Kristin Grubbs of Benicia High School was named as the 2018 Cal-Hi Sports Medium Schools State Softball Coach of the Year.
A year after leading Benicia to a 29-2-1 record and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title, Grubbs guided the Panthers to a 28-3-1 record and a second consecutive section championship.
Grubbs is a 1995 Napa High graduate who majored in kinesiology and got her teaching credential at Chico State.
Grubbs coached for 12 years in the Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association, which plays a spring and summer schedule at Kiwanis Park.
Three Napa Valley players received honorable mention honors on the All-North Coast Section team as announced by Prep2Prep.com.
Melissa Corona and Clare Garcia from Justin-Siena and Carter Dahline from St. Helena were named to the team.
Coach of the Year
Teresa Mayes-Borchard of Amador Valley-Pleasanton was named as the 2018 Cal-Hi Sports State Softball Coach of the Year.
Amador Valley went 23-5-1 and won the CIF North Coast Section Division I title, 2-0 over Foothill-Pleasanton in the championship game earlier in the month.
SJS announces Commissioner’s Cup
Placer-Auburn and Davis Sr. were named winners in the second annual Commissioner’s Cup, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced on Friday.
The Commissioner’s Cup is a program designed to recognize the all-around top athletic programs in the Section based on comprehensive excellence in interscholastic competition, according to a press release.
Placer was recognized as the top school on the boys side. The Hillmen won section championships in cross country, football, golf and track and field.
Davis Sr. was recognized as the top school on the girls side. The Blue Devils captured section titles in four sports: water polo, swimming and diving, soccer and track and field.
The winners are determined by a points system, the SJS said.
New assistant commissioner for NCS
Pat Cruickshank, the athletic director at Heritage High School-Brentwood, has been named the new assistant commissioner for the CIF North Coast Section, it was announced on Friday.
Cruickshank has also worked as a teacher and coach at Heritage.
Cruickshank replaces Bri Niemi, who was promoted from assistant commissioner to associate commissioner.
Cruickshank has been at Heritage since 2005 and as the head boys basketball coach, led the Patriots (29-3 overall, 10-0 Bay Valley Athletic League) to the NCS Division I title in March.
Cruickshank has served on the NCS eligibility committee as a representative from the Bay Valley Athletic League, the NCS said in a press release.
Cruickshank has been the recipient of the California State Athletic Directors’ Association NCS AD of the Year (2015), CSADA Norm Mackenzie Award (2002), and BVAL Coach of the Year (2010, 2018).