The CIF Southern Section released its awards for the 2021-22 girls water polo season, and four players from the Inland area were chosen the player of the year in their school’s respective playoff divisions.
Yucaipa junior goalkeeper Christine Carpenter was selected the Division 2 player of the year following another record-breaking season. Carpenter recorded 518 saves, breaking her own Southern Section record of 489 set during her freshman season. She helped the program capture its first section championship, recording 15 saves in the final section against Edison.
Bonita senior goalkeeper Maddie Jackson was chosen as the player of the year in Division 3 after helping the Bearcats win the program’s second section championship. Jackson registered 12 saves in the section championship game against Woodbridge.
Centennial senior center Jessie Nelson was selected the Division 5 player of the year after helping the Huskies win their first section title. Nelson finished the season with 172 goals, with 45 of those coming during the five section playoff games. She scored five goals and drew seven penalty shots during the final section against JSerra.
Chino Hills junior Katie Ramirez was chosen the player of the year in Division 6 after helping the Huskies win their first section championship. Ramirez had three goals, five steals and a field block in the final section against Marlborough.
Ty Hudson (Yucaipa), Olga Quiroz (Bonita), Crystal Voss (Centennial) and Brian Heider (Chino Hills) were selected the coach of the year in their respective divisions for guiding their teams to titles.
Nineteen other Inland players were chosen to divisional first teams.
King’s Emily Ausmus and Emaly Hutton were selected first team in Division 1.
Yucaipa’s Shea Tully, Isabella Landeros and Sammi Byers were chosen to the Division 2 first team, as was Gretchen Hof of Los Osos.
Bonita’s Hailee Heaton and Tori Carlson were selected first team in Division 3. Joining them on the first team were Citrus Valley’s Ashley Williams, Vista Murrieta’s Reese Beringer and Arlington’s Citlali Quijada.
Corona’s Jaeden Johnson was chosen to the Division 4 first team.
Centennial’s Bailey Desmond and Kylee Hieda were selected to the first team in Division 5, as were Ayala’s Clare Baty and Dottie Barrera.
Arwen Castillo and Gillian Glasscock of Chino Hills were chosen to the Division 6 first team, Joining them on the team was Chino’s Catrina Hitchcock.