ESPN RISE's Athletes of the Week
Adam Jahn, a boys' soccer player from Jesuit High of Carmichael, Calif., and Kendall Polan, a girls' volleyball setter from La Costa Canyon High of Carlsbad, Calif., have been selected as the second set of ESPN RISE National Boys' and Girls' Athletes of the Week.
Jahn, a big-time player, came up big when Jesuit needed it most on a weekend trip to New Mexico. Jahn assisted on five of the eight goals his team scored in a two-game sweep of top programs from that state. The Stanford-bound senior had a pair of assists in Jesuit's 3-1 win over La Cueva (N.M.), which helped vault the Marauders to the No. 1 ranking in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50.
Polan is a junior setter for the extremely balanced La Costa Canyon girls' volleyball team. Like Jesuit, the Mavericks have jumped to No. 1 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. They did it by winning the prestigious Durango Invitational tourney Saturday in Las Vegas. Polan was named MVP of the event. She set up teammates consistently well, especially in the title-game win over national power Assumption of Louisville, Ky. For more on Polan, see the story later this week on CalHiSports.com.Athletes of the Week Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 |
The full list of this week's ESPN RISE regional boys' and girls' athletes of the week follows:
East Region Athletes of the WeekJoe Rosa (West Windsor-Plainsboro North, Plainsboro, N.J.) Although Rosa hasn't had the company of his equally fast sophomore twin brother, James, in the first two cross country meets of the season, that hasn't stopped him from setting two course records. The latest came in a 15:33 5K victory at the Briarwood Invitational in Pennsylvania. Rosa is part of a group of New Jersey runners that is being cited as one of the deepest and best ever, and he is one of the top sophs in the country. This past spring, the Rosas were the fastest set of twins at 3200 in U.S. history, with Jim (9:11) and Joe (9:15) ranking Nos. 1 and 4.
Ashley Spivey (McDonogh, Baltimore) Spivey, a freshman scoring machine, scored both goals as McDonogh handed Brentwood High of Brentwood, Tenn., its first soccer loss of the season. Spivey, a midfielder, netted three goals the previous week in McDonogh's 5-1 victory over Sacred Heart Academy (Ky.).
Southeast Region Athletes of the WeekMarcelo Huarte (Columbus, Miami) It's rare for an athlete to do something early in the week that grabs our attention, but Huarte did just that in golf on Tuesday of this week at the Youth Fair Invitational. Huarte carded a 3-under-par 67 at the Palmetto course to win by 3 shots over a strong field. Shooting a 70 was two-time Miami Herald Player of the Year Ernesto Marin of Palmetto. Huarte could be a golfer to watch from south Florida for the rest of the fall high school boys' golf season.
Maddie Monroe (Calhoun, Calhoun, Ga.) Monroe continues to dominate on the mound, with another impressive showing last week against crosstown Sonoraville. She led Calhoun to a 3-1 victory in an amazing effort. She recorded 19 strikeouts in seven innings of work, including an amazing 18 in a row. She allowed only two hits in the game, both coming in the seventh inning. Monroe could be one of the top players in Georgia, which is one of a handful of states that conducts softball as a fall sport.
Midwest Region Athletes of the WeekPhilip Suprise (Pius, Milwaukee) The Popes remained unbeaten in soccer as the reigning Milwaukee area player of the year scored 10 goals and had four assists in four matches. The senior forward, who has committed to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., scored two goals and had an assist in Pius' 3-1 victory over perennial power Madison. Other wins last week were over Greendale, 6-1; Mukwonago, 3-0; and West Allis Central, 9-0. Suprise has 33 goals and 14 assists this season.
Lindsay Flannagan (Lake Park, Roselle, Ill.) Flannagan has dominated the early girls' cross country season in Illinois, with her latest victory coming in the Richard Spring Invite on the famed Detweiller course in Peoria. Her 17:04 for 3 miles won by 41 seconds. Flannagan was 10th in the Class AAA meet last fall, but improved in the spring to the point that she ran 10:36 for 3200 and placed second at state.
Southwest Region Athletes of the WeekMatt Maurer (Kickapoo, Springfield, Mo.) After finishing in second place last fall in both the 100 fly and 100 free at the Missouri state championships, Maurer appears to be on a mission this season. At last weekend's COMO Invitational, held at the University of Missouri, Maurer led Kickapoo to the team championship with 301 points. He swam to first-place finishes in the 100 free and 100 back and helped Kickapoo win three relay races.
Sarah Andrews (The Woodlands, Texas) A Texan came and stole the show at the prestigious Woodbridge Invitational cross country meet in California. Andrews, just a sophomore, leads the South region's No. 1 team. She blazed a 16:17 for the 3-mile Sweepstakes race, run at night under the lights. That was just 12 seconds off the course record set by Christine Babcock, who would go on to run the 1500 at the Olympic trials. Andrews struggled at her state meet last fall, but was sixth at Nike Team Nationals South and then ran 10:38 in the 3200 in the spring, later winning the state championship.
West Region Athletes of the WeekAdam Jahn (Sacramento Jesuit, Calif.) -- see ESPN RISE National Boys' Athlete of the Week.
Kendall Polan (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad, Calif.) -- see ESPN RISE National Girls' Athlete of the Week.
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