CalHiSports.com State Athletes of the Week
Boys: Mike Landers (Golden Valley, Merced)
Yeah, you could say Landers is ready to defend his CIF state meet title in the pole vault. At the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet, Landers set a meet record at 16-7 and then raised the bar to 17-0. On his third attempt, Landers cleared it, moving to No. 3 in the nation for the year.
Girls: Monica Abbott
(North Salinas, Salinas)
Pitching back-to-back perfect games is one thing, but doing it in the semifinal and final of a large school section playoff is quite another. That's what Abbott did last week in leading the Vikings to the CIF Central Coast Section Div. I title. Her perfect game in the semifinals came in a 10-0 win over Santa Teresa of San Jose. In the final, Abbott struck out eight of the first nine batters and finished with a 17-strikeout perfect game as North Salinas downed Wilcox of Santa Clara, 1-0.