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BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL SNAER Rancho Verde / Basketball In an area dominated by big-time programs (Mater Dei and Westchester) and big-time players (Renardo Sidney and Jordan Hamilton), it was Snaer who stood out above all the rest. One year after leading the Mustangs to their first title in boys' basketball history, Snaer was even better as a senior. The Florida Statebound guard averaged 28.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.6 steals per game while leading Rancho Verde to the Southern Section Division IAA quarterfinals. He was a McDonald's All-American and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
RANDALL CARROLL Cathedral / Track Carroll, a UCLA-bound football player, is also a standout sprinter. In March, he won both the 100 (10.54) and 200 (21.79) at the Pasadena Games. He claimed gold in both events at the 2008 state meet.
RYAN KASDORF S.O. Notre Dame / Football Not only did Kasdorf make his varsity debut in 2008, but the junior replaced current Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist. Kasdorf still thrived, throwing for 3,291 yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as the Knights went 11-1.
TYLER MATZEK Capistrano Valley / Baseball Matzek was the nation's No. 1 recruit coming into the season and he hasn't disappointed. A likely first-round pick in June's MLB Draft, the hard-throwing senior lefty threw a no-hitter against Aliso Niguel on March 20.
GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
JORDAN HASAY Mission College Prep / Cross Country + Track Hasay finished her illustrious career in storybook fashion. One of the best cross country and outdoor prep distance runners of all time, Hasay won her fourth consecutive state and Foot Locker West Regional titles in the fall. She also claimed her second Foot Locker national championship. When not tearing things up on the cross country circuit, Hasay is an outstanding outdoor distance runner, having won three consecutive 3,200 state titles. Hasay, who set a high school record in the 1,500 at last year's Olympic Trials (4:14.50), has signed with Oregon.
FALYN FONOIMOANA Mira Costa / Volleyball The junior outside hitter is volleyball's most physically dominant force, recording 483 kills on 929 attempts in 2008. She also had 246 digs, 35 aces and 34 blocks. The USC-bound Fonoimoana is also a spectacular beach volleyball player.
KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS Mater Dei / Basketball Only a sophomore, Mosqueda-Lewis' dominance transcends age. She averaged 23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game while leading the Monarchs to a 32-1 record. She was Gatorade State Player of the Year.
JESSICA SHULTS Hart / Softball In a sport often dominated by pitchers, this Oklahoma-bound, power-hitting senior catcher stands out. Shults has won several games for Hart with the long ball and forms an unbeatable battery with pitcher Destiny Rodino.