In the span of 24 hours the Imperial Valley College softball team received some good news and some bad news.
The good news was that first baseman Olga Noris had been selected to the Pacific Coast Conference's all-second team and that head coach Jill Lerno was named conference coach of the year after leading the Arabs to a 20-13 overall mark — the biggest win/loss differential she's posted in her seven years as coach — and sole possession of third place in the PCC, a first for her.
Despite finishing 20-13 and going 8-6 in conference, the bad news was IVC did not qualify for the postseason.
"It's great to be named coach of the year, but it would've meant a lot more had our team made the playoffs. In that sense, I'd probably trade the coach of the year award for a spot on the playoffs," said Lerno, who has never made the postseason as IVC head coach. "We played our butts off and had a better year than people thought we would, so I really think we deserved to make the playoffs. I mean, teams with losing records got in and we didn't. But, oh well, there's not much we can do about that now."