Boys Athlete of the Week

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 Dec. 4 to Dec. 9, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 15.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Ian Murphy
Los Osos
The 5-foot-10 point guard came up big for the Grizzlies, who went 4-1 in last week’s Riverside Kiwanis basketball tournament. Murphy scored 70 points, including 17 in a 52-50 win over Paloma Valley. He also had a game-winning driving layup at the buzzer. He averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 assists last year as a junior, earning All-Baseline League and All-Inland Valley honors.

Jake Kyman
Santa Margarita
He was named MVP of the Beach Bash tournament which the Eagles won. Kyman, a 6-7 junior, averaged 18 points, six rebounds and three assists over four tournament games. He shot 61 percent from the floor during the Beach Bash. Kyman was All-Trinity League second team last season.

Lamont Butler
Riverside Poly
Butler had a career-high 33 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears defeated Notre Dame 70-50 in the championship game of the 76th annual Riverside Kiwanis Tournament. Butler was chosen the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 18 points over five games.

Lontrelle Diggs
Grace Brethren
Diggs split carries with freshman tailback Seven McGee but the junior scored two touchdowns in Grace Brethren’s 24-8 win over Aquinas in the CIF State 2-A Regional Bowl Game. Diggs ran for 90 yards, one of his lowest postseason totals this season, but formed a two-headed attack with McGee to hand Aquinas its first loss of the season.

Demontii Peoples
Narbonne
Peoples, a senior defensive back, had a pair of interceptions, including one in the end zone, in Saturday’s CIF SoCal Regional Division 1-A game to help the Narbonne defense shut down the high-powered Paraclete attack. Peoples also had an interception in the L.A. City Section Open Division final and has seven this season.

Matt Schmidt
LB Wilson
Wilson is off to an 8-1 start and last week claimed the Artesia Tournament championship, thanks in large part to the efforts of senior Matt Schmidt, who was named Tournament MVP. Schimdt averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the tournament to lead Wilson to the title.

Nathan Kasongo
St. Paul
The Switzerland transfer had a big game in the semifinals and finals of the El Rancho Blue/Pride tournament to lead the Swordsemen to the championship. Kasongo scored a game-high 24 points in a 69-45 semifinal win over Palm Springs, then dropped 26 in a 47-40 championship win over Alhambra to earn tournament MVP honors.


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