GLENDALE — With four formidable teams comprising the Mission League and the three-way logjam for second that took place in the 2008 season, garnering all-league honors is certainly no small matter.
Thus, when St. Francis High junior Dietrich Riley — the league’s offensive most valuable player — and senior Rian Younker — the defensive MVP — nabbed two of the league’s top accolades, they were honors not lost on either of them or their coach.
“I was very happy for both of those guys, they’re such hard workers and great teammates,” said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose Golden Knights had six first-team honorees, including Younker and Riley, and eight others notch second-team recognition. “You never know what’s gonna go on in those meetings. I think other coaches knew what outstanding players both of those guys were for us.”