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WEEK 13 / June 2-7
ROBERT BOSTEDT, Granite Hills — The left-hand hitting senior outfielder batted .857 in the final two games of the San Diego Section playoffs. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Eagles’ semifinal victory over Cathedral Catholic. He was 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI in Granite Hills’ Open Division championship game over La Costa Canyon, 3-0.
 
BRANDON WEED, Grossmont
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior right-hander hurled 6 2/3 innings as the Foothillers whipped Grossmont Hills League rival Valhalla 6-4 in the Division I San Diego Section championship game. He allowed one earned run, struck out 5 and walked 5. He finished the year 10-4 and the last two seasons 16-4.

Brandon Weed
WEEK 10 / May 12-17 WEEK 11 / May 19-24 WEEK 12 / May 26-31
DANI ROMERO, Patrick Henry
Coming off a 3-HR performance last month, Romero pumped two more homers in the 2nd inning against Morse -- a 3-run shot and a grand slam -- for 7 RBI in the inning, one shy of the state record. She finished with a school record 8 RBI after later being intentionally walked with the bases loaded.
CARLEE WALLACE, Valhalla
Wallace homered twice in CIF playoff action, becoming the 8th player in East County history to hit 10 in a season. Included was a go-ahead 2-run homer to beat Imperial, 3-1, then she hit another 2-run shot when Valhalla opened the scoring in the 3rd inning to down EC-Southwest. Wallace also hit an RBI double in an extra-inning loss to Patrick Henry.
MIRANDA THOMAS, Valhalla
On doubleheader Thursday of the CIF playoffs, Thomas slugged a home run in both games, plus collected a pitching victory over top-seeded Eastlake, then closed out a victory over San Pasqual. In Saturday's Div. 2 final against Mater Dei Catholic, Thomas also batted 1-for-2 with a walk.
ALAN STRONG, Santana
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed fire-baller posted 2 victories to give the Sultans the lead in the Grossmont Valley League race in the final week of the season. He picked up a complete game victory over Mount Miguel and pitched 3 shutout innings in relief over Monte Vista, giving him a 2.10 ERA for the week.
JAYSON ROSE, Granite Hills
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-hander was a double-threat for Grossmont Hills League champion Granite Hills. The Utah-bound Rose batted .364 (4 for 11) with a double and two RBI. As a pitcher Rose pitched four shutout innings, struck out seven and posted his 7th victory.
HUNTER REED, Grossmont
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior shortstop batted at a .583 clip to help the Foothillers advance to the San Diego Section Division I semifinals. Reed collected 7 hits in 12 at-bats, scored twice and drove in 3 for Grossmont (17-14), which should be considered an upstart in the postseason tournament.
WEEK 7 / Apr. 21-`26 WEEK 8 / Apr. 28-May 3 WEEK 9 / May 5-10
ERIN HUMPHRIES, El Capitan
Humphries, a senior, snapped the Grossmont Conference record for RBI in a game with 10 against Monte Vista. Included were eight in the 1st inning when she posted a grand slam, a 2-run triple and a 2-run double, when the Vaqueros scored 18 runs. The 8 RBI in the 1st tied the CIF state recordf.
SYDNEY CRAVEN, West Hills
Craven, a sophomore middle infielder, helped cement the 7th-ranked Wolf Pack at the top of the Grossmont Hills League standings after wins over Valhalla and Steele Canyon. For the week, she went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and a double, good for five RBI.
CARLEE WALLACE, Valhalla
Wallace hit her East County leading 8th home run of the season to equal the school record, lifting Valhalla into second place in the GHL. Wallace also reached base on 5-of-7 trips for the week, lifting her season batting average to .529 with 24 RBI in just 11 games since transferring from Francis Parker.
JORDAN QSAR, Valhalla
A 6-foot-4, 186-pound versatile senior, Qsar batted .444 (4-for-9) as the Norsemen won two of three Grossmont Hills League games. The Pepperdine commit collected 6 RBI, scored 3 runs, swatted a double and hit a home run into the wind at Valhalla . He also drew 3 walks and pitched 2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts and a save
CHRIS HUDGINS, Valhalla
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Valhalla senior catcher batted .667 (8-12) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs (one a grand slam), and drove in 9 runs. One of his RBI was a walkoff bases loaded single in a victory over West Hills. The Cal-State Fullerton commit also scored 3 runs, stole a base and was walked 2 times. Defensively he threw out 3 baserunners.
SAM GERSHOW, Christian
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior right-hander pitched a 3-hit shutout in a pivotal 1-0 win over Coronado to tighten the Central League pennant race. He walked none and struck out 5 against the Islanders en route to his 5th complete game. He raised his season record to 6-2 while lowering his ERA to 0.73.
WEEK 4 / Mar. 31-Apr. 5 WEEK 5 / Apr. 7-12 WEEK 6 / Apr. 14-`19
ALICIA GARCIA, Mira Mesa
Garcia, who recently returned to the Marauders from a 13-month hiatus, was named Most Valuable Pitcher of the Falcon Fiesta, posting a 4-0 record. She had no decision in the final, which was captured by Westview.
CORTNEY HORNE, West Hills
Horne, a senior headed for Cal State Northridge, drove in an important run to help the Wolf Pack capture the Grossmont Conference Tournament finale. She also slugged a pair of 2-run homers in a win over Steele Canyon, capping a 3-0 week for the GHL leaders.
ASHLEY MADARA, Valhalla
Madara, a senior headed for Western New Mexico, limited the powerful hitting ballclub from University City to just three hits in a 10-1 victory. The victory was the fourth straight for the Norsemen. UC entered averaging 7.6 runs per outing. Valhalla, the co-leaders of the Grossmont Hills League, leads East County with 11 victories.
DANIEL LUCKETT, Foothills Christian — The 6-foot-3, 170-pound junior catcher helped lead Foothills Christian to its first-ever baseball tournament crown as the Knights won the Tri-City Christian Eagle Classic. Luckett batted .818 (9-for-11) with 2 home runs, 9 RBI runs, 9 runs and 6 stolen bases in the sweep.

