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2014 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • Defensive Player of the Week: Grady Higgins, Santa Margarita By DAN ALBANO
    Grady Higgins Santa Margarita The senior linebacker racked up 12 total tackles and forced and recovered a key fumble at his 22-yard line late in the third quarter to help lead the Eagles
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Offensive Player of the Week: Zach Taylor, Buena Park By STEVE FRYER
    Zach Taylor Buena Park He passed for 370 yards and three touchdowns in the Coyotes’ 41-19 win over Troy. Taylo
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Boys cross country: Austin Tamagno, Brea Olinda By ANDREW TURNER
    Austin Tamagno Brea Olinda Tamagno set the course record at the Mt. SAC Invitational Saturday with a time of 14:23. The junior beat the previous record by one second, which had stood for nine years.
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Girls cross country: Shannon MacKellar, Esperanza By ANDREW TURNER
    Shannon MacKellar Esperanza MacKellar posted the top county time in the Division 3 Sweepstakes race at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday. The sophomore placed third with her time of 18:23 to lead Esperanza to the event’s Division 3 team title.
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Kyle Beeler, Trabuco Hills By DAN ALBANO
    Kyle Beeler Trabuco Hills The senior attacker scored four goals and added two assists and two steals to help the Mustangs upset Capistrano Valley, 10-8, to move into a first-place tie with the Cougars in the Sea View League. He also had two goals, four assists and two steals in an 11-8 victory against Aliso Niguel,
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Girls volleyball: Abby Broadstreet, Brea Olinda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Abby Broadstreet Brea Olinda The senior outside hitter had 26 kills and 17 digs to lead the Wildcats to a five-set victory over sixth-ranked Villa Park last Tuesday. She concluded the week with 16 kills and 14 digs in a three-set sweep over Canyon.
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Bryan Carbaugh, Villa Park By DAN ALBANO
    Bryan Carbaugh Villa Park Boys water polo GPA: 4.87 Carbaugh is a second-year varsity player who serves as one of the Spartans’ captains and plays attacker. He also swims butterfly on the varsity swim team. Carbaugh is taking four AP
    Sun Oct 26, 2014
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Whitney Kinnison, Mission Viejo By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    WHITNEY KINNISON MISSION VIEJO TENNIS GPA: 4.7 Kinnison helps form the No. 1 doubles team for the Diablos this season. The team is one of the key reasons the Diablos entered last week 4-1 in the Sea View League. Kinnison, who scored a 34 o
    Sun Oct 26, 2014
  • Girls tennis: Constance Branstine, Villa Park By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Constance Branstine Villa Park Since becoming eligible at the start of Crestview League play, Branstine’s presence has taken Villa Park to another level. The gifted five-star junior is 11-0 in singles play, and as a result the Spartans stand atop the league stan
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Julian Owens, Mission Viejo By DAN ALBANO
    Julian Owens Mission Viejo High School The senior free safety had a fourth-quarter interception that led to the game-winning field goal with 29 seconds
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Offensive Player of the Week: Edward Vander, JSerra By STEVE FRYER
    Edward Vander JSerra Vander rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Boys cross country: Connor Dunne, San Clemente By ANDREW TURNER
    Connor Dunne San Clemente Dunne won the Division 2 varsity race at the Orange County Championships with a time of 15:30. The junior led the Tritons to a fourth place finish in the Division 2
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Girls cross country: Jeanette Zambrano, Bolsa Grande By ANDREW TURNER
    Jeanette Zambrano Bolsa Grande Zambrano won the girls Division 2 race at the Orange County Championships on Saturday. Her time of 17:43 established a new personal best, and it marked a new sc
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Girls golf: Jakeishya Le, Mater Dei By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Jakeishya Le Mater Dei She won the Ayala Fall Classic after shooting a 6-under-par 68 on the North Course at Los Serranos in Chino Hills, and then medaled
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Ash Molthen, Orange Lutheran By DAN ALBANO
    Ash Molthen Orange Lutheran The freshman lefty scored four of his game-high five goals in the second half to lead Orange Lutheran past Santa Margarita, 9-6, in a key Trinity League match. He also had 11 goals and seven assists en route to earning MVP honors at the Jesu
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Girls volleyball: Cami Sanchez, Huntington Beach By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Cami Sanchez Huntington Beach High School The sophomore outside hitter has been a consistent contributor for the Oilers this season as they begin the second half of Sunset League play in first place. Sanchez helped the Oilers get through a tough stretch of five-set mat
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Riley Campbell, Newport Harbor By DAN ALBANO
    Riley Campbell Newport Harbor High School Boys water polo GPA: 4.6 Campbell is a four-year water polo player who plays utility. He also will be a four-year member of the swim team in the spring. Campbell is in his second year of the Intern
    Sun Oct 19, 2014
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Halland McKenna, Sage Hill By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Halland McKenna Sage Hill Volleyball GPA: 4.2 McKenna has been one of the key ingredients to the recipe of success for the Lightning. She has been part of a team that has reached three consecutive CIF-SS finals, winning a pair of titles an
    Sun Oct 19, 2014
  • Girls golf: Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Lilia Vu Fountain Valley Vu was 6 under par for the week, medaling twice for the Barons. She posted a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine of the Classic Course at Mile Square Golf Course in a victory against Sunset League rival Marina.
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Girls tennis: Kristina Breisacher, Santa Margarita By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Kristina Breisacher Santa Margarita The Eagles junior posted a 9-0 singles clip in team victories over No. 5 San Clemente, Orange Lutheran and No. 10 JSerra last week. After an 0-2 start to the season, Breisacher has led Santa Margarita to nine straight wins, effectively positioning the Eagles atop the Trinity Leag
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Jesse Johnson, Troy By DAN ALBANO
    Jesse Johnson Troy The senior outside linebacker racked up 20 total tackles to help the Warriors open the Freeway League with a 28-21 victory in overtime against Fullerton. Johnson (6-2, 210) also had a key quarterback pressure in
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Offensive Player of the Week: Keaton Cablay, Newport Harbor By STEVE FRYER
    Keaton Cablay Newport Harbor High School He had 14 receptions for 181 yards and four touchdowns in the Sailors’ 52-48 Su
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Boys cross country: Wesley Walsh, AOW By ANDREW TURNER
    Wesley Walsh Canyon Walsh captured the county’s best time on the state championship course in the Clovis Invitational on Saturday. The senior’s mark of 15:23 led the Comanches to a fourth place team finish at the meet.
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Girls cross country: Ashley Licata, Capo Valley By ANDREW TURNER
    Ashley Licata Capistrano Valley Running in the South Coast League Preview meet, Licata topped the competition with a time of 17:27. The junior was running against three of the county’s top five programs. She finished 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Nigel Bress, CdM By DAN ALBANO
    Nigel Bress Corona del Mar High School The goalie made nine saves, including two against standout Johnny Hooper on counterattacks, and added two steals in a 22-7 loss to Division 1 top-ranked Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the finals of the S & R Sport tournament. The senior also made 13 saves, including one
    Wed Oct 15, 2014