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February 8, 2023

King City football, volleyball standouts honored

KING CITY — To conclude the fall season, King City High School recently hosted an awards ceremony to honor some of its hardworking Mustang student-athletes.

In football, Mustang varsity players receiving awards were Isaac Benavides, Defensive Player of the Year; Noah Pacheco, Francisco Sandoval Lineman of the Year; Adrian Garcia, Offensive Player of the Year; and Jjey Martinez, Most Valuable Player and Mustang Award.

In addition, Benavides, Pacheco, Garcia and Martinez earned first team All-League honors alongside teammate Raul Garcia, who also made the second team.

Other second team All-League players were Adan Garcia-Loa, Branden Villasenor and Max Morales. Jace Espino was named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.

Mustang varsity football players receiving awards are: (from left) Isaac Benavides, Defensive Player of the Year; Noah Pacheco, Francisco Sandoval Lineman of the Year; Adrian Garcia, Offensive Player of the Year; and Jjey Martinez, Most Valuable Player and Mustang Award. (Contributed)

In volleyball, Mustang varsity award winners were Julia Mendez, Offensive Player; Sage Flores, Most Valuable Player; Janesa Lopez, Offensive Coordinator; Amity Hearne, Top Server; Lexanna Novoa, Most Improved Player; and Samantha Roach, Scholar Athlete.

In addition, Mendez and Flores made the first team All-League, while Lopez and Hearne earned second team All-League honors. Lisa Villanueva was named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.

Flores was also selected as the Mission Division Most Valuable Player.

King City Mustang varsity volleyball players receiving awards are: (from left) Julia Mendez, Offensive Player; Sage Flores, Most Valuable Player; Janesa Lopez, Offensive Coordinator; Amity Hearne, Top Server; and Lisa Villanueva, Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team. (Contributed)
Sage Flores was also selected as the Mission Division Most Valuable Player in girls’ volleyball. (Contributed)
Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.

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