5 area athletes receive section scholarships

By From page B1 | March 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Five local athletes received the Sac-Joaquin Section’s annual A. Dale Lacky/CSEA scholarships, Friday.

Vacaville Christian High’s Andrew Grabowski and Vacaville High’s Breanna Sewell were the big winners, each receiving the $1,500 Clarke Coover scholarships.

According to an SJS press release, Grabowski played soccer and basketball for four years each, volleyball for two years and baseball and track and field for one year apiece. In soccer, he was named all-league twice, won the Falcon Award for character, skill and scholarship and was a co-leader for a project that won a Sac-Joaquin Section Community Service Award. He also carries a 4.2 grade-point average.

Sewell is a four-year competitor for the cross country and track and field teams. She was the cross country team MVP for three years and was the MEL individual champion her junior and senior years. She was the league champion in the 800 meter run as a sophomore and won the track and field team’s Orange Spike Award her junior year. She’s the president of the Interact Club and a PAWS tutor. She carries a 4.4 GPA, which is No. 1 in her class of 404.

Rio Vista’s Caroline Schulz was the winner of a $600 scholarship. She played basketball and softball for four years and also played volleyball for one year. In basketball, she was the offensive MVP and named all-league her junior year. In softball, she’s received all-league honors her sophomore and junior season. Her senior year is ongoing. She has a 4.2 GPA.

Dixon’s Gina Garcia and Kyle Riley were also $600 scholarship recipients.

Garcia played water polo, basketball and swam for all four years with the Rams. In water polo, she was named all-league three times and was the league co-MVP her senior year. She was named all-league once in basketball and she’s been named all-league three times in swimming. She is also the secretary for the senior class and has a 4.21 GPA.

Riley played football and rugby for four years each. In football, he received the special teams award twice, was named all-league twice and was the defensive player of the year his senior year. In rugby, he was named to the Northern California all-star team twice. He is a member of leadership, California Scholarship Federation and he’s the vice president of the senior class with a 4.13 GPA.

All of the winners will be recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony Thursday at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. The program will start at 9 a.m. The section will also be honoring three male and three female model coach winners at this breakfast. SJS Hall of Famer and former Olympian Suzy Powell is the keynote speaker.

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Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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