Coach of the Year

Jason Cain,

Mission San Jose

Cain guided the young Warriors to a third-place finish at the California Interscholastic Federation championships at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, tying for the best-all-time finish among Northern California teams. The Warriors were impeccably balanced as they earned the final qualifying spot for the CIF state tournament. The Warriors and Justin-Siena-Napa each had five-player scores of 404 at the Northern California tournament, but Mission San Jose prevailed in a sixth-player tiebreaker. Amy Huang and Emily Gosti both shot 86 to round out the Warriors' squad. At state, the Warriors, with a 439 team score, finished 13 strokes and two places better than NorCal champion Foothill. Mission San Jose edged out fourth-place Palm Desert by one stroke. The Warriors also won the Freedom Invitational with a combined 396 score.

-- Matt Schwab

First team

ALEX SBOROV, Foothill, Sr. -- The TCU-bound star and four-year All-East Bay Athletic League selection finished ninth at the state championship, shooting a 6-over 80 to cap her outstanding Falcons career. She shot a 73 at the NorCal tournament in Stockton, helping the upstart Falcons win the team title. She also shot a 70 at the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions in Windsor after a 67 at the NCS qualifier at Deer Ridge in Antioch.

YURI AHN, Granada, Sr. -- Ahn, a first-team All-EBAL selection, capped her excellent career with a 73 at the NCS qualifier, a 71 at NCS Tournament of Champions and a 78 at NorCal.


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MONICA CHEN, Mission San Jose, Jr. -- Chen was the medalist at the NCS Tournament of Champions with a 3-under 69. She shot a 76 at NorCal to tie for 17th. and an 83 at state, putting her just outside the top 10.

MEGAN CONDER, Heritage, Jr. -- Conder, the Bay Valley Athletic League champion, concluded a strong season with a 4-over 76 to tie for 17th at NorCal, which followed her clutch 70 at NCS Tournament of Champions, where she was the top individual qualifier for NorCal.

KATIE SBOROV, Foothill, Sr. -- Sborov, who is headed to Vanderbilt, broke par in an 18-hole event for the first time at NorCal with a 1-under 71. She shot a 7-over 81 at state to finish tied for 11th and one shot behind her twin sister, Alex. She fired a 74 at NCS Tournament of Champions and a 73 at the NCS qualifier.

KIMBERLY LIU, Amador Valley, Jr. -- Liu earned EBAL MVP honors for the second time after shooting a 4-under 67 at the league tourney. She finished 1-over combined in all EBAL play. She shot a 75 at NCS, an excellent 68 at NorCal, to finish third, and an 84 at state.

ELIZABETH SCHULTZ, Acalanes, Jr. -- Schultz, after winning a second consecutive DFAL individual title, qualified for NorCal as an individual with a 73 at NCS Tournament of Champions. She then shot a solid 75 to tie for 15th at NorCal.