Empire athletes awarded NCS scholarships


Empire prep athletics are well represented in the ranks of North Coast Section scholar athletes.

Nine of the 24 athletes receiving NCS Foundation Scholarships competed for Empire high schools this past school year.

The awards recognize seniors competing in varsity sports who carry a 3.3 minimum grade point average, are involved in school service or leadership, and volunteer in their communities.

Each scholar athlete receives $1,000 toward college tuition, fees and books. The funds are raised at the annual slate of NCS Foundation Basketball Games.

The winners are, in alphabetical order:

Morgan Bertsch, Santa Rosa: All-Empire Large School Female Scholar Athlete of the Year; All-Empire Large School Girls Basketball Co-Player of the Year; All-Empire basketball; All-Empire track three times.

Alexandra Dotti, Cardinal Newman: Basketball.

Anthony Feliciano, Tomales: All-Empire Small School Football two times; All-Empire Small School Baseball.

Ashley Hart, Middletown: All-Empire Female Athlete of the Year for Middletown; All-Empire basketball two times; All-Empire soccer two times.

Walker Hughes, Calistoga: All-Empire Male Athlete of the Year for Calistoga; All-Empire Small School Football two times.

Mariah Larwood, Ukiah: All-Empire Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for Ukiah; All-Empire swimming three times.

Conor McKay, Healdsburg: Baseball.

Isaac Vallalpando, Fort Bragg.

Andrew Wang, Rancho Cotate: All-Empire swimming two times.

Also recognized was Jessie Flynn, the North Coast Section Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Flynn, twice an All-Empire wrestler for the Middletown High girls team, received a $2,000 scholarship.

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.