Gaels, Tolog garner all-league status

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After finishing in second place in the Horizon League and advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs, four members of the Holy Family basketball team earned all-league accolades.

Those named to the first team were senior guard Gaby Diaz and senior forward Jennifer Rodriguez.

Diaz and Rodriguez averaged seven and 6.8 points per game, respectively, for the Gaels (5-17, 5-3 in league).

"Gaby was our go-to person and she'll be tough to replace next year," Holy Family Coach Ernest Siy said. "Jennifer was our big post player and our chairman of the board who did the dirty work."

Senior forward Elena Lomeli and sophomore guard Alexandra Mata of Holy Family were named to the second team. Lomeli averaged 5.2 points per game, while Mata averaged 4.4.

"Elena was a very good shooter and gave us energy," Siy said. "Alex gave us leadership and we'll need that the next two years."


For the second time in three seasons, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball player Dana Budzyn has been named to the All-Mission League second team. The junior guard averaged 6.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Tologs, who went 8-19, 1-9 in league and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Gino Pacella said Budzyn, who achieved all-league status following her freshman season, provided the Tologs with a presence in the backcourt.

"She's playing 30 of 32 minutes per game and she's got great vision," Pacella said. "It shows how competitive the league is and to get on the first or second team is so difficult."


A pair of Holy Family soccer players received All-Horizon League honors.

Senior goalkeeper Tara Sims and freshman sweeper Ginnes Paladini were named to the second team.

Holy Family first-year Coach Gerardo Gonzalez said the duo deserved the recognition.

"Tara proved to be an excellent goalkeeper and she stopped a lot of shots," said Gonzalez, whose team finished 0-9, 0-8 in league. "With Ginnes, she was all over the place and filled in nicely.

"Those two never quit, no matter the score."

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