MORE STATE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Selections announced for each CIF state enrollment division as well as for juniors, sophomores and freshmen. One honoree will make you think of a high end luxury car. Another's name rhymes with win. Yet another has a name that can Ware on you.

Boys Division I: Marcedes Lewis (Poly, Long Beach)

There's a reason the Jackrabbits were so good in football and basketball. Lewis, a senior, played at an all-state level in both sports. The Student Sports Grid-Hoop All-American also was regarded as one of the nation's top football recruits from the tight end position. He's going to UCLA.

Boys Division II: Aaron Peirsol (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)

Also named Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year.

Boys Division III: Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez)

The 6-7 senior led Santa Ynez to a 27-1 record in boys volleyball and was one of the nation's top recruits. Before doing that, though, McKinney stood out as a basketball player. There are those who think he would have been a Div. I college recruit if he spent more time on the game.

Boys Division IV: Lorenzo Booker (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)

Earned numerous All-American honors in football after leading Seraphs to CIF Southern Section divisional title. Booker, who is headed to Florida State, rushed for 2,869 yards and scored 50 touchdowns. He also helped St. Bonaventure to 42 straight wins and participated on the school's track team.

Boys Division V: Kyle Kupiec (Immanuel, Reedley)

Senior standout was all-state small schools in football and one of state's best for small schools in baseball. He passed for more than 2,000 yards as a quarterback and on the diamond hit for a .525 average with 51 RBI. Kupiec, a 4.0 student, also had 1.04 ERA this spring as a pitcher.

Girls Division I: Chaunte Howard (J.W. North, Riverside)

Breaking it down into divisions revealed a lack of multi-sport girls standouts, so why not go with perhaps the nation's top multi-event trackster? Howard scored 23 points by herself in the CIF state track meet with second-place efforts in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. Capable of going 6-0, 42 feet and 20 feet on any day.

Girls Division II: Julia Pitts (North, Torrance)

Also named Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year.

Girls Division III: Noelle Quinn (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)

In her three years on the Bishop Montgomery girls basketball team, Quinn has been the key to three straight Div. III state titles. The 5-10 junior also is one of the state's best in her class in volleyball.

Girls Division IV: Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills)

Nation's top girls' sprinter still has another year to go after sweeping the 100 and 200 at the CIF state meet. Felix also had times, particularly in the 200, that rivaled the fastest from the college ranks.

Girls Division V: Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day)

In addition to scoring 30.3 points per game and leading LJCD to its second straight Div. V state title, Wiggins also was an all-leaguer in volleyball and took first-place in the long jump at the San Diego Section Div. II championships.

Boys Seniors: Aaron Peirsol (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)

Also named Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year.

Boys Juniors: Steve Smith (Taft, Woodland Hills)

This three-sporter almost was picked above all seniors. He caught 93 passes for 1,520 yards last fall in football, had his third straight stellar season in basketball and ran on Taft relay teams in track that were among the best foursomes in the nation.

Boys Sophomores: DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo)

After averaging 27 ppg in basketball, Nelson continued to dominate at a couple of spring events and was so impressive that Duke offered him a scholarship. DeMarcus has since been reported as committing to the Blue Devils. The 6-2 guard also is a quarterback in football and has been offered by colleges in that sport as well.

Boys Freshmen: Aaron Ware (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)

The younger brother of UCLA football standout Matt Ware, Aaron rushed for more than 1,000 yards on the varsity for Oaks Christian. He also was a top sprinter on the track team.

Girls Seniors: Julia Pitts (North, Torrance)

Also named Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year.

Girls Juniors: Noelle Quinn (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)

Quinn was the pick for sophomores last year and had an equally strong junior season. She's rapidly developing the reputation for being an athlete who is at her best in clutch situations.

Girls Sophs: Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day)

Candice got edged for Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year by fellow sophomore Sade Wiley-Gatewood of Lynwood, but she got the nod for all-around athlete honors because she did a lot more than just star in basketball.

Girls Freshmen: Cynthia Barboza (Wilson, Long Beach)

Despite young age, Barboza was an honorable mention All-American in volleyball by Student Sports Magazine.


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