Each week, publications from all 11 Southern California News Group properties (Orange County Register, LA 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 Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
Each athlete is then entered into the Southern California Athlete of the Week global vote.
Click on the log links under the athlete’s name to learn more about their performance last week, then vote for who you think deserves the highest honor.
Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals are not always immediately reflected due to processing.
VOTING FOR GIRL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
The big winner will be announced on Friday November 18.
Voting poll at the 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 quarter-finals. The junior gained 178 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 26 yards. Leuzinger plays Etiwanda in the semifinals on Friday.
Jason Hong, South Pasadena: Hong’s two best games of the season have been in the CIF South Section Division 11 playoffs. After rushing the ball 37 times for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-35 first-round win over Yucca Valley, Hong again dominated the quarterfinals. He carried the ball 37 times, going for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 win over St. Margaret’s. The Tigers will be at home against Bellflower in the semifinals on Friday.
Jonathan Carcarey, Lutheran Orange: He scored five goals in the Lancers’ 11-10 win over Corona del Mar in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Semi-Final and scored five in their 11-7 win over Foothill in the CIF Southern Division Final. division. Carcarey, a utility player, had missed half the season with a broken finger. “Once he came back, his determination was unstoppable,” said Orange Lutheran coach Jacob Moore. “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 beat Oak Park 51-32 in a South Division Division 6 quarterfinal game of the CIF. He also had an impact on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting two passes. Gresham has 18 receptions for 434 yards and seven touchdowns in San Jacinto’s first two playoff games. This season, he caught 63 passes for 1,397 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Pierce Clarkson, Saint John Bosco: Clarkson completed 21 of 27 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns in St. John Bosco’s 49-14 win over Orange Lutheran in the CIF-SS Division 1 Quarterfinals on Friday, November 11. Louisville’s commitment also ran for 70 yards and a touchdown. Bosco will play at Mission Viejo on Friday for a chance to qualify for the Division 1 Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 25.
Dijon Stanley, hills of Granada: Utah’s commitment impacted the game on offense and defense on Friday, November 11, in the rout of the South Gate Highlanders, 64-28, in the Division I quarterfinals of the Division the city. Stanley rushed for 256 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries, and on defense he had an interception which he returned for a score, bringing his TD total to six.