On Saturday, July 13, a number Colusa County Athletes, alumni, and community members will be inducted into the Colusa County Hall of Fame at 6 PM at the Colusa Casino Banquet Hall. This week we feature the Colusa County High School seniors to be inducted into the Hall of Fame rosters. Next week we’ll feature the community members and alumni.
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Colusa High School
Abigail Huskey is the 2019 female athlete of the year for Colusa High School. She played basketball, softball and volleyball all four years of school. She was an outstanding student athlete who finished high school career with a 3.8 grade point average.
She was a three year Varsity starter for the basketball team. She was team captain in her junior and senior seasons and was chosen to the Sacramento Valley league All League team during her senior year. In Softball Abby was a four year starter for the Varsity team. In her sophomore year she was a key contributor to the CIF North Section Champions. She was chosen to Sacramento Valley League All—League team following her junior and senior seasons.
In volleyball she was a three year starter for the Varsity. Playing the position of Libero she was a key leader in the success of her team. Colusa won the CIF North Section championship in 2017 and was a semi— finalist in 2018. She was chosen to Sacramento Valley League All—League team following her junior and senior seasons. She was named Defensive MVP of her team following her junior year and was the team MVP as a senior. She was picked as the Libero for the All—Area team by the Appeal Democrat in 2017. She represented Colusa in the 0ptimist All»Star game in 2018.
Abigail plans to attend Sierra Community College where she will continue her volleyball career and pursue a degree in Nursing.
Connor Saso was chosen as the outstanding male athlete from Colusa High School in 2019. As a senior he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He played four years of football and basketball three years of baseball and two years of track.
In football he was a four year starter as Quarterback and Safety. As the JV Quarterback he posted a 19-1 record and led the RedHawks to two Sacramento Valley League Championships. As a junior he had eleven touchdown passes and five touchdown runs. As a Safety he led the North Section in interceptions. His highlight game came against Winters where he had an 84 yard touchdown pass, two touchdown runs and on defense picked off four Winters passes. He was an All-League and All-area pick and was named his team’s MVP. In his senior year he had twelve touchdown passes, seven touchdown runs and scored three times on defense or special teams. He was an All-League pick, team MVP and he received the Allen Beauchamp Award for the most inspirational football player at Colusa High School.
Connor started in baseball during his freshman, sophomore and senior year. As a senior he played center-field and the RedHawks were runner’s up in the CIF North Section. As a junior and senior he ran track and field. He competed in the long jump, the l 10 and 300 hurdles. As a senior he broke the school record in all three events. Connor plans on attending Butte Community College where he will compete in football.
Maxwell High School
Pearson is the son of Ben and Kristie Pearson. He played football and baseball for four years, and basketball for two at Maxwell High School. In football, Pearson played slot-back and defensive end and made it to playoffs three years and earned a co-league championship his sophomore year.
As a basketball player, Pearson helped his team win the league Championship his senior year. Throughout Pearson’s baseball career, he played catcher second and shortstop and made playoffs three times. His‘ junior year, he was chosen to the All-League Baseball team and chosen as an honorable mention his senior year. For the past two years, Pearson has received Maxwell High School’s Male Athlete of the Year and last year earned the John Vierra Memorial Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Pearson is grateful for the relationships he built and the opportunity he was given at Maxwell High School. He believes that sports keep him focused, in shape, and sociable.
Pearson is enrolled in Shasta Community College in pursuit of a Civil Engineering Degree and hopes to play baseball this upcoming season.
Pierce High School
Matt is the youngest son of JoAnna and Carlos Tapia. He played four years of football, basketball and baseball and was on the track team two years at Pierce.
In track, Matt’s events were shot put and discus.
On the baseball field, Matt played several positions earning the Silver Slugger Award as a senior. Matt led the team in stolen bases, runs, on-base percentage and runs batted in. On the mound, he led the team in strikeouts, allowing only one walk.
The 2019 Pierce basketball team had a 22 and 6 record. They won the Pierce invitational for the first time in several years. The Bears finished 8 and 0 in league play, earning an SVL championship. Matt and his team went to the section semi finals and won a game in the State playoffs for the first time in Pierce history. Matt was named as the Mr. Oskie award winner for his team play, dependability and hard work.
He was limited by a knee injury his junior year and was not able to continue as a fullback and was shifted to tight end. Later in the year, he was able to return to his middle line backer spot for the league season. The team went undefeated in league and to the section semifinals with Matt earning a Sacramento Valley League, All-League selection. As a senior, Matt led his team in rushing and tackles.
In the classroom, Matt earned several scholar athlete awards with a grade point above 3.5. This year, he was named the Northern Section C.I.F. Tom Schroeder Scholar Athlete Award winner. Matt also served as junior class president and Executive ASB Co-Social Commissioner his senior year.
Matt will attend the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in Agriculture Science while earning a teaching credential and may try playing football as a walk on.
Sarah played four years of soccer, two years of volleyball and a year of track.
Sarah first played soccer in’ the 8th grade and during her sophomore year she was named Offensive MVP. Junior year she received All-League for her efforts on the field. She also received a Lady Bears Dedication award for never missing a practice. Senior year she was captain and named Offensive Player of the Year. She ended her soccer career as Division III leader for goals. Her hard work and love for the game showed with 70 goals, 20 assists. At the end of her senior season she was chosen to play in the Brett Silva Memorial All-star Game.
