Spring Sports Wrap-up As School Year Ends

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Ryan Max Ocampo

Walter Snodgrass dives in at the Grossman Invitational on May 21. Snodgrass ended his high school swimming career as a third year Varsity swimmer and was the team captain.

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Spring Sports began late in the spring semester but allowed athletes an opportunity to practice and participate in sports for the first time during the pandemic.

Varsity swim ended their season on May 21st at the Grossman Invitational. Second year swimmer Maria Hernandez-Huicab broke a school record in the 200 meter freestyle with a time of 2:19:93. Arianna Marroquin broke her own school record in the 100 meter fly with a time of 1:11.96, and Charlize Jackson dropped five seconds from her backstroke “despite forgetting to put on her goggles,” Coach Ryan Max Ocampo said.

Softball lost both playoff games but had a successful season overall.

“In my 18 years of coaching softball I have NEVER had a team bond together as well as these Lady Vikings,” Coach Scott Pallay said. “They were all like sisters, and it was a joy to be around them all season. Lily Mader was our catcher (THE best one in all of Las Vegas in my opinion), and MVP Senior Co-Captain Maria Vega-Hernandez was the ‘Iron Woman’ on the mound throwing literally over 2000 pitches over the course of the season. Tenth Grader Litzy Mendoza was our 2nd leading hitter and played well at the important shortstop position. It will be very tough to replace the six departing seniors, but I look forward to another great year for Valley Softball in 2022.”

Boys Volleyball moved up to 4A for the 2021 season so they had a change in competitiveness.

“The team grew on and off the court with skill level, leadership, and becoming a team,” Head Coach Tarina Elliott said. “The short season had many trials and tribulations with COVID regulations in place. All of the players contributed so much this season. Josiah Morrero received the 2021 Joseph A. Cap Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to one volleyball player a year. He is also looking at playing at the next level. Vaibhav Gupta led the league in serve receive passes as well as digs. He is also planning on playing at the next level. All of the boys worked hard this season! I am sad to see so many graduate, and I appreciate all of them for coming out to play and having to overcome COVID regulations and restrictions to do so. I am excited about the underclassmen growing in the game and having them on Varsity next year.”

Spring Sports also included baseball, golf, and track.

Coaches and athletes were thankful for the chance to get on the fields and courts or in the water to practice and participate with their peers and for their coaches and schools.