VALENCIA — BASEBALL
Lopes was the lone sophomore on the
ESPN RISE All-Area team this year
and he's already proven he belongs.
He put together one of the most
impressive rookie seasons in recent
memory last year, hitting .408 with
10 homers, 33 runs scored and 24
RBIs. Valencia finished the year
22-8 and saw its season end with a
13-2 loss to Simi Valley. But even in
defeat, Lopes shined. His two home
runs accounted for the Vikings' lone
runs in that game. He was the only
freshman or sophomore to make the
2008 All-Daily News team.