Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote.
Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor.
Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing.
BOYS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, January 28.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Iledza Rodriguez, Ganesha: The senior, who leads the CIF Southern Section with 41 goals, had one of the best games in CIF Southern Section history with 10 goals in a 13-0 win over Bassett. Rodriguez became only the fifth player in CIF-SS history to score 10 or more goals in a game. She also had a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Garey last week.
Sydney Bushman, Mira Costa: Bushman scored three goals in two games last week to lead the Mustangs to a pair of Bay League wins. She had two goals, including a penalty kick, in a 2-0 win over Culver City, and she followed that with a successful penalty kick against Santa Monica in a 1-0 win.
Hailey Havican, Cypress: The Concordia-bound forward scored six goals, including four against reigning league champion Pacifica, to help lead the Centurions to a pair of victories in the Empire League. Havican leads Cypress (11-4-3, 6-0) with 14 goals.
Kyra Mangini, Don Lugo: Mangini recorded six saves as the Conquistadores defeated Montclair 2-0 to take sole possession of first place in the Mt. Baldy League standings. It marked Don Lugo’s first league win over the Cavaliers in eight seasons, ending a 15-match losing streak. Mangini made a key diving save in the third minute to keep the game scoreless. Don Lugo had registered five shutouts in league and seven overall this season heading into the week.
Nala Williams, Long Beach Poly: The 5-foot-8 guard scored 27 points — including the first seven in overtime — in a 49-42 triumph over Millikan in a Moore League game. She also grabbed 16 rebounds and added four steals. The Jackrabbits (13-4) had five victories last week and pushed closer to their 16th successive league title. Williams had 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 58-37 victory over Wilson.