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High School: Pirates' winter athletes get league honors

Pirates finish winter seasons with many all-league selections

March 19, 2019

By Brian Stanley / Contributing Writer for the Santa Ynez Valley Star

Sophomore forward Grace Padilla led the Santa Ynez High School girls’ basketball team in postseason honors, receiving the Channel League’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

“Padilla has been a huge piece to this puzzle since she arrived on campus last year as a freshman,” said Pirates head coach Jason Finley. “She is a great rebounder, having led the Los Padres League last season and on top of the Channel League this year.”

Padilla was a force for Santa Ynez in the low post, pulling in 11.2 rebounds a game with more than half coming on defense. The sophomore forward finished with 168 defensive boards in 27 games and collected a team-high 94 steals.

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