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2016 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • Girls soccer player of the week: Jazmin Lopez, Segerstrom By ANDREW TURNER
    Jazmin Lopez Segerstrom The senior midfielder scored five goals in two games, including three against Orange, to help the Jaguars to a pair of Golden West League victories. Lopez, who signed with Idaho State, has 14 goals this season.
    Thu Feb 11, 2016
  • Girls water polo athlete of the week: Jaleh Moaddeli, Corona del Mar BY DAN ALBANO
    Jaleh Moaddeli Corona del Mar The junior attacker racked up 16 goals, seven assists and six steals in four matches at the Irvine SoCal Championships to earn all-tournament honors and help the Sea Kings place fifth. She also scored seven goals in an 11-4 league victory at Beckman.
    Thu Feb 11, 2016
  • Girls wrestling athlete of the week: Gabby Garcia, Valencia By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Gabby Garcia Valencia Garcia (126) made quick work of her opponents Saturday at the CIF Girls qualifying tournament, winning all four of her matches by first-period fall. Garcia will compete in the CIF-SS Individual Championships on Friday and Saturday. Contact the writer:
    Thu Feb 11, 2016
  • Boys basketball player of the week: Sam Kobrine, Corona del Mar By STEVE FRYER
    Sam Kobrine Corona del Mar The 6-foot-3 senior guard scored 25 points against Beckman and a season-high 34 against University in a pair of Pacific Coast League wins for the Sea Kings. He made five 3-pointers in the win over University. He is averaging 15 points a game. Corona del Mar plays at league-leading Northwood
    Wed Feb 10, 2016
  • Boys soccer player of the week: Oscar Navarro, Santa Ana By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    OSCAR NAVARRO SANTA ANA He scored four goals, including three in a 5-1 victory against Westminster that helped the Saints clinch the Golden West League title. Contact the writer:
    Wed Feb 10, 2016
  • Girls basketball player of the week: Jackie Cenan, Laguna Beach By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Jackie Cenan Laguna Beach The senior guard scored a season-high 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win over Costa Mesa, and followed that up with a 26-point, nine-steal effort against Saddleback. Cenan has scored 20-plus points in four consecutive games and is making 64 percent of her shots from the field du
    Wed Feb 10, 2016
  • Boys scholar-athlete of the week: Josh Miller, Yorba Linda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    JOSH MILLER YORBA LINDA BASKETBALL GPA: 4.33 Miller, a senior guard, is averaging 8.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He is enrolled in three AP classes (calculus AB, environmental science and macro economics), plus Spanish 4 and Language Arts 4. He is involved with the Y
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Girls scholar-athlete of the week: Lauren Polyakov, Villa Park By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAUREN POLYAKOV VILLA PARK SOCCER GPA: 4.9 Polyakov, a senior midfielder/forward, has 13 goals and 10 assists. She was selected first-team all-Century League as a sophomore and junior. Her classes include AP statistics, AP English language, AP physics C and AP U.S. government. She recei
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Boys scholar-athlete of the week: Shane Taleisnik, Beckman By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SHANE TALEISNIK BECKMAN BASKETBALL GPA: 4.7 Taleisnik is a senior guard for the Patriots. He’s currently averaging 7.8 points a game and has started every game since his sophomore year. He has a 34 ACT score and has received the Principal’s Exemplary Honor Roll througho
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Girls scholar-athlete of the week: Quin Garant, Canyon By DAN ALBANO
    QUIN GARANT CANYON GIRLS WATER POLO GPA: 4.89 Garant is a two-year varsity water polo player who specializes in 2-meter defense. She also plays catcher in softball and ran cross country as a freshman and sophomore. The senior has earned scholar-athlete awards in all three sports. Garant
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Girls water polo athlete of the week: Kayla Constandse, Mater Dei By DAN ALBANO
    Kayla Constandse Mater Dei The Stanford-bound senior had five goals, one assist and two steals to help the Monarchs defeat Santa Margarita, 15-9, in a key Trinity League game.
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Wrestler of the week: Anthony Nixon, El Toro By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Anthony Nixon El Toro Nixon (220) won all three matches fall Saturday to capture the Coast View Conference title. Last week, Nixon upset the county’s Nos.3 and 5 wrestlers to win the title at the Laguna Hills Invitational. He’s currently 27-4.
