Girls Athlete of the Week

VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week


Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from April 23 to April 28, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 4.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Katelyn Howard
Howard was 2 for 3 with two triples, three RBIs and a run scored in a 10-0 win over Poly. She also was 1 for 2 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in the Bruins’ 17-0 win over Cabrillo.

Kaitlyn Hawkins
Ontario Christian
Hawkins hit a double and a home run and drove in two runs as the Knights defeated Aquinas 9-4 to move into a tie for first place in the Ambassador League standings. Earlier in the week, Hawkins went 2 for 2 with three runs batted in as Ontario Christian knocked off Notre Dame.

Sarah Willis
Willis got the job done in the circle and at the plate last week, helping the Cougars clinch at least a share of the Big VIII League title. Willis went 5 for 6 with a home run and five RBIs, and tossed four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 16-1 victory over Corona. She allowed no earned runs in six innings and also had a two-run double to lead a 6-1 win over King.

Nikki Merritt
Santa Margarita
The Duke-bound athlete won the 100 meters in 11.82 seconds – second-fastest in Orange County history — and the 100 hurdles (wind-aided 13.97) and 300 hurdles (state-leading 42.23) in a record-setting performance at the Trinity League prelims. Merritt set league records in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles and became only the third O.C. girl to break 14 seconds under any conditions in the 100 hurdles.

Nevaeh Castruita
South El Monte
The Eagles are 17-1 and closing in on the Mission Valley League title and Castruita continues to be a rig reason why. The junior threw seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Mountain View while allowing only two his and striking out 12. She also was 2-for-3 in the win with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Later in the week she threw a complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win over Arroyo. She tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

Ruby Salzman
The Chatsworth center fielder anchored a West Valley League-clinching week for the Chancellors, who beat El Camino Real 4-1 on Wednesday and routed Taft 30-2 on Friday. Salzman had two hits, stole a base and scored a run against ECR, and she hit two grand slams and had 10 RBIs against Taft.

Addy Bass
Bass helped the Sea Hawks clinch a share of their 10th consecutive Bay League title. She scored six goals in an 18-5 win over Mira Costa and added four goals in a 19-3 win over Peninsula. Bass has scored 43 goals this season.

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