Southern California Male Athlete of the Week, January 21 – Orange County Register


Each week, publications from all 11 Southern California News Group properties (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 Athletes of the Week for their respective region.

Each athlete is then entered into the Southern California Athlete of the Week Global Vote.

Click on the log links under the athlete’s name to learn more about their performance last week, then vote for who you think deserves the highest honor.

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


The big winner will be announced on Friday January 21.

Voting poll at the bottom of the page.

Buckley DeJardin, Saint Francis: DeJardin led the way as the Golden Knights went 4-1 last week. He scored 20 points with 10 rebounds in a 55-45 win over Crespi, posted 29 points and 15 rebounds in a 75-61 win over Windward, and had 15 points in wins over Grant and Chaminade. In the Golden Knights’ lone loss last week to Loyola, DeJardin had 21 points.

Cole Jacobs, West Torrance: Jacobs had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 47-42 win over South. He followed that up with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks in a 68-49 win over Torrance. Jacobs had 10 points and nine rebounds in a loss to St. Paul on Monday.

Shyheim Parm, Cajon: The senior guard averaged 23.3 points per game in helping the Cowboys to three wins last week. He had 20 points and five rebounds in the team’s 46-31 win over Citrus Valley and added 20 points, six assists and four steals in an 87-61 win over Redlands East Valley that held off the Cowboys. at the top of the Citrus Belt League standings. Parm capped off the week with a 30-point effort against Indian Springs in a non-league game.

Justin Rodriguez, Fountain Valley: Rodriguez was the champion at 126 pounds at the Five Counties Tournament. Rodriguez, ranked No. 2 in the state by, won three pin matches before earning a 7-0 win in the Finals over St. John Bosco’s Grigor Cholakyan, ranked No. 8 in the state. Rodriguez finished third in the Doc Buchanan Invitational the previous week. “Justin doesn’t want to give up points, doesn’t want anyone to score against him,” Fountain Valley coach Brad Woodbury said. “He’s very competitive like that.”

Oscar Aranda, Saint John Bosco: The 160-pounder won his weight class to help lead the Braves to second place in the prestigious Five Counties Tournament. Top seed Aranda outscored Buchanan’s Mason Espinoza, 8-3, in the title fight after falls or major decisions in his first four bouts, taking his season record to 22-3. He was one of three St. John Bosco champions, along with Nicco Ruiz (152) and Nicholas Sahakian (220). Aranda, who also won the Westminster tournament this season, is ranked third in California at his weight.


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