May 20, 2013
River Cats name High School Athletes of the Year and Players of the Year by sport

The Sacramento River Cats introduced a crop of All-City area high school award winners on Sunday at Raley Field.

The V-award winner in honoring Vicki Kockinis-McDermott went to Tara Halsted of Davis swimming while the Savage Award winner in honoring River Cats creator Art Savage went to Tyler Winston of Antelope.

Those honors and the process of selecting more than 400 athletes spanning mainstream CIF-sanctioned sports were part of an exhaustive, academic-year long search headed by Samantha Bottari, Tony Asaro and Mark McDermott. They polled athletic directors, coaches, media and themselves while also following their success in person and through various media accounts such as The Bee.

The River Cats Players of the Year by sport:

Softball - Ali Aguilar, Casa Roble
Tennis - Chloe and Lily Forlini, Granite Bay
Track - Patrianna Perry, Vacaville
Swimming - Tara Halsted, Davis
Golf - Kelsey Ulep, Whitney
Cross Country - Maggie Bell, Granite Bay
Soccer - Elizabeth Hutchison, Rio Americano
Volleyball - Gabriella Palmeri, St. Francis
Water Polo - Kaitlyn Cozens, St. Francis
Wrestling - Mallory Velte, Christian Brothers
Basketball -- Lynette Johnson, Kennedy

Football - Brandon Monroe, Del Oro
Track - Austin Mitsch, Jesuit
Soccer - Niko Hansen, Jesuit
Cross Country - Trent Brendel, Granite Bay
Wrestling - Pete Santos, Oakmont
Tennis - Sean Alves, Casa Roble
Baseball - Rowdy Tellez, Elk Grove
Basketball - Dakarai Allen, Sheldon
Water Polo - Connor Stapleton, Davis
Swimming - Matt Whittle, Davis

For the complete list of those earning All-City patches, go to

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