Inland Empire: Athletes of the Week

Davien Payne, Citrus Hill, Jr.

Payne continues to fill the cleat marks left behind Deontae Cooper, now at Washington. The junior running back amassed 235 rushing yards in 30 carries and scored five touchdowns Friday night in a 41-13 victory against visiting Moreno Valley. Payne now has a Southern Section-leading 560 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through two games.

Krista Vansant, Redlands East Valley, Sr.

Vansant, a standout for the girls’ volleyball team, had 16 kills in a 3-1 season-opening victory Thursday against Murrieta Valley. Vansant is the top-ranked senior in the nation, according to prepvolleyball.com, and the Wildcats are No. 6 in the country, according to maxpreps.com.