The Lady Dawgs With their proof of acclamations during their Softball Awards Banquet. (Photo: Krist Tausinga)

The VVHS Lady Bulldog Softball team had its awards banquet on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. It was a night full of awards for the bulldogs. The night started off with a dinner of pulled pork nachos and various desserts. The girls were happy to be back together and they were all working on signing softballs for their coaches and Thank You notes for others that were a part of the season.

The JV Team was the first to hand out awards. The coaches presented their awards to them and thanked the girls for being coachable and classy. The coaches for both the JV and Varsity spoke several times about how all of the girls involved in the school program represented VVHS in a professional
manner and how proud they were of this group of young ladies. The teams gave a handwritten thank you to Braxton Bingham for taking such good care of the field for them.

Ana Tausinga poses with the team’s favorite fans, Tad and Cindy Casteel, who attended all their games. (Photo: K. Tausinga)

They also gave one to the team’s “honorary grandparents” Tad and Cindy Casteel. The Casteels were at all of the girls’ home games and even traveled to Fernley to support them at State. They do not have any family playing, just two amazing people that love to support high school sports. They also provided the girls with water and snacks. They love all of the girls and support them.

The NIAA 3A State Championships 2nd Place Trophy was won by the Lady Dawgs. (Photo: K. Tausinga)

Coach Griffiths told the girls that he would like to give the floor to Richelle Wakefield for a few minutes before he began with his awards. Travis and Richelle played a big part in this season. One thing that the Wakefields did that meant so much to some of the parents that were not able to travel to all of the out-of-town games was keeping the game live for parents on Game Changer.

Game Changer is an app that the parents can subscribe to and be able to listen to the game live or even watch a simulation of it live. It’s such a great tool for those parents that could not travel. Richelle spoke to the girls about how they have taken the loss of Fernley and how strong they are. She turned the game of softball into a life lesson and talked to them about getting back up when you fall. That loss was devastating, but these girls are resilient and she has no doubt that they will take this loss and turn it into a State Championship next year! Her message was aimed at the girls that they are stronger than they
know, and when they don’t feel strong, there is help. It was a beautiful message.

The Awards showing the success of the VVHS Softball Program. (Photo: K. Tausinga)

Coach Griffiths then called all the coaches up to assist with the awards. Every girl was given an award. The following is the breakdown of the awards:

Coaches MVP Award:

Ellie Correa
Mia Cuellar

SOUTHERN 3A DESERT LEAGUE 2022 SOFTBALL HONORABLE MENTION:
Outfield – Hali Jackson
Utility – Valerie Lucero

SOUTHERN 3A DESERT LEAGUE 2022 SOFTBALL SECOND TEAM:
2nd Base – Destiny Moeai
Outfield – Alexandra Covarrubias
Utility – Ari Easton

SOUTHERN 3A DESERT LEAGUE 2022 SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM:
MVP – Riley Price
Catcher – Brooklin Montoya
1st Base – Ana Tausinga
3rd Base – Natalie Plancarte
Short Stop – Reggi Frei
Outfield – Marli Wakefield
Outfield – Evia Toone

SOUTHERN 3A SOUTHERN DIVISION 2022 SOFTBALL SECOND TEAM:
Outfield – Evia Toone

SOUTHERN 3A SOUTHERN DIVISION 2022 SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM:
MVP – Riley Price
Catcher – Brooklin Montoya
1st Base – Ana Tausinga
3rd Base – Natalie Plancarte
Short Stop – Reggi Frei
Outfield – Marli Wakefield
Coach of the Year – Travis Griffiths

3A ALL STATE 2022 SOFTBALL SECOND TEAM:
Brooklin Montoya
Marli Wakefield

3A ALL STATE 2022 SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM:
MVP – Riley Price
Ana Tausinga
Reggi Frei
Natalie Plancarte

The Lady Dawgs finished the season 2nd in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A State Rankings. They are the 2021-22 NIAA 3A Southern Regional Champions and 2021-22 NIAA 3A State Runner-ups with a 35-3 season record and a 13-0 NIAA 3A Desert League record (League Champs). They also had the longest win streak in Nevada with 33 games. They finished the season 9th in the state of Nevada (including all schools, no matter size) and in 1st in the 3A Division (even with losses in Championship to Fernley) according to MaxPreps.

The Lady Dawgs after winning the NIAA Southern Regional Championship (Photo: YoshiYama)

Several of the girls have set new individual records and several broke existing records. Coach Griffiths expressed over and over that this group of girls is very special and the dynamic they have together is powerful. They are a young team and will only lose Senior Alex Covarrubias.

We all expect to see great things come from this team again next year.

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