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HONORS: San Gorgonio’s Hunter-Simms wins boys’ Hubbs Award

By John Murphy on May 14, 2012

San Gorgonio’s Ryan Hunter-Simms won the 2012 Ken Hubbs Memorial Award — boys version — tonight. He is the second consecutive honoree from San G., with Paul Rodriguez having won it last year.

Hunter-Simms is a star football and track and field athlete, as well as a campus leader.

“As a freshman Ryan was something special and he was a kid who lived up to his potential,” Spartans athletic director Matt Maeda said. “As a freshman he was brought up to varsity and by his sophomore year he was a team captain. He had the talent and dedication and (was well-coached). Off the field he was quiet and humble.”

In football, the Spartan lineman made All-CIF-SS as a junior and senior and was a team captain for three years.

Hunter-Simms was even more dynamic in track and field, heaving the discus a school-record 198-2, which ranks No. 2 in the state and fourth in the nation. He also ranked No. 1 in the San Andreas League in the shot put.

Hunter-Simms, who has a football scholarship to Oregon, has a 3.55 GPA (80th in a class of 569) and also was involved in an array of campus and community activities, most notably his work as the President of G-Force, the Spartans’ athletic leadership academy.



HONORS: Yucaipa’s Lavrusky nabs girls’ Hubbs Award

By John Murphy on May 14, 2012

Yucaipa High’s Kodi Lavrusky tonight was named the Ken Hubbs Memorial Award overall girls’ winner.

“She’s a very determined, talented athlete,” Yucaipa athletic director Mark Anderson said. “She’s a gifted, outstanding kid and a fine student. She’s also comfortable with who she is and what she does and is humble. There’s nothing audacious about her.”

Best known for her soccer ability, Lavrusky was the 2010-2011 Co-Player of the Year. A UCLA signee, she scored 127 goals in her Thunderbird career and made the U.S. Under-18 national team.

Lavrusky also played basketball and ran track this year. She was part of the 400-meter relay team that set a school record (49.0 seconds) and also managed a school-record mark of 17-8 in the long.

On the basketball court she helped lead her team to the playoffs with her outstanding guard play.

Regarded by most as the most heralded female athlete in Yucaipa history, Lavrusky also had a 3.8 GPA, ranked 93rd out of 635 students academically and participated in a wide variety of esoteric school and community activities.

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