Robbie Berwick, Sabrina Degnan top the list
As the decade officially draws to a close The Atascadero News and The Paso Robles Press took a look back through the archives, asked local coaches, athletics directors and members of the community who they thought were some of the best athletes of this decade.
Athletes of the decade were chosen based on their athletic accomplishments during their high school careers, and two Atascadero High School graduates were consistently mentioned.
Rob Berwick, AHS class of 2014, and Sabrina Degnan, AHS class of 2015, are The Atascadero News Athletes of the Decade. Together the pair earned 19 varsity letters, eight first-team all-league selections and a pair of Athlete of the Year awards from Atascadero High School as seniors.
Berwick played only two sports at Atascadero — basketball and football — but earned seven varsity letters, playing all four years on the varsity basketball team and starting at quarterback for three seasons in football.
In his senior season, Berwick led the Greyhounds to an undefeated 6-0 record in the PAC 7 and a 9-3 overall record, passing for 1,527 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 349 yards and seven more scores on the ground. He was named to the Southern Section all-league team by Maxpreps and was the PAC 7’s most valuable player, among other awards.
During his time on the grass, Berwick set the Hounds’ career record for passing touchdowns and yards accumulating 32 touchdowns and 4,450 yards in three years.
In basketball, Berwick was part of three league champions in his four years and ended his career with back-to-back county player of the year awards, all-league selections, and the league titles. Berwick averaged 19 points, five rebounds and five assists his senior season and led Atascadero to the quarterfinals of the 2014 CIF Southern Section state playoffs with a 24-6 overall record, including a 12-0 mark in league play.
In his junior season, Berwick averaged 17 points, led Atascadero to a share of the league title with Righetti and a 19-9 overall record. After four years of excellence, Berwick signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Florida State for the Seminoles and later transferred to Colorado State for the 2016-17 season.
Degnan was a three-sport star at Atascadero and is the only 12-time varsity letter earner in school history. Degnan played volleyball, basketball and track and field while with the Greyhounds and earned all-league selections for both her junior and senior year in volleyball and basketball.
As a senior captain of the volleyball team, Degnan helped lead the Hounds to an 18-14 overall record and second-place tie in the PAC 8 with San Luis Obispo before losing in the first round of the Southern Section playoffs to Simi Valley. Degnan was second on the team in aces with 27 but made the most significant difference in the back end, where she tallied over 400 digs.
In her junior season, the Greyhounds were 20-12 overall and again finished second in the PAC 8, earning a playoff berth, where they fell to Alta Loma in the first round. Degnan again led the team in digs — 424 on the year. Her all-time high for digs in a season came her sophomore year when she recorded 462.
Over her career as a Greyhound, Degnan recorded 1,291 total digs as a three-year varsity starter.
Degnan earned All North County Girls Basketball Player of the Year in her senior season and earned also earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015 with a 4.38 GPA.
After the conclusion of her athletic career, Degnan signed her National Letter of Intent with Occidental, where she competed in both volleyball and track and field.
Many great athletes could have been selected and many were considered from Atascadero. Honorable mentions include Troy Norris, Brittni Frace, Elijah Cooks, Ryan Lombardi and Sarah Wulff and Miranda Daschian.
The Templeton Eagles have also had a terrific run of athletes during the past decade, and Mac Lardner and Savannah Camacho are the two that were selected.
Lardner, THS class of 2016, only played one sport while at Templeton, baseball, but made the best of it by earning a spot on the Maxpreps All-American first-team, MaxPreps First Team All-State and the Under Armour Preseason All-American.
During his career at Templeton, Lardner threw over 270 innings and finished with a career ERA of just 1.46 and struck out over 282 batters while walking only 72. During his senior season, Lardner went 5-4 in 12 starts with a 1.37 ERA and 80 strikeouts. Larder signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Gonzaga.
Camacho, THS class of 2012, was a two-sport star in both cross country and track and field. In long-distance, Camacho was a cross country champion in all four years that she ran for the Eagles and placed fifth at the 2011 California State Cross Country Championships.
In track and field, Camacho is as decorated as any athlete on the Central Coast has ever been. During her time with the Eagles, she was a three-time Division 4 champion in the 800 meters and three-time runner-up in the 800 meters at the California state championship meet. Camacho was also a four-time Los Padres League champion in the 800 meters and 1600 meters. After tearing up California for four years, Camacho signed with Oklahoma State.