POSTEASON FOOTBALL HONORS
I am not sure if people are aware, but the end of the season honors published by the Reno Gazette Journal are voted upon by the coaches, not the RGJ. With that in mind, here are the DRFP players that received postseason:
Ashton Hayes* – Northern Offensive Player of the Year, 1st team All-North, Sierra League Player of the Year, and 1st team offense for the Sierra League
Carter Lewis – Northern Lineman of the Year, 1st team All-North on both sides of the ball, Sierra League Lineman of the Year, 1st team Sierra League offense and defense
Tyler Holman – All-North 1st team offensive lineman, 1st team Sierra League offensive lineman
Christian Jamison – 1st team All-North defense, Sierra League Defensive Player of the Year, 1st team Sierra League defense
Ethan Kulpin* – 1st team All-North defense, Sierra League 1st team defense, Sierra League 2nd team offense
Nick Vargas* – 2nd team All-North on both sides of the ball, Sierra League 1st team offense and defense
Ilex Garcia* – All-North 2nd team offense, Sierra League 1st team offense
Jaden Imgard – All-North 2nd team defense, Sierra League 1st team defense
Ryan Mandichak* – Sierra League 2nd team offense
Carson Smith* – Sierra League 2nd team offense and defense
Cole West* – Sierra League 2nd team offense
Honorable Mention Sierra League – Benny Marshall*, Ivan Hernandez, Chris Gonzalez, Conner Hogan*, Justin Harley*, Ian Williams*, Derek Montoya*, and Ty Polson*
There is one player that was left out and it is a glaring omission, Darian Vigil*. Darian finished the season in the TOP TEN for tackles in the State, 7th according to MaxPreps. Darian played outside linebacker for the Mustangs this season, providing run support and excellent pass coverage. In addition, he can play wideout; on junior varsity, last season, he played virtually every skill position including quarterback. Darian has two more seasons to pick-up postseason honors from the opposing coaches, but for now, know that DRFP fans consider him worthy of Sierra League honors!
*returning next season
Updated, December 10th - DRFP has earned their THIRD ACADEMIC STATE TITLE, congratulations to the players, coaches, DRHS staff, and families. A number of Mustangs made the all-academic team. In addition, the DRFP coaching staff was recognized by the other Sierra League coaching staffs as being the top in the league.
Your author will be dropping more “Where Are They Now” articles, the next one is about Taylor Nuttall; Taylor was a three-sport athlete at Damonte and went on to play college basketball.
The basketball and wrestling seasons have both begun and your author will be providing coverage for both sports. If you have never been to a wrestling meet, please consider going to one this season, I guarantee you will enjoy it.
The varsity girls basketball team has a lot of talent, made the playoffs last season, and hope to do so again this year. The varsity boys team has firepower and football fans will recognize Ethan Kulpin and Nick Vargas. The boys team made the playoffs last season and hope to do so again this season.
Finally, Damonte Ranch has a nationally recognized cheer program, they are USA Cheer two-time National Champions and they will be hosting a competition at Damonte in January, come out and support our squad as they work toward a third National Title and look for a winter article or two about them.
ABOUT YOUR AUTHOR
Lynn Ault is the Battle Born Preps beat writer for Damonte Ranch High School. He is the proud father of a Damonte Ranch graduate, class 2018, and of a member of the DRHS class of 2020. He is happily married to the head of the math department at DRHS, A'Laina Ault, and you can find Lynn behind the microphone, announcing football, basketball, and wrestling for the Mustangs.