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.
Isaac Cortes, Great Oak
Isaac Cortes holds a 4.49 GPA and is a State and National Champion in Cross Country. Cortes also won won Milrose Mile Indoor in New York City, and was part of 4X1600 Relay that just set a National record. All this during his senior year. Won the 800 and 1,600 at the Southwestern League track championships, setting a meet record in the 1,600. Cortes has accepted a scholarship offer to Stanford.
Christian Juzang, Viewpoint
Juzang is a Harvard-commit that boasts a 3.8 GPA and displays a acting heart in his local community. Juzang is part of a mission called “Project Knapsack”, which provides backpacks and supplies for children in Africa along with a pen pal system between African and American students. Juzang was recently named CIF-SS Division 4A Player of the Year after leading the Viewpoint boys basketball team to the 4A crown. Juzang is also the first 2000-point scorer in Viewpoint’s program.
Jack Koulos, Long Beach Wilson
Koulos is the valedictorian at Wilson, and that’s just the latest honor for this multi-sport athlete. After playing three season at quarterback for the football team, three seasons with the baseball team and three seasons with the club hockey team on campus, Koulos was given a CIF Champion For Character award this year while carrying 4.6 weighted GPA. He’ll be attending the University of Michigan in the fall, and plans on majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology or business finance.
Duncan Mactavish, Palos Verdes
Mactavish is known as the man in the middle for his Palos Verdes boys water polo team. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound 2-meter man is a two-time All-Area First-Team water polo player, a USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program boys youth National team selection and USA Water Polo Cadet National team member. He carries an outstanding 4.68 GPA and is headed to Stanford next fall.
Alex Mattison, San Bernardino
Mattison carries a 4.38 GPA and is in the dual-immersion program in, which he takes classes in English and Spanish.In addition, he has been in the Spanish National Honors Society the last three years and was the overall winner of the prestigious Ken Hubbs Award, which goes to the top senior scholar-athlete among 25 high schools in the San Bernardino area. Mattison is a three-sport athlete, competing in football, wrestling and track. He rushed for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games last year, earning a scholarship to Boise State.
Eric Markes, Sierra Canyon
The University of Pennsylvania-commit is just as impressive on the field, as he is off. Markes carries a 4.3 GPA, is a member of the Chess Club and is also in an Honors Engineering class, which are just a few notable marks that highlight his outstanding resume. Markes has totaled 1,587 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in his career offensively, while stacking 94 tackles as a defensive back for his career. He also has 894 return yards and three punt returns for touchdowns during his time at Sierra Canyon, which adds to his value as a top recruit for Penn.
Miles President, Ayala
If President’s 4.1 GPA isn’t impressive enough, his 2350 SAT score and PERFECT score on the ACT should. He plans to attend Harvey Mudd College and major in engineering. (Caltech was his second choice) On the court, he averaged 17 points per game for Ayala, which won a Division 2AA CIF Championship and advanced to the state title game in Sacramento.
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