Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, Jan. 13 – Orange County Register

Each week, releases from the 11 properties of the Southern California News Group (Orange County Register, LA Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts , Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the athletes of the week for their respective regions.

Each athlete then participates in the overall vote for Southern California Athlete of the Week.

Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance over the past week, then vote on who you think deserves the top honor.

Readers can vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals are not always displayed immediately due to processing.


The overall winner will be announced on Friday January 13th.

poll at the bottom of the page.

Justin Wells, Lakeside: Wells clinched the 138-pound title at the Riverside County Championships last week. Lakeside had three individual champions at the meet and won the team title for the first time. Wells was one of three champions to register a pin in all five games. He led Shadow Hills’ Felicito Nunez 7-0 before scoring a pin in the second half. Wells was a state qualifier in 2022 and is ranked 14th in the state at 138 pounds by The California Wrestler.

JV Brown, Rolling Hills Prep: Brown had one of the best performances in Saturday’s Take Flight Challenge, scoring 23 points and catching 10 rebounds to lead Rolling Hills Prep to a 45-37 win over Washington Prep. Brown earned the Player of the Match award.

Rockwell Reynolds, Santa Margarita: He scored 33 points in two Trinity League wins by the Eagles against teams in Orange County’s top 10. The 6-8 forward scored 15 points in a 56-42 win over JSerra and grabbed 18 points with eight rebounds in a 65-53 win over Orange Lutheran. Santa Margarita (18-3, 2-0) is ranked No. 2 in Orange County’s top 25. Reynolds signed with Northern Arizona University.

Brady Dunlap, Harvard West Lake: The Notre Dame-bound senior scored 38 points in Harvard-Westlake’s 74-66 triple overtime win over previously undefeated Bishop Montgomery in Saturday night’s Take Flight Challenge. Both teams are expected to advance to the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs in February. Saturday’s win could give Harvard-Westlake a higher starting spot.

Tyrone Riley, St. Pius X-St. Mathias: The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 28 points per game last week and led St. Pius X-St. Matthias wins against Salesian and Oak Park. The junior scored 32 points in a 72-58 win over Camino Real League rivals Salesian. He followed with 24 points and eight rebounds in a 65-62 win over Oak Park in double overtime. The four-star recruit has more than a dozen Division I college basketball scholarship offers, including those from Arizona State, Cal, TCU, Texas A&M, USC and Washington State.

Russell Williams, South Pasadena: The junior guard led the Rio Hondo League opener. In a 70-66 win over Monrovia, he had six rebounds for a game-high 26 points remaining. Williams also had 24 points and five rebounds in a loss to Eagle Rock. The Tigers (11-3) are No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 3AA. “[Williams]is definitely going to be one of the reasons we’re pushing to get in the top three[in the league],” said South Pasadena coach Ernest Baskerville. Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, Jan. 13 – Orange County Register

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