SoCal Prep Legends and the Southern California News Group has teamed up with KABC-7 to produce the 2017 SCPL Awards, which will take place on June 11, then air June 24 at 6:30 p.m. on KABC (channel 7).
In the weeks leading up to the show, SoCal Prep Legends will release the nominees for nine of the 11 categories including major awards like Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Here are the nominees for Female Athlete of the Year:
- Tara Davis, Agoura Track & Field
Agoura’s Tara Davis solidified her greatness with a senior year to remember. In April, the Georgia-bound Davis set the California state record in the 100 meter hurdles (13.01 seconds) at the Arcadia Invitational. Later that month, she broke Marion Jones’ Ventura County finals meet record in the long jump (20-7 1/2) by going 21 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
In May, she ran the second fastest 100 meter hurdles time under all conditions in U.S. prep history with a wind-aided 12.89 seconds at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 prelims. Her grand finale came at the CIF State Meet in Clovis she posted a wind-legal long jump mark of 22-1, breaking Marion Jones’ 24-year-old state record. Her final winning mark was a wind-aided 22-1 1/4 inches. She repeated as state champion in the 100 hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.83 seconds, the fastest time under all conditions in U.S. prep history. She finished her day by repeating as state triple jump champion with a mark of 42-11 3/4.
- Ayanna Clark, Long Beach Poly Basketball
The USC commit was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Jordan Brand All-American, the CIF Southern Section’s Open Division and the John Wooden High School Player of the Year. Clark, a 6-foot-4 force of nature in the paint, averaged 15.6 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game this season, which led the JackRabbits to a CIF-SS Open Division title.
- Claudia Lane, Malibu Cross Country
Lane had quite the year. She won her opening race at the Seaside Invit. in Ventura in September, followed by the Palos Verdes Invitational title. Then a second-place finish at the Woodbridge Invitational before winning the Mt. SAC Individual Sweepstakes. By the time Lane was finished, the Malibu High sophomore established herself as one of California’s fastest all-time runners by winning CIF-SS, state, regional and national individual titles at a record-setting pace. After winning the Foot Locker West Regionals by 35 seconds, Lane became the first California girl to win the Foot Locker Nationals since Jordan Hasay in 2008.
- Emma Vanderhyden, Vista Murrieta Soccer/Tennis
Vanderhyden was the No.1 singles players on a tennis team that reached the CIF-SS Division 2 finals (first section final in program’s history). She also starred as a defensive midfielder, tallying seven goals and five assists on a soccer team that finished No. 1-ranked in the Inland area and reached the Division 2 semis. Vanderhyden’s dual-athlete success made her an All-Inland selection in both sports. She is committed to play soccer for Eastern Washington next fall.
- Claire Grouwinkel, South (Torrance) Soccer
Grouwinkel scored 40 goals in 25 games this season, which led the Spartans to CIF-SS Division 3 and CIF State Division III Regional titles. In those final matches she netted the game-winning goals, both coming in overtime. Her leadership anchored an 8-0 undefeated Pioneer League title, a 17-game winning streak to end the year, and a scholarship to UC Irvine to play soccer.
To see the categories and winners from last year’s 2016 SCPL Awards, click HERE.