San Gorgonio scoring star Unieque Solis had been named San Andreas League Offensive Player of the Year.
The Lady Spartans’ sophomore scoring sensation was part of a strong side that featured youth in this past season’s lineup.
She had been inadvertently left off the list of players noted in last week’s all-league release. In reality, she was the SAL’s top-attacking striker.
Solis was part of a strong Lady Spartans’ side that finished 18-5-3 overall, taking second to a strong Rialto squad during a hotbed of a San Andreas League chase to this year’s championship.
San G Athletic Director Matt Maeda noticed Solis’ name was missing from the release.
“She was the Offensive Player of the Year,” he noted.
Maeda added this: “Good news … she is only a sophomore.”
Solis’ presence on the all-league team also brings to light a strong core of returning players to a lineup that’s expected to pick up next season where it left off in 2019-2020.
San G coach Anthony Elwart not only had Solis, a sophomore, on the All-SAL team, but also first-team players -- sophomores Marizabel Saucedo, Jennifer Jimenez and Arianna Reyes, plus junior Angelica Reyes -- on this year’s post-season squad.
There are plenty more returning players to San G’s lineup.
It won’t be easy for San G, however, when the 2020-2021 season rolls around.
A handful of all-league players from Rialto -- including Defensive Player of the Year Samantha Mendez, a junior -- will also be returning. Throw in a trio of freshmen, a sophomore and a junior from the all-league squad that will also be returning.
When next winter’s season culminates, it should be Mendez taking on Solis -- the SAL’s top defender and top attacker.
That is, if Rialto and San G -- both part of a newly-realigned, 13-school Arrowhead Conference -- that could meet up in the pitch.
If COVID- 19 allows it, that is.
CIF State Executive Director Ron Nocetti left no doubt that the high school sports’ organizing committees were close to cancel the remainder of this year’s schedules.
“While the time may come when we have to cancel post-season events,” he said, “today is not that day.”
COVID- 19 fears have spread statewide, closing the doors of every public school campus in California. All sports-related activities followed suit.
There are 10 section commissioners spread throughout the state -- the Southern Section is, by far, the largest -- that will each participate in deciding the outcome of this year’s sports schedule.
Around these parts, schools were not expected to be in session until at least May 1.
There was a scheduled April 3 meeting, said Nocetti, that had been re-set to May 8. Decisions on that date could determine the outcome of this year’s scheduling.
Most area participants don’t feel it’s likely that any kind of high school play will resume.
Nocetti said the health and well-being of student-athletes and school communities were the priority in any decisions.
It may well be out of the hands of CIF administrators, anyway. Nocetti noted that “further guidance and directives issued by federal, state and local governments regarding COVID- 19 ...:” has left any outcomes yet to be determined.