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 2 to April 7, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, April 13.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Xavier Court
Mira Costa
Court, who was the Daily Breeze boys cross country runner of the year, turned in a strong performance Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational. He finished first in the 3,200 meters and posted a personal-best time of 9:06.02. Earlier this year, Court posted a 15:19 at the CIF State Cross Country Finals to finish sixth, which is the highest of any male runner in the school’s history.

Marcus Johnson
Johnson tossed a two-hitter and struck out three in leading the Eagles to a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in the opening round of the prestigious Boras Classic. Notre Dame was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America. Johnson, who has committed to Duke, induced a game-ending double play to preserve the second shutout of his career.

Zachary Overturf
Overturf played the role of hero twice last week at the Santa Ana Elks Tournament, delivering game-winning hits in walk-off fashion in back-to-back games against Village Christian of Sun Valley and Northview of Covina.

Drew Bowser
The sophomore shortstop was a bright spot in Harvard-Westlake’s performance in the Boras Classic last week. Bowser hit the lone-RBI in the Wolverines’ 1-0 win over Santiago (Riverside) and delivered from the plate again in a 3-0 victory over Orange Lutheran with a two-run home run. Harvard-Westlake finished the week 3-1, and is 11-3 overall.

Jared Jones
La Mirada
Jones pitched a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts in La Mirada’s 9-0 win over Vista Murrieta in the first round of the Boras Classic at Mater Dei High on April 3. In 28 2/3 innings this year, Jones has allowed two earned runs and has a 0.49 earned run average.

Jake Spillane
Mission Viejo
He pitched a perfect game in the Diablos’ 1-0 win over Bingham of Utah in the National Classic. Spillane, a right-hander, struck out 13 of the 21 batters he faced. Spillane is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA And 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Emilio Morales
La Mirada
Morales was sensational in the Matadores’ 4-1 win over South Hills in the semifinals of the Boras Classic tournament. The sophomore threw six shutout innings and limited South Hills to three hits while striking eight to improve his record to 6-0.

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