JORGE GARCIA, Helix
Garcia, the Highlanders’ 6-foot-1, 230-pound, senior first baseman, batted .429 with three extra base hits, including two home runs as Helix split a two-game series with Grossmont. Garcia also drove in six runs and scored twice.
JUSTIN MITCHELL, Granite Hills The senior southpaw helped lead Granite Hills into the finals of Classic Division of the Lions Tournament against No. 1 ranked Rancho Bernardo. He batted .375 with 6-for 16, including a home run and a double. He also was successful on the mound as he pitched the Eagles to a 4-2 win over Green Valley , Nev. with 5 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out 6.
WEEK 1 / Mar. 10-15 WEEK 2 / Mar. 17-22 WEEK 3 / Mar. 24-29
SIERRA ALTMEYER, Patrick Henry — Altmeyer, who has committed to UC Santa Barbara, lifted the Patriots to the Final Four of the Cougar Classic. The senor posted a .500 on-base percentage and was noted by the coaching staff for her excellence on defense. MARISSA HAMPTON, Helix
Hampton, a senior, won both of the games she pitched last week, moving the Scotties within reach of the title game of the Duds by Dudes Tourament at La Jolla Country Day. Helix is just one of two East County teams with a winning record.
HALLE KYLER, Granite Hills
Kyler, a freshman who pitches and plays shortstop, posted a big week to lead a team turnaround and a perfect 3-0 record for the week. Along with a couple of pitching victories, Kyler batted .875 (7-for-8) with two doubles, four walks and six RBI, while scoring six times.
TANNER PERRY, Steele Canyon — The 5-foot-9 senior shortstop batted .429 in the Cougars’ first three games. He collected 3 hits and scored 4 runs in 7 at-bats. Included in his batting totals were 2 home runs, a double and 3 RBI. ENRIQUE KELLER, Mount Miguel The versatile junior pitcher/first baseman batted .583 as the Matadors captured the Bully’s East/Andy Sanchez Memorial Tournament championship. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound Keller collected 7 hits in 12 at-bats, including three extra base hits in the 8-1 victory over Mar Vista . Keller hammered 2 doubles in the final three tournaments games. He drove in 6 runs and scored 5, including a home run.

