Wirth, Zolintakis Earn Cal-Hi Honors

Jaime Brown, Staff Writer

Volleyball’s Kelley Wirth and football’s Andrew Zolintakis received Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year honors for their fall season achievements.

Quarterback and senior captain Andrew Zolintakis won the Offensive Player of the Year as one of several awards presented by Cal-Hi Sports to area football athletes. “It means everything to me,” Zolintakis said of the honor. “It’s my senior year, it’s my last time.”

“I thought both I played really well and the team played very well, and the season couldn’t have gone much better,” Zolintakis said of his team’s league championship performance. The Cougars battled to an 11-0 record before losing to El Cerrito in the NCS Division III playoffs.

Zolintakis has played football for 9 years. “The game’s just a lot of fun,” he said. “I like the competition and I love the bond I make with my teammates.”

Junior volleyball captain Kelley Wirth was named Player of the Year for her contributions on the court, including her selfless play.

“I owe the honor to my teammates because it’s not an individual effort. We motivate each other to be the best player we can be and the support that I got from my teammates and my coaches is really what helped me,” Wirth explained.

“The feeling of having a second family is really special and I think you can’t get that anywhere else.”

Her team won the DFAL champions and made it to the NCS Tournament Final, where the Cougars lost a close match to Bishop O’Dowd.

Wirth was also selected as the league MVP.

“I think that I helped the team stay positive and I hope that I was a leader out there. Physically is one thing, but I think mentally you need players out there that other players can look to when they’re struggling,” she said. “I hope I was that person.”