T.J. CANALES, Northridge: This U.S. Army All-American candidate wouldn't be denied last Friday.
With his team trailing Fremont 35-20 in the third quarter, the senior QB led top-ranked Northridge on three scoring drives to rally for the win.
"At the end of the game, you look at his stats, and they might not be great, but he comes through in the clutch," said Northridge coach Erik Thompson.
Through seven games this year, Canales has completed 24-of-39 passes for 1,601 yards and 13 touchdowns. Canales also maintains a 3.99 GPA.
"He's about the most humble, unassuming kid there is," said Thompson. "That's what endears him to his teammates."
KATIE MALONEY, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's: This senior setter leads her team with dedication as well as skill.
Last week she helped the Winged Lions earn their first region win against one of the region's unbeaten teams. She earned 34 assists, 12 kills, four blocks and 18 digs. She was almost perfect on the back row for her team with an 87 percent serve-receive percentage.
"Not only was her game great, she was an integral part of our team's success against the North Summit Braves," said coach Kathy Howa. "Katie works hard all of the time and is very energetic. As one of the team captains, she has proved herself to be a great team leader."