Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week for May 17-23 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
THIS WEEK’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
AJ Burgin, San Diego G: Burgin posted a triple double with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists on senior day in a win over Hoover. He became the all-time leading scorer for the Cavers earlier in the season.
Carson Williams, Torrey Pines INF/RHP: Williams had three hits, four walks, five stolen bases and two runs batted in during Saturday’s doubleheader against Canyon Crest. He also pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief with six strikeouts during game one.
Ryan Rivera, San Marcos 3B: Rivera went 9-9 with a walk, two home runs, and five runs batted in during two games last week.
Ethan McNish-Heider, Granite Hills INF: McNish-Heider had two doubles, a triple, a home run, and seven runs batted in during his two games against Valhalla last week.
Sofia Maldonado, Santa Clara (Oxnard): A dual-sport athlete, Maldonado scored 15 points in a win against Foothill Tech on Tuesday. She also went 2-3 with the game-winning HR against Grace Brethren on Wednesday. On Saturday, Maldonado had 1 hit and 4 stolen bases in Game 1, as well as going 2-3 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in Game 2 against Bishop Diego.
Naiya Kurnik, Fallbrook G: Kurnik had 24 points and 11 rebounds in last week’s win over Escondido.
Ivan Gomez, Southwest San Diego: Gomez had two goals in Saturday’s 4-0 playoff win over Coronado.
Micaiah Hankins, Temecula Valley G: Hankins had 49 points combined in back-to-back games against Murrieta Mesa and Rancho Christian last week.
Dylan Jackson, Thousand Oaks C: Jackson homered in each game of the two games against Newbury Park last week giving him eight on the season.
Camren Willis, Poway: Willis high jumped 6-7 this weekend, a new PR.
Chris Brown, Calvary Chapel INF: Brown had four hits in two games against Costa Mesa last week including his seventh triple of the season.
Aubrey Martinez, Palm Desert OF: Martinez has hit at least one double in each of her last five games and now has 17 on the season.
Allyssa DeMayo, Rancho Alamitos OF: DeMayo was 4-6 against Los Amigos with four triples and ten runs batted in.
Ellie Garcia, Don Lugo RHP: Garcia has hit nine home runs over the past seven games and has 14 on the season.
Lacie Ham, Murrieta Mesa RHP: Ham struck out 27 batters while allowing only one run in two games against Temecula Valley last week.
Sophia Ramuno, Helix RHP: Ramuno has had double digit strike out games in each of her last three games, beating Valhalla twice and West Hills once.
Jobe Olson, Laton RHP: Olson threw a no-hitter while striking out 15 in Friday’s win over King’s Christian.