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Vote: Who should be SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week (11/24/2023)?

Voting runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 16-18 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Monday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced on Tuesday. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email us at or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.

Caleb Sanchez, St. John Bosco: Sanchez passed for 345 yards and had six touchdown passes in Friday's 43-42 win over Corona Centennial.

Cornell Hatcher Jr., Corona Centennial: Hatcher rushed for 215 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries in Friday's loss at St. John Bosco.

Owen Long, La Serna: Long rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in Friday's win over Culver City.

Jordan Ross, Warren: Ross reeled in 10 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 36-35 win over Chaminade.

Royce Mendoza, Ramona: Mendoza had two touchdown receptions and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdownn against Quartz Hill.

Jaylen Ephraim, Jurupa Hills: Ephraim had five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown and also had a 55-yard pick-six in Friday's win over St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy.

Jaxon McKinney, Newbury Park: McKinney rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's win over Thousand Oaks.

Quaid Carr, Servite: Carr had 136 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in Friday's 28-20 win over Serra.

Hinesward Lilomaiava, Mission Viejo: Lilomaiava rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win over Murrieta Valley.

Zachary Benitez, Granite Hills: Benitez passed for 224 yards and had two touchdown passes in Saturday's San Diego Section Open Division championship game.

Brady Palmer, St. Augustine: Palmer had 284 passing yards and four touchdown passes in Friday's 28-27 overtime win against Madison.

Jaden Mangini, La Jolla Country Day: Mangini passed for 281 yards, rushed for 82 yards and had five touchdown passes in a road victory against Fallbrook on Friday.

Jackson Diehl, La Jolla: Diehl tossed two touchdown passes and rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's semifinal win.

Trey Coleman, Del Norte: Coleman, a recent Utah commit, made all three field goal attempts, supplying all the points in Friday's 9-7 win over Point Loma.

Isaac Aceves, Grossmont: Aceves rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns, averaging over nine yards per carry in Friday's win over Mission Bay.

Aizik Rodriguez, Chula Vista: Rodriguez kicked a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation to help the Spartans take down Westview, 11-8.

Xzavier Crews, Sweetwater: Crews rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns to help the Red Devils capture the San Diego Section Division 5 championship.

Enrique Armas, Holtville: Armas rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown in the San Diego Section Division 5-AA championship game.

Peyton Waters, Birmingham: Waters had four catches for 78 yards and a touchdown and also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown against Carson.

Ivan Levant, Fairfax: Levant had 286 passing yards and three passing touchdowns against Dr. Maya Angelou Community on Friday.

– Lance Smith | | @sbliveca