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SureWest honors Granite Bay’s Howarth as top athlete

Local college wrestler, volleyball player also are awarded
By: Staff reports
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Kyle Howarth, a three-sport athlete at Granite Bay High School, was named the SureWest Sports Show Male Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 school year.

Howarth was named to the All-Sierra Foothill League first team in soccer, basketball and volleyball. The Grizzlies won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II soccer championship last fall and shared SFL titles in basketball and volleyball.

In April, Howarth and Roseville’s Kayla Granucci became the inaugural male and female recipients of the $1,500 Clarke Coover Scholarship Award, part of the section’s annual A. Dale Lacky/California School Employees Association Scholarships.

Howarth graduates from Granite Bay with a 4.2 GPA and plans to study pre-med at UC Davis.

Del Oro volleyball and basketball star Belle Obert was selected the Female Athlete of the Year.

Wrestler Loder makes all-rookie team
Granite Bay High School graduate Ryan Loder has been named to the 2010-11 Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie team, according to www.unipanthers.com.

Loder, a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa, won the NCAA West Regional 184-pound title and advanced to the NCAA Championships in Philadelphia. He had a 30-11 record this season and earned Freshman of the Year awards from the Western Wrestling Conference and D1CollegeWrestling.net.

Unranked at the start of the season, Loder climbed to No. 5 in the nation at 184 pounds and entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 6 seed. He was eliminated one match before the All-America rounds.

Roseville grad wins scholar-athlete award at Sac City
Breanna Warnock of Sacramento City College was honored with the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for 2010-11, according to the school’s website.

Warnock, a 2009 graduate of Roseville High School, was an All-Big 8 Conference first-team selection last fall and a second-team choice in 2009 for a volleyball program that went a combined 52-10 in those two seasons.

Warnock is third all-time at Sac City with 160 blocks and seventh all-time with 454 kills. She plans to attend Sacramento State next fall and major in Biology.