Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Nov. 14 to Nov. 19, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 25.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
El Camino Real
Hawkins powered El Camino Real into the L.A. City Section Division 1 semifinals with a massive 208-yard, 2-touchdown performance in a 41-27 quarterfinal victory at Banning. Hawkins scored on runs of 72 and 27 yards and gave El Camino Real an early lead it never relinquished.
Wilmore, a sophomore, outplayed his counterpart and USC commit Stephen Carr, rumbling for 325 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries to lead Lawndale to a 38-14 win over Summit in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal win.
Casteel had a performance so strong in last week’s second round win over Downey that veteran head coach Lou Farrar called him the “probably the best athlete I’ve ever coached.” Casteel’s fingerprints were all over the Chargers’ win as he had two rushing touchdowns, caught a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown to send his team to the semifinals for the third consecutive season.
He passed for 407 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-30 win over Vista Murrieta in a CIF-SS Division 1 second-round game. The sophomore completed 25 of 43 passes. The 407 yards gave him 4,272 for the season, which is an Orange County single-season record. Daniels has 63 touchdown passes against only two interceptions. Mater Dei plays Rancho Cucamonga on Friday at Orange Coast College in a Division 1 semifinal.
The goaltender has 16 saves, including two title-clinching saves in the final 40 seconds, as Roosevelt won its first-ever title in any sport with a 9-8 victory as the Mustangs held off Palm Desert Xavier on Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 championship match.
Long Beach Wilson
Hardy was a workhorse in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal victory over Saugus on Friday. The running back had a career-high 33 carries, career-high 280 yards and three touchdowns in the 25-23 win that sent the Bruins to a CIF semifinal for the first time since 1991. Hardy has rushed for 1,760 yards (9.6 average yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns this season.
Jones, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who leads the Spartans in receiving, had his best game of the season Friday as San Gorgonio downed Tustin 41-18 in the CIF-SS Division 7 quarterfinals. Jones caught seven passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, all of which tied or surpassed season highs. His longest score was 64 yards, which was also his longest touchdown catch of the season. This season, he has 41 catches for 881 yards and 12 touchdowns, and has two more touchdowns rushing.
Redlands East Valley
Opsahl placed fourth in the Division 2 boys race in a time of 14:57.90 at the CIF-SS finals on the Riverside Cross Country Course Saturday to qualify for the CIF State meet.
The 6-foot, 180-pound standout has been a factor for the nationally-ranked Cougars on both sides of the ball and that was evident in Friday’s 42-26 win over Mission Viejo in a CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinal. Graham caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Acosta and returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown to put the game away in the closing minute. He also had five tackles. Graham, who de-committed from USC, has 21 NCAA Division I scholarship offers.
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