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State Athlete of Year: Nico Young

Newbury Park standout becomes the first distance runner since German Fernandez of Riverbank from 2007-08 to gain overall State Athlete of the Year recognition. There was no CIF state track meet for Young to cap his prep career, but he was a national champion in cross country and shattered a long-standing state record in track-and-field […]

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State Athlete of Year: Kenan Christon

There’s been a run of phenomenal football player-track sprinters in the last 10 years in California that have been selected as State Boys Athlete of the Year, so when we have one who this year turned in the best 100-meter and 200-meter times than any of them — and top five in state history in […]

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State Athlete of Year: Kazmeir Allen

With a national record of 72 touchdowns scored during the football season, Tulare High’s Kazmeir Allen followed that up by winning the CIF state title in the 100-meter dash. Some may still argue that wasn’t enough to even be the Boys Athlete of the Year in the CIF Central Section, but it was enough for […]

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State Athlete of Year: Michael Norman

It’s a close call between the all-time great Vista Murrieta track sprinter and all-time great basketball player Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills. Swimmer Grant Shoults of Santa Margarita also made a strong push. Waiting for Norman to place fifth in the U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 and to win an under-20 world title is […]

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Boys Athlete of Year: T.J. DeFalco

After determining no multi-sport or two-sport athlete in the state was going to get the top spot this year, it came down to a choice between single-sport performers of the year Jake Browning (football), Michael Norman (track) and T.J. DeFalco (volleyball). In the end, when a player already is on the U.S. National Team and […]

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State Athlete of Year: Nick Nevills

It’s a close call between the three-time CIF heavyweight wrestling champ (who also starred in football) and the electrifying Adoree’ Jackson of Gardena Serra (for football and track), but unfortunately for Jackson we’ll never know how he would have done at his final CIF state track meet.

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