Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (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) select Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week 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 deserves the top honor.
Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to vote processing.
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, April 16.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Chloe Briggs, Ontario Christian: Briggs set a CIF Southern Section record last season as a freshman when she scored 1,216 points. She picked up right where she left off, registering triple-doubles in the first two games of her sophomore season. Briggs had 30 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists against Loma Linda Academy. She followed that with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists versus Woodcrest Christian.
Elizabeth Forgue, Valencia: The goalie made 14 saves to help the Tigers play Cypress, the Empire League runner-up last season, to a 0-0 tie in the teams’ league opener. She also recorded three saves in a 2-0 victory against Crean Lutheran. “She kept us in the games,” Valencia coach Alie Nunez said, “especially in the Cypress game, she made one save after another.”
Alyssa Thompson, Harvard-Westlake: Thompson has received the honor for the second consecutive week. She didn’t just score goals this time, she also set a state-best time in track and field. Thompson scored four goals in a win over Alemany 8-0 and four goals in a 7-1 win over Chaminade. She then posted a time of 12.05 seconds in the 100 meters, the state’s fastest time this season, against Windward. Thompson has 21 goals in seven matches, and she is also the state’s fastest girl.
Valerie Vargas, Downey: She scored seven goals and doled out three assists in three victories. She had a hat trick and three assists in a 10-0 San Gabriel Valley League win over Gahr, she had two goals in a 2-1 nonleague victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and she scored both goals in a 2-0 league win over Paramount. She has a team-high 10 goals this season.
Allison Laurens, Torrance: Laurens had a hat trick an assist in a 9-0 win over Lawndale. She also scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 win over El Segundo. Last season, Laurens had 14 goals and seven assists.
Ally Lemos, San Dimas: The junior forward has made a big difference for the undefeated Saints (5-0). The UCLA commit had two goals and an assist in a 7-4 win over Charter Oak, and had a goal and three assists in a 5-0 win over Diamond Ranch. San Dimas, which is ranked No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4, beat No. 4-ranked West Covina 6-1 on Monday as Lemos scored three goals to bring her total to 12.