Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (including the Orange County Register, L.A. 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) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective region.

Each nominee is entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week county-wide vote.

Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week.

Readers are allowed to vote multiple times.


The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 25.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Richard Kawakami, Valencia: Kawakami scored 28 points and was the catalyst for Valencia’s win over Saugus, which lifted the Vikings to 6-0 in the Foothill League. Valencia is ranked No. 5 in the latest Daily News top 10 rankings and have an inside track for its first outright league title since 2011. Kawakami’s performance against Saugus was dominant. He shot a majority of his shots from inside the paint, using his skill to drive by defenders and his size to score over secondary defenders.

Malcolm Holtzmann-Cisse, El Segundo: Holtzmann-Cisse scored a goal in each of the El Segundo’s three Ocean League wins last week, against Lawndale, Santa Monica and Hawthorne. Holtzmann-Cisse has 11 goals this season, and the Eagles are currently undefeated in the Ocean League.

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Dorian King, Eisenhower:  Eisenhower moved into a tie for first place in the San Andreas League due in part to a huge game from King. The 6-foot-6 King scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 77-70 victory that ended Rialto’s 18-game league win streak. The loss also avenged Ike’s 27-point loss to Rialto in December.

Daniel Esparza, Sonora: He scored a school-record 45 points in the Raiders’ 77-62 win over Troy in a Freeway League game. That broke the Sonora record of 43 points in a game, set by Robert Abreu in 2000. Sonora has had many outstanding players, including eventual UCLA and NBA player Dave Meyers. Esparza, a 6-1 sophomore, also scored 14 points in a win over Sunny Hills last week. Sonora is 17-7 overall and in second place in the Freeway League with a 5-1 record, one game behind La Habra.

Jose Rivera, La Sierra:  Rivera scored three goals last week to help the Eagles remain tied atop the River Valley League standings. Rivera converted a penalty kick as La Sierra earned a 1-1 draw against district rival Norte Vista. He scored a pair of goals later in the week as the Eagles posted a 3-0 win over Hillcrest. La Sierra hosts Ramona on Friday, Jan. 25 in a match that could determine the league title.

Laird Anderson, Keppel:  Anderson, a first-team Pasadena Star News all-area selection last season, scored 22 points and dished out six assists in a 60-48 win over Alhambra. He has helped the Aztecs move to 6-0 in the Almont League. The Aztecs are 18-6 overall and ranked No. 15 in Division 3AA.

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Christian James, St. John Bosco: James led Bosco to two big wins that give the Braves a chance to play for the Trinity League title in the regular season-finale against Servite. James scored 20 points in an 81-67 win over Orange Lutheran. The senior then dropped 25 on senior night to lead the Braves to a 77-74 upset win over Mater Dei. Bosco is 3-1 in the Trinity League.



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