Lady Dragons hoops awards given, Ceja MVP, Sullivan Award winner
Senior Ellie Ceja was honored with the Sonoma varsity basketball girls’ coveted Meghan Sullivan Award.
After another successful season and helping lead the Sonoma Valley High School varsity girls’ basketball team into the postseason as a Sonoma County League first-team all-league selection, senior Ellie Ceja was named the most valuable player at the annual awards banquet.
Along with her MVP honor, Ceja also received the Sonoma varsity girls’ coveted Meghan Sullivan Award – named after Meghan Sullivan, who is a 2002 Sonoma graduate and four-year varsity hoops’ standout for the Lady Dragons.
The perpetual award is presented to the Lady Dragon basketball player who embodies and exemplifies unyielding competitive drive, tireless work ethic, passionate team spirit, a steadfast positive attitude, unconditional commitment to the program, a love for the game and the heart of a champion.
Presenting the Lady Dragons’ hoops awards were head varsity coach Sil Coccia and assistant coaches Steve Semenero and Dino Minatta; junior varsity coach Jann Thorpe; and freshman coach Mark Burningham.
The varsity Lady Dragons also honored were senior Brittney Rachuy – defensive player of the year; junior Annie Studdert – offensive player of the year; senior Natalia Minatta – most inspirational player; junior Jersey Witous – most improved player; junior Emily Edwards – coach’s award; and Ceja and Rachuy – captains award.
Receiving Sonoma’s junior varsity girls’ awards were sophomore Kendall Ashe – MVP; sophomore Caroline Knef – defensive player of sophomore Marissa Brooks – most inspirational player; sophomore Tsarina Claver-Secyugo – most improved player; and junior Chloe Davis – coach’s award.
Sonoma’s freshman girls’ award recipients were Samantha Richards – MVP; and Amanda Lacy – coach’s award.