The graduating class of female student athletes of 2019 from Healdsburg High School will be remembered for their many accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom.

The athletes selected in this issue were among the shining stars of their class and all had one thing in common – they represented their school and teams with tremendous talent, dedication and sportsmanship.

Although there were too many seniors to list, we congratulate the athletes for their accomplishments and pay tribute to a few with words and pictures. The following is the first of a two-part series. Next week: a salute to the boys.

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Photo Michael Lucid

Skill — Seana Maclure was among the top athletes on her teams in a distinguished four-year varsity swimming career for the Greyhounds, piling up frequent wins on the league circuit each season. A league medalist specializing in the 200 individual medley and 100 meter butterfly events, Maclure was also key member of several strong relay teams. Along the way she rose to become one of the top swimmers in the Redwood Empire.

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Photo Michael Lucid

Determination — Scholar/athlete Gabrielle Peterson will simply be remembered as one of the best to wear a Healdsburg singlet in an historic cross country and track career for the Greyhounds. The four-year star and HHS record holder rose to elite status among high school runners in the country, earning multiple trips to the prestigious CIF State Championships in both sports. In cross country Peterson won individual league titles and captured the 2018 state Division 5 championship, just the second Healdsburg runner to achieve the feat. She was just as good on the track, winning league and NCS Meet of Champion titles, and was the third athlete from the Redwood Empire to claim state medals in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter events.

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Driven — Deisy Velasco made her mark as a consistent scorer in multiple varsity seasons in cross country and track. Along the way she combined endurance, hard work and determination to help her team rise in the league ranks in both sports, showing tremendous drive and improvement each season.

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Talent — Lilia Lopez will be remembered as a key member of strong volleyball and track teams in a notable four-year career for the Greyhounds, rising to leadership status in each sport. A team captain on the volleyball court, Lopez was a force at the net and a statistical leader in most offensive categories. She was equally strong on the track where she was an NCS qualifier, excelling in multiple events.  

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Photo Jane Wann

Fabulous — Tiffany VanVranken enjoyed a superb four-year varsity run on the HHS girls golf team, emerging as one of the top players in the program’s history. Part of the “Fab Five,” VanVranken helped lead the Lady Greyhounds to multiple league championships and yearly trips to the North Coast Section tournament. She was a scholar/athlete, also lettering in varsity softball.

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Endurance — Natalie Bozeman was a scholar/athlete and among the best of her of her graduating class in a four-year cross country and track career. In the fall, she rose to become one of the leading trail runners on the cross country circuit. On the track Bozeman was a strong distance runner and key member of Healdsburg relay teams.

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Photo Michael Lucid

Athleticism — Susie Gutierrez was athleticism personified in a great multi-year varsity career in cross country, soccer and track, establishing herself among the best in each sport. On the soccer pitch, she led her team in scoring. She was even better on the track, where her versatility propelled her to wins in several disciplines, including hurdles and jumping events. 

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Photo Jane Wann

Performance — Piper Jones was a key player in helping the Lady Greyhounds to golf prominence during a stellar, four-year links career. A team leader on and off the course, Jones was a card-carrying member of the famed “Fab Five,” helping Healdsburg to multiple league pennants. 

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