VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, May 7

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.

GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING

The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 7.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Justin Schneider, Murrieta Mesa: Schneider won two individual events and anchored two winning relay teams to help Murrieta Mesa defeat Murrieta Valley for the first time in school history. He set a school record in the 100-yard freestyle (46.30) and also won the 200 individual medley (1:55.00). Schneider anchored the 200 freestyle (1:29.31) and the 400 freestyle (3:14.57) relay teams, the latter of which set a school record.

Joey Garcia, Foothill: Garcia, the goaltender for Foothill, made 17 saves in a 12-5 win over Corona del Mar in one of the bigger lacrosse games in Orange County this season. Garcia (5-11, 198) was also Foothill’s starting quarterback this season “Joey’s got great hands,” said Foothill lacrosse coach Jon Fox. “But his biggest contribution for us is his leadership. He’s a quarterback back there on the defense.” Garcia is committed to Utah for lacrosse.

Keith Higgins Jr., Chaminade: Higgins, a Lehigh commit, poured in a school-record 51 points in Chaminade’s 99-76 win over Santa Clarita Christian. He broke the previous record of 45 points in a game by shooting 20 of 28 from the field, including six 3-pointers. “He was on fire,” Chaminade coach Bryan Cantwell said. Higgins, along with fellow senior guards KJ Simpson (Colorado) and Colin Weems, have the Eagles off to a 10-1 start this season.

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Dante Jimenez, Bellflower: Jimenez, an outside hitter, in three matches averaged 15 kills while helping the Buccaneers twice sweep Norwalk in Suburban League play and defeat Monrovia in four sets in a nonleague match. Jimenez hit .366 for the week, had an 11.4% ace-per-serve ratio with no service errors. He also averaged 11.3 digs and 4.3 blocks per match.

Matthew Dalquist, Redondo: Dalquist and the Sea Hawks opened Bay League play with a sweep of Culver City. The senior had four hits, including a grand slam, scored five runs and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings.

Alec Beck, Damien: Beck played a big role in helping the Spartans sweep a three-game series with Etiwanda to start 3-0 in the Baseline League. In Friday’s finale, Beck pitched four straight shutout innings to close a 9-7 victory with three strikeouts and also hit a triple that drove in two …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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