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2015 Player of the Week Archive Stories

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  • O.C. Boys Athlete of the Year: Sam Darnold, San Clemente By STEVE FRYER
    “One town, one team” is not the official motto of San Clemente High, although it accurately summarizes the close school-community relationship. That dynamic produced one heck of an athlete this year. Sam
    Mon Jun 15, 2015
  • O.C. Girls Athlete of the Year: Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei By KENNY CONNOLLY
    By year’s end, the medical tape wrapped around her left elbow and the brace supporting her right knee had become just as essential to Katie Lou Samuelson’s game day attire as the scarlet jerseys and grey Nikes.
    Mon Jun 15, 2015
  • Boys track: Austin Tamagno, Brea Olinda By ANDREW TURNER
    Austin Tamagno Brea Olinda High School The junior ran a 4:09.13 in his 1,600 meters triumph at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan High.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Girls track: Amanda Gehrich, Tesoro By ANDREW TURNER
    Amanda Gehrich Tesoro The junior ran a U.S.-leading 4:39.33 to win the 1,600-meter title at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan High.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Baseball: Noah Davis, Huntington Beach By STEVE FRYER
    NOAH DAVIS HUNTINGTON BEACH He pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the Oilers’ 3-1 win over Hart of Newhall in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game Saturday at
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • Softball: Taylor McQuillin, Mission Viejo By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Taylor McQuillin Mission Viejo The Diablos senior ace followed up an 18-strikeout performance in last Tuesday’s semifinals with 15 more punch outs
    Mon Jun 08, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Reese Stalder, Newport Harbor By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Reese Stalder Newport Harbor High School The Sailors senior finished as the CIF-SS singles runner-up in last weekend’s Individual Championships. Stalder topped Fullerton’s Eddie Gutierrez in the semis before dropping a three-set battle to Palos Verdes&rsqu
    Mon Jun 08, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Lyndon Bui, Canyon By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Lyndon Bui Canyon Along with teammate Scott Nguyen, the junior qualified for this week’s CIF-SS Individual Championships with a pair of doubles victories, which advanced the duo into the round of 16.
    Fri Jun 05, 2015
  • Boys golf: Chris Adnams, Villa Park By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Chris Adnams Villa Park He posted a 1-over-par 73 at the SCGA So Cal Championship and won a two-hole sudden death playoff at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena to become the only Orange County golfer to make it to the CIF State championship this season.
    Thu Jun 04, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Cora Roberts, Yorba Linda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    CORA ROBERTS YORBA LINDA SOFTBALL GPA: 4.2 Roberts helped the Mustangs finished second in the Crestview League and qualified for the CIF playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. She’s enrolled in Film Appreciation, Physics, AP Calculus, Language Arts and Economics. Roberts is also
    Wed Jun 03, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Dillon McKinley, Brea Olinda By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    DILLON McKINLEY BREA OLINDA SWIMMING GPA: 5.0 McKinley is a three-year varsity swimmer for Brea Olinda. He set personal records this season in the 200 Free (1:58.17) and 500 Free (5:23.47). McKinley, who is this year’s valedictorian, is enrolled in ASB, AP Comparative Politics, AP
    Wed Jun 03, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: Dane Olson, Laguna Beach By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Dane Olson Laguna Beach Olson, a senior outside hitter, had 24 kills, with 20 coming after the first set to lead the Breakers to Saturday’s 19-25, 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Saddleback Valley Christian in the CIF Southern California Division III regional fi
    Wed Jun 03, 2015
  • Softball: Hailey Hilburn, Canyon By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Hailey Hilburn Canyon The Comanches senior ace earned wins over Chino Hills and Los Alamitos last week, guiding the Crestview League champs to Tuesday&r
    Tue Jun 02, 2015
  • Baseball: Jeff James, Sunny Hills By STEVE FRYER
    Jeff James Sunny Hills He went 4 for 6 with two two-run home runs over two CIF-SS playoff wins. James hit a two-run homer and was the winning pitcher in
    Tue Jun 02, 2015
  • Girls track: Jazmin Moss, Mater Dei By ANDREW TURNER
    Jazmin Moss Mater Dei The senior moved up to second in the county with a state-qualifying mark of 38-8¼ in the triple jump at the CIF-SS Master’s Meet on Friday.
    Mon Jun 01, 2015
  • Boys track: Thomas Heib, Los Alamitos By ANDREW TURNER
    Thomas Heib Los Alamitos The junior became the county leader in the 800 by winning the race in a time of 1:51.49 at the CIF-SS Master’s Meet on Friday.
    Mon Jun 01, 2015
  • Boys golf: Clay Feagler, Dana Hills By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Clay Feagler Dana Hills He fired a 1-under-par 71 at Talega Golf Club to help the Dolphins win the CIF-SS South Coast Team Regional and posted an even-par 71 at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs to win the CIF-SS Individual Championship.
    Sun May 31, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Eliana Yellin, Capistrano Valley By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Eliana Yellin Capistrano Valley Swimming GPA: 4.34 Yellin is a four-year varsity member of the Cougars’ swim team. She is also a two-year captain. She is taking five AP classes (calculus, Spanish, English literature, U.S. Government
    Sat May 30, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Jackson Lanigan, San Juan Hills By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Jackson Lanigan San Juan Hills Baseball GPA: 4.0 The left-handed pitcher appeared in eight games for the Stallions and rec
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Riley Smith, Los Alamitos By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Riley Smith Los Alamitos The junior swept his singles sets in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, in leading his team to the CIF-SS Division 1 title. Smith
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: Noah Dyer, Saddleback Valley Christian By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Noah Dyer Saddleback Valley Christian The junior recorded 25 kills to lead the Warriors to a three-set victory over St. Margaret’s in the CIF-SS Division 4 final on Saturday. The victory gave the Warriors a third consecutive CIF-SS title. Dyer hit over .400 in th
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Boys track: Jett Gordon, Marina By ANDREW TURNER
    Jett Gordon Marina The county leader in the pole vault cleared 15 feet, 6 inches to win the Division 2 title at the CIF-SS Finals on Saturday.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Girls track: Cassie Durgy, Huntington Beach By ANDREW TURNER
    Cassie Durgy Huntington Beach The junior ran a lifetime-best 2:09.57 to win the Division 1 800-meter title at the CIF-SS Finals on Saturday.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Boys aquatics: Colten Young, Crean Lutheran By DAN ALBANO
    COLTEN YOUNG CREAN LUTHERAN The sophomore diver won the inaugural state title with an 11-dive score of 581.45 points on the 1-meter springboard. He scored two 10s on an inward 1½ somersault.
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • Girls swimming: Ella Eastin, Crean Lutheran By DAN ALBANO
    Ella Eastin Crean Lutheran The senior won the 200 individual medley and breaststroke and led off the Saints’ national private high school-record 400 free relay at the first CIF State meet.
    Wed May 27, 2015