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Newsfront - May 15, 2009

Basketball queen named Female Athlete of the Year

Three-year MVP Naveen Rasheed honored by Danville Rotary

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Three outstanding athletes scored Monday at the Danville Rotary luncheon as they were presented with clock trophies to commemorate their contributions to sports in the San Ramon Valley. Then one was named the Female Athlete of the Year and given a huge trophy for her high school to display for a year with her name engraved, along with $500 to be used in a school sports program.

Top honors went to Naveen Rasheed, basketball star at Monte Vista High School. Amanda Glass of San Ramon Valley High was recognized for her prowess on the soccer field, and Bridget Bugbee of California High School received kudos for her championship swimming. Each was also touted for her leadership role on campus in addition to her athleticism.

"It's rare when you get a player who takes the program to another level," said Monte Vista basketball coach Ron Hirschman when introducing Rasheed. "She has athletic ability second to none."

He credited her with bringing the Lady Mustangs to the state finals, and said she has been named the East Bay Athletic League's Most Valuable Player for the last three years.

"What she does off the floor is even more amazing," he added, noting that she is a phenomenal student with many universities knocking on her door. Rasheed will be playing basketball next year at Princeton.

"I would pay to watch her play," he continued. "She is the reason we won 29 games this year. It was a rare opportunity to have an athlete of this level."

Rasheed will be the first athlete at Monte Vista High School to have her number retired, No. 24.

"I'm glad I could make Monte Vista proud," stated Rasheed as she accepted the clock trophy.

Amanda Glass exemplifies the true student athlete, said Assistant Principal Mike Aquino of San Ramon Valley High, who also worked with her in Leadership.

"She's truly a soccer superstar," said Coach Mark Jones. "She played four years at varsity level." He credited her with the team's four years of North Coast Section titles.

"It's an emotional time," he said, fighting back the tears. "She's in leadership. She mentors people. She's really blossomed and is able to lead."

Glass will attend UC Berkeley next year.

Bridget Bugbee was described as being "like the energizer bunny," who not only gets up to swim at 5:30 each morning, but excels in many other areas, including doing the morning announcements at Cal High, being news editor of the school paper, and playing the violin.

"She has so much self-confidence that people flock to her," said Ethan Hall, who has been swim coach for the last two years. Bugbee will attend UC Davis.

Guest speaker was Joe Fonzi, weekend sports anchor for KTVU Channel 2. He shared humorous stories about players for the Raiders and the 49ers but also talked about high school sports.

Fonzi noted that his daughters are cheerleader/athletes. "As the father of cheerleaders I get to go to all the games because cheerleaders go to all the games," he said.

He also commended Rotary for recognizing female athletes at the high schools, in addition to the football players they have been honoring for many years.