Category archives for: Athletes of the Week

Athlete of the Week: NO TRESPASSING: Johnson excels on his own island for Poway High

Poway High senior defender Shane Johnson, right, often needs no help to shutdown some of the top attackers. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Shane Johnson takes it personally when someone tries to invade his island.

Athlete of the Week: Rancho Bernardo High’s Jackson among most feared hitters in nation

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It happens nearly every game. Alex Jackson walks to the plate, carrying his bat in his hand knowing he probably could have left it behind.

Athlete of the Week: Thomason soaring to new heights at Rancho Bernardo High

Augusta Thomason has reached new heights since transferring to Rancho Bernardo High. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Too many coaches can often lead to confusion, but for Augusta Thomason it has led her to heights she has never reached before.

Athlete of the Week: Shintani’s all-around talent continues to shine for Rancho Bernardo High

Rancho Bernardo High's Aiku Shintani. File photo

Mike Parrinello is in his 17th year as coach of the Rancho Bernardo High boys tennis team. There have been some extremely talented players on the Broncos over that time.

Athlete of the Week: Poway High’s Martinez proving to be a tough out

Poway High's Malia Martinez entered this week hitting a blazing .643 with no strikeouts. Photo by Brett Hanavan

Malia Martinez put together a freshman season many players would gladly take. She banged out 33 hits, finished with a .303 average and led Poway High in runs scored (21) and RBIs (27).

Athlete of the Week: Del Norte High’s Plantier enjoying hot start at plate

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The first seven baseball games of last season were not pleasant for Del Norte High’s Tyler Plantier.

Athlete of the Week: Persistence pays off with state title for Poway High’s Doyle


Colt Doyle felt like he had lost a year of his prep wrestling career.

Athlete of the Week: LETTIN’ IT WHIP: Poway High’s Tovar ready to dance at state

Ralphy Tovar will try to become the first wrestler at Poway High to win a state title since 2009. Photo by Robin Simmons

Ralphy Tovar puts on his headphones and starts bouncing around like a prized boxer getting ready to step into the ring.

Athlete of the Week: No slowing down Del Norte High’s Moul

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A few minutes into a Del Norte High girls soccer match is all it takes to notice Dori Moul. Her speed, aggressiveness and strength on the ball is often overwhelming to opponents.

Athlete of the Week: Poway High’s La Francis wants to be first girl to win four state titles

Poway’s Alyssa La Francis has won back-to-back girls wrestling state championships and enters this year’s tournament ranked No. 1 at 162 pounds. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Alyssa La Francis could pin most of her opponents within the opening minute of the match.