Boys Athlete of the Week

VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week


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

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Andrew Koustik
Calvary Chapel
He won the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 swimming championships at Riverside City College. Koustik, a senior who signed with Texas, won the 500 free in a lifetime-best 4:20.98. That’s the ninth-fastest in county history. He won the 100 breaststroke in a lifetime-best 54.88 that also set the CIF-SS Division 2 record. Koustik said he was disappointed that he did not swim a better time than what he got in the 500 free, so he put an emphatic finish on the end of the 100 breaststroke.

Adam McLeod
McLeod is known most for being a wide receiver on the school’s football team, but he’s also made an impact on the court in both basketball and volleyball. McLeod registered 19 kills with only two errors (.567 attacking percentage) as the Terriers outlasted Orangewood Academy in five sets to win a CIF-SS Division 5 second-round match. He added nine kills as the Terriers swept Arrowhead Christian and advanced to the section semifinals for the first time in program history.

Damian Torres
Torres has been an effective relief pitcher for the Panthers this season, but he was handed his first varsity start last week against Santiago. Torres came through in a big way, tossing a three-hit shutout as Corona defeated the Sharks 1-0 to clinch the Big VIII League championship. 

James Torrez
La Salle
Torrez finished his prep career with CIF Southern Section Division 4 individual swimming titles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. The two wins give Torres six first-place medals in his high school career after winning the 100 butterfly and backstroke events in each of his final three seasons. He capped it Friday with a time of 50.70 seconds in the 100 butterfly before beating the competition by more than three seconds to win the 100 backstroke in 51.10.

Tyrese Turner
Turner played a pivotal role for the Gladiators as they wrapped up their fourth straight San Gabriel Valley League title with two wins over Downey last week. In their 9-4 win on May 8, Turner had two doubles, a run, and an RBI, and two days later he added a walk, stolen base and a run in their 7-3 victory.

Ike Shirakata
Shirakata, the 2017 Daily Breeze boys swimmer of the year, won the 200 individual medley (1:49.46) and finished second in the 100 breaststroke (56.28) at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Finals. Shirakata earned All-American honors with his time in the 200 and All-American consideration in the 100 breaststroke. He broke his school records in both events.

Danny Syrkin
La Canada
Syrkin won two CIF-Southern Section swimming crowns Saturday. He won the 100 butterfly in a meet-record 47.48 seconds, and he was also part of the Spartans’ first-place 200 medley relay, along with Eddie Cosic, Thomas Hoffman and Matt Bilaver. La Canada finished an area-best third as a team in the Division 2 finals.

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