Austin, de Braga, Payne earn league’s top honors

Fallon senior Tyler Austin led the team at the plate with a line-drive home run in Friday’s win over Dayton.

Fallon senior Tyler Austin led the team at the plate with a line-drive home run in Friday’s win over Dayton.

Fallon three-sport star Tyler Austin racked up the baseball’s Player of the Year divisional and regional honors and Lester de Braga was named Coach of the Year in his final season over the baseball program.
Oasis Academy softball coach Rachel Payne was also named Coach of the Year after guiding the Bighorns to the playoffs this season.
Austin was named to the 3A All-State First Team, and junior Cooper Lee and sophomore Brady Alves were selected to the All-State Second Team.
Austin was also named the Co-Player of the Year for the 3A North, and de Braga was named Co-Coach of the Year in his final season. De Braga became the baseball team’s coach in 2011, promptly bringing home a state title, the program’s first since 1978. Fallon also won it again in 2015 and came one win shy in 2019 when Truckee blanked Fallon, 1-0, in the championship.
Sophomore Brady Alves and junior Cooper Lee were named to the First Team. Senior Damien Towne and juniors Isaiah Diaz and Steven Moon were named to the Second Team, and sophomore Bryce Adams was named Honorable Mention.
In the 3A East division, Austin was the sole Player of the Year and de Braga was named Coach of the Year. Towne, Diaz, Alves, Moon and Lee were named to the First Team. Adams was a Second Team selection.
The NIAA all-state academic team for baseball included Alves and Paul.
Freshman Vernita Fillmore and junior Lydia Bergman were selected to the 3A All-State First and Second Teams, respectively. Fernley senior Mackenzie Depaoli was named one of the two MVPs, while Fernley’s Diane Chapin was named Coach of the Year after leading the Vaqueros to the state title.
Fillmore and Bergman were also named to the 3A North First Team and 3A East First Team. Sophomore Reece Hutchings was named to the 3A North Second Team and 3A East First Team. Freshman Taralynn Vershum and sophomore Kiley Wallace were selected to the 3A East Second Team.
The NIAA all-state academic team, which required an unweighted 4.0 GPA during the winter season, for softball included Alica Basurto Fernandez, Bergman, Hutchings and Wallace. Track and field selections included Teon Erwin, Caleb Proffen, Kanigh Snyder, Like Sorensen, Dallin West, Zoey Brown, Ruth Casillas Ibarra, Jessalyn Lewis, Britney McArthur, Rachel Mori and Madeline Stephens. Corina Larisa Cracium and Evelyn O’Neill were named to the swimming all-state academic team.
Oasis Academy
After losing the bulk of her team last year when Oasis Academy defeated Pahranagat Valley for the championship, Rachel Payne guided an underclassmen-heavy team back to the playoffs.
Guiding a team of four freshmen and four sophomores, Payne was named the 1A West’s Coach of the Year and three Bighorns made the 1A West First Team after Oasis Academy finished two wins shy of reaching the state tournament last month.
Senior Kaitlyn Hert and freshmen Taylyn Maynez and Kirsten Detomasi were selected to the First Team, as Coleville landed three on the First Team and Pitcher and Player of the Year. Freshman Lorena Rios and sophomore Eneyde Rios were named to the Second Team. Senior Rachel Bake was named Honorable Mention.
NIAA all-state academic honors, which required an unweighted 4.0 GPA during the winter season, for softball went to Detomasi and Eneyde Rios. Boys golf selections included Trevor Halloran and Fenn Mackedon.
On the lacrosse field, Shealyn Snodgrass was named to the High Sierra Lacrosse League’s First Team for defense, while Isabella Leal (attack), Maiya Swan (midfield) and Kailyn Sorensen (defense) were named to the Second Team. Lacee Stoddard was named an honorable mention selection for midfield.
The lacrosse academic team, which isn’t part of the NIAA but required a 3.70 GPA, included Sorensen, Swan, Serenity Achurra, Halle Feest, Lauren Halloran, Kira Johnston, Grace Laca, Sarah Polish, Anna Springfield and Layla Tanner.

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