COLE HENDERSON, Valhalla
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore third baseman batted .778 with seven hits in nine at-bats in the first three games of the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament. Henderson also had 4 RBI and a double as the Norsemen swept past Monte Vista, El Capitan and Santana by a combined score of 19-10


2013-14 BASKETBALL
WEEK 15 / Mar. 10-18 / CIF Playoffs
 
ZARIA BRANCH, Mount Miguel
Branch, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, led the Matadors in steals en route to a pair of victories in the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs. Branch posted 9 steals against Yorba Linda, Selma and Santa Barbara, while also adding 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the final three playoff games.
WEEK 14 / Mar. 3-8 / CIF Playoffs
 
IRMA EALY, Helix
The 5-foot-11 junior forward scored 8 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished an assist and made two blocks in the Highlanders’ San Diego Section Division III championship victory over San Marcos, 57-45, at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

SAVANNAH WHITEHURST,
Liberty Charter

The 5-foot-9 senior center poured in 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, guiding the Liberty Charter Lady Lions to their first-ever San Diego Section Division V championship, downing Foothills Christian, 64-39, in an all-East County finale.

WEEK 13 / Feb. 24-Mar. 1 / CIF Playoffs
 
 

CIERRA CUTLER (3, left), El Capitan
The 5-foot-6 junior guard scored 21 points as El Capitan posted back-to-back victories in its first two playoff games for the first time in more than a decade. Cutler also dished out 10 assists and recorded 8 steals as the Vaqueros eliminated San Pasqual Academy and top-seeded Calvin Christian.

LUIS SALGADO, Foothills Christian
The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, who ranks second in East County 3-point shooting with 78, poured in 29 points as the Knights swept two postseason playoff games. Salgado is only one trey behind East County leader Andrew Manning of Granite Hills. His ticket to victory was six 3-pointers and he also came up with 6 steals.

WEEK 10 / Feb. 3-8 WEEK 11 / Feb. 10-15 WEEK 12 / Feb. 17-22
DAVID GAZALE, Valhalla
The 6-foot-2 senior floor leader drilled in 45 points, grabbed eight rebounds notched three steals dished one assist and blocked two shots as the Norsemen clipped Granite Hills and stunned Helix. Gazelle knocked down the Highlanders with 25 points in a rare Valhalla conquest 67-60.
ANABEL RODRIGUEZ, Granite Hills A 5-foot-11 freshman forward, Rodriguez helped Granite Hills sweep past Steele Canyon and Helix in Grossmont Hills League action. She totaled 25 points in the two games, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 9 shots.
BRENDEN BROCIOUS, El Cajon Valley The 6-foot-1 senior shooting guard averaged 13.8 points per game and tallied 78 markers in the finals week of the regular season. For the season Brocious knocked down 30 treys. He was known as the leader of the Braves and was in the running for Grossmont Valley League Player of the Year.

DESTINI ANDERSON (1), Helix
The 5-foot-8 freshman power forward netted 38 points, hauled down eight rebounds, notched five steals and handed out three assists as the Highlanders knocked off West Hills and Valhalla.

