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 April 10 to April 15, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, April 21.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Sam Hliboki

The right-hander earned Tournament MVP honors at the IMG Classic, powering Harvard-Westlake to the tournament title for the second consecutive season. Hliboki’s big moment came against host IMG Academy, turning in a dominant complete-game performance with 12 strikeouts and no walks.

Zion Bowens
LB Poly

Bowens ran 21.25 to win the 200 meters at the 59th Mt. San Antonio College Relays on Saturday. Bowen’s time is the top time in the state and seventh-fastest in the country.

Matt Johnson
Palos Verdes

Johnson got off to a rocky start Friday in a 7-6 win over Mira Costa, giving up six runs in the first inning. PV coach Derrick Duarte stuck with him, and it paid off, as Johnson retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. He ended up tossing a six-hitter with two walks and six strikeouts as PV came from behind for the 7-6 win.

Jayson Gonzalez
Bishop Amat

Gonzalez was 4 for 10 with with three RBIs, three runs and a home run during the National Classic, which Bishop Amat (14-4) won, thus stamping it one of the top teams in Southern California. For his efforts, Gonzalez was named tournament MVP.

Ryan Renken

Renken was one of the local standouts at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational, this year held at El Camino College. Renken placed third individually in the mile with a time of 4:11.02 that narrowly put him ahead of teammate Owen Bishop. More importantly, he ran a strong 1,600-meter anchor leg of the distance medley relay that finished first in the invitational division with a time of 10:01.90 that stands as the best time in the country this season.

Ryan Silva
Redlands East Valley

Silva pitched a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win on April 11 over Redlands and two days later went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Wildcats to a 5-3 win and a sweep of the rivalry set.

Royce Lewis

The senior shortstop was named offensive player of the tournament at the National Classic in which the Lions advanced to the championship game. Lewis was 8 for 11 in the tournament with two home runs, one triple and one double. He is committed to UC Irvine and widely projected to be a first-round selection in the MLB Draft.

Brandon Ross
Vista Murrieta

The San Jose State-committed left-hander threw his best game of the year Thursday, striking out five and allowing just one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the first-place Broncos blanked Murrieta Valley, 2-0, and improved to 7-1 in the Southwestern League.

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