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Central Valley to honor its top athletes
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Central Valley High School will continue its annual tradition of honoring its best all-round male and female athletes.

The Golden Hawk Award winners will be announced on May 6.

The recipients will not be recognized in person this year as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of schools for the rest of spring.

“We traditionally do it on Senior Awards Night,” Athletic Director Greg Magni said. “We’re working on (an alternative) plan.”

A combined 10 student-athletes submitted Golden Hawk award applications.

A point system takes into account athletic excellence.

“It’s a great way to honor the kids,” Magni said. “I don’t decide who wins. I just add stuff up. Basically, it’s an accumulation of what they achieve (during their career). It’s a combination of varsity letters, (individual team) awards, all-league, all-region and all-star appearances. There are a lot of very deserving athletes.”

The winners’ names will be displayed on a banner inside CV’s gymnasium, along with past honorees Ryan Palecek (2019), Brianna Quiroz (2019), Estevan Barragan (2018), Nayeli Pelayo (2018), Oso Fregoso (2017), Blanca Espinoza (2017), Moses Ghiorso (2016), Mikayla Mabie (2016), Jaron Dickson (2015), Heaven Simon (2015), Ja’Quan Gardner (2014), Lexy Cordova (2014), Abraham Navarro (2013), Malynda Lomeli (2013), Daniel Ochoa (2012), Drucella Miranda (2012), Tyree Jones (2011), Alyssa Long (2011), Vince Lopez (2010), Amanda Lopez (2010), Trevor Mew (2009), Julie Calderon (2009), Mike Tubera (2008) and Latrisha Jordan (2008).

“It’s an impressive list,” Magni said.