King’s Lexie Flores is the IE Varsity Girls Tennis Player of the Year – Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE — Lexie Flores didn’t have much time to prepare for her second season.

Flores made a spectacular debut as a member of King’s high school girls tennis team last season when she captured the Big VIII League singles championship and advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section individual tournament. The girls’ tennis season is normally played in the autumn, but due to the corona pandemic, the 2020 season has been shifted to spring 2021.

With the schedule back to normal this season, Flores had only a few months to prepare for her encore.

“The difficulty was just trying to play as much tennis as possible during that time,” Flores said.

Flores accepted the challenge. She helped the Wolves finish the season with an 18-1 record and claim another Big VIII League championship. Flores went 46-3 in team competition, successfully defending her singles title and also reached the round of 16 of the southern section individual tournament.

For these reasons, Flores has been selected as the girls tennis player of IE Varsity for the second time in a row.

King was eliminated from the Division 1 playoffs in the second round, but Flores helped the Wolves achieve some memorable wins this season. The highlight was a win at the Open Division qualifier Arcadia. King also won victories over traditional local powers such as Palm Desert, Los Osos, and Great Oak.

“She is an encouragement and a great role model to all the other players,” said King coach Becky Gagnon. “Her work ethic is admirable and her positive attitude and consistent good sportsmanship make her the ideal player to coach and mentor teammates.”

Flores stands 5 feet-1, which puts her on the small side of the region’s elite girl tennis players. And while there’s a lot of power in its foundations, Flores often looks for other ways to gain points.

“I think my speed is one of the most important parts of my game,” said Flores. “I also try to use my smarts and knowledge of the game to get a bit of an edge, like knowing when to come in to win a point.”

Flores has put together an impressive high school resume and her goals for the future are ambitious.

“One of my big goals is to reach and even win the final of CIF.” said Floris. “Besides that, I want more colleges to look at me. I want to use my tennis skills to go to college and see how far I can go.”

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Coach of the Year: Al Noel, San Dimas

Noel led the Saints to the CIF Southern Section’s Division 4 Championship game, the first Section Final in the program’s history, despite not finishing in the Top 10 in the final division rankings.

San Dimas put in a strong push for the championship, falling 10-8 to Long Beach Poly in the title game.

San Dimas went unbeaten in the Valle Vista League for the second consecutive season, finishing the season with an 18-5 record.

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Brandy Babcock-Hannah, Vista Murrieta, Jr.

Lexie Flores, king, so.

Nelia Johnson, Etiwanda, Fr.

Sydney La, Claremont, Jr.

Hannah Mann, Rancho Cucamonga, Sr.

Shukan Parikh, Los Osos, So.


Angelina Capraro, king, that is.

Julianna Capraro, King, Sun.

Haley Kielty, Temescal Canyon, Sr.

Kaylin Kielty, Temescal Canyon, So.

Julia Herrera, Great Oak, Sr.

Hokulea Rezentes, Great Oak, Jr.



Hailey Brown, Notre Dame, Sr.

Denise Campbell, North Jr.

Kelsey Ko, Great Oak, Fr.

Kaia Paulo, Riverside Poly, Sr.

Jia Sharma, Redlands, Jr.

Geetika Sreeram, King, Sr.


Chloe Cadelina, Diamond Bar, Jr.

Laura Gao, Diamond Bar, Sr.

Katelyn Kim, Los Osos, Jr.

Allison Liu, the bears, mr.

Camila Fernandez, Claremont, So.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Claremont, Sr.

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