Read about each athlete’s standout performances over the 2017-18 prep sports season, and then vote for your favorite as this year’s best high school athlete in Southern California for the 2017-18 school year. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, July 20.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Penn got to be a three-sport standout for the first time this year. The senior finished in the top 20 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 in cross country, scored eight goals and helped Centennial’s girls soccer team win the Big VIII League championship and advanced to the CIF-State Track and Field Championship as one of California’s top runners in the 800 meters.
On the softball field, UCLA-bound Godin amassed a .538 average with 22 RBIs and 12 stolen bases to help the Monarchs rise to No. 1 and capture the Trinity League title. In track and field, Godin helped the Monarchs claim Division 2 for their first CIF-SS title since 2011. She placed fourth in the 100 (12.17 seconds) and 200 (25.13) meters, fifth in the long jump (personal-best 18 feet, 4 inches) and anchored the second-place 4×100 relay.
Lowden dominated in both volleyball and basketball, earning Palomares most valuable player honors in both sports, and also was the Tribune girls basketball player of the year. In volleyball her team won the league title and it basketball, it not only won league for the first time in school history, it also won its first CIF championship while going 31-0 to win the Division 2AA title with Lowden being named division player of the year. She averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals per game.
Frost was one of top sprinters in the state. She made the podium at the CIF state Track finals five times (4×100, 4×400, 100 and 200) and helped lead the Cavaliers to the state title.
Long Beach Poly
LSU-bound Augustine won Moore League and CIF Southern Section titles in the 100 and 200 meter relays, and also won a CIF-SS title in the 4×100 relay. She captured CIF-SS Masters titles in the 100 and 200, then advanced to the CIF state meet, where she finished in third and second respectively in the two events. (3-time All-American and was defending state champion in 100 and 200).
For most athletes, qualifying for the State meet for three consecutive seasons is an accomplishment enough. In the case of ultra-competitive Nowling, just making it the State meet was not good enough in 2018. The junior crossed the finish line in the 100 meter event at 11.47, claiming the State crown and the title of “fastest girl in California.”
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