BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Rancho Verde / Basketball
In an area dominated by big-time programs (Mater Dei and Westchester) and
big-time players (Renardo Sidney and Jordan Hamilton), it was Snaer who stood
out above all the rest. One year after leading the Mustangs to their first title in
boys' basketball history, Snaer was even better as a senior. The Florida Statebound
guard averaged 28.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.6 steals per
game while leading Rancho Verde to the Southern Section Division IAA quarterfinals.
He was a McDonald's All-American and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Cathedral / Track
Carroll, a UCLA-bound football player, is also a standout sprinter. In March, he
won both the 100 (10.54) and 200 (21.79) at the Pasadena Games. He claimed
gold in both events at the 2008 state meet.
S.O. Notre Dame / Football
Not only did Kasdorf make his varsity debut in 2008, but the junior replaced
current Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist. Kasdorf still thrived, throwing for 3,291
yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as the Knights went 11-1.
Capistrano Valley / Baseball
Matzek was the nation's No. 1 recruit coming into the season and he hasn't
disappointed. A likely first-round pick in June's MLB Draft, the hard-throwing
senior lefty threw a no-hitter against Aliso Niguel on March 20.
GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Mission College Prep / Cross Country + Track
Hasay finished her illustrious career in storybook fashion. One of the best cross
country and outdoor prep distance runners of all time, Hasay won her fourth consecutive
state and Foot Locker West Regional titles in the fall. She also claimed her
second Foot Locker national championship. When not tearing things up on the
cross country circuit, Hasay is an outstanding outdoor distance runner, having
won three consecutive 3,200 state titles. Hasay, who set a high school record in
the 1,500 at last year's Olympic Trials (4:14.50), has signed with Oregon.
Mira Costa / Volleyball
The junior outside hitter is volleyball's most physically dominant force, recording
483 kills on 929 attempts in 2008. She also had 246 digs, 35 aces and 34 blocks.
The USC-bound Fonoimoana is also a spectacular beach volleyball player.
Mater Dei / Basketball
Only a sophomore, Mosqueda-Lewis' dominance transcends age. She averaged
23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game while leading
the Monarchs to a 32-1 record. She was Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Hart / Softball
In a sport often dominated by pitchers, this Oklahoma-bound, power-hitting
senior catcher stands out. Shults has won several games for Hart with the
long ball and forms an unbeatable battery with pitcher Destiny Rodino.