Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (including the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
Each nominee is entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week county-wide vote.
Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week.
Readers are allowed to vote multiple times.
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Aug. 30.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Josh Ward, San Pedro: Ward rushed for 138 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns (64 and 50 yards) in San Pedro’s 25-0 win over North Torrance. Ward also helped lead the Pirates defense with 10 tackles.
Sean Jastrab, Bonita: Sean Jastrab made an impressive debut in a season-opening 42-7 win over Arroyo that probably put to rest the concerns about how Bonita would replace area player of the year J.P. Andrade. Jastrab, the son of Mt. San Antonio coach Bob Jastrab, completed 15 of 20 passes for 247 yards and threw five touchdowns in the win. “(Jastrab) saw things and you could tell the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Bonita second-year coach Steve Bogan, referring to Bob Jastrab, who also played at Miami. “It’s a run-pass option and Jastrab did a fine job.”
Gabriel Ortiz, Kaiser: Ortiz had a big game on both sides of the ball in Kaiser’s season-opening 44-7 win over Sultana. He had 10 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns, tying the school record with a 99-yard touchdown run and caught two passes for 39 yards and another touchdown. An All-CIF player at linebacker last year, he added six tackles against Sultana and has a good chance of becoming Kaiser’s career tackle leader.
Shane Illingworth, Norco: Illingworth threw for 479 yards and seven touchdowns, both school records, as the Cougars opened the 2019 season in Gilbert, Ariz., with a 52-27 victory over Williams Field. Illingowrth, who has committed to Oklahoma State, tossed three touchdowns apiece to Marquis Ashley and Jaden Navarrette and one to Arryss Lyons. Norco is on bye this week and hosts Rancho Cucamonga on Sept. 6.
JD Sumlin, Sierra Canyon: Sumlin ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Trailblazers’ win over Westlake 26-7 on Friday night. Almost all of Sumlin’s production came in the second half after running for just 6 yards in the first half. The standout junior burst for runs of 36 and 62 yards in the third quarter to ignite Sierra Canyon’s 23-point second half.
Ethan Garbers, Corona del Mar: He set the Orange County record for touchdown passes in a game with eight on Friday in the Sea Kings’ 57-14 win over Downey. Garbers (6-2, 190) completed 22 of 28 passes for a school-record 480 yards. He threw 55 touchdown passes last year, second most in county history, including seven touchdown passes in a win over Newport Harbor. Garbers has committed to Washington. Corona del Mar plays at St. Francis of Mountain View on Friday.
Kingston Hala, Paramount: The 5-foot-11, 225-pound quarterback spread the ball around to eight receivers while completing 21 of 38 passes for 369 yards and touchdowns covering 70, 75, 35 and 48 yards while leading the Pirates to a 48-21 romp over Mira Costa. Hala threw three of the TD passes to Tyron Bates, who made six catches for 175 yards. Hala also ran for a game-best 68 yards to pace Paramount’s 610-yard attack.
Jonathan Gonzalez, Cabrillo: The Jaguars are halfway to their 2017 and 2018 win totals after a 20-0 stunner at Bellflower, which entered ranked No. 9 by the Press-Telegram and No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 13. The 6-foot linebacker had plenty to do with the victory. He was in on 17 tackles – nine of them solo – and recorded three sacks as Cabrillo handed the Buccaneers their first shutout defeat since October 2016. Gonzalez is a second-year running back/linebacker.
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