VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, October 14

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, October 14.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Rodrick Pleasant, Serra: Pleasant scored a pair of touchdowns in a 27-21 win over Bishop Amat. He had a 9-yard run for a score and followed that with a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD to help Serra pick up the win. He also recorded five tackles on defense. He has scored five touchdowns this season in four different ways (one rushing, one receiving, one interception, two kickoff returns).

Oscar Urista, Bassett: The Olympians defeated Garey 35-28 last week for their first victory of the season. They did it by leaning on senior running back Oscar Urista, who carried the ball 21 times for 181 yards and he scored all five of the Olympians’ touchdowns.

Tyler Dudden, Norco: Dudden completed 19 of 30 passes for 294 yards and tied a school record with seven touchdown passes to lead the Cougars to a 77-76 overtime victory over Murrieta Valley in a Big West Conference-Upper Division game. Dudden also created havoc with his feet, as he rushed for 174 yards on 18 carries.

Jordan Shaw, St. Pius X-St. Matthias: Shaw had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown and both his of catches went for touchdowns in a 51-0 win against Del Rey League rival St. Genevieve. He finished with two catches for 74 yards. He had another touchdown catch called back due to a blocking penalty. The 6-foot-1, three-star recruit, who also plays defensive back, has 15 Division I college scholarship offers, including nine from Pac-12 schools.

Chase Martin, Thousand Oaks: Martin has been the catalyst for Thousand Oaks’ 7-0 start this season, and showed why Friday, Oct. 7, when he rushed for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s 35-28 win over Camarillo in a Canyon League game. He also had eight tackles on defense.

Ben Liechty, Newport Harbor: He scored three goals and had three assists and two blocks in the field to help the Sailors defeat then-No. 1 JSerra 10-4 in the finals of the Delfina USA Classic at Harvard-Westlake High. Liechty, who committed to UCLA, scored four goals with six steals in an 11-10 win over Harvard-Westlake in group play. He was the CIF Southern Section Open Division and Orange County player of the year last season.


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