Victor Hurtado has been named the Courier’s Male Athlete of the Year for the spring sports season.
Scarlett Lloyd and Vianney Perez were chosen as co-Female Athletes of the Year.
Hurtado (Ceres High) excelled in boys volleyball, while Lloyd (Central Valley) and Perez (Ceres High) starred in softball.
Hurtado totaled 108 digs, 65 kills, 34 aces, five blocks and four assists during his final year with the Bulldogs.
“He was our best all-round player,” head coach Darlene Tobler said. “He could play all positions strongly. He understood the game. He was consistent. He was very respected and liked by all of his teammates.”
Hurtado suited up for Ceres High for two seasons.
“Everything just clicked for him this year,” Tobler said. “He came back stronger. He was more knowledgeable. He saw the court differently. He could see the other teams’ weaknesses and strengths. His love for the team and sport was amazing. He had so much fun.”
Lloyd and Perez both played four seasons of varsity softball at their respective schools.
Lloyd hit .562 (18-for-32) from the plate with four homers, three triples, three doubles, 19 RBIs and 15 runs while batting cleanup for the Hawks this spring.
“I loved being a part of this team,” the senior first baseman said. “Every practice, game and team bonding experience was the best. I’m going to miss my coaches and teammates so much.”
Lloyd ranked first on the team in hits, homers, triples, doubles and RBIs.
She was second in runs and fourth in on-base percentage (.600).
Lloyd was also Central Valley’s ace pitcher.
“The amount of countless hours put in at practices and my own workouts really paid off during games,” she said.
Lloyd also praised her support system.
“My success has to be attributed to my family along with all my coaches,” she said.
Perez hit .636 (14-for-22) with two homers, two triples, six RBIs and 14 runs while batting leadoff for the Bulldogs.
The senior shortstop had on-base, slugging and on-base plus slugging percentages of .724, 1.090 and 1.815, respectively.
Perez ranked first on the team in batting average, hits, homers, triples, RBIs, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage.
“The words that come to mind when I think about Vianney are coachable and team player,” head coach Mike Corsaut said. “She was our leader. When she talked, people listened. She was so coachable. I’ve coached some pretty talented girls. She worked just as hard as Omaira Estremera, Meghan Franksen, Jennifer Arnold, Monica Hall and Sis Bates. She got the most out of her athletic ability.”