Swimmer, Diver, Spiker, Runner and Thrower Among Honored Prep Athletes

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.

May 8, 2023

The Morro Bay High School Athletic Boosters have recognized the April 2023 Athletes of the Month at Morro Bay High School, as they continue to honor athletes from Spring Sports — this month volleyball, diving, track & field, tennis and swimming.

Students have been honored all this school year for accomplishments both on and off the field. The school’s coaches choose athletes from their respective squads for recognition.

April’s honorees are: Charlie Fryer of the Boys’ Volleyball Team; Carli Peterson of Girls’ Diving; Kalvin Smith of the Boys’ Tennis Team; Emma Massie for Girls’ Swimming; and Nolena Fahy and Hunter Whitson from the Girls’ and Boys’ Track Teams.

Boys’ Volleyball

Boys’ Volleyball Team Capt. Charlie Fryer who plays setter for the Pirates was honored for his leadership on the court. Coach Shelby Frey said, “Charlie has been the glue for our team. His leadership and abilities have pushed our team beyond our expectations. We will miss him next year as he moves on to San Diego!” 

Girls’ Diving

Sophomore diver, Carli Peterson, is being honored for the progress she’s made this season for the Lady Pirates. 

MBHS Girls’ Swimming and Diving Coach, Jackie Samaniego said, “On behalf of me and Max Powell, we are choosing Carly Peterson for our diver of choice. She is a sophomore at MBHS, and we have seen her progress so much this season already. She has a great work ethic, is dedicated, and really listens to our corrections and applies it. 

“I have been very impressed with her diving, and she seems committed to the sport and trying her best at every practice and every meet. She’s a stud!”

Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Tennis player Kalvin Smith is being honored for an upbeat attitude and his love of the sport.

Boys’ Tennis Team Coach Jason Hanson said, “I nominate Kalvin Smith for the tennis team’s athlete of the month. His endless energy, enthusiasm, and positivity has made him a critical part of the tennis team. He got his first win of the season today in the last match of the year. So glad to have him on the team. He also has very good grades.”

Girls’ Swimming

Girls’ Team swimmer, Emma Massie, is being honored for her character, among other outstanding attributes.

MBHS Girls Swim Coach Laurel Carpenter said, “My swimmer of the month for MBHS girls swim is Emma Massie! There are so many good things I could say about Emma, but what always stands out to me is her character. Emma is someone that takes advice seriously and applies it right away. It shows in the way she’s made huge improvements in her times this season already!”

Track & Field

The Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field Teams each nominated one athlete with Coach Charlie Ogle honoring runner Nolena Fahy and thrower Hunter Whitson.

Coach Ogle said, Noleena Fahy, a junior, “is a leader on the distance squad, respected for her positive attitude and dedication to running. With personal bests in the 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters this season, she is poised to score significant points for the Pirates at the Ocean League Championships on May 4, and to advance to the CIF Div. 3 Finals.”

Senior Hunter Whitson, “is the teams most accomplished all-around thrower this season,” Coach Ogle said, “with a personal best shot put of 39-feet 5-inches and a 113’8” heave in the discus. With his approachable personality and success in both football and in the rings, Hunter has a positive impact on our crew of young throwers. We expect him to finish his career with big efforts at Ocean League Finals and at CIF.”

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