Rio Mesa grad Soto finds his way at VC

Joseph Soto remembers being at a family barbecue and fielding the call from Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who wanted to officially invite the Rio Mesa High star to take an official visit to ACC basketball country.”My hands were sweating, knowing the dream was right there,” said Soto. “I was picturing everything. I had the feeling. […]

Soto sees more in life than hoops

Joseph Soto is posing for photo.

Somewhere along the line, Joseph Soto got it. He realized high school wasn’t just about basketball. Grades were important too, along with attitude and maturity. It was then that Soto became the total package. Cleaning up his act off the court enhanced what he was doing on the court and his performance for Rio Mesa […]

Soto shines on court and in classroom

Joseph Soto is posing with a ball.

Joseph Soto already had pondered the relevance and factored in the history. But when the celebratory moment came for the Rio Mesa High boys’ basketball team, the senior guard struck feelings sharper than his shooting touch. “Before the game, I could have told you what I would feel,” said the Spartans senior guard. “But after […]

Soto steals the show as Spartans secure PVL crown

Spartan Pride.

This wasn’t just another rivalry game pitting Spartans against Scorpions. It was for a Pacific View League championship, and maybe something more. When the final buzzer sounded, the Rio Mesa High boys’ basketball team could finally celebrate something it hadn’t accomplished in 21 years—winning a league title. Behind a virtuoso performance from senior point guard […]

Not the man he used to be

Joseph Soto, headshot.

Joseph Soto hasn’t experienced a saccharine Disney fairy tale for his basketball odyssey at Rio Mesa High. The star-crossed point guard has lived through ups and downs. He’s dazzled with acrobatic layups and pirouetting rainbow buckets beyond the arc. He’s carried the Spartans for stretches with an intuitive ability to make big plays. He’s been, […]