VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, November 18

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (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) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region.

Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week 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 deserves the top honor.

Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing.


The overall winner will be announced on Friday, November 18.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Damonte Bias, Leuzinger: Bias led the Olympians to a 21-13 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinals. The junior gained 178 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 26 yards. Leuzinger plays at Etiwanda in the semifinals Friday.

Jason Hong, South Pasadena: Hong’s best two games of the season have been in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 playoffs. After carrying the ball 37 times for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-35 first-round win over Yucca Valley, Hong dominated again in the quarterfinals. He carried the ball 37 times, rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 win over St. Margaret’s. The Tigers will be home against Bellflower in the semifinals Friday.

Jonathan Carcarey, Orange Lutheran: He scored five goals in the Lancers’ 11-10 win over Corona del Mar in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals and scored five in their 11-7 win over Foothill in the division final. Carcarey, a utility player, had missed half of the season because of a broken finger. “Once he came back, his determination was unstoppable,” Orange Lutheran coach Jacob Moore said. “He’s an incredibly smart water polo player.”

Dillon Gresham, San Jacinto: Gresham caught 10 passes for 238 yards, setting career highs in both categories, and scored three touchdowns as the Tigers defeated Oak Park 51-32 in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal game. He made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, as well, intercepting two passes. Gresham has 18 receptions for 434 yards and seven touchdowns over San Jacinto’s first two playoff games. This season, he has caught 63 passes for 1,397 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco: Clarkson completed 21 of 27 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns in St. John Bosco’s 49-14 win against Orange Lutheran in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11. The Louisville commit also ran for 70 yards and a touchdown. Bosco will play at Mission Viejo on Friday for a chance to advance to the Division 1 championship game at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 25.

Dijon Stanley, Granada Hills: The Utah commit impacted the game on offense and defense Friday, Nov. 11, in the Highlanders’ rout of South Gate, 64-28, in the City Section Division I quarterfinals. Stanley ran for 256 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries, and on defense he had an interception he returned for a score, bringing his TD total to six.

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