Sportswriters tend to fixate on statistics, but numbers only tell part of the human story.
Doing 'what's right' as a student-athlete is of the utmost importance.
To that end, three Monte Vista High seniors, football captain Jack Chabolla, soccer goalkeeper Hannah Clark, and cross-country runner Katharine Smiley have set a high standard on and off the field.
The Mustangs trio was recently selected among 10 winners of the annual Positive Coaching Alliance Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship. They earned $2,000 scholarships in a ceremony at Stanford for exemplifying the following:
Personal Mastery: Making oneself better.
Leadership: Making one's teammates better .
Honoring the Game: Making the game better.
One of Chabolla's teammates gave him a glowing endorsement to PCA: "He works hard and plays hard, but also takes the time to be helpful to everybody on the team -- all the time. ... Jack always sees the glass as 'half-full,' and has a 'can-do' attitude that is extremely infectious."
On the soccer field, Clark showed class by correcting a call that went in favor of the Mustangs.
"I had touched a ball in an attempt to save it, with fingers barely brushing it before it went out, and the official ruling that it was our ball," Clark wrote in her application to PCA. "No one would ever question whether or not I had touched it -- there was no way they would know. But I know."
After one of her races, Smiley praised an opponent she'd beaten.
"I went up to her and told her she did an amazing job," Smiley wrote in her application. "She helped me reach my personal best time, so I wanted to make sure she knew I appreciated it. Even though we were both still breathing hard, we were no longer opponents trying to beat each other, we were just two girls talking about a sport we both loved."
Founded within the Stanford athletic department in 1998, PCA is a national non-profit committed to providing youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.
HOMECOMING EXCITEMENT: No one does homecoming night quite like San Ramon Valley High. Hundreds of spectators were treated to a spectacular halftime fireworks show, and a pregame show, on Oct. 12, with themed class floats, marching bands, and dancing.
California crashed the party with a scintillating 41-38 win over the Wolves, the high-octane game befitting the night at large.
The game featured plenty of offense and little defense. The Wolves' Cameron Birse passed at will and extended plays like a maestro. He even showed extra emotion after scoring twice on runs.
"Fantastic," Wolves coach Mark Kessler said of Birse. "Amazing game. He's got to be given credit too, because he changed some plays to put us in a better play. Great job of coach (Aaron) Becker getting our offense prepared for it, but Cameron executed it."
California ran at will, with senior running back Karris Johnson stealing the show with speed and extra effort.
"The offense put out every ounce of effort they had, and it wasn't reciprocated on the defensive side," Grizzlies coach Eric Billeci said.
HOUSE HONORED: Former California High volleyball player Cydney House, a freshman at College of New Rochelle (N.Y.), was named Association of Division III Independents Volleyball Player of the Week on Oct. 10.
House, a setter/outside hitter, helped the Blue Angels to a 3-0 record the previous week. She averaged 1.91 kills, 2.09 assists, 1.82 service aces, 1.36 digs and 0.18 block solos per set.
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