Sarah began track her senior year and regrets not starting track her freshman year. She and her 4×1 relay team broke the school record and then continued on to break their own record. The school record was 53.8 seconds and was set in 1981. The team first broke it at SVL Championships with a time of 52.89 seconds, then proceeded to break it again at Division III Championships with a time of 52.77 seconds. At the SVL Championships, Sarah placed first in all her events: 100m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump, and the 4×1 relay advancing in all four events to Division Ill. Placing in all events again with only the first place winner advancing to Northern Section Finals, she only advanced for the 100m hurdles. She competed on May 17, 2019 in West Valley and placed second in Northern Section.
Sarah played volleyball her freshman and sophomore year. Along with sports, she has also been involved in FFA. She showed lambs and participated in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. She was also a chairman for the FFA Field Day.
After graduation, Vann will ship out to the Air Force on July 9, 2019 and pursue Active Duty Security Forces. She hopes to become a Police Officer/Sheriff. She feels obligated to serve her country.
Princeton High School
Isabel Bugarin is the oldest daughter of Elvira Bugarin. During her four years at Princeton High School she was active in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and softball which she only played during her freshman year. She was part of the junior varsity volleyball team her freshman and sophomore years, playing as a front row middle hitter. Her junior and senior years she was part of the varsity volleyball team and played her favorite position which was being a middle hitter.
She played varsity basketball all four years playing as a forward. Her team won the Pioneer League title in 2018. She started every game as a forward her senior year and led the team in rebounds. Her coach Anthony Peters said that Isabel was a true leader and led by example in every practice. She was awarded All-League and the most valuable player in basketball.
In addition to sports, Isabel was a FFA member and raised livestock projects for the Colusa County Fair for the past four years. She has been an outstanding student as well, earning merit honor roll during her time as a student.
Bugarin will be attending Butte Community College, then plans to transfer to Chico State to earn a degree in Animal Science or in Criminal Justice.
Josue daniel sullivan
Josue is the oldest son of John and Maira Sullivan. Josue has four younger siblings, one brother and three sisters. Josue attended and graduated from Princeton Jr.—Sr. High School in Princeton, CA. Josue was an active member of Princeton FFA and lettered in football, basketball and baseball during all 4 years of high school. In football, this year, Josue was awarded the teams Lineman of the Year award and received the All-League award. Josue is proud and honored to participate in this year’s Lions All-Star football game for the eight man South team, as his father did in 2003. Josue’s future academic plans are to attend Butte College where he plans to complete his general education credits and transfer to a four-year university majoring in History to be come a history teacher/professor.
Williams High School
Lizbeth Aceves is a 2019 graduate of Williams Jr./Sr. High School. Throughout her high school journey, she played volleyball, basketball, golf, and took stats for the boys baseball team.
As a freshman Aceves knew she wanted to be involved in sports.
“I participated in volleyball and basketball,” she said. “I was honored to be the team Libero for volleyball and receive the coaches award.”
During her sophomore year she chose to continue in volleyball and basketball, but also got into golf. It was also the year she became more confident and competitive.
“I got moved up for volleyball and became the team setter,” she said.
Aceves received the coaches award for volleyball and basketball.
During her junior year, she kept playing volleyball and basketball, but also took a chance on taking stats for the boys baseball. She received the coaches award for volleyball.
Aceves’ senior year was unforgettable, she said.
“I just played volleyball and basketball this year to work more hours at a local restaurant to help around the house. It was the year I played my heart out the most,” she said.
In volleyball, Aceves received MVP, the Los Molinios All-Tourney, and All-League. In basketball, she was the team captain and the Elk Creek All-Tourney.
Aceves maintained a GPA of at least 4.0 every semester and was announced as the Williams High School Valedictorian of the graduation class of 2019. She plans to go to Sacramento State University to study mathematics to become a teacher and become a volleyball coach.
Hunter Povlsen was a three-sport athlete throughout most of his four years at Williams High School.
FOOTBALL: Sophomore Year: Starting quarterback for Varsity Team, Coaches Award. Junior Year: Team Captain, Mr. Yellowjacket. Senior Year: MVP, nominated for All-State, Set WHS single season record for Passing Yards: 2,443 in 2018. Set WHS career passing yards record, Led Northern Section in passing yards in 2018, All-League, Team Captain, Team Captain Award, Mr. Yellowjacket.
BASKETBALL: Freshman: Equipment Manager for Section Champion team once JV season ended.
Sophomore: MVP, JV league champions 224 (90 in league). Captain, pulled up for playoffs: started 3 or 4 games, started in state tournament game, All Tournament for Maxwell Tournament. Junior: All-League, Team Captain, Coach’s Award, MVP for Maxwell Tournament, All Tournament for Pierce Tournament, All Tournament for Colusa Tournament. Senior: All-League, played in State Tournament game, Team Captain, Coach’s Award, All Tournament for Pierce Tournament.
BASEBALL: Freshman: Coach’s Award Sophomore: MVP, All-League Junior: MVP, All-League
Senior: MP,V All-League. He also maintained 3.0 GPA ■