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San Marino High Athletes Receive Postseason Honors

The San Marino High girls’ soccer team marched all the way to the CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinals and a top-three finish in the Rio Hondo League on the back of electric play on offense and stonewall defense in front of goal.

The Titans were recognized for their efforts with a slew of postseason awards, highlighted by senior Sasha Redshaw’s all-CIF honors and league defensive MVP award.

“I was really happy, and I would say it wasn’t just on my part, but I think the whole team contributed to that success,” said Redshaw of the league MVP award. “I just really appreciate that everyone was just really supportive and helped me get there.”

In total, six Titans received all-league honors. San Marino sophomore midfielder Makayla Tokuchi was a first-team all-league midfielder selection, and freshman Keilani Kooper, junior Charli Redshaw and sophomore Sasha Ortiz were included in the second team lineup. Titans sophomore Sabrina Garcia and senior Kaitlyn An earned honorable mention.

“That’s an honor to be selected for [the all-league] team,” Tokuchi said. “Hopefully, for my next two years, I can keep making [the all-league] team and helping our team, and our school in general, to keep improving.”

Redshaw, who committed to playing soccer at the Masters University in Santa Clarita, was a stalwart in the Titans backline, playing all but two games in the season that culminated in a playoff berth. The senior was one of four defenders included in the Division V all-CIF team.

San Marino girls’ soccer coach Jaime Acuna said Redshaw gave the team “a lot of stability as a center defender.”

“The entire team fed off of her mental and physical toughness,” Acuna added. “She is a no-nonsense kind of kid. She was the anchor to our team defensively.”

Acuna said Tokuchi offered the team balance on the offensive end. Where Redshaw shined as a defender, Tokuchi flourished on the counter.

“She gets the ball, and you feel like something is going to happen,” said Acuna of Tokuchi.

San Marino finished 10-5-1 overall and third in league with a 4-3-1 record.

The team recorded six clean sheets, two of which came in the first and second round of the playoffs. The Titans reached the CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinal following back-to-back 3-0 victories, first against Highland in the playoff opener, then against Channel Islands in the second round.

Photo by Sebastian Moore / Titans sophomore Makayla Tokuchi was selected to the all-Rio Hondo League first team.

“I think it was making the playoffs,” said Tokuchi of her season highlight. “It was a really proud moment for our school, and the girls, and all our parents and coaches, to finally be able to make playoffs and go pretty far.”

Redshaw, too, said her season highlight was playoff contention.

“I think it was probably when we got to just the first round of CIF, because I wasn’t really expecting to do as good as we did this year and I was just really proud of the team as a whole,” the senior said.

Tokuchi netted twice in each of the first two playoff rounds. The sophomore was on the scoresheet again in the quarterfinal against Garden Grove, but the Titans fell to the Argonauts in penalties, 4-3, following a 2-2 draw in regulation and extra time. Redshaw was the other scorer in the quarterfinal matchup.

San Marino opened the season with a five-game win streak. The Titans concluded their first winning season since 2018-19 when they finished 13-3-3 and second in the Rio Hondo League. The last time they won the league title was 2014-15, which was the last time they reached the second round of the playoffs.

The Titans last reached a section quarterfinal in 2013-14 when they made it to the Division V semifinal.

“This team came and turned it around for us and put us back on the map,” said Acuna of the team’s season performance.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO, BOYS’ SOCCER AWARDS

In San Marino girls’ water polo Olivia Deng was named to the second team, while Dara Wiebe earned honorable mention.

“I was really excited about it,” said Wiebe of the accolade. “It was very much an honor. I didn’t really have any idea it was happening. I made me feel really good about the progress over the year.”

Wiebe said her highlight of the season was the Titans’ matchup against Blair.

“Because of their pool, it’s a really hard game to play, so I think it was a really fun game to be able to win,” the captain said. “I think it showed the growth of the team a lot, which I was excited about.”

Meanwhile, in boys’ soccer, Toby Pedroza was honored on the second team as a goalkeeper, while Jaeden Kusuma and Leo Fang were honorable mentions.

— Nathan Cambridge contributed to this story

First published in the April 25 issue of the San Marino Tribune

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