SHAUN WHITE, Snowboarding—Scoring a perfect 100 on his final halfpipe run of the day, White qualified for his fourth Olympic Games. Coming back after a horrific crash three months earlier, White, who fell on his first two rounds, flawlessly completed 15 ½ revolutions in his routine, earning him a trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea.
KRAIG CHILES, Soccer, Sockers, Poway High alumnus—There was no stopping Chiles as he led the Sockers to a 4-1 record. Chiles punched in 11 goals, including a four-goal effort in an 8-6 victory over the Ontario Fury at the Valley View Casino Center. In addition to his 11 goals, Chiles also assisted on three others, giving him 14 points.
CHRIS KNIERIM, Figure Skating—Born and raised in Ramona, Knierim and his wife Alexa nailed a quad twist to win the U.S. Figure Skating pairs championship and qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The pair also won the U.S. title in 2015 but were injured in 2016.
RETO BERRA, Ice Hockey, Gulls—A Swiss native, Berra went 5-2-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage as the Gulls went 7-4-0 in the month. Berra recorded a 46-save shutout at Valley View Casino Center against the San Jose Barracuda en route to a 5-0 win, setting a new club record for saves and shots faced in a single game.
MAYA HOOD, Women’s Basketball, USD, La Jolla Country Day alumnus—It was a record month for Hood who became the Toreros’ No. 1 all-time rebounder, reaching 898. Hood also averaged 12.6 points a game while shooting 50 percent from the field, adding team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game as USD went 4-4.
TANNER SYFTESTAD, Men’s Volleyball, UC San Diego—Off to a 7-2 start, the best in the Tritons’ 30-year history, Syftestad averaged 5.19 sets and 6.19 points per set, leading the nation in both categories. He produced double-figure kills in eight of those nine contests, including 20-plus kills in five matches and season-highs of 27 in two, finishing the month with 984 career kills.
JANA BUTH, Women’s Tennis, SDSU—A native of Kaiserslautern, Germany, the senior posted a perfect 3-0 record in both singles and doubles. Buth won singles matches against UCSD and UC Irvine, being pushed just one set, before teaming with Paola Diaz to sweep her two doubles matches. She earned MWC Player of the Week honors for her efforts.
PRESTON BEVERLY, Men’s Basketball, PLNU—Beverly earned three PacWest Player of the Week honors in January while helping the Point Loma men's basketball team post a 7-2 record. He averaged 16.1 points while .563 shooting percent from the field. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and had four double-doubles.
MIKAYLA WILLIAMS, Women’s Basketball. UC San Diego—Shooting 54 percent from the field, Williams averaged 17.0 points and 9.6 rebounds, leading the Tritons to a 6-1 record to lead the CCAA. Williams scored a career-high 24 points with eight rebounds in a victory over Cal State San Marcos, 86-66, and posted two doubles-doubles.
ALEXANDROS ARAOUZOS, Men’s Tennis, USD—A 6-foot-5 senior out of Cyprus, Araouzos won the deciding singles match 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) as the Toreros upset No. 10 TCU. It was the first USD win over a Top 10 team since 2000. That was the high-ranked opponent the Toreros downed since 2012 when they beat Texas. For the month Araouzos was 2-1.
JADEN ABAS, Wrestling, Rancho Bernardo—Jumping from 120 to 138 pounds, the Rancho Bernardo junior has been practically unbeatable. A transfer from Pioneer High in Bakersfield, Abas has posted a 33-1 record, scoring impressive wins at the Doc Buchanan and Five-Counties tournaments. He’s undefeated versus California wrestlers.
SHYLA LATONE, Girls Basketball, Bonita Vista—Averaging a state-leading 38.2 points a game is pretty impressive but when the junior scored 76 points against Hilltop, that was special. The 76 set the section single-game record, eclipsing the previous best of 71 by San Diego’s Charde Houston in 2002 and the fourth highest in state history.
RICHARD RECINOS, Boys Soccer, Crawford—Despite playing a strong schedule for a Division III team, the Colts’ senior, who is headed to Heidelberg University in Ohio, averaged almost a goal a game, finding the back of the next 17 times. When Recinos wasn’t scoring, he was getting the ball to his teammates, chalking up 13 assists.
TATUM LENAIN, Girls Soccer, Torrey Pines—Ranked No. 1, the Falcons have been led by the sophomore who powered in 17 goals and was credited with seven assists as the Falcons went 13-1-4. Included in her team-leading goals and assists was a 3-goal hat trick in a 4-2 victory over El Camino.
TAESHON CHERRY, Boys Basketball, Foothills Christian —Posting a spotless 10-0 record for the month, the No. 1-ranked Knights got a double-double average from the 6-foot-10 Arizona State-bound senior. Cherry averaged 25.5 points and 13.6 rebounds a game to help Foothills move to 21-5 on the season.
LAURA LARKIN, Girls Water Polo, Cathedral Catholic—Averaging 4.2 goals a game, the Dons’ senior has led her team to the No. 1 ranking in the section and a 14-5 record. Larkin has scored 71 goals in addition to collecting 26 assists and a team-best 45 steals. The Dons were unbeaten against section teams.
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