Athletes of the year

These Irvine graduates performed at the highest level.

Stacy Reeves

Beckman High: Volleyball

Reeves, CIF Player of the Year and a First Team All-league Player, led Beckman to its first-ever CIF girls volleyball title. The defensive specialist had 32 digs in Beckman’s Division 3 final victory. She also made honor roll all four years and finished high school with a 4.2 GPA, plus made time to volunteer at soup kitchens. She has committed to Texas Christian University, where she will study business and play on the beach volleyball team. “I hope to play beach volleyball internationally and experience different cultures, foods, places and people all around the world. I aspire to travel the world and become successful as a woman in business. A lifelong goal of mine is to play overseas and even possibly compete in the Olympics one day.”

SangHyuk Im

University High: Tennis

“SangHyuk is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete,” says his coach, John Kessler. Im played a key role in helping the Trojans win their third consecutive CIF Open Division title. Im also teamed up with two partners to win the CIF Open Division doubles title the past two years. Academically, he qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam all four years and the USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad twice. He will play tennis at MIT, where he plans to study math and computer science. “I have always had a passion for sports, and not just tennis,” Im says. “Whether it be watching football, basketball, and soccer on TV, or keeping up-to-date on relevant sports news, I have lots of love for sports.”

More student-athlete standouts

Alexia Duncan

Irvine: Swimming

Duncan, who is headed to University of Utah, was a four-time team MVP swimmer for Irvine. She finished with the second best all-time marks for the school in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. She also finished fourth place in the CIF Division 1 finals with a time of 56.09 in the 100 backstroke.

Michael Abshier

Northwood: Water polo

Abshier, MVP of this season’s championship win at the Chino Hills Tournament, set Northwood career records with 469 goals, 364 steals and 251 exclusions drawn. He would like to become a pilot after attending Cal Baptist University.

Zach Ireland

Beckman: Baseball

Ireland, a UC Davis commit, helped Beckman’s team capture the program’s second CIF title in school history, and he pitched a no-hitter against Irvine. Ireland was 7-2 this season with 91 strikeouts in 78 innings and a 0.62 ERA and was selected to play in the OC All-Star Baseball Game.

Milan Heisdorf

Woodbridge: Flag football, basketball, soccer

Heisdorf was a multi-sport athlete. In football, she led the Warriors to a 25-2 record and PCL title. The Warriors were undefeated in league, and Heisdorf was league MVP. She’s heading to UC Irvine, where she will play soccer.

Kira Watanabe

Portola: Basketball

Watanabe averaged 15.5 points, 7.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game, leading the Bulldogs to a 23-6 record. The all-league player was the single-game, season and career record holder at Portola in assists. Watanabe also played a major part in helping Portola win 76 games during her career.

Rider Cooper

Portola: Track, baseball, football

Cooper won the CIF Division I 400-meter title at the CIF Track and Field Finals with a time of 47.37. He is headed to Cal State Fullerton on a track scholarship. Cooper holds the school record in the 100, 200, 400, 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 events.