CHASE PARSONS, West Hills
Known for his flying blond locks and high octane play, Parsons, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, is the driving force for the Wolf Pack. In his last two games he scored 37 points, nailed 4 three-pointers and dished 8 assists as West Hills knocked off Valhalla and Grossmont in Grossmont Hills League play.
DOMINIQUE MORRISON, Santana Morrison, a senior sharpshooter, scored a career- high 25 points as the Sultans scored a season high 86 points over El Cajon Valley . She made 8 of 11 from the field and 9 of 11 free throws. In the Sultans victory over Monte Vista, Morrison tagged on 5 more points and dished off 3 assists.
WEEK 7 / Jan. 13-18 WEEK 8 / Jan. 20-25 WEEK 9 / Jan. 27-Feb. 1
DEAJANAE HARVEY, Granite Hills The 5-foot-5 junior point guard and team leader poured in 40 points and pilfered 32 steals as the Eagles dusted Grossmont and El Cajon Valley . Few guards in the San Diego Section are more hard-nosed than Harvey, who is known as “Nae” by her teammates. JORDAN JACKSON, Monte Vista The Monarchs 6-foot-4, 200 pound senior center turned in back-to-back double-doubles in victories over Castle Park and Mount Miguel . Against the Trojans he reeled off 10 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished 3 assists, blocked 3 shots and made one steal. Against Mount Miguel he registered 21 points and 17 rebounds.

BRIAJUNAE SHEPARD, Helix
A 5-foot-6 junior guard, Shepard knocked down 40 points in two games, including six 3-pointers as the Highlanders stung Steele Canyon and rolled over Grossmont. She was also 7-for-8 from the free throw line, dished 7 assists, notched 5 steals and collected 4 rebounds.

DONNELL PAYNE, Mount Miguel — The 6-foot-3 junior wing averaged 21.0 points with 84 markers in four games for the Matadors, including a pair of 27-point efforts against Otay Ranch and Morse. Payne also netted 25 of 35 free throws, nailed 27 three-pointers, grabbed 24 rebounds and dished 11 assists. SHYLA CRIGER-PHILIPP, Valhalla The senior center of the Norsemen posted 12 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 12 blocks in a split against Steele Canyon and Coronado. Her best effort was 11 rebounds and 11 blocks against Steele Canyon. BRENDEN BROCIOUS, El Cajon Valley The Braves’ 6-foot-1 shooting guard erupted for 55 points as the Braves swept past Mount Miguel and El Capitan . He was 13 of 14 from the free throw line in the two contests and nailed a pair of threes. He also collected 19 rebounds, handed out 8 assists, recorded 13 steals and blocked 7 shots.
WEEK 4 / Dec. 23-28 WEEK 5 / Dec. 30-Jan. 4 WEEK 6 / Jan. 6-11
ZACH KISSEL, Steele Canyon
The 6-foot-2 senior guard tallied 55 points in three games for the 9-3 Cougars. The Steele Canyon captain nailed nine 3-pointers and drained 13 of 16 free throws. He scored a career-high 28 points in a 58-44 victory over Mt. Carmel .
DANIELLE SIMMONS, Helix
One of the freshmen-laden Helix Highlanders, the 6-foot post player scored 25 points and captured 52 rebounds, helping Helix capture championship games in the Monte Vista Invitational and the Lady Monarch Classic.
JORDAN QSAR, Valhalla
The 6-foot-3 senior scored 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, dished 3 assists, hawked 6 steals and blocked 3 shots in the last two games for the Norsemen. Assigned to cover a player 6 inches taller than he, Qsar scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Valhalla dropped a 4 point loss to Foothills Christian.
JOANNA DELA CRUZ, El Cajon Valley Playing bigger than her size Dela Cruz scored 69 points in three games for the Braves. The 5-foot-3 senior captain snagged 20 rebounds, recorded 20 steals, and buried 14 three-pointers. She produced 29 points, notched seven steals and grabbed seven rebounds in a 41-27 victory over Christian.
JACOB HAMMETT, Valhalla
The 6-foot-3 junior guard had a prolific 5-game performance for the Norsemen. He scored 67 points (13.4 ppg), grabbed 36 rebounds and dished 27 assists. He also blocked 12 shots and recorded 7 steals. His best game of the series was against Bonanza where he scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds

BAILEY ALBERS, West Hills
The Wolf Pack’s junior floor leader posted some impressive numbers as West Hills swept two games. Albers scored 42 points, snagged 7 rebounds, created 8 steals and blocked a shot in contests against El Capitan and Monte Vista. She clicked on 18 of 33 shots from the field in the two games.

