Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year – Cornell Greenwood (Men’s Basketball)
Cornell Greenwood came to Yuba College from local Marysville HS. After being named league MVP and the Appeal-Democrat Player of the year as a senior. After he spent a year as a gray-shirt. He then proceeded to have one of the best careers in the history of Yuba College Men’s Basketball. He was named Bay Valley Conference MVP as both a freshman and sophomore. He was named first-team All-State both years and then just finished off his career by being named the Yuba College Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row is the only Men’s Basketball player in Yuba’s history to sweep all major awards both years at Yuba College. Cornell is finishing up his AA and hopes to transfer to a four-year school on scholarship!
Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year – Lailani Hanks (Women’s Basketball)
Lailani is a Sophomore guard on the Yuba College Women’s Basketball team, amassing nearly 500 points in her career, appearing in only forty-six games. As a Sophomore, Lailani led the team in scoring, averaging 19 points per game in Conference play and taking a total of thirty-four (34) charges over the season in leading the Yuba College 49’ers to the first Bay Valley Conference Championship in team history. Due to her stellar play, Lailani was selected as the Bay Valley Conference Most Valuable Player, a first at Yuba College for a women’s basketball athlete. She was also named to the CCCAA Women’s Basketball All-State Team, only the 2nd player in Yuba College Women’s Basketball team history to achieve such honor. Lailani is a graduate of Elk Grove High School and lives in Sacramento, CA with her parents.
Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year – Keith Walker (Baseball)
Keith Walker is a Rocklin, CA native who attended Rocklin High School. Keith primarily played infield and pitched for the 49ers in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He was awarded All Bay Valley Conference after his freshman season in 2019 hitting over .350 with 12 doubles and 2 home runs. Keith was on pace to put up similar numbers in 2020 until the season was cut short due to COVID-19. In 2018 Keith underwent elbow surgery to repair a damaged ligament which set him back immensely in his pursuit of a great baseball career. He battled back from that injury putting countless hours into his rehabilitation process and dealing with minor setbacks to become one of the most prolific and inspirational players in the history of Yuba College Baseball. Keith graduated from Yuba College with a 3.6 GPA and has accepted a scholarship to continue his education and baseball career at Biola University in Los Angeles, CA. Biola ranks as a top 10 Division II powerhouse on the field and a highly rated academic institution.
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