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Ghiorso, Mabie garner recognition as CVs best athletes
Moses stars in football, Mikayla excels in hoops
Moses Ghiorso had a memorable three-year career with Central Valleys varsity football team. Ghiorso won the Golden Hawk Male Athlete of the Year Award. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Moses Ghiorso and Mikayla Mabie both enjoyed success-filled prep athletic careers with the Hawks.

The 2016 Central Valley grads were recognized as their school's top male and female athletes, respectively, last month.

Ghiorso and Mabie were both presented Golden Hawk Athlete Awards on May 11.

"It means the world to me," Moses said. "I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for pushing me and never giving up on me."

"I'm so grateful," Mikayla said. "It's been a goal of mine since I first came to Central Valley. My hard work paid off."

A point system taking into account athletic and academic achievement, and community involvement determined the winners.

Mabie accomplished a first in Central Valley varsity girls basketball program history by being named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player this past winter.

Mikayla averaged 13.9 points, 10.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record, a share of the WAC championships (11-1) and their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

Mabie garnered first-team all-conference honors as a junior. She averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest.

Mikayla was a role player with Central Valley during her sophomore year. The Turlock High transfer averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

"It's sad it's over," Mabie said. "I'm going to miss my teammates. It was a grind. I had tons of workouts. That was just part of the process. I just knew what I had to do for my team. I wouldn't change anything."

Ghiorso did just about everything for Central Valley's football team this past fall.

Moses racked up 2,639 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns while leading the Hawks to a program-best 7-4 overall record, a runner-up finish in the WAC standings (5-1) and their second-ever playoff berth.

He rushed for 1,515 yards and 21 TDs.

Ghiorso averaged 11 yards per carry and fumbled just once.

He also caught 27 passes for 411 yards and two touchdowns.

Moses, a third-year varsity player, was named the WAC's Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

He also earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Ghiorso was voted Outstanding Special Teams Player his junior year. He was selected to the WAC First Team on both offense and defense as well.

"You got all this pressure on your shoulders," Ghiorso said. "I didn't let it stop me. I balled out."

The names of Golden Hawk Athlete Award recipients are displayed on a banner inside Central Valley's gymnasium.

Past winners include 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 feels amazing getting my name on the banner," Ghiorso said. "I had a great time playing the game I loved. Being with my teammates on Friday nights is something I'm going to miss."

"It's cool," Mabie added. "My name is going to be up there for years. I proved a lot of people wrong."