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Jim Tyack Award finalists

By The Bakersfield Californian

The award, which will be given out today, honors outstanding boys and girls athletes in Kern County.

BOYS FINALISTS

COLTON FOSTER, Frontier

FOOTBALL, TRACK & FIELD

-- 2013 AREA & SWYL No. 1 Shot put, No. 1 discus. Central Section No. 1 shot put, No. 3 discus. Three-time All-Area.

-- 2014: No. 1 in Central Section in shot put, No. 2 in discus. No. 10 in state in discus.

-- Two-time football All-Area

-- Will attend Colorado State on football scholarship

GABRIEL GAETA, Frontier

CROSS COUNTRY, BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD

-- 4.3 GPA

-- 4-year participation in cross country, basketball and track. 9-time letterman total

-- 2013 track: No. 2 in SWYL 110 hurdles, area champ in 110 and 300 hurdles, first-team All-Area

-- 2014 track: currently ranks No. 1 in Central Section in 300 hurdles

BLAKE HANEY, Stockdale

CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD

-- 3.62 GPA

-- FRESHMAN: Section ranks: No. 1 1,600, No. 2 in 800, No. 4 in 3,200

-- SOPHOMORE: Section class records in 1,600 and 3,200

-- JUNIOR: CIF state champion in 1,600 and 3,200. U.S. national youth champion, 1,500 and 3,000. 5th at World Youth Championships in 3,000.

-- SENIOR: Currently ranks No. 1 in state, No. 7 U.S. in 800, No. 1 state, No. 1 U.S. in 3,200

-- Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, 2013

-- Will attend Oregon

BRAXTON HUGGINS, Mira Monte

BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD

-- 3.178 GPA

-- 2012-13 basketball: SYL MVP, first-team All-Area.

-- 2013-14 basketball: BVarsity Player of the Year, section leading scorer at 32.3 ppg (No. 3 in state, No. 15 nationally)

-- Track & field: Currently ranks No. 1 in section, No. 2 in state in high jump

ASAUNI RUFUS, Bakersfield

FOOTBALL, BASEBALL

-- 3.50 GPA

-- Led BHS to Division I state bowl championship as quarterback

-- BVarsity Player of the Year

-- First-team All-State, finalist for Mr. California football

-- Attending Nevada on football scholarshipGIRLS FINALISTS

JORIE CANETA, Frontier

SWIMMING

-- 4.4 GPA

-- Broke section breaststroke record four times (once each year at section finals)

-- 2x BVarsity Swimmer of the Year

-- Ranked No. 7 in U.S. breaststroke for age group

-- Competitor at USA Swimming National Junior Championships in breaststroke

-- Member of All-Star California teams that competed in Japan

-- Attending Arizona State on scholarship

SARA KLANG Garces

SWIMMING, WATER POLO

-- 3.81 GPA

-- Swimming: Second-team All-Area as sophomore, first team as junior

-- Water polo: Two-time All-Valley first team

NICOLE LEONARD, Liberty

VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD

-- 3.7 GPA

-- Led team to Central Section D-I volleyball final as junior

-- Team MVP, first-team all-league and All-Area as senior

-- Two-time Jockey Club selection

JENAE ORTEGA, McFarland

VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL

-- 4.05 GPA

-- Volleyball: two-time team most outstanding

-- Softball: two-time team MVP, second-most consecutive hits in section history

-- Softball: Led East Sierra League in batting average, slugging percentage, RBIs

-- Basketball: Freshman: Coaches Award. Sophomore: Most Improved. Junior: First-team all-league

LAUREN O'CONNELL, Frontier

VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER, TRACK & FIELD

-- 4.43 GPA

-- Soccer: Three-time All-Area, four-time all-league

-- Soccer: 2013-14 BVarsity Co-Player of the Year, SWYL Defensive MVP

-- Soccer: Won Division II section titles as freshman and senior

-- Mayor's Trophy winner, PEAAK Awards Top Female Athlete winner

-- Attending Baylor on soccer scholarship

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