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 14 to May 19, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 25.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Damian Ureta
El Rancho
Ureta pitched his second no-hitter of the season Friday in the Dons’ 6-0 win over Santa Paula in the first-round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. He struck out nine and walked two hitters. It was his second no-hitter of the season. The first occurred against Southland Christian on March 9th.

Ian Irish
Palos Verdes
Last year, Irish narrowly missed winning the CIF title. On Saturday, thanks to a late kick down the stretch, the senior pulled off the feat in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 800 meters, edging Miguel Ayala of La Puente for the title with a time of 1 minute, 55.09 seconds.

Mitchell Torres
Sophomore first baseman Mitchell Torres was the offensive anchor for Valencia’s upset victory over No. 1-seeded Harvard-Westlake on Friday 8-4. Torres was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a scored run in what was a shocking result to the high school baseball CIF Division 1 bracket. 

Reyte Rash
Rash won the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in the 300 meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 37.65 seconds, making him the second boys track and field section champion in school history. Rash also finished third in the Division 1 110 hurdles (14.75). Rash qualified for the Masters Meet in both events.

Donal Aluesi
Aluesi won the CIF Southern Section Division 1 discus championship with a winning throw of 179 feet, 4 inches. That mark was 13 feet better than his previous best. Aluesi became Fontana’s first division champion since 2001 and its first boys field event winner since 1976.

Sean Lee
Trabuco Hills
Lee won the Division 1 high jump title at the CIF-SS Track and Field Championships with a mark of 7 feet, 2½ inches, which broke the Division 1 record. Lee, who signed with UCLA, set the Orange County record with a clearance of 7-3 in February. At the CIF-SS meet he made three unsuccessful attempts at beating the state record of 7-4½.

Jared Jones
La Mirada
Jones had a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 12th of La Mirada’s 6-2 win over Woodbridge in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on May 18. He also pitched the final seven innings for the Matadores and struck out 13.

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