High School Sports

CIF honors Bullard aquatics standout Anne Deffebach with Spirit award

Anne Deffebach, a four-year member of Bullard’s water polo and swimming teams, has been named the girls recipient of the CIF/Subway Spirit of Sport Award for the fall.

Deffebach, along with boys honoree Jose Tapia of Weed, will be presented an award, patch and $2,000 scholarship at the CIF Federated Council dinner April 8 in Milpitas. The award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service and exhibit leadership qualities.

“Sports are much more than the final score shown at the end of a game. They unite, inspire, and teach,” Deffebach said in a news release. “They evoke passion, promote healthy lifestyles, develop team mindsets, and provide opportunity for leadership.

“For me, sports have done all of this and more. They have molded my work ethic, which has helped me to be successful in some very challenging classes. They have trained me to set goals for myself in and out of the pool, and they have taught me what it means to be an effective and compassionate leader that displays sportsmanship in all arenas of life.”

Deffebach is a team captain for the Knights in both water polo and swimming. She is also a member of the leadership class, letterman’s club, Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the Pay it Forward Club and is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the community, Deffebach volunteers at the Central California Blood Center and with the Special Olympics.

“Anne understands that leadership is a combination of willingness, responsibility, vision and passion,” Bullard physical education teacher and softball coach Jaime Maxey said. “She has them all, and she has a sparkle in her eyes and a joy that she takes wherever she goes. She is wise beyond her years, and she uses her wisdom and talents to the fullest.”

Nick Giannandrea: 559-441-6103, @NickG_FB