Throughout the school year, SoCal Prep Legends has been recognizing the best high school student-athletes in Southern California. As the end of the spring sports season approaches, the SoCal Prep Legends Awards will announce award winners in 11 categories, including boys and girls Athlete of the Year winners, June 10 on KABC immediately following the NBA Finals.
This week, we’ll announce finalists for the awards from KABC and the Southern California News Group that includes 11 news outlets throughout Southern California.
Here are the nominees for Best Individual Performance:
Darnay Holmes, Calabasas football
Holmes saved his best for the CIF Southern Section Western Division finals when he scored five touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams as the Coyotes won 42-3 over Palos Verdes at home and clinched the school’s first CIF football championship. Holmes had a receiving touchdown, rushing touchdown, two punt returns for touchdowns and a 68-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter. HIGHLIGHTS
Sei-J Lauago, La Mirada football
The senior rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns and La Mirada won its first CIF Southern Section football title since 2009 with a 45-20 win over La Serna in the Southeast Division championship. Lauago had multiple runs for huge yardage, including rushes for 62, 66 and 57 yards. HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Pittman, Oaks Christian football
Pittman, the son of former NFL fullback Michael Pittman Sr., had 354 receiving yards – third-best in state history – and five touchdowns on 16 catches in the Pac-5 quarterfinals against Bishop Amat. Pittman is already enrolled at USC this spring, and will play for the Trojans this coming football season. HIGHLIGHTS
Phillip Rocha, Arcadia cross country
Rocha posted a personal best 14:24 at the Mt. Sac Invitational, which tied the all-time running time for the 3-mile race, according the the Mt. Sac Invit. website. On top of a storied senior season, Rocha then ran the Division 1 championship race for the 2015 CIF Southern Section Finals at Mt. Sac in 14:42, which crowned him the divisional champ for the second straight year. HIGHLIGHTS
Khalil Tate, Serra football
On a night full of plays that will likely add a few more minutes to his YouTube highlight reel, Tate saved his most incredible efforts for last in Serra’s 41-38 Mission League win over Bishop Amat. HIGHLIGHTS
Tate evaded a small handful of defenders, spinning out of what seemed like a sure sack. But just before his knees hit the grass, he burst out of a pile of players and bolted down the sideline for the go-ahead 50-yard touchdown run to put Serra ahead 41-38 with two minutes to play.
Tate finished with 401 yards (201 rushing, 200 passing) and five touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing).
SCPL Awards Show: The winner will be announced June 10 on ABC7 at the SoCal Prep Legends Awards presented by Toyota.
The show is scheduled to air live immediately after Game 4 of the NBA Finals