Pirates Make All-League Teams for Fall 2023

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

January 19, 2024

Morro Bay High School’s Fall 2023 sports seasons are over now, and winter sports well under way. But first there’s a little matter of post-season honors to acknowledge.

The Central Coast Athletic Association or CCAA, the organization of 11 Central Coast high school athletic programs, consisting of the Ocean and Mountain Leagues, named its MVPs, First and Second Team All-League Honors and several Morro Bay High Pirates were so honored.

Cross Country

In the best performance of the Fall Sports season, the Girls Cross Country team won the Ocean League title and placed two girls on the First Team All-League. 

Freshmen runners, Taylor Shelby and Wendy Wilson were both named First Team All-Ocean League. The two also finished 1-2 in the League Championship Meet leading the Lady Pirates to a and Ocean League Championship, and into the CIF playoffs, where the lady Pirates went all the way to the State Meet.

Second Team All-League honors went to freshman, Lilith Buller, and senior, Jane Hotaling.

For the Boys’ Team, Ocean League Champion, Otis Kelly, a senior, and Eli Waldman, a junior, earned First Team All-League honors and freshman, Lucas McAlpine was Second Team All-League.

Girls Volleyball

In Girls’ Volleyball, Atascadero was the Ocean League Champions winning behind MVP Trinity Silva, and under Coach Christina Silva. No Morro Bay High players were named to the First Team All-League list but two made Second Team All League.

Alana Shields, a sophomore, and Elaina Core, a junior were both named Second Team All-Ocean League.

Honorable Mention went to Morro Bay sophomore, Reese Kelly.

Girls’ Water Polo 

Due to past successes, Morro Bay’s water polo teams play in the Mountain League along with the larger local schools, and this year’s Mountain League Title went to Arroyo Grande High School. 

AGHS’ Natalia Whitfield was league MVP and Winning Coach was AGHS’ Steve Allen. Goalie of Year went to Bay Burnett.

Morro Bay’s senior center Josephine Davis was named First Team All League.

Second Team All League went to Tessa Standridge, a junior who plays attacker. Honorable Mention went to MBHS’ Quinn Wilson, a senior attacker.

On the Boys’ Team side, Mountain League Champions were SLOHS and Coach Grant East. Robert Tiege was the MVP and Goalies of Year were: Sevedrin Lunceford of SLOHS and Hale Durbiano of Santa Ynez HS.

No MBHS players were named First Team All League, however, junior Ryker Robson was named Second Team All-League and Honorable Mention went to Emory Wishon, a senior.

Girls Golf 

The Lady Pirates Girls Golf Team plays in the Ocean League and one Lady Pirate stood out for the team. Golf has two All-League distinctions — one based on the league tournament and one on a compilation of scores over the season. In both cases, one Lady Pirate made the cut.

Lucy Fortini was named First Team All-League for both divisions.

Girls Tennis 

According to the CCAA’s lists, no Morro Bay High girls tennis players made all league this year.

Football

Though Morro Bay had a break-even season, finishing the year 7-6, they still made it it to the Semi-finals of the Div. V CIF Central Section Playoffs, a title they won just a couple of years ago, en route to a Second Place finish in the State Finals.

The Ocean League Champ was Atascadero High School and the MVP of the League was AHS’ QB Kane Cooks. AHS Coach Victor Cooper was the Championship Coach; Offensive MVP was Jace Gomes of San Luis Obispo High; Defensive MVP was Mason Degan of Atascadero; and the All Purpose Player of the Year went to Kohen Sizemore of Templeton.

Morro Bay had one player land on the First Team All-League list, running back, Nami Hoag, a 5-foot 9-inch, 200-pound senior.

Morro Bay had three players — all seniors — make the Defensive First Team All-League. Defensive lineman, Nicholas Reid, who stands 5’10” and 245 lbs.; defensive back, Caleb Calhoun, 5’9”, 175; and linebacker, Manny Diaz, 5’11”, 175, were all honored.

Senior, Brody Rust, a defensive lineman who goes 6’ and 225 lbs., made Second Team All-League on Defense.

Offense Honorable Mention went to senior quarterback, Ian Lambright; and Defensive Honorable Mention went to defensive end, Jackson McMahon, also a senior.

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