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.
YOUNG ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, 11/18
poll at the bottom of the page.
Leigh Chien, Santa Margarita: The Stanford signing led the Eagles to the Southern California CIF/SCGA regional title by winning the singles championship with a 5-under par 68 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Chien is the first Santa Margarita girl to win the SoCal crown since Kellee Booth in 1992-93.
Kendall Beshear, Palos Verdes: Beshear helped Palos Verdes reach the CIF Southern California Division I Regional Finals. She had 13 kills in a three-set win over Del Norte, 23 kills in a four-set win over Liberty, and 19 kills in a five-set semifinal win over Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 12.
Olivia Center, San Marino: Center was part of a dominating singles rotation that helped the Titans win their first girls’ title in the CIF-SS Open division with an 11-7 win over Mater Dei at The Claremont Club. It was San Marino’s 14th CIF SS title, following last year’s Division 1 title. Julianne Nguyen also went 3-0 in singles for the Titans and Tianmei Wang 2-1.
Nicole Alfred, Rancho Cucamonga: Alfred won her run in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 preliminary rounds, finishing the course at Mt. San Antonio College in 18 minutes and 30.6 seconds. She helped the Cougars earn first place in heat standings (34 points), which secured a spot in Saturday’s Division 1 championship meet. Alfred won the Baseline League Individual Championship this month and she placed sixth in the Division 1/2 Sweepstakes at the Mt. SAC Invitational in October.
Mercedes Siberian, Mayfair: Sibrian scored a 21-yard field goal in the first half to give Mayfair a 3-0 lead over Claremont in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Football Playoffs on Friday, November 11. The senior added a PAT in the third quarter after the team’s only touchdown in a 12-7 win. Sibrian, who also plays soccer in Mayfair, recently signed her memorandum of understanding with the Life Pacific University women’s soccer team.
Jocelyn Pacheco, Granada Hills Charter: Pacheco crossed the finish line first in Saturday’s City Section Division I heats at Pierce College, finishing in 18 minutes and 6.4 seconds in the 3-mile race. Pacheco finished 30 seconds ahead of second place. She helped Granada Hills to a first place in the team classification. The City Championship finals will be held at Pierce College on Saturday.