Morro Bay High’s student athletes have sprung into action with the Spring 2023 sports season and the Athletic Boosters Club has several athletes it wants to honor as Athletes of the Month for March 2023.
Spring has the greatest variety of sports competing including several fielding boys and girls teams, scored as team sports, and with some competed in as individuals, including swimming and diving, track and field, boys’ tennis and golf.
Here are the latest student athletes to receive recognition:
Girls Swimming — Lyla Boughton-Proano
Lyla Boughton-Proano, known by her teammates as “Lyle,” is the Girls’ Swim Team captain for her “respect and good sportsmanship towards others, her amazing communication, and the way she has naturally stepped into a leadership role for our program,” said head swimming and girls’ team coach Laurel Carpenter. “Lyle is dedicated to this sport. She takes the time to put in the work that not many others will, and it shines through in her swimming and in the way she carries herself in and out of the water.”
Lyle is more than just a good swimmer. “I selected Lyle,” Carpenter said, “because not only is she a top-level athlete, but she’s also a good person inside and out and has been someone everyone has looked up to this season. I can always count on her.”
Boys Volleyball — Sean Tomlinson
Sophomore, Sean Tomlinson is the Boys’ Volleyball Athlete of the Month. Coach Shelby Frye said, “He has been incredibly dedicated to our program this season. He brings great energy everyday and shows up for his team every time he steps on the court. His leadership and dedication make him a great addition to our team.”
Boys Golf — Noah Kimbrell
Noah Kimbrell is the Boys’ Golf Team’s Athlete of the Month. He is one of the Top-5 golfers in the area, according to coach Sean Allstot, averaging an 18-hole score of 75. “Noah hits the ball a country mile,” his coach said. “He has an amazing short game, and is able to hole out from almost anywhere on the course, making him an exciting player to follow around the golf course.”
Girls’ Track & Field – Emily Giordano
Lady Pirates’ track runner, sophomore, Emily Giordano, competed well in the 100 meters, 200M, 400M and 800M last year, said Coach Chuck Ogle, before discovering a penchant for hurdling, which led her to an All–CIF medal in the 300 hurdles at the Central Section Division 3 Finals.
“So far this season,” Coach Ogle said, “Emily has league-leading times in both the 100 and 300 hurdles and the third best mark in the long jump, a personal best 14-feet 7.5-inches.”
Boys’ Track & Field – Aidan Blackwood
Senior Aiden Blackwood, “was a key contributor last season,” Coach Ogle said, “when his squad brought home the League Championship — the first for a [Pirate] boys’ track team since 1974. He’s been working hard since January and currently leads the league in the 110M high hurdles and 300M intermediate hurdles, with personal bests in both events. Aiden also ranks second in the triple jump and third in the high jump.”