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 Girls Athlete of the Year:
Destiny Collins, Great Oak cross country/track
Classified by her head coach Doug Soles as the perfect student-athlete, Collins has left behind a legacy that will drop jaws and pop eyes for a very long time. In the Fall she won the cross country Individual Division 1 State Championship, and also led her team to a CIF-SS Division 1 title. Most recently, she captured CIF-SS Division 1 titles in 1600 meter, 3200 meter and won the Track Masters 3200 meter crown. In July 2015 Collins also qualified to compete in the World Youth Qualifier 3000 meter event for the United States in Cali, Columbia.
Courtney Corrin, Harvard-Westlake soccer/track
Corrin is a two-time defending CIF State long jump champion and three-time Los Angeles Daily News Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The USC-bound athlete is also a standout in soccer, which earned her an All-CIF Division 1 selection this season after leading the Wolverines to the quarterfinals. Despite an injury to her toe in her senior season, she is recognized as one of Southern California’s best female prep athletes by the Southern California News Group prep staff.
Valerie Higgins, Chaminade basketball
The USC-bound Higgins stuffed the box score on a nightly basis with 20.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 6.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game in earning the CIF-SS Open Division Player of the Year award. Higgins was part of a one-two punch that also included Duke-bound Leaonna Odom that rolled to a CIF Open Division State title. Higgins was recently called up to compete for the USA Under-18 National Team for the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championships, running July 13-17 in Chile.
Norene Iosia, Redondo Union volleyball
Iosia’s second CIF State title culminated a storied four-year run for Redondo Union. During her four years, Redondo had a record of 143-18. This season, the Hawaii-commit recorded well over 500 assists, 70 aces and almost 200 digs this past season for the Sea Hawks, including a season-high 40 assists against league rival Mira Costa in a 3-0 sweep. Iosia showed tremendous resilience in her senior year after losing a tough four-set loss to Mater Dei in the CIF-SS Division 1-AA final, but bounced back for the eventual CIF State title run.
Ena Shibahara, Palos Verdes Peninsula tennis
Shibahara, Peninsula’s UCLA-bound superstar, will head to Westwood as one of the most decorated tennis players in Southern California history. Three CIF Southern Section team titles, three CIF Southern California Regional championships, three CIF-SS singles titles, and four Daily Breeze Girls Tennis Player of the Year awards. Shibahara has only lost three times in her whole career, and hasn’t lost a high school match in three years.
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