The Crescenta Valley High School athletics department had successful campaigns in a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the CIF Southern Section took notice by including three of the school’s standout athletes in its annual All-CIF lists.
Dee Dee Hernandez, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in the area, capped her high school softball career with an All-CIF Division 1 first team selection after helping the Falcons claim a fourth consecutive Pacific League championship. The Falcons finished 16-5 on the season and shut out Simi Valley Royal, 5-0, in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Murrieta Mesa, 1-0.
Hernandez has signed a national letter of intent to play at San Diego State University. The lefty pitcher led Crescenta Valley to a CIF-SS Division 3 championship and was named player of the year in 2019. Hernandez has also pitched for the Mexican national softball team since 2018.
The CVHS girls’ soccer team had two players recognized after a memorable postseason run. Senior Dana Ryan and junior Sydney Esquival made the All-CIF Division 3 first team after helping the Falcons reach the semifinals.
The duo led Crescenta Valley to an 11-3 record and a Pacific League crown. The Falcons defeated Chino Hills Ayala, Laguna Hills and Buena High of Ventura before being edged by Alta Loma of Rancho Cucamonga, 2-1, in the semis.