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2015 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • Boys golf: Patrick Pockels, Marina By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Patrick Pockels Marina He won he CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional by two strokes, shooting a 5-under-par 67 at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
    Sun May 24, 2015
  • Boys track: Alex Young, Woodbridge
    Alex Young Woodbridge Young moved up to second on the county leaderboard in the 100 and the 200 in the CIF-SS Division 2 Prelims on Saturday.
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Girls track: Kathryn Plummer, Aliso Niguel By ANDREW TURNER
    Kathryn Plummer Aliso Niguel High School Her lifetime best throw of 42 feet, 7½ inches in the shot put at Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 1 Prelims leads the county.
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: TJ DeFalco, Huntington Beach By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    TJ DeFalco Huntington Beach DeFalco, a senior outside hitter, had 17 kills in a first-round victory over Esperanza, 11 against Beckman and 19 with six digs in a quarterfinals victory ov
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Boys swim: Edgar Chin, Fairmont Prep By DAN ALBANO
    Edgar Chin Fairmont Prep The junior set a meet record in the breaststroke in a state-qualifying time and won the 200 individual medley at the CIF Division 4 finals.
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • Girls swim: Taylor Ault, Sonora By DAN ALBANO
    TAYLOR AULT SONORA The sophomore set a meet record in the 200 free, won the 500 free in a county-leading time and broke 50 seconds in the 100 free at the CIF Division 2 finals.
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Hoyt Crance, CdM By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    HOYT CRANCE CORONA DEL MAR LACROSSE GPA: 4.3 Crance, a senior goalie was a co-captain this year for the Sea Kings’ lacrosse team that advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County championships. He earned first team a
    Wed May 20, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Jordyne Prussak, San Clemente By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    JORDYNE PRUSSAK SAN CLEMENTE SOFTBALL GPA: 4.53 Prussak is a 4-year varsity pitcher for the Tritons. She currently has a 14-4 record with a 1.84 ERA. Prussak, who has received four scholar-athlete honors, is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. She’s enrolled in five
    Wed May 20, 2015
  • Baseball: JonPaul Sarro, Sonora By STEVE FRYER
    JONPAUL SARRO SONORA The senior pitcher had two wins against La Habra as the Raiders clinched their third straight Freeway League championship. Sarro also had two hits and an RBI in the two-game sweep. He is 10-3 with a 1.27 ERA and six complete games. Sarro has 71 str
    Tue May 19, 2015
  • Softball: Shay Knighten, Sunny Hills By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Shay Knighten Sunny Hills The Lancers slick-fielding shortstop concluded her regular season with a pair of multi-hit games against Fullerton and Troy la
    Tue May 19, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Thinh Le, La Quinta By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Thinh Le La Quinta Alongside partner David Tran, the Aztecs doubles tandem have turned a wildcard squad into Division 4 quarterfinalists. Le and Tran were unbeaten last week in wildcard, first and second round matches.
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Girls lacrosse: Carly Naud, Foothill By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Carly Naud Foothill Naud, a senior, scored the winning goal with 24 seconds remaining to lift the Knights to an 11-10 victory over Redondo Union in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section final. Naud had three goals and one assist in the game. In the Orange County final aga
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Boys lacrosse: Fernando Delgado, St. Margaret's By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Fernando Delgado St. Margaret’s Delgado’s impact goes beyond the normal goals and assists. He accepted the challenge in both games of guarding the opposition’s best attacker and supporting the two sides of his matchup. “It is a tall order,&rdquo
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Sarah Cwiertnia, Santa Margarita By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SARAH CWIERTNIA SANTA MARGARITA SOFTBALL GPA: 4.1 Cwiertnia is a senior infielder for the 10th-ranked Eagles. She’s currently hitting .531 with 27 RBIs, 10 doubles and two home runs. In the classroom, she’s enrolled in AP Engli
    Sun May 17, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Trent Cozza, Edison By DAN ALBANO
    TRENT COZZA EDISON SWIMMING GPA: 3.7 The three-year varsity swimmer is taking AP psychology, international business and communication studies, a ROP EMT course and two online college classes on fire technology. Cozza plans to attend Santa Ana College and enroll in the fire academy. He a
    Sun May 17, 2015
  • Boys golf: Jack Ireland, Tesoro By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Jack Ireland Tesoro He chipped in for birdie on the second playoff hole to win the South Coast League championship for the second time. He finished the tournament at Talega Golf Club with a 5-under 139.
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • Boys lacrosse: Ryan Harnisch, St. Margaret's By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Ryan Harnisch St. Margaret’s Harnisch, a senior midfielder and faceoff specialist, helped lead the Tartans into Wednesday’s U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Championships with a big week winning 53 of 68 face-offs (78 percent) in three playoff victories. Harnisc
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: Garrett Zolg, Mater Dei By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Garrett Zolg Mater Dei Zolg, a sophomore setter and captain, had 37 assists, four kills and three blocks to lead the Monarchs to a four-set victory over Servite last week to clinch at least a share of the Trinity League title.
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • Boys swim: Erik Juliusson, Laguna Beach By DAN ALBANO
    Erik Juliusson Laguna Beach High School The Purdue-bound senior captured the 200-yard free (1:40.63) and 100 butterfly (county second-ranked 49.72) in meet records to lead the Breakers to the title at the Orange Coast League finals.
    Thu May 14, 2015
  • Girls swim/dive: Camryn Hidalgo, Capo Valley By DAN ALBANO
    Camryn Hidalgo Capistrano Valley The reigning CIF Division 1 champion scored five 10s for a perfect score on a reverse pike on the 1-meter springboard en route to an 11-dive total of 575.10 points to capture the South Coast League title.
    Thu May 14, 2015
  • Boys track: Chris Gonzalez, Garden Grove By ANDREW TURNER
    Chris Gonzalez Garden Grove High School Gonzalez posted the county’s top triple jump of the season with a 46-11 at the Garden Grove League Finals on Wednesday. He also won the long jump and the high jump.
    Wed May 13, 2015
  • Girls track: Kennedy Gillian, Mission Viejo BY ANDREW TURNER
    Kennedy Gillian Mission Viejo High School Gillian helped the Diablos capture the South Coast League title with individual victories in the 200- and 400-meters. She ranks second in the county in both events.
    Wed May 13, 2015
  • Softball: Janelle Rodriguez, La Habra By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Janelle Rodriguez La Habra The Highlanders sophomore ace compiled 25 strike outs last week and allowed only eight hits in 18 innings of work. More importantly, Rodriguez pitched La Habra past both Fullerton and Sunny Hills, supplanting itself atop the Freeway League s
    Tue May 12, 2015
  • Baseball: Cooper Moore, Huntington Beach By STEVE FRYER
    COOPER MOORE HUNTINGTON BEACH He hit a triple and a home run Friday in a Sunset League win over Fountain Valley and drove in the game’s only run with a double in a league win over Los Alamitos. Moore, a senior first baseman who signed with Utah, also had two RBIs
    Tue May 12, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Gavin Spencer, San Juan Hills By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Gavin Spencer San Juan Hills The Stallions freshman won the Sea View League singles title last week, topping his teammate Diego Bennett in straight sets. Spencer finished the season with a perfect 28-0 record.
    Mon May 11, 2015