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Boys

Garrett Kocab – Committed to Carroll College in Montana (NAIA) with a 95% scholarship to play football and compete in track and field

Track and Field

Varsity 3 years

MRL champs (2015)

MRL champs (2016)

Daily Press Athlete of the Week (2016)

Daily Press Athlete of the Year (2016)

CIF state and National Qualifier (2016)

Set discus chool record at 188.8 feet (2017)

Set Shot Put record at 53.7 feet (2017)

Daily Press Athlete of the Week (2017)

So Cal Prep Legend Athlete of the Week (2017)

All-League for Shot and Disc (2017)

Field Athlete of the Year (2017)

Football (#74) –

Varsity 4 years

CIF Finals (2014)

MRL Champs (2015)

All League Defensive Lineman (2015)

CIF Finals (2015)

All-League Defensive Lineman (2016)

Defensive MVP Inland Valley Classic All-Star game (2016)

Team captain (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

Defensive MVP (2016)

All-Area (2016)

All-County (2016)

All-Star football team (2016)

What motivated me is pretty much my family and coaches and it’s just something I have wanted since I laid eyes on it.

I have taken a lot away from playing sports at serrano, mostly dedication, hard work, and how important it is to work together.

Jhavahn Holston – Committed to Cal State Fullerton (NCAA Division I) to run cross country and track

Track and Field

Varsity 4 years

Qualified for CIF prelims and New Balance Outdoor nationals (2014)

MRL all league (2014)

Holds school record in distance medley relay (2015)

Holds school record in 4x1600m relay (2015)

MRL all league (2015)

all area (2015)

went undefeated in 1600m for MRL (2016)

all league (2016)

All area (2016)

3rd place at CIF prelims for 800m (2016)

All league (2017)

New league record for the 800m (2017)

Cross country

Varsity 3 years

Broke the school record (2014)

Named athlete of the year (2014)

won MRL title (2014)

All-Lleague (2014)

All-Area (2014)

Broke own school record (2015)

CIF prelims (2015)

MRL All-League (2015)

mrl title (2016)

All-League (2016)

MRL MVP (2016)

All-Area (2016)

all CIF (2016)

team went to CIF finals (2016)

SHS rattler athlete of the month (2016)

Serrano yearbook most athletic (2016)

 

What motivated me to continue to do well was seeing my teammates progress and finding out that I was the reason people joined XC/track or why they never quit.
What I took away from sports was that little things can have a big impact on someone. I’ve also got to meet and become friends with very unique and open minded people.

Chase Hansen –

Football (#4)

Varsity 3 years

Outside linebacker

Tight end

CIF finals (2014)

MRL champs (2015)

CIF finals (2015)

Captain (2016)

All league (2016)

All star team (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

Basketball

Varsity 4 years

Track and Field

Varsity 2 years

competed in mrl league finals for high jump (2016)

competed in mrl league finals in the 4x100m relay (2016)

CIF prelims 4×100 (2016)

 

What motivated me was my parents that pushed me to be the best I could be and just the love for the sports I play.

I learned how to work with a team and I formed a brotherhood with the guys I played with.

Isacc Biglow

Basketball

Varsity 1 year

Team captain (2017)

inland valley all star classic (2017)

SHS rattler athlete of the month

Got interviewed on IE sports on Fox radio (2017)

High desert all star game (2017)

MRL all league (2017)

The reason why I play this game is because I use to always watch my older brother play and I wanted to try it and once I fell in love with it. I realized that every time I step on the court I go into my own world, and whatever I’m dealing with for that day, whether I’m sad mad happy, whatever the situation is. I can leave the gym stress free. Once I become really good at it. I noticed that this could be a way for me to live my life forever and it’ll help provide for my family so we wouldn’t have to know the feeling of being hungry or homeless ever again. And that’s why I work so hard every chance I get.

 

What motivates me so much is the first myself because if I want to become successful in this game it has to start with God and I, besides that, I would say my mom and family and friends motivate me. They always try their best to put positive things in my head to keep me strong when I sometimes have doubt in myself, seeing my family struggle is also something that motivates me.

Luis Chavez –

Football (#20)

Varsity 3 years

Linebacker and fullback

CIF finals (2014)

All league linebacker (2015)

MRL champs (2015)

CIF finals (2015)

All league linebacker (2016)

All league punter (2016)

All CIF punter (2016)

all star football team (2016)

All area linebacker (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

Soccer (#20)

Varsity 4 years

Team Captain (2017)

What motivated me to continue to do well and succeed in my sports was the love for the game and my own self drive wanting to be the best that I could be.

I learned how to work with others to reach a single goal.  

Trey Brown – committed to Cal Lutheran (NCAA Division III) 70% scholarship for football

Football (#54)

Varsity 3 years

4 year football player

Linebacker and center

CIF finals (2014)

MRL champs (2015)

CIF finals (2015)

2nd team all league (2015)

MRL champs (2016)

1st team all league (2016)

all area (2016)

San Bernardino Sun player of the week (2016)

All star football team (2016)

 

Over my 4 years playing serrano football I learned so many important life lessons that I can carry onto college football and my future career. I’m beyond thankful for the brotherhood I created with my teammates and the lasting bond with the coaches. I’ll always remember and appreciate the great times I had as a diamondback.

