Alston, Bennion named Vista Murrieta Athletes of Month

Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon Basketball player Ravi Alston and soccer player Madison Bennion were recently named the Murrieta 24/7 Febru...

Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon

Basketball player Ravi Alston and soccer player Madison Bennion were recently named the Murrieta 24/7 February Athletes of the Month at Vista Murrieta High School.

Alston, a senior, played a big role in helping the Broncos post the most wins in school history (24) and go to the CIF-SS semifinals for the first time ever. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds this season.

Alston is still trying to decide between basketball and football for a college career.

"Schools are talking to me for basketball and football," he said. "I'm attending two camps coming up. Whatever happens, happens.

"The guys really bought into everything our coaches had to say this season. It was a historic season and great for the school."

Coach Andy Rucker had nothing but praise for Alston.

"Ravi is an absolutely great kid who is fully committed to his school and his program," Rucker said. "He has really developed into a great leader this year, both with his play on the court and as a leader of his team. He is a kid that will do great things in the future."

Bennion, just a sophomore, helped lead to the girls soccer team to its best season ever as well (9-1 in league, 20-6-2 overall). The center midfielder gained a lot of attention during the high school season and has done the same for her club team, resulting in an invitation to play for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national team.

"It's a year-round program, so they don't allow you to play high school anymore," Bennion said. "It will be a great opportunity. Every game, they have hundreds of college coaches on the sidelines."

Coach Ryan Heise described the impact Bennion had on the team.

"Madison has been a solid presence in the middle of the field for us the entire year," Heise said. "She scored two big goals against Great Oak the first time we played them. On the second goal, she sacrificed herself by getting her head on the ball from about 10 yards out, hammering it into the back of the net while colliding with a player and breaking her nose.

"She missed the next couple of games but came back and has done a great job for us. She wins balls in the air, is a good tackler and passer of the ball, and can be a weapon striking balls from distance with both feet. Madison has been a big reason for our success this season."

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