Story in the Victor Valley Daily Press, August 13, 2013
By MARK A. PEINADO, STAFF WRITER
There’s an old saying that patience is a virtue.
Apple Valley Christian athletic director Rick Huff’s patience with the CIF state office was rewarded with another state academic championship.
The Warriors’ girls basketball team was one of 29 state academic team champions for the 2012-13 school year announced by the CIF on Aug. 9.
“I knew we would really be close,” Huff said. “It’s really exciting.”
Since 1996, CIF has rewarded a team in each sport with the highest collective GPA based on an unweighted 4.0 scale. Each section has an academic champion for each sport, and the winners are forwarded to the state office for consideration.
Huff said he expected an announcement in June. But CIF kept pushing back the date when it would release the names of the winning teams.
Finally, word came Aug. 9 that Apple Valley Christian had won its fifth state academic championship — tied for second most in the state. AVCS and Forest Lake Christian each have five titles, while Los Gatos leads all schools with seven.
The school will receive a banner in recognition of the accomplishment.
“We focus on the Lord and then them doing their best in whatever it is,” Huff said. “They’re working hard and being made accountable. They’re great girls who are very diligent and competitive in the classroom and out on the court. We focus on what we do well and that focal point is academics. They’re really bright kids who work hard in class.”
The 2012-13 team was comprised of Johanna Barbour, Carolina Carrazedo, Alanah Conrad, Lana Gomes, Brittany Richart, Krisandra Sanchez and Christina Seaton. They had a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and were coached by Gary and Kathy Giovannetti.
Huff said he had hoped for two titles this year, but the girls volleyball team just missed out. The Warriors had a 3.92 GPA while the winning school, Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, finished with a 3.95 GPA, which was the highest for any girls sport.
“Our coaches focus on mentoring the kids for their lifetimes — how can we reach this kid and prepare them for that next stage of life,” Huff said. “Academics is a huge part of that.
“I’m really proud of the kids.”
Mark A. Peinado can be reached at 760-951-6274 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.