 

 

Girls

Briana Wikert – committed to University of Great Falls (NAIA) with a full ride scholarship to play soccer

Soccer (#6)

Varsity 4 years

MRL champs (2014)

CIF finals (2014)

honorable mention all area (2014)

MRL champs (2015)

second team all league (2015)

first team all area (2015)

CIF semifinals (2015)

Mrl champs (2016)

first team all league (2016)

all CIF (2016)

first round CIF playoffs (2016)

MRL champs (2017)

first team all area (2017)

all cif (2017)

offensive MVP (2017)

SHS rattler athlete of the month (2017)

Daily Press athlete of the week (2017)

All county team (2017)

From playing Serrano Soccer, I gained forever lasting friendships with my teammates and coaches and I have learned how to give everything you got for your team. You don’t just play for yourself you play with the other 10 girls out there with you. I have also created many unforgettable memories on and off the field.

 

Soccer has always been fun so i’ve never felt like I have to play just because others want me too. It has never felt like a job which is also why I believe I have had so much success. I’m always willing to do whatever it takes whether it is to run the extra mile or take the shot when I have the chance. I’m always open for improvement!

April Jergensen – committed to colorado school of the mines (NCAA division II) to play volleyball

Varsity 4 years

MRL champs (2013)

All league (2014)

MRL champs (2014)

CIF second round (2014)

Captain (2015)

MRL champs (2015)

All league (2015)

CIF semifinals (Farthest any volleyball team at serrano has ever gone) (2015)

Captain (2016)

Academic athlete (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

CIF quarterfinals (2016)

Coaches award (2016)

My initial motivation for me to play volleyball was being cut from tryouts 6th grade year. When I want something, I want it. And when someone tells me that I can’t, I will only try to prove them wrong, which I did and made varsity the next year. And I hope they regret cutting me 6th grade year. Since then,I always wanted wanted to push to be the best I could be and be a role model for younger people. I want to show them what hard work can accomplish, no matter how small you are. Playing sports at Serrano definitely keeps you out of trouble, and for me it kept me on top of my school work. I always wanted to strive to have one of the highest GPAs on the team, and no matter what, you have to keep your grades up or you can’t play.If you’re truly in love with the sport, missing parties, and other things that are “trouble” won’t even phase you. You definitely have to learn to develop a nice way to talk to girls. Girls are hard, one thing said wrong can upset them, so you learn to ‘positively critique’ them. I admit, I didn’t always do that, but I genuinely tried. And finally, you gain a type of family, -keep in mind, families don’t always get along or like each other- but you still have a family, someone who you can smile at in the hallways, know you have people there for you. It’s a great thing to have.

Rayna Contreras – committed to southern university and A&M college (NCAA division I) to play soccer

Soccer

Varsity 2 years

MRL champs (2015)

CIF semifinals (2015)

MRL champs (2016)

CIF first round (2016)

 

Track and Field

Varsity 3 years

MRL champs (2014)

MRL champs (2015)

3rd place in long jump at MRL finals (2016)

2nd place in triple jump at MRL finals (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

Most athletic serrano yearbook (2017)

My brother motivated me to continue to play soccer. After he stopped playing, he regretted it and told me that I better not stop because he knows I can do it and end up better than he did. I created so many memories playing soccer and friendships that will last a lifetime with my teammates. The bond that I have with the athletes from other sports pushed me to do better and be the best athlete I can be.

Jillian Burns

Track and Field

Varsity 3 years

4×400 league champs (2014)

All league (2014)

CIF prelims (2014)

3rd place at Mt. sac relays (2014)

MRL champs (2014)

Holds 8x200m school record (2015)

MRL champs (2015)

One of sprint team captains (2016)

MRL champs (2016)

Volleyball

Varsity 3 years

MRL champs (2014)

CIF second round (2014)

MRL champs (2015)

CIF semifinals (farthest any serrano volleyball team has ever gone)

MRL champs (2016)

CIF quarterfinals

Awarded most improved player (2016)

SHS rattler athlete of the month (2016)

 

Academic athlete patch (2014-2016)

 

My big sister Shanna and my parents pushed me to be the best that I could be. They helped motivate me to continue to try hard and push through no matter how hard it got. Shanna is my role model because she continually gives 100% and glorifies God through it all. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to compete in high school and giving me the abilities and talent to succeed. My coach Mr. Hansen also helped me see my true potential as a volleyball player and continued to encourage me and teach me new skills. Coach Casey Maholchic also reminded me daily to represent what it meant to wear the blue and gold and be a serrano diamondback.

 

I have created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime from sports in high school. I had the best opportunity to be able to compete on a relay team with my sister. I made my best friends from my volleyball team. We all learned to work as a team and build each other up through it all. I learned to cherish and enjoy the times with your teammates because these are the things that will stick out when I am looking back on high school.

Tiffany Tran

Track and Field – Varsity 4 years

MRL champs (2014. 2015, 2016, 2017)

Holds 8x200m school record (2015)

CIF prelims 4x400m relay (2015)

Girls hurdle team captain (2016, 2017)

Tennis – Varsity 2 years

3rd place for doubles in MRL (2015)

CIF semifinals (farthest any Serrano tennis team has gone) (2015)

All area (2016)

MRL champs (2015, 2016)

1st place for doubles in MRL (2016)

CIF first round (2016)

I was motivated by the people around me and my love of the sport.

Sports at serrano helped me to become more confident and outgoing. I was able to meet amazing people and make close friends. My sports also taught me how to work with other people, to help them and to accept help from them.

Alliah Rangel

Varsity softball – 4 years

Team MVP (2016)

Second team all league (2015)

First team all league (2016)

Batting average above .463 career

Over 150 strikeouts and 25 wins pitching for serrano

 

I was motivated to do so well because I love the game and always want to work to get better, I always want to be the best in what I do

Serrano softball has taught me how to have pride in something. It has also taught me responsibility and leadership which can help me in future goals I have set for myself.

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