All RHS starters given all-league honors
By Joe Naiman
The Valley League girls water polo coaches selected Ramona High School senior Cassie Bernas as the league’s most valuable player for 2013-14 while giving all-league designation to all seven Ramona starters.
“I think Cassie really stepped up and did some good things in the pool,” said coach Donnie Williams.
Paulina Bernd, Jocelyn Schwegler and Holly Smith joined Bernas on the league’s first team. Daniella Talento and Morgan Wallace were second-team selections. Honorable mention recognition was bestowed upon Kaylin vanTol.
“I think that was really good. I think that the team did really strong,” Williams said of having all seven starters earn all-league status. “They really stepped up and did good stuff.”
The Bulldogs won their second consecutive Valley League championship and were undefeated in their four league matches. Ramona’s 19-10 overall season record included a CIF quarterfinal win over Steele Canyon and a playoff semifinal loss to Valhalla.
Bernas, Bernd, Schwegler and Smith were varsity players for each of their four years at Ramona High School.
“They all did a good job in the four years they were on varsity,” Williams said.
The all-league distinction was the third for Bernd, who was given honorable mention accolades in 2012 when Ramona was in the Palomar League, and received second-team Valley League honors in 2013. Last year Bernas and Smith were on the Valley League first team while Schwegler joined Bernd on the second team.
Wallace is also a senior; she was on the varsity for two years, although last year she saw limited action. This year she replaced 2012-13 league MVP Tiffany Larson as Ramona’s starting goalkeeper.
Talento and vanTol are juniors. Both were on the varsity for their second season, although vanTol split 2012-13 between the varsity and the junior varsity squads.