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Recognize Bay Area

3/26/2009

Softball - Deer Valley

The Deer Valley softball team was anticipating its postseason
matchup with Freedom last year. Freedom had won
two regular season meetings by a combined four runs and
earned the top seed in the NCS 3A East Bay bracket, while
Deer Valley was seeded fourth and playing its best ball of the
season. But something unexpected happened one round
before the scheduled rematch — the Wolverines lost. Deer
Valley was upended by No. 5 seed James Logan, 8-5, and
Freedom went on to win the sectional title. "I don't know if we
were looking ahead," says Deer Valley coach Amy Tillson. "I
know that we went out there and played one of our worst
games of the season. If we played like that against Freedom,
we would've gotten killed anyway." That's why the team is
focused on finishing strong in 2009. The Wolverines are one
of the best teams in the Bay Area, thanks to the presence of
All-American Emily Allard. Allard is coming off a 16-5 season
in which she struck out 145 batters in 142.1 innings and posted
a 0.90 ERA, and she could make a difference in the postseason.
"Emily can give us that unhittable game when we
need it from her," says Tillson. She's also the top hitter in a
deep lineup. Sophomores Staci Howard and Taylor
Newhouse bolster the middle of the order and give Allard the
kind of protection she'll need against top teams in the
area — like Freedom.

Baseball - Monte Vista

After going 18-8 last year and falling to eventual East Bay champ College Park in the sectional playoffs, the Mustangs
have returned as one of the most talented teams in the area. Five seniors have already signed with Division I college programs,
with ace pitcher Mark Appel (Stanford) leading the way. Appel is backed by fellow pitchers Drew Bradshaw (San Jose
State), Christian Jones (Oregon) and Joey Wagman (Cal Poly) and catcher Grant Saunders (Oregon).

Girls' Swimming - Las Lomas

The Knights took home the NCS team title last year on the strength of the relay squads, and most of the key performers
are back this season. Las Lomas won section titles in three relays — the 200 free, the 200 medley and the 400 free. Senior
Chrissy Thomas swam legs in the 200 free and 200 medley, and she will be supported by junior Kasey Carlson. Carlson is the
defending champ in the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke.

Boys' Tennis - Palo Alto

The 2009 season looks promising for the Paly boys' tennis team. Sensational sophomore Baramee Wongbanchai has
taken over the No. 1 singles spot, and he's living up to his high rankings — TennisRecruiting.net has him at No. 98
nationally in the Class of 2011. Senior Sam Wong is building off his successful 2008 campaign and giving the team a legitimate
presence in the No. 2 slot.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

GIRLS' TRACK – APTOS
Junior Marissa Ferrante is a dynamic distance runner.
BASEBALL – LOS GATOS
Senior Cal Poly recruit Kevin Corey is an All-CCS shortstop.
SOFTBALL – SAN RAMON VALLEY
Sophomore SS Sara Pacioni started as a freshman and might be the area's next star.
BOYS' TRACK – ST. FRANCIS
The Lancers have a top sprinter in junior Glyn Borel.