Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Apr. 18-23, and then vote for who you think is best this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Apr. 29.
Lakewood High’s girls swimming team knocked off Moore League-rival Wilson for the first time in 35 years Friday afternoon, edging the Bruins 86-84 at home. Khong led the way, winning the 100 breaststroke (1:14.1) and the 200 IM (2:19.3) for the Lancers.
Sobel turned in a stifling performance to shut down Agoura in a 1-0 Marmonte League victory last Thursday. Sobel threw a five-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks, but maybe more impressively, allowed only one ball to be squared up the entire night. She also threw a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and one walk in a 5-0 win over Thousand Oaks.
Best secured the Palos Verdes softball program record for most career strikeouts while keeping the Sea Kings undefeated in the Bay League. Best had 10 strikeouts in the 3-1 win over Redondo, which gave her 456 for her career. She also singled and scored for PV. Now Best has her sights set on the single season mark. She has 171 strikeouts, the mark is 207.
Jurupa Hills swept Rialto last week to move into sole possession of first place and Villanueva, Jurupa Hills’ lone senior starter, was a big reason why. On Tuesday of last week, she pitched a two-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Rialto. Then on Thursday, she belted two home runs, including a walk-off two-run shot in a 10-8 victory over Rialto.
Kyla Richardson won the 100 and 200 and was on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams to win girls athlete of the meet at the San Gabriel Valley track and field championships over the weekend. Richardson, who was in her first full meet of the season because of hamstring issues, won the 100 (12.20), 200 in a track-record time (25.11) and helped the Mustangs win the 4×100 (48.58) and 4×400 (4:04.24) relays.
The four-year starter at shortstop helped her team to Hacienda League wins last week over West Covina and Diamond Ranch, going 6-for-9 with a double, three home runs, six RBIs, four runs scored and a walk. Most notable was her showing in the win over West Covina, which was highlighted by three home runs. Gamboa has signed with Colorado State.
Redlands East Valley
In a pair of dominating victories over Eisenhower, Plogger hit .750 in each win, knocking in three hits in each game, her best two-game hit total of the season. Those three hits on Wednesday helped give Plogger career hits No. 100 and No. 101 with the Wildcats. The Utah State-commit also had four RBIs in both games, scored four runs and played another week of errorless defense to remain perfect on the season.
The senior went 5-for-5 at the plate last week, drove in five runs and scored four. She drew three walks to reach base in all eight of her plate appearances. Dalgarn also earned a pair of wins in the circle, allowing only two earned runs in starts against El Dorado and Brea Olinda to put Villa Park atop the North Hills League standings.
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