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2015 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • Girls basketball: Samantha Leyds, Mission Viejo By JEREMY BALAN
    SAMANTHA LEYDS MISSION VIEJO The senior forward had her seventh and eighth games of 20 points or more last week in the Diablos’ Sea View League victories over El Toro and San Juan Hills. She had 27 points in each, and also had an 18-point performance in a 39-20 win over Capistrano Valley sandwiched in between.
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Boys basketball: Josh Rodriguez, Sonora By STEVE FRYER
    JOSH RODRIGUEZ SONORA He scored 53 points over two Freeway League wins for the Raiders. Rodgriguez, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard, scored 25 points with six rebounds and five assists against Fullerton. He scored 28 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists against Buena Park. Rodriguez made five 3-pointers in the F
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Boys basketball: Rex Pflueger, Mater Dei By STEVE FRYER
    REX PFLUEGER MATER DEI He scored 52 points over two games as the top-ranked Monarchs beat the county’s No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in Trinity League games. Pflueger scored 27 points with 15 rebounds in Mater Dei’s 73-69 win at No. 3 Santa Margarita. He scored 25 with seven rebounds and five assists in
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Jenna Rodriguez, San Clemente
    JENNA RODRIGUEZ SAN CLEMENTE The 5-foot-11 senior forward has had a double-double in almost every game this season, and continued that trend in the Tritons’ (11-7) South Coast League victories over Aliso Niguel and Laguna Hills. Against Aliso, Rodriguez has 20 points and 13 rebounds, and against Laguna Hills,
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Girls soccer: Brenda Chopin, Santa Ana Valley By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Brenda Chopin Santa Ana Valley The Falcons have raced out to a 3-0 start in the Orange League thanks in large part to the play of their senior captain. Chopin scored five goals in three wins last week, adding two assists along the way. The midfielder has had a hand in seven of Valley’s eight league goals.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Boys soccer: Bryan Reynoso, Brea Olinda By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    BRYAN REYNOSO BREA OLINDA He finished the week with three goals and two assists to help the Wildcats beat El Modena and Esperanza. He had the game-winner in both matches.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Wrestling: Russell Rohlfing, Sonora
    Russell Rohlfing Sonora Rohlfing (126) won two matches by technical fall, one by fall and two by decision to advance to Saturday’s finals at The Five Counties Invitational. Rohlfing, who is ranked fourth in the state, dropped a 4-2 decision to No.2 ranked Durbin Lloren (Buchanan) in the finals.
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Girls water polo AOW: Aria Fischer, Laguna Beach By DAN ALBANO
    Aria Fischer Laguna Beach The sophomore center scored a team-high 14 goals and added four assists and four steals to help the Breakers defend their title at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. The all-tournament pick scored four goals in a 9-3 victory against Corona del Mar in the semifinals and three in a 9-
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Lauren Brotherton, Cypress By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAUREN BROTHERTON CYPRESS SOCCER GPA: 4.33 Brotherton is a senior midfielder for the Centurions, who have won their first two Empire League games and are ranked in the top 10 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll. In the classroom, she’s enrolled in AP English Literature, AP Statistics, A
    Mon Jan 19, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Omid Zargham, Tustin By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OMID ZARGHAM TUSTIN SOCCER GPA: 4.4 Zargham is a senior defender for the Tillers and has been in the program for all four years. Zargham scored the winning goal in the Empire League opening 3-2 victory for the Tillers, Jan. 13. He’s enrolled in AP Physics C, AP Microeconomics, A
    Mon Jan 19, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Natalie Holland, Mater Dei By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NATALIE HOLLAND MATER DEI SOCCER GPA: 4.2 Holland is a senior defender for the Monarchs. She earned all-Trinity League second team honors last year. Holland is enrolled in AP English Language and Composition, AP US Government, Honors Anatomy, Spanish IV, AP Statistics, Peace and Justice
    Sat Jan 17, 2015
  • Boys basketball: Brandon Smith, Godinez By STEVE FRYER
    BRANDON SMITH GODINEZ He scored 62 points and grabbed 29 rebounds over two nonleague wins for the Grizzlies. Smith, a 6-foot-5 senior who signed with UC Irvine, scored 29 points with 16 rebounds in a 63-win over Savanna and scored 33 points with 13 rebounds in a 70-44 win over Rancho Mirage. Smith is averaging 23 po
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Kaylani Maiava, Foothill By JEREMY BALAN
    KAYLANI MAIAVA FOOTHILL The 6-foot senior forward leads the Knights in scoring at 15.9 points per game and had her highest total Saturday in an 84-51 win over Victor Valley. Maiava scored 25 points in the victory and also scored 17 in a 60-45 win over Chino Hills earlier in the week. She has scored in double digits
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Girls soccer: Mary Dynda, Kennedy By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Mary Dynda Kennedy The Fighting Irish midfielder had a hand in eight of the 10 goals her team scored last week. Dynda was unstoppable in last Monday’s 7-3 win over Anaheim, finishing with a hat trick and adding three assists on the afternoon. The following day, the senior netted another two goals in a 3-1 vict
    Thu Jan 15, 2015
  • Boys soccer: Alexis Lopez, Sunny Hills By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Alexis Lopez Sunny Hills The Lancers’ team captain scored both goals in the 2-1 victory against Estancia. The center back played every minute in the three games that the Lancers won last week, helped the Lancers outscore their opponents, 6-2.
