Honorees Evan Rawe, Giovanni Soto, and Michael Tayag
Three MVRCS basketball seniors were honored recently. Eagles shooting guard Evan Rawe was honored by head coach Tony Ferullo: “Evan is an excellent all-around student-athlete, who excels both on the court and in the classroom. His biggest skill as a player is his ability to shoot the basketball, particularly from long-range. He truly loves the game and is a team-first kind of guy. He works hard at practice every day and is proud to represent his team, his school, and his community.” Upon graduation, Evan plans to attend college and major in nursing.
The second senior is guard-forward and co-captain Giovanni Soto, who has made a name for himself as a multi-talented player throughout his high school career. Says Coach Tony Ferullo: “Gio is one of the best players to ever wear a Mystic Valley basketball uniform. The first thing I look for in a player is toughness, and no one is tougher than Gio Soto. A team and conference Most Valuable Player and All-Star performer, he can score from anywhere on the court and plays with a relentless, no-quit attitude that is admired by his teammates, coaches, and opponents.” Upon graduation, Gio plans to attend college and major in business.
Joined at halfcourt by his mom, Tara, dad, Brandy, and brothers Max and Ben, who both played basketball for Mystic Valley, with Ben a proud member of the 1,000-point club.
The third senior is point guard and co-captain Michael Tayag, who has established himself as a conference All-Star player and leader over the years as a valuable member of the boys’ varsity basketball team. Says Coach Tony Ferullo: “Mike is the sparkplug that ignites the boys’ basketball team engine. He can score by driving to the basket or shooting from the outside. As the floor general, he sets the pace and makes sure everyone gets involved in the offense. He plays the game with great energy and passion and his enthusiasm rubs off on other members of the team.” Upon graduation, Mike plans to attend college and major in marketing.
Joined at halfcourt by his mom, Jennifer, his sisters Mary, KC, and Hazel, brother RJ, Uncle Rico and cousin, Marcus.