Maestretti named Sierra Nevada Female Athlete of the Year

Douglas High's Bridget Maestretti, who was recently named The Record-Courier Female Athlete of the Year, has added another honor to her resume on the heels of her high school graduation last week.

Maestretti was chosen as the Sierra Nevada Media Group 2007-08 Female Athlete of the Year. She was selected from the pool of local senior athletes of the year selected by staff members of the Sierra Nevada Media Group newspapers.

Maestretti edged Galena's Langley Iverson in the voting while Carson's Kayla Sanchez took third.

Fallon's Trevor de Braga was named the group's Male Athlete of the Year, while Douglas' David Laird and Galena's Jake Hess tied for second in the voting and Douglas' Jeff Nady and Truckee's Kevin Sahlberg tied for fourth.

Maestretti became Douglas High's second athlete to win the award. Erin Brinkmeyer won it in 2005, the first year of the award.

She wrapped up her career at Douglas having started 120 out of 121 games for the Lady Tigers' basketball team, having earned all-league honors in each of the last three years.

Couple that with the nine varsity letters she earned in four years, along with two league titles and one state appearance from her four sports and she was a strong candidate for the award.

"She's probably one of the top five athletes, and on of the better complete players, I've ever coached," said Christen, who has been coaching in the boys' and girls' programs at Douglas for 22 years. "She was a great kid off the floor and she'll be sorely missed."

Maestretti had earned first-team all-league and all-region honors in basketball as a senior and probably could've been content with closing the book there.

Instead she went out for the track team and teamed with Sarah Hartley, Nicole Mehrer and Susie White to take third place at regionals in the 4x400 with a time of 4:08.47, which was good enough for a trip to state.

In his Greenwave career, de Braga has excelled in football, wrestling, baseball and boxing.

This year, he was named to the All-High Desert League team in football as a punter, running back and linebacker. He provided many memorable moments on the gridiron, including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Elko and a long touchdown reception in Fallon's 28-7 homecoming win over Spanish Springs.

He was also an Northern 4A regional champ and NIAA 4A State runner-up in wrestling at 160 pounds.

During the spring he started at third base for the Fallon baseball team and was named the team's most valuable offensive player.


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