Corcoran High School held their annual Athlete of the Year banquet last week in the Technology Learning Center (TLC). Two overall athletes of the year were named along with Class athletes of the year and scholar athletes of the year. Taking home the top honor of Overall Athletes of the Year were seniors Roy Salinas and Ashley Pappilli.
Salinas was a two-sport athlete this year leading the Panthers to the valley finals in boys basketball and into the state playoffs. He earned all-tourney status at both the Dinuba Tournament and Madera South Tournament. Roy was also named Most Valuable Player of the East Sequoia League, averaging 22 points per game. In the spring, Salinas was a member of the varsity baseball team playing center field and pitcher. Roy batted .336 this year and was nominated to play in the all-star game which will be held later this year. He also earned four year medals in both basketball and baseball.
“Roy Salinas was the consummate team player in basketball and baseball. As the point guard and center fielder of our varsity programs, he handled the leadership role and made his teammates better players. He gained the respect of his opponents and coaches who admired his competitive spirit, skills and sportsmanship. As the game’s importance grew, the challenge appears to have catapulted Roy to do even more. He blitzed the eventual state champions from Los Angeles with 28 points and all of their players made it a point to congratulate Mr. Salinas for his effort and skill,” said CHS Athletic Director Rob Lerma. “Roy leaves some big shoes to fill and we wish him the best in his college career”.
Pappilli is also a two-sport athlete having earned four year medals in both tennis and track. As a tennis player, she played #1 singles and #1 and #2 doubles, leading her team to league and valley championships. In the spring, Pappilli was a member of the East Sequoia League Champions Girls’ Track Team earning valuable points in the pole vault, 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles.
“Ashley Pappilli has the unique distinction of having led not one but two teams to undefeated valley titles in tennis. I do not know of any other athlete in our school’s history that can boast of a team record of 42 wins and no losses. What is as remarkable is that both of the valley titles were won in the competitive equity era, whereby you get moved up to play bigger high schools after you win. Ashley played the best singles and doubles players on the other team and won the admiration of coaches, opponents and her teammates. From November of 2015 to November of 2017, she never lost a team match. It was humbling to have coached her in tennis. We are going to miss her leadership, skill and competitive spirit,” added Coach Lerma.