is the top pitcher for the softball team, which took a 1-0 league record into today's game against Paloma Valley. She originally committed to a college in Nebraska but has decided to play at Mt. San Jacinto College next year.

"Jordan has been doing a great job both offensively and defensively," said her coach, Angela Ramiro. "I don't know what we would do without her. She is truly an asset to our team."

Junior track and field standout Torrey Atkins had four first-place finishes in meets last week. He swept the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles in a dual meet on Thursday and pulled off the same double in the Beaumont Cougar Classic last weekend.

Atkins also broke the Cougar Classic 300-meter hurdles record with a time of 39.63.








Thursday, March 27, 2014

Four Standout Players Named Paloma Valley Athletes of Week

From left: Holly Oyhenart, Parker Fokken, Joseph Gildner. Not pictured: Anthony Smith.
Four Paloma Valley High School students were recognized this week for their accomplishments as Menifee 24/7 Athletes of the Week.

Parker Fokken is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA as a pitcher for the Wildcats baseball team, which got off to a fast start by winning its first two Sunbelt League games after a solid preseason. Fokken, a junior right-hander, pitched a shutout against Los Altos in a nonleague game and has been consistent at the plate as well.

"I think the coolest thing about our team is we're always up and working hard, trying to get better," said Fokken, who is in his first year on the varsity team. "We're all very humble and just want to get better."

Joseph Gildner is a senior member of the boys tennis team and has made key contributions as a doubles player.

"Joseph has really stepped up his skills and leadership, on and off the court," said his coach, Alison King. "He offers help to the younger athletes as needed. As a doubles partner, he communicates with his partner during the match to help ensure the success of the team."

"I like doubles because I have a partner who can watch my back in case I'm having a bad day," Gildner said. "You connect with your partner and become friends with them. And I like helping out the younger players. I'm a senior and I won't be here next year, so this is my way of giving back to the school."

Senior softball player Holly Oyhenart has made a big impact for the Wildcats from her outfield position. She is hitting. 579 with 10 RBIs for Paloma Valley, which is 8-5 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Oyhenart has received a scholarship to Christian Brothers University in Tennessee, where she plans to major in sports management.

Track and field standout Anthony Smith recently anchored the 4x100 relay team to a school record of 43.25 seconds. He also has excelled in the 100 and 200 this season.

"Anthony has been working very hard this year to finish his high school career with a bang," said his coach, Bert Esposito. "He has been improving his grades and his performances on the track have been exceptional. I am very proud of his work ethic and leadership."





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