October, 2016 - Issue #144

Nick Moore
Hart High Football, Senior

The latest in a legacy of great Indians' quarterbacks, Moore carries added motivation this season after a torn ACL in his left knee sidelined him for the final three games of his junior year, all Hart losses. With Moore in the lineup, the Indians scored 38 points per game and without him Hart averaged only 10 points, making his return a significant one. Moore passed for 1,856 yards and 18 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 420 yards and six touchdowns in eight games last year, making him one of the state's most versatile athletes to play the position.

Tanner Olson
Saugus High Swimming, Senior

His performance at the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 finals was an indication of how bright the future is for Olson, who finished the season as one of the nation's top-five juniors in the 100-yard breaststroke. Olson won the section championship, the first for a Saugus male swimmer since 2005, after lowering the all-time SCV record to 54.90 in the division prelims. Following his experience competing in two events at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Olson should challenge the Division 1 record 54.15 in the 100 breaststroke next year.

Nikol Popov
Valencia High Swimming, Senior

After taking off her junior season from competing with the Vikings to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she raced in three events, Popov plans on returning for her final high school season with sights set on a third CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title in the 100-yard breaststroke and another in the 200 individual medley after winning as a freshman. A member of the U.S. Junior National team and former 15-16 national age group record holder, Popov is already one of the most versatile swimmers in SCV history.

Alyssa Aguilar
Canyon High Soccer, Senior

The Foothill League's most gifted striker has been a source of consistent production throughout her career for the Cowboys, accumulating 42 goals and 23 assists in her first three seasons. Despite being the focus of multiple defenders, Aguilar scored against every Foothill League opponent, accounting for nearly half the team's offense. A member of L.A. Premier Futbol Club's 19-under roster, Aguilar is a favorite to earn league player of the year as she tries to help Canyon reach the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Timmy Josten
West Ranch High Baseball, Senior

The Cal State Fullerton commit wasn't just the best pitcher in the Foothill League during his junior season; the left hander was one of the most impressive prep performers nationally, leading the Wildcats to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Josten was unbeaten the final two months of the season, finishing 9-3 with a 1.79 ERA, including a 2-1 complete-game win over El Toro in the quarterfinals. He enters his final year with the opportunity to be one of the most accomplished pitchers in SCV history.

Shyann Franklin
Golden Valley Track and Field, Sophomore

Already one of the most gifted throwers in Foothill League history, Franklin enjoyed a stellar high school debut, advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet in two events. Franklin set a league finals record to win the shot put title with a mark of 44 feet, 1 inch, in addition to capturing a championship in the discus throw. Her shot put mark was the best in the state for a ninth grader and ranked second among freshmen nationally. Franklin's season-best 132-2 in the discus was second among freshmen in the state and fifth in the country.
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