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 and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year:
- Bianca Pena, Granada Hills Softball
Pena is a three-year member of the Granada Hills softball team, and helped the Highlanders win the West Valley League title this season. Pena is a member of the Senior Leadership Council, “Make it Happen” Club and Operations Gratitude Club. Additionally, she also serves as a camp counselor at her local recreation center and volunteers to service children in need with the Children’s Hunger Fund. Bianca carries a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted to John Hopkins University.
- Aria Fischer, Laguna Beach Water Polo
Fischer may be one of the most decorated prep athletes in the country. The Stanford-bound water polo player aided the U.S. women’s water polo team in capturing the gold medal in last summer’s Rio Olympics. Fischer led Laguna Beach (31-0) to the CIF-SS Division 1 title by scoring a team-leading 103 goals, and she finished second to teammate Bella Baldridge in assists with 58. Fischer owns a 4.5 grade-point average for her career at Laguna Beach. The Stanford-bound senior took AP classes in Physics, Spanish Literature and Calculus AB this year. She also is a member of the Feminist Club at Laguna Beach and attended a few women’s marches and rallies with high school teammate Claire Sonne.
- Ali Morallos, Long Beach Wilson Golf
While Morallos tries to keep her numbers low on the golf course, she keeps her grades high in the classroom. Holding a 4.38 GPA and averaging a 36.2 nine-hole scoring average, the Illinois-bound golfer is the most decorated golfer in her school’s history after winning her third straight Moore League individual title. Morallos is heavily involved in her community through the Ronald McDonald house and singing in her church choir.
- Sydney Boyer, Oaks Christian Basketball
The Princeton recruit helped maintain Oaks Christian’s elite status, powering the Lions to the CIF-SS Division 1AA semifinals. Boyer was an All-CIF pick averaging 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. She finished with more than 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in her career. Boyer is a member of her school’s Knowledge Club, learning fun facts and developing her quick-thinking skills. Boyer carries a 4.54 GPA.
- Terrance McBride, Sierra Canyon Boys Basketball
In his four years at Sierra Canyon, the team went undefeated in league, won a CIF State Championship during his sophomore year, and appeared on national television seven different times. While keeping up with the high pedigree of basketball, McBride carries a 3.87 and has excelled at every course he has taken at Sierra Canyon, an independent academically rigorous school. Next year, Terrance will pursue his academic and athletic career at Cornell University.
- Mike Saffell, Edison Football
The football player was a standout in the classroom and on the field. Saffell, who is headed to Cal, was one of Orange county’s top seniors and earned first team All-County honors. Saffell holds a 4.4 GPA and also worked with the youth, coaching Pop Warner football and is involved with the Edison Discipleship Youth Group.
- Bruno Snow, Claremont Water Polo
Snow scored 136 goals with 38 assists and tallied 79 steals this year for Claremont, and was also named MVP of the Palomares League despite his team not being league champions. The Harvard-bound senior had a stellar career, totalling 408 goals and three first-team All-CIF selections. Snow’s accomplishments in the water are all done while carrying an impressive 4.52 GPA.
- Evan Sentoso, Walnut High School Cross Country/Track
Sentoso participated in cross country and track for Walnut High, where he was a key member of the team’s success. Sentoso was named valedictorian of his class being an AP Scholar with honors as well as receiving Junior Honor Guard accolades. Sentoso will further his education at UCLA after marking a 4.0 GPA and scoring a 2,250 on his SAT. His involvement in the American Cancer Society, Future Business Leaders of America and other community services earned him the CIF State Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for the Southern Section.
To see the categories and winners from last year’s 2016 SCPL Awards, click HERE.