WEEK 1 / Dec. 2-7 WEEK 2 / Dec. 9-14 WEEK 3 / Dec. 16-21
DEJANAY POPE, Mount Miguel
The 5-foot-10 senior wing guided Mount Miguel to a 3-0 start in the first week of the Matador Classic. She averaged 13.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 6 steals in conquests of Brawley, Olympian and Granite Hills. She turned a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds against Granite Hills (78-44).
ZACH KINNINGER, Christian
A 6-foot-6 senior, Kinninger averaged 15 points and 14.6 rebounds while earning all-tournament honors in the Wolf Pack-Horsman Automotive Tournament as well as the Imperial Tiger Classic. He hit the game-winning basket in a victory over EC-Southwest, rolling an impressive double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds in the Tiger tourney.
DEIJAH BLANKS, Mount Miguel The 5-foot-11 senior wing led the Matadors to the 67th Annual San Diego Kiwanis Tournament championship with a four-game sweep. She averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. She also logged five steals for the 9-1 Matadors. Blanks was named to the All-Tournament team.
TOMMY RUTHERFORD, Grossmont — The 6-foot-9 sophomore center came blazing out of the chute averaging 21 points and 16.7 rebounds in the Foothillers first three games. The best of his three double-doubles was 28 points and 18 rebounds in Grossmont’s rout of Bonita Vista.
SHIRAH HANCOCK, Helix
The Highlanders junior captain averaged 15.3 points and 5 rebounds per game as Helix captured the Monte Vista Invitational championship. She scored double digits in five of the six games, including a career high 25 against Rancho Buena Vista. She also registered a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against La Jolla.
T.J. LEAF, Foothills Christian
A 6-foot-9 sophomore, Leaf wowed college coaches in the Las Vegas Tarkanian Classic with a solid performance. The main impressions left by Leaf included a 30.2 scoring average and 9 rebounds per game in five starts against the nation’s best. His top scoring spree was 31 points against Las Vegas-Chaparral.

2013 FOOTBALL
WEEK 15 / Dec. 7 CIF Championships

SEBASTIAN SWIFT, Christian
The 6-foot, 215-pound senior linebacker made 12 tackles, had two interceptions (one returned 45 yards for a touchdown) and notched a pair of sacks as the Patriots defeated San Marcos 19-7 to win the San Diego Section CIF Division III championship. Swift was East County’s leading tackler with 161 stops.

D.J. DOSIER, Monte Vista
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior linebacker was the heart of a hard-nosed Monte Vista defense that carried the Monarchs into the San Diego Section CIF Division IV championship game. One of the top tacklers on the Monarchs’ squad, Dosier was at his best although Monte Vista fell to Sweetwater 7-0 in the final.

WEEK 14 / Nov. 29 CIF Semifinals

KAI ARVAN, Christian
The 6-foot, 175-pound senior wide receiver-defensive back was the key factor in the Patriots 28-13 victory over Hilltop in the San Diego Section Division III semifinals. Arvan caught eight passes for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns as Christian improved to 11-1 and qualified for the CIF finals against San Marcos.

CHRISTIAN TOVES, Monte Vista
A 5-foot-7, 195-pound junior linebacker, Toves led the Division IV Monarchs in a 41-24 SDCIF semifinal victory over La Jolla . He was unstoppable for three quarters, finishing with 4 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss and a pair of big hits causing incompletions to help Monte Vista qualify for the CIF finals against Sweetwater.
WEEK 13 / Nov. 22-23  
JAKE ENGLISH (44, left), Granite Hills — The 5-foot-11, 190-pound linebacker has led the Eagles in tackles and has ranked among the East County leaders all season. The junior had 22 tackles in the first round of the Division II San Diego CIF playoffs in the Eagles 28-14 victory over Bonita Vista. He has 113 total tackles for the season, including 3.5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss.
THOMAS WALKER, Monte Vista The 6-foot-1, 155-pound senior quarterback-defensive back rushed for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 5 carries in leading the Monarchs to a 41-2 San Diego CIF Division IV quarterfinal victory over University City . In Monte Vista’s run-oriented offense, Walker threw only 2 passes and completed both for 27 yards.
WEEK 12 / Nov. 16  
PARIS MILLER, Christian
The 5-foot-9, 188-pound senior linebacker-running back rushed for touchdowns of 3, 1, 57 and 50 yards as Christian crunched Morse 42-14 in the San Diego Section Division III quarterfinals. The hard-running Miller totaled 253 yards on 18 carries for the Patriots (10-1).

