DOWNEY - As the boys' cross-country and girls' tennis seasons have come to an end, the Long Beach Press Telegram continues with its annual Dream Team selections.Warren High School is well-represented with honorees from both sports programs. Warren sophomore standout Benjamin Gonzez has been selected to the PT Dream Team First Team and Warren senior standout Fortino Santana has been selected to the Dream Team Second Team for boys' cross country. Warren sophomore Isabella Lopez was also selected to the Press Telegram's First Team Dream Team for girls' tennis. Benjamin Gonzalez was the 2012 San Gabriel Valley League champion. Gonzalez won the S.G.V.L. title in a record time of 15:31 at La Mirada Regional Park in the third cluster meet. Gonzalez finished in 32nd place at the C.I.F. Southern Section Division I Final. Bear teammate Fortino Santana was selected to the second team as was cross-town rival Downey's Andres Velasco. St. John Bosco's Myles Smith was selected as the Press Telegram's Dream Team Runner of the Year. Isabella Lopez was the 2012 San Gabriel Valley League runner-up in girls tennis. Lopez advanced to the third round at the C.I.F. Individual tournament. Lopez defeated two league champions in C.I.F. and finished her outstanding season with an overall record of 66-5. Cross-town rival Erin Freeman of Downey was also selected to the First Team Dream Team. Other S.G.V.L. First Team Dream Team selections included seniors and doubles players Bianca Felix and Mayra Briones of Paramount. Millikan senior standout Cindy Nguyen was selected as the Press Telegram's Player of the Year. There were no Second Team Dream Team selections from the San Gabriel Valley League. Coaches Ramon Miranda and Mary Starksen are very pleased and proud of their respective athletes' dedication and well-deserved recognition.
********** Published: January 24, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 41