VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Nov. 7 to Nov.12, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 18.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Chris Venable

Venable made an impact on offense, defense and special teams as the Wolves avenged a previous loss to Paloma Valley with a 45-35 victory in a Division 5 playoff opener. Venable hauled in a pair of touchdown passes, and he also set up another touchdown with a 42-yard run on a fake punt. On defense, Venable registered 10 tackles, intercepted two passes and also broke up four additional passes.

Madison Wheeler
La Habra

He rushed for a season-high 215 yards in a 35-28 win over Oaks Christian of Westlake Village in a CIF-SS Division 2 first-round playoff game. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior started the season as a full-time safety and part-time running back. More recently he has been a full-time running back and part-time safety. Oaks Christian was ranked No. 14 in the state going into that game.

Jack Alexander

Alexander was sharp in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 first-round win over Cajon. Alexander finished 18 for 23 passing for 267 yards and four touchdowns. Alexander also ran for a score.

Brian Laimani

The Pirates rolled to an easy 49-21 win over Mira Costa in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs on Friday while Laimani filled up the stat sheet on defense. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive end had nine tackles, including three tackles for loss, to go with five sacks and three quarterback knockdowns. Paramount will host Los Altos in the second round on Friday.

Aaron Thomas

Thomas came up big in Valencia’s playoff opener, throwing for 209 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-3 victory over Notre Dame in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. He threw touchdown passes of 5, 70, 15 and 36 yards.

Nick Redick
St. Paul

When the chips were down, Redick came up big for the Swordsmen. Trailing 21-7 at halftime of their CIF Southern Section Division 7 first-round playoff game against Monrovia, St. Paul needed a spark in a big way. Redick gave his team just that by rattling off touchdown runs on three consecutive possessions, ultimately leading to a 54-42 win. Redick finished with four touchdowns as St. Paul advanced thanks to its ground game. Redick finished with 168 yards on 19 carries.

Troy Temmink

Not only did Temmink lead the SkyHawks on the game-winning drive in the final 2:32, he had an outstanding game. He finished the night 10 of 15 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. On the game-winning drive, Temmink was 4-for-7 passing for 57 yards.

Elias Opsahl
Redlands East Valley

Opsahl finished second in his CIF Southern Section Division 2 heat in 14 minutes, 58.60 seconds at the CIF-SS prelims at Riverside Cross Country Course on Saturday to qualify for the finals.

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