BRAD CAGLE, El Capitan
A 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior quarterback, Cagle completed 20 of 36 passes for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Vaqueros eliminated Del Norte 45-21 in the first round of the Division II San Diego CIF playoffs. Cagle ranks second in the East County , averaging 218 yards passing per game with 26 touchdowns.
 
WEEK 10 / Nov. 2 WEEK 11 / Nov. 9  
JALEN DAVIS, Helix
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior reeled in 6 passes for 120 yards, one punt return for 10 yards, and 2 kickoff returns for a combined 97 yards and a touchdown against Grossmont. The versatile Davis logs time for the Highlanders at slot, corner, receiver and halfback.
JEMEIL JACKSON (6, above) , Monte Vista — A 5-foot-11, 170-pound versatile senior, Jackson put together one of the finest individual offensive games in Grossmont Conference history with 30 points in the Monarchs’ 44-3 victory over Santana. It was a unique scoring effort by Jackson, who rang up 4 TDs and 3 two-point conversions as Monte Vista finished 5-5.
MARKELL LINDLEY, Steele Canyon — A senior running back-defensive back, Lindley carried the ball 30 times for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns against Valhalla . The 5-foot-10, 164-pound performer averaged 7.1 yards per carry.
CHRISTIAN BROOKS (2, right), Grossmont — The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior receiver-defensive back reeled in 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns as Grossmont defeated West Hills 48-6. The East County passing leader has tallied 733 yards and 9 touchdowns on 71 catches.
WEEK 7 / Oct. 11 WEEK 8 / Oct. 18 WEEK 9 / Oct. 25-26
JUSTIN PEACE, Grossmont
A 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive tackle, Peace had a field day in the Foothillers’ romp over Granite Hills. He recorded 8 tackles – 6 of them solos – and added 2 tackles for loss. His string of success continued with a pass break-up and a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown.
RILEY REYES, Granite Hills
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore defensive back-wide receiver has recorded 50 tackles with one tackle for loss and six pass deflections. He is the leading defender in the Granite Hills arsenal.
MICHAEL AUSTIN, Helix
The 6-foot, 165-pound sophomore quarterback had a strong game against West Hills, completing 10 of 17 passes for 169 yards and 4 touchdowns – all in the first half. The Highlanders continued on to win 44-7, setting up Friday’s (Nov. 1) showdown for the Grossmont Hills League title.
BEN LOMIBAO, Mount Miguel
The Matadors’ workhorse rushed for 157 yards and 4 touchdowns on 21 carries as Mount Miguel mauled El Capitan 42-21. Not only did the Matadors win the key Grossmont Valley League opener, they also dealt El Capitan its first setback in seven games and moved into the No. 10 spot in the CIFSDS Media Rankings.
DAKOTA HARP, Santana
The 5-foot-10, 153-pound junior wide receiver-defensive back caught three touchdown passes in Santana’s 35-0 victory over El Cajon Valley . Harp collected a 65-yard TD on a halfback option pass from Tanner Weiss, and scored on passes of 16 and 5 yards in the Sultans’ first win of the year.
ISAIAH CAPOOCIA, El Capitan
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound versatile junior standout, Capoocia – a double threat at defensive back and slot – collected 172 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Vaqueros rolled over Santana 42-0.
WEEK 4 / Sept. 20 WEEK 5 / Sept. 27-28 WEEK 6 / Oct. 4
JESSE BISBAL, Granite Hills
East County’s leading rusher, Bisbal scored five touchdowns as the Eagles buried Central Union 51-29. Bisbal, the first player to win the Joe Roth Award, which started this year at Granite Hills to honor one player each week that epitomizes toughness, will wear Joe’s number (12) during that week’s game.
ALIJAH AVANT, Grossmont
The 5-foot-6, 158-pound junior running back was uncoverable as a receiver in the Foothillers 45-7 victory over Otay Ranch, as he reeled in three passes for 176 yards, including two touchdowns. Avant is a multiple threat in that he also contributes to the rushing game and is a bona fide return player.
DENNIS “D.J.” SMITH, El Capitan — A 6-foot, 218-pound junior linebacker-running back, Smith ran uncontested for 121 yards rushing and three touchdowns on eight carries as El Capitan turned the non-league game against Granite Hills into a blowout. He also caught two passes for 5 yards. Smith also averages a dozen tackles per game.

