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 4.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Peyton Waters, Birmingham Charter: Waters did a little bit of everything in Friday’s season-finale win over Cleveland 38-0 to secure the West Valley League title and a spot in the City Section Open Division playoffs. The junior recorded rushing and receiving touchdowns and also had an interception on defense. Waters, who is likely an All-City selection, has 37 catches for 722 yards and seven touchdowns this season to go with seven rushing touchdowns. On defense, he’s tallied 32 tackles, three interceptions, a pick six and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Patriots (6-4) will play at Venice on Nov. 10 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Trevor Lagarde, North Torrance: Lagarde completed 20 of 31 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-14 win over West. Lagarde’s four touchdowns gave him 100 for his high school career, making him the 10th player to reach that milestone in the CIF-Southern Section history.
Jake Denerson, Glendora: Denerson came off the bench to lead his team to an improbable 48-47 victory in overtime against South Hills in a game Glendora needed to win to clinch a CIF-SS playoff berth. Denerson, who was a starter earlier in the season, tied the score with 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run. Denerson threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns, all in the fourth quarter, in the comeback win.
Anthony Hymes, Orange Vista: Orange Vista has tried different options at running back since Lucas Irving suffered a season-ending injury last month. The Coyotes appeared to have found a solution with Hymes, who ran for a career-high 271 yards on 29 carries as Orange Vista defeated Rancho Verde 50-14 to secure the Ivy League title. Hymes started the season as a receiver, but he has rushed for 643 yards and seven touchdowns over three games since moving to the backfield.
Isaiah Quintero, El Dorado: The running back rushed for a school-record 366 yards and two touchdowns on a school-record 51 carries in a 42-31 loss to Canyon in a game for second place in the North Hills League. Last year, Quintero won a CIF State title in wrestling in the 106-pound division.
Kaleb Foster, Lakewood: Foster had 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries in Lakewood’s 50-20 win at home against Compton last week. The win gave the Lancers an automatic CIF Southern Section playoffs berth. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back is Lakewood’s leading rusher and will look to play a significant factor in the school’s first-round playoff game at home against Hemet on Friday, Nov. 4.