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2015 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • Boys volleyball: Ryan Moss, CdM By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Ryan Moss Corona del Mar Moss, a senior outside hitter, tallied 28 kills in three matches Saturday to lead the Sea Kings to the Orange County Championship finals. He had 13 in a three-set victory over
    Sun Mar 29, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Connor Saeman, Servite
    CONNOR SAEMAN SERVITE VOLLEYBALL GPA: 4.23 Saeman is a senior libero for the Friars. He’s enrolled in AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP English Literature, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics and CP Critical Reflections. He’s a member of Junior Statesmen of America, a speech and debat
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Bailee Margolis, Trabuco Hills
    BAILEE MARGOLIS TRABUCO HILLS TRACK GPA: 4.82 Margolis has been accepted to MIT where she will run cross country and track. She also considered Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Her cumulative GPA ranks her fifth out of a class of 671. She’s currently enrolled in Psychology IB, Honors
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Boys lacrosse: Jason Simaan, CdM By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Jason Simaan Corona del Mar Simaan, a junior midfielder and face-off specialist, won 22 of 23 face-offs in a pair of victories last week for the Sea Kings. CdM defeated St. John’s of Texas (19-1) and Beckman (16-1). He also had an assist against Beckman. Simaan is committed to Brown University.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Girls lacrosse: Grace Houser, Mater Dei By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Grace Houser Mater Dei Houser, who earned first team all-county honors last season as a freshman, is off to a great start so far this season, scoring 21 goals in six games. She scored five in a big 15-4 victory over Aliso Niguel last week.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Boys track: Connor Meech, San Juan Hills
    Connor Meech San Juan Hills Meech became the state pace-setter in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 38.37 at the Triton/Asics Invitational at San Clemente High. The senior also placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.61) on Saturday.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Girls track: Amanda Gehrich, Tesoro
    Amanda Gehrich Tesoro Gehrich put herself in elite company at the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational by running the third best 3200 time in the nation. Her 10:33.99 mark ranks second in the state. The junior also won the 1600 in 4:59.56.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Boys golf: Everton Hawkins, Beckman
    Everton Hawkins Beckman He fired a 2-under-par 34 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club to help Beckman , post a school-record 171 on the par-36 course and beat Corona del Mar by 23 strokes. He has a 34.6 average over his last six matches and has shot 34 in three consecutive matches. He's 10-under in his last five rounds.
    Wed Mar 25, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Reese Stalder, Newport Habor By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Reese Stalder Newport Harbor The Sailors senior went 9-0 in his singles matches against Crean Lutheran, Corona del Mar and Tesoro a week ago. By topping Sea Kings star junior Bjorn Hoffmann, 7-5, last Wednesday afternoon, Stalder remained unbeaten on the season with a
    Wed Mar 25, 2015
  • Baseball: Marrick Crouse, Dana Hills By STEVE FRYER
    MARRICK CROUSE DANA HILLS He pitched a one-hit shutout in a South Coast League win over Tesoro and went 5 for 10 for the week with the bat for the Dolphins. In the win over Tesoro, Crouse struck out nine and walked two. He also had two hits in two at bats. Crouse had t
    Tue Mar 24, 2015
  • Softball: Maddy Dwyer, Orange Lutheran By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Maddy Dwyer Orange Lutheran The Lancers stud sophomore picked up three wins in the circle last week, striking out 25 batters while scattering just eight
    Tue Mar 24, 2015
  • Boys swimming: Daniel Tran, University By DAN ALBANO
    Daniel Tran University The Harvard-bound senior raced on three winning relays to help the Trojans defend their title at the boys Millikan Southern Section Relays. Tran led off the 4x100-yard individual medley, 200 backstroke and the championship-clinching 200 medley (1:34.66), which ranks second in meet history.
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Girls swimming: Samantha Shelton, Santa Margarita By DAN ALBANO
    Samantha Shelton Santa Margarita The freshman captured the 100 (52.58) and 200-yard (1:51.40) freestyles and anchored the 200 (23.63) and 400 (53.09) freestyle relays to help the No. 1 Eagles defeat No. 2 Tesoro, 101-69, in the teams’ “Dual in the Pool.&rdq
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Girls lacrosse: Meridian Lee, Foothill By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Meridian Lee Foothill Lee, a junior midfielder, scored 16 goals with two assists and 12 ground balls as the Knights went 8-0 last week. Lee also won 64 of 88 draws (72 percent) during the week. At the Surf, Sun and Stix Tournament Saturday, Lee scored nine goals with o
    Sun Mar 22, 2015
  • Boys track: Michael Mitchell, Tesoro By ANDREW TURNER
    Michael Mitchell Tesoro He was the triple jump (43-1.50) and 100-meter dash (11.27) champion of the Irvine Invitational. The Titans’ junior also placed third in the 200 meters and fourth in the long jump.
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Girls track: Hope Bender, Newport Harbor By ANDREW TURNER
    Hope Bender Newport Harbor Bender shined at the Irvine Invitational on Saturday. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.03, while finishing second in the 200-meter sprint and third in the 400 meters.
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Zachary Burns, Sage Hill By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ZACHARY BURNS SAGE HILL SOCCER GPA: 4.11 Burns is a three-sport athlete (football and track and field) for the Lightning. He played in defense and goalkeeper for Sage Hill. He helped lead the Lightning to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Divis
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Taylor Loskot, Mission Viejo By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    TAYLOR LOSKOT MISSION VIEJO BASKETBALL GPA: 4.6 Loskot, a three-year starter, was a key member for the Diablos basketball team this year, averaging 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game for the Diablos. Her performance in the c
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Boys golf: Samuel Kim, Northwood By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Samuel Kim Northwood He posted a 4-under-par 32 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club in a victory against Beckman and added a 1-under-par 35 the following day at Tustin Ranch to help the Timberwolves beat Foothill. He medaled in both matches.
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Riley Smith, Los Alamitos By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Riley Smith Los Alamitos The Griffins junior led the way in a win over perennial-power University last Tuesday. With the 11-7 victory, Los Al became the first county team to top the Trojans since April 2006.
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: Dane Olson, Laguna Beach By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Dane Olson Laguna Beach Olson, a senior outside hitter, earned MVP honors at the Dos Pueblos Tournament, leading the Breakers to the title. Olson played in 14 of 15 sets on Saturday. He recorded 51 kills with a hitting percentage of .316.
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Girls swimming: Katie McLaughlin, Santa Margarita By DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin Santa Margarita The Cal-bound senior helped the Eagles capture two relays and finish second in another as they defended their title at the Capistrano Valley Relays. She split a sizzling 48.63 anchor in the 400 free relay, which placed second, and split
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Baseball: Will Tribucher, San Clemente By STEVE FRYER
    WILL TRIBUCHER SAN CLEMENTE Tribucher was named most valuable player of the Loara Tournament won by San Clemente. He had seven hits in 15 at bats with two doubles and five RBIs. Tribucher got the
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • Softball: Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Alyssa Palomino Mission Viejo The Diablos senior became the county’s all-time home run leader, hitting her 46th and 47th career homers against California High in last week’s Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Bullhead, Arizona. Palomino also had t
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • Boys lacrosse: David Arent, Marina By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    David Arent Marina Arent had a busy, yet productive week for the Vikings. The senior midfielder scored 26 goals, with four assists and 28 ground balls in four matches. He set a new school record with nine goals in an 18-4 victory over Chaparral, Saturday. He scored six
    Mon Mar 16, 2015