E.J. GARCIA, West Hills
The Wolf Pack senior linebacker recorded three sacks in West Hills’ 23-0 victory over Serra to extend the Pack’s record to 4-0. The aggressive defender now has 13 tackles – 10 of them solos.

MIRACLE TAUSAGA, Mount Miguel (55) — The 6-foot, 235-pound senior linebacker-fullback is no doubt one of the best players in East County . He broke loose for a dozen tackles, including eight solos, in Mount Miguel’s 45-14 romp over Valhalla . Tausaga’s game is not all about recording tackles, as he’s clearly the Matadors third-down short yardage back.
MATHEW SHEARIN, El Cajon Valley — The 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior tailback scored 5 touchdowns and ran for 220 yards as the Braves defeated Orange Glen in a key match of two Div. IV playoff hopefuls. A two-way threat, Shearin carried 23 times, scoring on TD runs of 11, 56, 3, 19 and 47 yards to run his 6-game season totals to 842 yards and 11 TDs.
WEEK 1 / Aug. 30-31 WEEK 2 / Sept. 6-7 WEEK 3 / Sept. 13-14
ANTHONY LAWRENCE, Grossmont — The Foothillers' senior quarterback completed 18 of 29 passes for 317 yards and 5 touchdowns – all in the first half. Lawrence also had 8 yards rushing on two carries and scored a touchdown as the Foothillers built a 52-20 halftime lead over Patrick Henry that stood up for a season-opening victory.(CLICK photo for more.)
DAVAUGHN MURRAY , Mount Miguel — The senior Division I prospect who is attracting college attention from all over the country showed his versatility in the Matadors’ 25-15 victory over Otay Ranch. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound DB/WR caught 4 passes for 32 yards, led the Matadors in tackles with 12 – including 7 solos – and also had 2 interceptions.
 DANIEL McMANUS, West Hills — The 6-foot-1, 170-pound kicker possesses college scholarship qualities as he proved against Central Union in the Wolf Pack’s 27-13 victory over the Spartans in the desert. McManus connected on a pair of 52-yard field goals and is now 4-for-4 on 3-pointers for the season. He’s also 8-for-8 on PATs.
LAWRENCE DICKENS, Steele Canyon — The 5-foot-9 senior slotback/defensive back caught three passes for 93 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Cougars defeated the visiting Chula Vista Spartans. Dickens rushed for 33 yards on five carries and scored a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff for 57 yards.
MICHAEL CARRILLO, Christian — The 5-foot-11, 168-pound Patriots senior quarterback completed 19 of 25 passes for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns as Christian steamrollered Santana 42-0. Carrillo spread his passes among seven receivers as the Patriots improved to 2-0.
LOGAN BAKER, Valhalla
A 5-foot-11, 182-pound sophomore linebacker, Baker notched 20 tackles – 10 of which went for losses – as the Norsemen defeated Monte Vista 24-14. He also had an interception coupled with a 31-yard return. Overall in three games Baker has logged 33 tackles and 4 sacks.

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