2012-13 Irvine Valley Athletes of the Year Kate Cho and Zack Mills   

Tags: Athletics, Basketball-Men, Golf-Women, IVCEvents

Kate ChoIrvine Valley's athlete of the year awards for the 2012-13 school year went to a women's golfer and a men's basketball player.

Sophomore Kate Cho was named Irvine Valley's female athlete of the year.

She was a big part of why Irvine Valley won the golf state title last fall. Irvine Valley won its second state golf title in the last three years.

Kate ChoThe Lasers finished with a total score of 328, which out-distanced Glendale (660).

Cho was named co-player of the year in the Orange Empire Conference and picked as an all-state player.

Cho played just one year at Irvine Valley. She arrived in Irvine after spending her freshman season at Alabama State.

But the Atlanta, Ga. native helped the Lasers to one of the best women's golf seasons in California community college history. IVC went undefeated on the season.

Cho finished as the runner-up at the state tournament at Temecula Creek last fall with a two-day total of 151 (75-76). She was also the medalist at the Orange Empire Conference Finals.

She ended up tied for player of the year honors in the conference with sophomore teammate Sally Kim.

Zack MillsCho is headed to play at Cal State Fullerton in the fall.

Sophomore forward Zach Mills was picked as IVC's male athlete of the year.

Mills, a 6-5 forward, was named first team all-Orange Empire Conference after leading the Laser men's basketball team in several statistical categories. He averaged 14.6 and 8.2 rebounds per game.

He averaged 14.6, which was second best on the squad and 8.2 rebounds per game, which topped IVC.

Zack MillsMills ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, first in rebounding, sixth in field goal percentage at 48.7 percent, first in three-point shooting at 43.2 percent and fourth in free throw percentage at 81.3 percent.

He scored double figures in all but eight games, including a career-best 30 points in a 72-63 win over Santa Monica.

Mills was named the team's co-most valuable player of the year along with sophomore forward Michael Bolden.

Mills also earned the Lasers' best academic award and best rebounder honor.

Irvine Valley finished with a record of 16-12 overall and was third in conference with a mark of 7-5.

The Lasers reached the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs before losing to Chaffey.

Mills, who prepped at Esperanza High, is headed to play for Sacramento State in the fall.



Posted by  Brent Shaver  on  8/7/2013
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