VOTE NOW: SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper below the athletes name to read about their performance from Feb. 22-27, and then vote for who you think is best this week. The overall winner will be published on Friday, Mar. 1.

Chibueze Jacobs
Notre Dame

Jacobs hit a pull-up jumper at the buzzer to send Notre Dame to a 56-54 victory over Mission League rival Harvard-Westlake to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA final. Jacobs’ game-winner capped a dazzling 30-point, 13-rebound performance.

Julian Flores
San Marino

Flores’ amazing season continued this past weekend when he was simply dominant at 138 pounds in the CIF Southern Section Masters meet. He steamrolled Mater Dei’s Devin Pacheco, 16-2, in the final. He also had two wins by fall on his way to the championship. Flores won a state championship last season at 132 pounds and will be looking for another title this weekend at 138.

Alec Hooper
Redlands East Valley

Hooper helped lift No. 3 REV to the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals with his 99th-minute golden goal against Quartz Hill. REV managed a last-second corner kick, Jonathan Garcia putting the ball over the defense to an open Hooper who headed the ball the home for the win.

LiAngelo Ball
Chino Hills

The 6-foot-6 standout had a huge week for the nation’s No. 1 ranked basketball team. Ball, a UCLA signee, tallied a game-high 40 points for the Huskies (30-0) in an Open Division quarterfinal win at Inglewood on Tuesday, then followed that up with 34 points on Friday in a 102-54 shellacking of perennial title contender Santa Ana Mater Dei.

Keith Fisher
Westchester

Fisher led Westchester to a berth in the L.A. City Section Open Division final with 23 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over Dorsey last week. The San Jose State-bound senior sparked a 10-0 run for the Comets late in the third quarter with a 10-foot jumper as Westchester pulled away to defeat the Dons.

Danny Salas
St. John Bosco

Salas captured a CIF Southern Section Masters championship at 195 pounds with a second period pin of Santa Ana’s Joey Daniel on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The junior totaled five wins (four falls, one default) over the two-day event en route to receiving Upper Weight tournament MVP honors.

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