From Deer Valley Youth Football to the Los Angeles Rams, Nsimba Webster’s devastating quickness, and athleticism has troubled and frustrated defenses. On graduating from Deer Valley High in 2014, the three year, double threat quarterback rewrote all the records at this key position. Read More “Nsimba Webster”
Emily Allard represented Deer Valley High softball well in 2009 when becoming the Wolverine’s first Under Armour All-American and First-Team All-State pitcher, and again in 2014, when drafted by the National Fastpitch (NFP) Chicago Bandits. Read More “Emily Allard”
Most athletes that deck the walls of the Antioch to the Pros section began playing their sport at an early age, and by their senior year of high school they have gradually develop skills at their position. Read More “De’ Ondre Wesley”
Jackie Wong began an illustrious softball career on the youth fields of Antioch. She made an immediate impact in her prep career as a first team All-BVAL selection at shortstop as a sophomore. Read More “Jackie Wong”
Isaiah Dunn made his mark in the Antioch High School Football Program by being promoted to the varsity football team during his first year of high school his freshmen year. During his four seasons playing for the Panthers, he became the He became the #1 defensive back assigned to cover the opponents #1 wide receivers. As the shutdown defensive back, he led the Panthers Defensive Secondary to the 2015 Bay Valley Athletic League Championship, North Coast Section 1A Semi-Final Championship Game in 2015 and North Coast Section 1A Championship Game in 2016. He was selected 1st Team All Bay Valley Athletic League Defensive Back his junior year and senior year. Read More “Isaiah Dunn”
His first carry from scrimmage as a sophomore at Antioch High School went for 80 yards and a touchdown, setting in motion the remarkable football career of Najee Harris. He went on to score three more touchdowns that day versus Acalanes and finished with 279 yards rushing. From that point on, the 6-foot-2, then 210-pound running back became the prep player to watch in the Bay Area before a storied college career at the University of Alabama and record-breaking start with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read More “Najee Harris”
After spending her freshman and sophomore years commuting from Antioch to Stockton to play for State Champion basketball powerhouse St. Mary’s High School, Erica made 2 decisions. She would verbally commit to play basketball for the University of Nevada Las Vegas and also return home to play her last two years as a Wolverine under the tutelage of coach Lindsey Lopez Wisely whose team had just won the North Coast Section Title in 2005. To say that decision was a good one would be an understatement. As a junior she would be named to the 2nd Team All-State Underclass Team and 1st Team All-League. As a senior she would average 27.6 points and 3.2 assists per game and was named Co-BVAL Most Valuable Basketball Player. She would set the DVHS single game scoring record with 38 points versus Liberty and would end her high school career with 1,052 points ranking her 5th all-time at DVHS. Along the way she would also be named 2nd team All-CC Times as a senior and one of the CC Times top 50 girl athletes both years.
At UNLV she would become only the 19th player to score 1,000 career points. She led the Lady Rebel freshmen in scoring her first year and was one of only 3 UNLV players to average double-figures while leading the team in assists with as a sophomore. Her junior year she was named 3rd Team All-Mountain West Conference and led the team in scoring with 412 points which ranked 10th in the conference, scoring in double-figures 23-times. Her senior season started a little slowly as she gave birth to her daughter in late September, but she was back on the court one month later and finished the season as the team’s 3rd leading scorer with 208 points.
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The Antioch High School girls softball program has had a long list of talented pitchers with several inducted into the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame. Cassie Mann joins that elite group because of her fabulous careers at Antioch High School and Dominican University. In high school she was the BVAL Player of the Year in her junior season and team MVP as a senior. She was first team All-League both years and was selected as the MVP of the prestigious Queen of the Mountain Tournament in Concord where she was 3-0 and didn’t allow an earned run. She was also included in the Contra Costa Times top 50 Athletes of the Year and was a NCS Scholar Athlete her junior year. In her sophomore year, the Antioch High School team won the BVAL championship and lost in the North Coast Section semi-finals. In her junior season they lost the NCS championship game to Carondelet High School. Leading up to that tournament game, Cassie won 14 straight games, eleven of which were shutouts. She pitched 54 consecutive innings without opponents scoring a single run.
After high school, she received a full scholarship to Dominican University of California in San Rafael and graduated Cum Laude in 2004 with a degree in International Business Management. She played all four years in college and was team captain her last two seasons. In her first two years, she was awarded the NAIA California Pacific Conference Most Valuable Pitcher. In 2004 she pitched a perfect game and was chosen the Team’s MVP.
After college Cassie embarked on a career in law enforcement and is employed by the Kings County Sheriff’s Office as their Fiscal Manager. She resides in Hanford with her husband and 11 year old son.
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It is hard to remember when Mason Hibbard was not actively playing one sport or another. From an early age you would find him either in the pool, on the baseball diamond, the basketball court or the ski slopes. To say that being involved in sports was paramount to the Hibbard family would be an understatement. It was a way of life and what one was expected to do growing up.
While Mason is being inducted in the sport of baseball, he truly was a multi-sport athlete at Antioch High which recognized him as Antioch High School Senior Athlete of the Year for his exploits on the diamond as well as the hardwood.
In the era of single sport athletes Mason was the exception. As a junior he was 2nd Team All-league in baseball and 1st Team All-League and 1st Team All-East Bay in baseball his senior year. He was also 1st Team All-League in basketball both his junior and senior seasons and was Antioch High School’s Most Valuable player in both sports. In addition, the Oakland Tribune recognized him as one of Bay Area’s 1992 Spring Athletes of the Year in baseball.
When it was time to decide on where to go to college and what sport to play, Mason chose the Santa Clara University where he was a baseball walk-on his freshman year. He would go on to become a 3 year letterman for the Bronco’s. His hard work and performance on the field would earn him a baseball scholarship his senior year. Mason was truly a player who would “take one for the team”. That is exemplified in the Bronco baseball record book where he is still #8 all-time in being hit by a pitch which happened 28 times during his career and #3 all-time with 21 his senior season.
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Devon Almarinez was selected to the varsity soccer team his sophomore year which enabled him to compete alongside his older brother Sports Legends Inductee, Niles Almarinez. The two of them were instrumental in helping Deer Valley High Schools win its first North Coast Section Division 1 Soccer Team Championship over perennial powerhouse De La Salle in the NCS Championship Game.
Following the championship season, Devon decided to compete in cross-country and track & field to improve his endurance for soccer. He won his first cross-country race at the Contra Loma Reservoir Meet which inspired him to continue to compete and train resulting in him being selected 1st Team All-Bay Valley Athletic League and Most Valuable Runner on the Deer Valley Cross Country Team.
Devon was a strong and fast runner who excelled in the 800 meters in track and field. He was undefeated his senior year in the 800 meters and placed 2nd at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions with a time of 1:55.17 that qualified him for advancement to the California Interscholastic Federation Track & Field Championships. At the conclusion of the season, he was selected 1st Team North Coast Section 3A and 1st Team All-BVAL in Track & Field.
As a senior, he was selected 1st team All-BVAL in all three varsity sports in soccer, cross country and track & field. He was honored as the 2002 Deer Valley High School Male Athlete of the Year and a member of the prestigious Contra Costa County Times Top 50 Male Athletes.
Following high school graduation, Devon earned an athletic scholarship to play soccer at the University of San Francisco. After completing his first year of soccer at USF, he decided to transfer to Saint Mary’s College to join his brother Niles on the Saint Mary’s College Soccer Team.
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