Norco High softball receives national championship award from ESPN Rise and Powerade
The Norco High School varsity softball team accepts the Powerade Fab 50 first place trophy from ESPN Rise on Monday, June 18, at their home field.
NORCO, Calif. – In a ceremony on Monday, June 18, the Norco High School (NHS) varsity softball team was honored by ESPN Rise as national champions. In addition to being ranked first in the Powerade Fab 50 softball poll, NHS was also ranked first in the Cal-Hi Sports poll, and won the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title and the Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
NHS principal Dr. Lisa Simon and Athletic Director Nick Beronich welcomed the crowd of family members, district administrators and supporters from the community to the softball field, and introduced Norco Mayor Kevin Bash, who presented proclamations from regional and state politicians.
ESPN’s Garland Cooper and Olympic gold-medalist Amanda Freed presented medals and t-shirts to the players and congratulated them on their accomplishments. Head coach Rick Robinson spoke about the successful teamwork evident throughout the season, and recognized senior pitcher Emily Lockman for being named Gatorade California State Player of the Year.
The NHS softball team is the second Inland Empire team to ever win a national title, joining the Fontana High School 1987 football team.