CalHiSports.com State Athletes of the Week
Boys: Grant Nishio
(Jesuit, Carmichael)After scoring what proved to be the winning goal in an epic boys soccer match against Davis, Nishio came through with a hat track as the Marauders won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title with a 5-1 win over Lodi. After Lodi took an early 1-0 lead, Jesuit went on the offensive. Nishio, a senior forward, netted goals in the 18th, 37th and 61st minutes. He keyed another goal by being tackled in the penalty box, which was converted for a score on a penalty kick. Nishio's goal against Davis gave Jesuit a 2-0 lead in a match-up of nationally ranked powers that the Marauders eventually won, 2-1. Jesuit finished 27-1-1 for the most victories in school history and is ranked No. 4 this week in the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings.
Girls: Jennifer Randall
(Poly, Long Beach)The 5-foot-10 senior outside hitter is a holdover from last year's Jackrabbit team that was ranked in the top 10 nationally and won a CIF Southern Section Div. I title. Randall had 38 kills in a match last week as Poly won a Div. I-AA quarterfinal match over Upland by scores of 15-13, 14-16, 5-15, 15-13, 15-3. Randall was named a preseason All-American by Student Sports Magazine. Upland led 12-7 in the fourth game of the wild match, but Randall sparked a comeback and led a dominant effort by the Jackrabbits in the fifth game.