Southern California Female Athlete of the Week (January 17) - Whittier Daily News

Each week, publications from 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) name the athletes of the week for their respective regions.

Each candidate is entered in the Southern California Athlete of the Week countywide vote.


Click on the newspaper links under the athlete’s name to find out more about last week’s performance, then vote for who you think is the best athlete of the week.

Readers are allowed to vote more than once. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals are not always immediately reflected due to processing.


The final winner will be announced on Friday January 17

Vote poll at the bottom of the page.

Nicole Rodriguez, Rosary: Guard linked to Loyola Marymount scored 12 of its 19 points, a high point at stake, in the fourth quarter to help the Royals defeat the world’s best Mater Dei 65-55, breaking the Monarchs’ 90-game winning streak in the Trinity League. She had three of her four three-point shots in the last eight minutes. Rodriguez also scored 15 points in a 55-52 victory over JSerra.

Ashley Chea, Flintridge preparation: Chea had a huge week for the rebels as they started the Prep League action. Chea scored 24 points in a 75-34 win over host Providence, which extended the Rebels’ winning streak to 48 games. She also scored a 12-point high in a victory over Mayfield 63-12. Chea is considered one of the best freshmen in the state.

Monica Garcia, Hillcrest: Garcia won the 116 pound title at the Napa Valley Girls Classic, pinning four opponents and winning another game by decision. She pinned Elena Ivaldi of Del Oro towards the end of the first period of the league game. Garcia, who previously wrestled at Norte Vista, is the reigning state champion at 116 pounds and is the favorite to repeat at this year’s CIF State Championships in February.

Cortney Taylor, Mayfair: The 5 foot 10 inch junior won as the monsoons led their winning streak to six games with wins over Pioneer, St. Joseph and St. Anthony. Taylor scored 14 points and knocked down a dozen rebounds to lead the monsoons (11-4) to a 66-55 triumph over Pioneer, followed by 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-44 rout from St. Joseph, then poured 15 points and caught 15 rebounds in an upheaval of 64-60 in overtime from St. Anthony.

Alexis Mark, Sierra Canyon: Mark has stepped up his game in several ways since Ashley Knight of Sierra Canyon was injured. Mark averaged 14 points and nine rebounds in the Trailblazers’ victories against Bonita Vista and Chaminade. Boise State’s commitment, presented by coach Alicia Komaki as “the best defender in the nation,” allowed Chaminade’s Alexis Whitfield (Washington signatory) to gain 14 points in the 59-34 victory from Sierra Canyon on Saturday at Pasadena City College.

Ashley Medina, San Gorgonio: The Spartans won a 5-0 victory over Cathedral City and a 6-1 victory over Riverside Prep last week. Medina had three goals and three assists in the games of San Gorgonio (13-3-1, 2-0 San Andreas League), who is ranked eighth in Division 5 of the CIF-SS.

Alyssa Munn, Redondo: Munn averaged 17.6 points in three games last week. The senior goalkeeper had 19 points, six assists, four rebounds and three interceptions in a 61-45 victory over Leuzinger. She followed with 20 points, nine assists, seven interceptions and five rebounds against Centennial.