NCS champions: Where are they now?

They don’t select North Coast Section tournament most valuable players, but they should. For no other reason than to honor a player for outstanding achievement during the run of the event.
So, since the NCS doesn’t, just for fun, we will. And we’ll tell you where they are now.
For some reason players pass our way all too briefly and disappear into the soccer landscape.
So, just because four years represents a high school career, we’ll go back four years.

2003

Girls: Stacey Strong, Montgomery – Junior who dominated the midfield for the Vikings in their NCS championship run. One of the best players on the ball in the history of Empire girls soccer. Currently a junior at USC, she started 21 games in each of her first two seasons, scoring 5 goals with 5 assists combined in those two years. This season she has an assist in 11 games. She is studying to be an an orthodontist.

Boys: Moises Medrano, Piner – Led the Prospectors to their first NCS title. Medrano was a scoring machine in high school with one of the best shots ever seen around here and he took it with him to SRJC where he continued to score for two seasons until he was injured in a game against Feather River. He will probably tryout for the Earthquakes in their regional open tryout session here this weekend.

2004

Girls: Danielle Spann, Montgomery – Scored the winning penalty kick goal against Ursuline to gain the Vikings the championship banner they now possess. Had an incredible left foot and speed, a unique combination that left many defenders in her wake. She went on to St. Mary’s where she is now a junior playing midfield. Started 18 games, scored three goals as a sophomore; has played in all 17 Gaels games this season.

Boys: Frank Piasta, Cardinal Newman – Led the Cardinals defense that allowed only 7 goals, 5 of those on penalty kicks, for a team that was undefeated and top-ranked in the country. Arguably the best defender ever in the Empire, Piasta has gone on to Yale where he is currently a junior starting on defense for the Bulldogs.

2005

Girls: Addie Cartan, Ursuline – She led the Bears’ defense that stopped a potent Montgomery offense in the championship game and eventually won on penalty kicks. Cartan is now a freshman defender at the University of San Diego where she has played in 16 games, starting nine for the Toreros.

Boys: Ryan Corriveau, Cardinal Newman – Lightning quick forward, led the Cardinals’ offense to back-to-back NCS championships. Went on to play one season at St. Mary’s where he is still going to school but no longer playing soccer.

2006

Girls: Elise Britt, Montgomery – Led the Vikings to three NCS titles in four years. She was a 4.0 student, two-year team captain and in the four years she played at Montgomery the team went 85-3-3. She is currently a freshman at UCLA playing midfield and has been in two games for the top-ranked Bruins.

Boys: Tim Pinella, Maria Carrillo – Team MVP as a junior, he only played in four regular season games before the postseason in his senior season but he scored 7 goals in 4 playoff games including a hat trick in upsettting Newman in the semis and then a pair of goals against Healdsburg in the finals to help the Pumas win their first NCS title. Currently a center-midfielder at Dominican University in San Rafael when he started all 17 regular season games as a freshman.