Kudos and crowns for Placer High in this year's PVL season
Placer High had a Pioneer Valley League season to remember — in all sports.
With the boys soccer, cross country, football, girls golf and girls volleyball teams all winning at least a share of their respective league titles, it should come as no surprise that the all-PVL teams released last week included a healthy dose of Hillmen.
“It’s been a special year for us on the Hill,” said Placer football coach Joey Montoya, who was voted by his peers as gridiron league coach of the year. “We’ve got some of the greatest kids and some of the best coaches around. I’m very blessed to be a part of it.”
Boys soccer coach Dave Brown and cross country coach Randall Fee were also named coaches of the year for their respective sports.
Brown’s Hillmen were able to win a PVL title while dealing with a tragic off-field Interstate-80 accident involving several soccer players.
Fee’s varsity boys and girls dominated the PVL this season, and the boys are headed to the State Meet in Clovis on Nov. 24 after winning a section title last weekend.
While coaches deserve their credit, they’ll be the first to tell you that they aren’t the sole reason why their teams had success.
“I think it’s a collective thing,” said Montoya, whose Hillmen went 10-0 in the regular season and beat Hilmar in the first sound of the Div. IV playoffs Friday. “It’s deserving, it compliments all of the coaches and the kids. This team’s success has had really little to do with me. Look to the other coaches and the kids, and that’s where the credit lies. I’m just along for the ride trying to not mess things.”
Placer had at least a co-MVP in each of the five fall sports it participated in, including Eddie Vanderdoes (football defensive MVP), Kirstin Schauble (co-volleyball MVP), Gama Gomez (soccer MVP), Toby Qualls (varsity boys cross country individual champion) and Hannah Gregg (golf MVP).
Gregg led her team to an undefeated league season and the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters round of the postseason.
Schauble helped her Lady Hillmen win a co-league championship with Bear River, who also had a co-MVP in Sara Schell.
Other Placer High all-league selections:
Boys soccer — Adam Norcott (center back), Nikolai Figueroa (center back), Collin Barnum (left back), Peter Kean (midfielder), Brennan Entz (midfielder), Shawn Green (midfielder).
Cross country boys — Gama Gomez, Zach Stelzer, Viktor Dorofeyev, Felix Oliveros, Moshe McCarter, Josh Mason, Garrett Jordan, Louis Rinn.
Cross country girls — Halle Ralls, Ruth Braica, Macaylea Mitchell, Kyra Hostetler.
Football — Isaac Brahce (running back), Michael Robinson (running back), Brian Sabins (offensive lineman), Bryan Berube (offensive lineman), Stone Sander (tight end), Jake Lewis (defensive lineman), Wyatt Decker (defensive lineman), Tony Suverkropp (linebacker), Isaiah Pineiro (defensive back).
Girls golf — Madi Holm, Kasey Egusa, Brooke Griffin.
Girls volleyball — Raquel Quirarte, Maddie Graham, Lauren Collins, Becky Matthews.
Reach Matthew Kimel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel