VOTE: Southern California Girls 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.

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING

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

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Kennedy Smith, Etiwanda: Smith had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals as Etiwanda beat Bonita Vista 63-41 in a nonleague showdown between two of the state’s top-ranked teams. She also helped the Eagles pick up Baseline League wins over Chino Hills (65-14) and Rancho Cucamonga (74-7). Smith, a 6-foot-1 forward, is considered one of the top freshmen in the nation.

Ximena Barreras, Bolsa Grande: The left-footed forward scored three goals and added four assists to help the Matadors defeat La Quinta 3-0 and Loara 5-0 in the Garden Grove League and improve to 10-0 overall, the best start in school history. Barreras leads Bolsa Grande, ranked No. 9 in Division 6, with 22 goals and also plays third base for the softball team. “She’s just tenacious,” Bolsa Grande soccer coach Kristen Underwood said. “She wants to win.”

Izzy Mertes, Valencia: Mertes has been one of the area’s best freshmen this spring and is in the running to be the Daily News Freshman of the Year. The third baseman was 3 for 6 with two RBIs and two home runs in the Vikings’ wins last week over Canyon and Hart. Her potent bat also drew two intentional walks. Mertes is batting .480 with a team-high 17 RBIs and four home runs this season. Valencia is 8-0.

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Destiny Marquez, Downey: Marquez belted a three-run home run and drove in five runs in the Vikings’ 6-3 upset victory over Gahr, which is ranked No. 8 in CIF-SS Division 1, in the San Gabriel Valley League. She also scored a run in a 7-0 league victory over Paramount, and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs in an 8-3 loss to JSerra. She had seven RBIs for the week. Downey (8-3) is ranked No. 8 in Division 2.

Angelina Alderete, South Hills: The outfielder and leadoff hitter was on fire for the No. 2-ranked Huskies (11-4). She batted .785 for the week with 10 hits, two home runs, four RBIs and six runs scored over three games. She capped it with an inside-the-park home run in a 6-3 win over La Habra in the semifinals of the La Mirada Tournament. The Huskies face La Mirada on Saturday …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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