Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, March 18 – Press Enterprise

Each week, releases from the 11 properties of the Southern California News Group (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 the athletes of the week for their respective regions.

Each athlete then participates in the overall vote for Southern California Athlete of the Week.

Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance over the past week, then vote on who you think deserves the top honor.

Readers can vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals are not always displayed immediately due to processing.


The overall winner will be announced on Friday March 18th.

poll at the bottom of the page.

Jai Dawson, Dana Hills: Dawson ran the 800 meters in a time of 1 minute, 50.63 seconds at the Irvine ASICS Invitational on Saturday. It’s California’s fastest time this season and No. 2 in the nation. Dawson’s time is the eighth fastest in Orange County history. The record is held by Sean Krinik, Valencia, 1:48.20 in 2010. Dawson won the Division II race at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in November.

Ryan Skjonsby, Long Beach Poly: Skjonsby pitched four scoreless innings to earn a win on Moore League opening day. The senior, who also plays third base and first base, not only led Poly to a 14-1 win over Jordan at Blair Field, but also hit a triple and a double and hit three runs. After the win, Skjonsby said he likes to pitch, but he really likes to hit and is looking forward to helping Poly defend his Moore League title.

Brady Engelhardt, El Segundo: Engelhardt threw the Eagles to a 5-1 win over No. 5 Redondo. The junior allowed an unearned run, a walk, four hits and hit 10 in the complete game win. Earlier this week, Engelhardt had a .95 ERA in 22 innings with 31 strikeouts.

Seth Johnson, Cajon: Johnson, who signed with Cal, won the high school boys’ pentathlon with 3,712 points at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Staten Island, New York. He is only the fourth Californian to win the pentathlon in event history, along with Marcell Allmond of St. Paul High of San Fe Springs (1999), David Klech of California High of San Ramon (2006) and Terry Prentice of Diamond Ranch High (2007). ). Johnson won the 60-meter hurdles (8.14 seconds) and placed first in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches). He was third in the long jump, fourth in the 1,000 meters and fifth in the shot put.

Caleb Smith, Damien: The Spartans forward/center used his length and soft touch to post a game-high 23 points from time with five rebounds as he helped the Spartans beat Fresno Clovis North 65-57 in the CIF State Division I championship game in to defeat Sacramento. The win gave Damien his second state championship since 2015 and coach Mike LeDuc his first state title.

Tyler Hunt, Venice: Hunt played every 32 minutes in the CIF State Division III championship game, recording 22 points and 10 rebounds in Venice’s 57-53 loss to Pleasant Valley. Hunt shot 8 of 12 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. He also drew a team-high four fouls in the game. Tyler’s years of effort helped Venice become the first Los Angeles Unified School District basketball team to play in a CIF State Finals since 2010.


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