    Thu Jan 15, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Rachel Whitelegge, Newport Harbor By DAN ALBANO
    Rachel Whitelegge Newport Harbor The UCLA-bound senior scored four goals, including three on the power-play, and added two steals and an assist to lead the Sailors past Los Alamitos, 7-3, for a key Sunset League victory. Whitelegge had three goals and five steals in an 11-4 triumph against The Bishop’s of La J
    Tue Jan 13, 2015
  • Wrestling: Xavier Hernandez, Villa Park
    Xavier Hernandez Villa Park Hernandez was unseeded in the 195-pound weight class at the Dinuba Invitational, but that didn’t stop him as he navigated his way through the field for the title, defeating Daniel Metz of Granite Hills 15-7 in the finals.
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Boys basketball: Rogers Printup, OLu By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Rogers Printup Orange Lutheran The senior guard was named MVP of the Orange Holiday Classic after guiding the Lancers to
    Fri Jan 09, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Alexandra Lewis, Laguna Beach By JEREMY BALAN
    ALEXANDRA LEWIS LAGUNA BEACH The 5-foot-9 daughter of coach Mark Lewis can play pretty much every position for the Breakers (6-8) and has led the team in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounds (12) for almost all of the season. Last week, she had her 10th double-double of the season with 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 53-31
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Girls soccer: Olivia LaCasto, Rosary By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Olivia LaCasto Rosary Playing close to 400 miles away from home, the Royals sophomore proved to be one of the most dangerous players on the pitch in last week’s Arizona Soccer Showcase. LaCasto scored a team-high five goals over three days of play, leading the Royals to an appearance in the tournament’s
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Boys soccer: Ethan Thrall, El Toro
    Ethan Thrall El Toro The senior center back helped the Chargers only give up one goal during the South OC Classic as they won the tournament for the third year in a row. He also finished with two assists during the four-game tournament.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Wrestling: Ryker Coppa, Marina By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Ryker Coppa Marina Coppa (195) won three matches by fall, one by decision and defeated Seth Avis of Case Robles, 10-2 in the finals at the Sierra Nevada Classic, last Tuesday. Coppa is ranked No. 1 in the county and seventh in the state at his weight.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Rebecca Chavez, Laguna Hills By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    REBECCA CHAVEZ LAGUNA HILLS SOCCER GPA: 4.56 Chavez is a senior forward for the Hawks, who are off to an 8-0-1 start this season. She also competes for the track and field team. Chavez is enrolled in Honors Physics, Honors Biology, Honors Civics, AP Calculus and AP English. She has volu
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Matt Rodriguez, Servite By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    MATT RODRIGUEZ SERVITE WRESTLING GPA: 5.0 Rodriguez (113) is off to a great start this season for the top-ranked Friars. He has finished first at the Cossarek Classic, fourth at the Clovis West Shootout and second at the Mann Classic. He is a two-time CIF qualifier. He finished sixth la
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Holly Parker, Laguna Beach By DAN ALBANO
    Holly Parker Laguna Beach The junior goalie made 13 saves, including one against a penalty shot, and allowed only two even-strength goals to hel
    Mon Jan 05, 2015