Keaton Subjeck — The annual boys CIF State Wrestling Championships is without question the most difficult, grueling and challenging event a prep athlete faces. Simply gualifying is a big accomplishment but to come away with one of eight awarded medals is huge. The Oak Ridge 160-pound junior did just that last March at Fresno’s Rabobank Arena when he took fifth place, the second state medal he’s earned. The Stanford-bound senior went 5-2 at the state tournament
Sage Hoffee — The Lady Cougar senior dominated the South I Division by winning all six races in comfortable fashion. Hoffee carried that success to the CNISSF State Championships where she took first place in the Giant Slalom race. It was the second straight season Hoffee swept the league races.
Reid Lambres — The Bruin skier matched Hoffee in perfection with six wins in six races to help the Ponderosa boys ski team win its fourth straight South I Division title and finish third best in the state.
Mallory Velte — The Cameron Park resident is the first El Dorado County girl wrestler to win a state championship. Velte won the 132-pound class after a 4-2 overtime decision of Turlock’s Alexia Moreno. She previously attended William Brooks and Golden Hills.
Corey Pereira — The Ponderosa golfer came into his own both as a Bruin and in outside tournaments. For Ponderosa, he carded the lowest at the Divisional Tournament; was 3rd individually at Masters; 5th at NorCals and tied for 6th at the CIF State Golf Tournament — the first time ever an El Dorado County golfer has medaled at the state tournament.
Sean Gregg — The Cougar senior put together a solid year of running for the El Dorado: League champion for the boys who won their third straight league title; 2nd at Sub Sections; 3rd at Sections; and 12th at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. As a team, El Dorado was ranked in the top 10.
Tori Trylovich — The Oak Ridge senior was the best in the Delta River League and MVP after her Super Singles win at the league tournament. Trylovich, headed to Sacramento State, also made a run at the section title.
Zach Claiborne — The Trojan senior and All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year led the section and state in sacks with 25.5 in helping Oak Ridge reach the Division I section finals. Claiborne recorded 4.5 sacks in Troy’s playoff win at Burbank, named on the Democrat’s 2012 list of top wins.
Note: Claiborne’s brother Brandon won the NorCal 135-pound TOC title last March wrestling for the EDH Wrestling Club.
Jeff Camilli — The most recognizable physical and defensive presence of any player in the area, Camilli delivered bone-jarring hits and tackles from his linebacker spot to help Ponderosa reach the playoffs. The Fresno State recruit was a first-team All-Metro selection and also a factor on the Bruins’ offense. Camilli was also an All-Metro First Team wrestler.
Kevin Valentine — The Bruin senior was solid all season and won the Super Singles title.
Jason Samuels — The Trojan senior quarterback bounced back from an injury-shortened junior season to throw for 2,595 yards and 28 touchdowns, helping Oak Ridge reach the section title game. Samuels was an Optimist All Star, Delta River League Offensive Player of the Year and All Metro First Team Offense.
Joe Soik — Last spring for the Cougar track and field team, Soik was a league and Divisional champ for the 3,200 meter race and third in Divisionals for the 1,600. He qualified for the Masters Meet and was All League to cap a solid running career at El Dorado. Soik will compete for Western Oregon University.
Sean Tow — Injuries and a lack of blocking hampered Tow as a senior but he still managed to rush for 1,239 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 2-8 Union Mine football team. Healthy for the last quarter of the season, Tow amassed 860 yards and 11 touchdowns over the final three games. On the wrestling mat, Tow was a state qualifier and All-Metro Second Team pick.
Mitch Woods — The D’back 170-pound senior wrapped up his Union Mine career with a 39-5 record. A four-time Masters qualifier, Woods was the league and Divisionals champ and a second-team All-Metro selection.
Trevor Swartz — The Ponderosa junior tallied 27 goals and five assists in 13 games to get the Bruins into the postseason. Swartz was team MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team Delta River All-League. and First Team All-Metro.
Justin Dillon — The El Dorado right-handed pitcher/outfielder put up dominating numbers his senior season. On the mound, Dillon went 9-1 with a .95 ERA and five shutouts; striking out 126 in 74 innings. He also pitched a no-hitter. At the plate, the Sacramento State recruit hit .516 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs to help the Cougars win the Sierra Valley Conference and post an overall record of 26-4-1. Dillon, the league MVP and second team All Metro, was also a late draft pick by the Colorado Rockies.
Brittany Anselmo — The Ponderosa runner set a school record in the 400 and was a state qualifier for the 800. She was a Delta River League, Section and Masters Meet champion.
Connor Barla — The Golden Sierra sprinter was a state qualifier after an outstanding spring season for the record-setting Griz Track and Field team.
Bryce Scott — The current freshman at Lafayette University averaged 22.5 points as a senior for Oak Ridge which competed in the tough Delta River League.