Coleman, Wood named top Immanuel High athletes for ‘23-24

Both athletes star in multiple sports for Eagles; Ramirez and Forbes capture Male and Female Athletes of the Year for Dinuba High

Dinuba High’s Kathryne Forbes, pictured during a Central Section girls water polo playoff game last fall, was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2023-24. The sophomore was a standout in swimming and water polo and also started for the girls basketball team. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published June 20, 2024  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY — Multi-sports Class of 2024 standouts Nicolas Coleman and Allison Wood recently were honored as Immanuel High School’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Coleman, who starred in football and baseball, and volleyball-softball standout Wood received their honors at the school’s season-ending athletic awards ceremony on May 20. The school also honored all its athletes and coaches in fall, winter and spring sports at the event.

Coleman excelled on both sides of the ball and served as team captain for the 5-6 Immanuel football team in 2023. Playing fullback-tight end and linebacker for the team, he caught 11 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 41 yards and another score. Defensively, he had 51 total tackles, three for loss and one quarterback sack.

In the spring, Coleman starred in baseball for Immanuel, leading the team as a senior with a .468 batting average and posting a 7-3 record as a pitcher for the Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division champions. His football exploits earned him a scholarship with Division III Willamette University in Oregon.

Wood was the Tri-County Conference Most Valuable Player in volleyball, starring at libero and defensive specialist as the Eagles rolled to the TCC Sequoia championship. She led the team in digs and service receiving.

In addition to MVP award in TCC, Wood was named to the Fresno Bee All-Stars team. She also played varsity soccer as a sophomore and junior, scoring 21 goals as a junior.

In softball, Wood anchored the defense in centerfield and finished second in the TCC with a .525 batting average including a conference-leading 42 hits. She also led the team in on-base percentage (.591), slugging percentage (.587), OPS (1.187), runs (37) , triples (2) and stolen bases (14 of 15).

All told, 12 Immanuel athletes received special Tri-County Conference recognition in their respective sports. In addition to Wood in volleyball, conference MVP awards went to Tad Tibbett (boys basketball), Spencer Horn (beach volleyball) and Eli Garay (baseball).

Other TCC awards winners were Horn (Defensive Player of Year, volleyball), Jakob Percival (Lineman of the Year, football), Seth Hutchinson (Defensive POY, soccer), Sidney Azua (Defensive POY, girls basketball), Mikah Tolpezninkas (Defensive POY, boys basketball), Mary DeGraw (Defensive POY, beach volleyball), Amanda Herrera (Pitcher of the Year, softball) and Natalia Delgadillo (Defensive POY, softball).

Three Immanuel High coaches were voted by their TCC peers as conference coaches of the year during 2023-24. They were Bissi DenHartog (girls volleyball), Steve Ramirez (baseball) and Loren LeBeau (girls basketball). LeBeau’s Eagles went 26-10, capturing the Central Section Division IV championship and reaching the CIF Southern California regional semifinals.

Dinuba honors Ramirez, Forbes

A veteran senior and talented sophomore, both two-sport stars, recently were named Dinuba High’s Athletes of the Year for 2023-24. Football-track and field star Julian Ramirez received the Male Athlete award while aquatics-basketball standout Kathryne Forbes won the Female Athlete award.

Ramirez was a dominant force for the Emperors, earning team MVP award and West Yosemite League Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior rush end. He rushed for 356 yards and scored a team-high 11 touchdowns while playing fullback on offense.

The 6-foot, 220-pound standout was a standout wrestler but opted out of his senior season to concentrate on track and field. It paid off with West Yosemite League and Central Section Division II championships in both the discus and shot put and a berth in the state meet with a fifth place Section Masters meet finish in the discus.

Ramirez then uncorked a personal record throw of 182 feet, 1 inch to earn a fifth place medal in state, capping off a team MVP award in track and field. Ramirez will attend College of the Sequoias this fall and play football and also compete in track and field in his weight specialties.

Forbes finished as team MVP in both water polo and swim for Dinuba. She earned first-team all-West Yosemite League honors while helping lead the Emperors to a postseason playoff berth, and in the spring captured the WYl title in the 100 backstroke swim before finishing in fourth and eighth place at the section Division II meet.

Forbes also earned second team all-WYL honors in basketball, and was named to the all-tournament team as Dinuba won its annual Holiday Classic title. During the school year, she was a recipient of the “Pursuing Victory With Honor” award from the Tulare County Office of Education.

Jon Earnest
Reporter