January 2024 Athletes of the Month

Written by Estero Bay News

February 1, 2024

It’s a New Year and new prep sports season, and the Morro Bay High School Booster’s Club has named its Athletes of the Month for January 2024.

The student/athletes being honored are: Danny Martinez, Emily Giordano, Jacob Falat and Mia Bennett. 

Basketball Stars Shine

Senior hoopster, Danny Martinez, is one of Morro Bay High’s Athletes of the Month for January 2024.

Boys’ Basketball Team Head Coach Emily Dunn said senior Martinez is a stellar athlete and perhaps more importantly, a stellar young man.

“In his senior season,” Coach Dunn said, “Danny Martinez is one of the captains of the Morro Bay High School Boys’ Basketball Team. Danny is the epitome of a stellar teammate on and off the basketball court. 

“His leadership shines through his actions, emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Recognizing the value of every detail, Danny’s commitment to doing the little things sets the tone for team success. His influential voice resonates with all teammates, becoming a reliable pillar for players and coaches.”

She called Falat a powerhouse on the court.

Hoopster, Jacob Falat, is a monster on the boards, big scorer and team leader for the Pirates and an Athlete of the Month for January 2024.

“Jacob Falat,” Coach Dunn said, “is a powerhouse of the MBHS Boys’ Basketball Team and is one of the players who dominates the boards with rebounding prowess. Not only does Jacob secure possessions but also contributes a solid, 15-points per game.”

He’s a savvy court general. “A true competitor,” Coach Dunn said, “Jacob’s high basketball IQ is a game-changer, guiding the team to success. His teammates and coaches alike deeply appreciate his strategic brilliance and relentless dedication on the court.”

Girls’ Soccer

MBHS soccer star, Emily Giordano, is an Athlete of the Month for 
January 2024.

Varsity Girls Soccer Coaches, Kim Wishon and Stuart Fryer agree on Giuodano’s value to the team. “Emily is an amazing, dedicated part of our team,” they said in a joint statement. “As a sophomore last year she suffered a debilitating knee injury that kept her on the sidelines the entire season. She came back this year, stronger and ready to play.”

She takes the “C” on her jersey seriously. “As a captain,” the coaches said, “she leads the team with her grit, commitment and hustle. She plays forward and attacking midfield, and is always making a difference on the field.”

Giordano makes the team go. “She is one of those players that makes things happen and she is a leader in assists,” the coaches said. “She wins the ball in the midfield, makes runs to move the ball forward and always follows shots. We look forward to Emily continuing to lead the team next year.” 

MBHS soccer star, Emily Giordano, is an Athlete of the Month for 
January 2024.

Bennett, “is a force to be reckoned with!” the coaches said. “She plays striker and attacking midfield and is a top goal scorer. She is a dynamic player that always gives 100% in whatever position she plays.”

She is seemingly everywhere on the pitch. “She enjoys being involved,” the coaches said, “has incredible stamina, and embodies the saying — ‘Covers every blade of grass on the field.’ This, combined with her close control skills, makes her an essential player on our team.”  

She makes everyone better. “The team plays better with Mia on the field and we look forward to watching her continue to develop and be a leader next year.”

Estero Bay News congratulates these honored student/athletes and wishes them good luck and great success the rest of the season.

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