LBHS’ Ava Knepper named Sunset Conference Female Athlete of the Year

Ava Knepper, a senior at Laguna Beach High School (LBHS), was honored on June 3 at the Orange County Athletic Directors’ Association (OCADA) Athlete of the Year dinner held at Servite High School. Knepper was named the Sunset Conference Female Athlete of the Year, recognizing her outstanding athletic achievements and dedication to her sport.

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Ava Knepper receiving the award from CIF Commissioner Mike West

A standout athlete, she has achieved success in both water polo and swimming throughout her high school career. Knepper has been recognized with numerous accolades, including second-team All-Sunset League, second-team All-County, and second-team All-CIF Open Division during her sophomore and junior years. In her senior year, she earned first-team All-Sunset League, co-MVP of the Sunset League, first-team All-County and first-team All-CIF Open Division honors.

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Knepper excelled at swimming and water polo and holds many records at LBHS

“Ava Knepper is a truly unique and special talent,” said LBUSD Athletic Administrator Denise Selbe, Ed.D. “Being named the Sunset Conference Female Athlete of the Year is a testament to her dedication and hard work. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments and excited to see her continue her athletic journey at USC.”

Knepper’s athletic stats include 101 goals, 37 assists and 39 exclusions drawn in her senior year alone, culminating in a total of 337 career goals and 243 career assists in water polo. Additionally, Knepper excelled in swimming, holding LBHS records in the 200- medley relay, 50 free and 100 free, and qualified for CIF competitions for three consecutive years. Knepper’s achievements have earned her a scholarship to USC, where she will continue her water polo career.

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Knepper will continue her water polo career at USC

OCADA honors athletes of the year from across Orange County at its annual Athlete of the Year dinner in the spring. To view the 2024 Athlete of the Year slideshow and learn more, click here.


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