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 Friday at noon, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing.
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, February 10.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Jaushylynn Ruffin, Lynwood: The 5-foot-11 forward scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to help Lynwood pull off a 66-56 comeback win against Paramount in the Gateway League championship game Thursday, Feb. 2. The Knights have a first-round bye in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs and will play St. Paul or West Torrance in the second round Saturday, Feb. 11.
Alejandra Sanchez, Northview: Sanchez won the match against Corona that clinched the second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division 1 dual meet title for Northview’s girls wrestling team. Northview won 37-34. Sanchez earned a point in the final seconds of her match for 5-4 win. “It feels really good,” said Sanchez. “I was really nervous for it, but I did it.”
Avarie Gonzalez, Los Alamitos: The goalie delivered key saves in the final week of the regular season to help the Griffins capture the Surf League title, their sixth consecutive league championship. She made 15 saves in a 1-1 draw against Huntington Beach, ranked fourth in CIF-SS Division 1 at the time, and seven saves in a 1-0 win against Edison that sealed the title.
Reese Noa, North Torrance: She wrapped up the regular season with a 15-point, 14-rebounds performance in a 62-39 win against West that helped the Saxons win a share of the Pioneer League title. Noa also scored 20 points in a 80-34 win over Wiseburn Da Vinci.
Katie Ramirez, Chino Hills: Ramirez showed her skills at both ends of the pool while helping the Huskies secure the program’s first Baseline League championship. Ramirez tallied five goals and six assists over three matches in the league’s carousel tournament, but it was her defense that stood out in victories over Upland, Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga. Ramirez registered 11 steals as Chino Hills allowed a combined nine goals in those matches. Ramirez was the CIF Southern Section’s Division 6 Player of the Year last season.
Hunter Hudson, Chaminade: Hudson was pivotal in Chaminade’s two Mission League victories last week that helped the Eagles finish second in the league. Hudson notched 13 points, including two clutch free throws, in a win over Alemany 61-56. He also had 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 63-47 win over Harvard-Westlake.