Jun 13, 2013 9:38 PM by Andrew Masuda
From the volleyball court to the soccer field to the track, Cristina Ozzimo rose to the occasion all year long. The recent Nipomo High graduate has been selected as KSBY's Female Prep Athlete of the Year. "It makes me feel great, just all that hard work and the past four years of playing sports, it all payed off and it is just a really awesome achievement and I'm so excited to be awarded it," said Ozzimo.
Cristina can add the KSBY distinction to what she called her proudest moment, winning the All-Around Senior Female Athlete of the Year at Nipomo High. To her, playing three sports was a no-brainer. "I love sports and I love all three of them and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that I was going to only stick to volleyball or only stick to soccer. I was going to do everything I could in the school year, pack it all in," said Ozzimo.
She packed in three trips to CIF her senior year. Cristina led the Titan volleyball team in the fall to the second round of the playoffs. The setter earned All-Los Padres League First Team honors and averaged 10 assists per set.
In the winter, Cristina did the scoring. She scored a school record 30 goals and led the girls soccer team to a CIF berth. Ozzimo earned the league's Co-Most Offensive Player of the Year award.
Then in the spring, Ozzimo ran in the 100 and 200 meter dash events. She finished second and third in the LPAL Finals and helped the Lady Titans win the league title. "I really think sports at Nipomo High School made my high school career really awesome and I'm just so glad that I was a part of all those teams and got to play with all those special people and make those special memories that I'll never forget," said Ozzimo.
Cristina will focus on only soccer from this point. She plans to attend Cal Poly and try to make the women's soccer team as a walk-on.
Ozzimo took home the honor for her success in three different sports, all the while maintaining a 4.33 grade point average.
Other finalists for the Prep Female Athlete of the Year Award included Righetti softball star Katie Chenault, St. Joseph basketball star Tatiana Dunlap, Morro Bay's Carli Watt and San Luis Obispo's softball and basketball star Erica Chandler.
KSBY Sports will announce the Male Prep Athlete of the Year on Friday. The award is between Templeton's Andy Garretson, Mission Prep's Andy Rowley, Arroyo Grande's Matt Willkomm, Lompoc's Nikko Hayes and Righetti's Luke Wilson.
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