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Boys basketball athlete of the week: Dillon Waikle, San Clemente By STEVE FRYER
    DILLON WAIKLE SAN CLEMENTE He scored 19 points with nine rebounds and four 3-pointers in a South Coast League win over Aliso Niguel and scored 23 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a league win over Mission Viejo. Waikle, a 6-foot-11 senior, is averaging 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks a game
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Girls basketball athlete of the week: Austyn Masuno, Oxford Acad. By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Austyn Masuno Oxford Academy The talented freshman center posted three consecutive double-doubles last week as the Patriots inched closer to capturing the Academy League title. Masuno averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in wins over Brethren Christian, Sage Hill and Whitney. She shot just under 80-percen
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Girls soccer athlete of the week: Kristen Chong, Troy By ANDREW TURNER
    Kristen Chong Troy The junior midfielder registered her first five goals of the season last week. She recorded a hat-trick against Sunny Hills, which gave the Warriors sole possession of first place in the Freeway League.
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Boys soccer athlete of the week: Ryan Erickson, Fountain Valley By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Ryan Erickson Fountain Valley The senior captain scored three goals in a 5-0 victory against Newport Harbor on Friday. He finished the week with four goals.
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Boys soccer athlete of the week: Kevan Rehmani, Yorba Linda By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    KEVAN REHMANI YORBA LINDA His five clutch one-handed saves, including one in overtime, on Thursday helped the Mustangs tie Brea Olinda, 1-1, in a North Hills League match.
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Girls soccer athlete of the week: Hailey Hopkins, Mater Dei By ANDREW TURNER
    Hailey Hopkins Mater Dei Hopkins scored four goals last week in leading Mater Dei to victories over third-ranked Santa Margarita and Orange Lutheran. The junior forward has eight goals in her last five games. Her 15 goals are tied for ninth in the county.
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Girls scholar-athlete of the week: Megan Patterson, Mission Viejo By DAN ALBANO
    MEGAN PATTERSON MISSION VIEJO GIRLS WATER POLO GPA: 4.7 Patterson is a four-year varsity member who plays utility for the Diablos, ranked second in CIF Division 4. She usually guards the opposition’s top offensive player. She ranks second for Mission Viejo in steals (50) and third
    Thu Jan 28, 2016
  • Girls water polo athlete of the week: Julia Rozolis-Hill, Huntington Beach By DAN ALBANO
    Julia Rozolis-Hill Huntington Beach The sophomore center had 19 goals and eight assits in five games and earned all-tournament honors to help the Oilers finish second at the America's Finest City Invitational in Coronado.
    Thu Jan 28, 2016
  • Girls basketball athlete of the week: Natalia Bruening, CdM By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Natalia Bruening Corona del Mar The Sea Kings star center was dominant on both ends of the floor last week, scoring 28, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking three shots against Leuzinger High before a 22-point, 12-rebound showing against Irvine that featured four additional swatted shots. The UC Santa Barbara signee is
    Tue Jan 26, 2016
  • Boys basketball athlete of the week: Kezie Okpala, Esperanza By STEVE FRYER
    KEZIE OKPALA ESPERANZA He scored 29 points in the Aztecs’ Crestview League win at Villa Park and scored 27 in a nonleague win over El Modena. Okpala made four 3-pointers in the El Modena game and two in the Villa Park game. A 6-foot-6 junior, Okpala is averaging 24 points and eight rebounds a game. UC Irvine h
    Tue Jan 26, 2016
  • Wrestler of the week: Ryan Gutierrez, Brea Olinda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    RYAN GUTIERREZ BREA OLINDA Gutierrez (126) won three matches by decision, one by fall and another by technical fall to win the title at the two-day CIT Invitational at Morro Bay. Gutierrez is currently ranked 20th in the state, sixth in the Southern Section and first in the county.
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Boys scholar-athlete of the week: Anastasios Marcopulos, Servite By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANASTASIOS MARCOPULOS SERVITE BASKETALL GPA: 4.31 Marcopulos is a senior guard for the Friars and captain for this season. He enters the week averaging 8.2 points a game. He’s averaging nearly three 3-point field goals a game. Marcopulos is enrolled in AP Macroeconomics, AP B
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Boys soccer athlete of the week: Brian Rojas, Century By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Brian Rojas Century He scored two goals, including on in overtime, to help the host Centurions rally to beat rival Santa Ana Valley, 4-3, on Friday
    Fri Jan 22, 2016