LH Rotary honors outstanding athletes

By Jane Williams
La Habra Journal

Fall sports teams have finished their season, except for those climbing the CIF tournament ladders, so it was time for La Habra Rotary to recognize the best female and male athlete from each local high school.

Photos Jane Williams Outstanding athletes: Sonora's Isabella Camacho, La Habra's Marina Pilkington and Whittier Christian's Christa Evans were recognized by the La Habra Rotary club for their hard work.
Photos Jane Williams
Outstanding athletes: Sonora’s Isabella Camacho, La Habra’s Marina Pilkington and Whittier Christian’s Christa Evans were recognized by the La Habra Rotary club for their hard work.

The smallest athlete in the room was  Sonora’s Isabella Camacho, a member of the dance team and the Raiders best golfer, two-year captain of the women’s golf team, and Number 1 on the Freeway All-League Women’s Golf team. She shot a three over par the first day and a 77 at Western Hills and ranks fourth in Orange County. Principal Adam Bailey pointed out she has no trouble hitting a golf ball 200 yards off the tee and straight down the fairway.
A captain of the dance team, Isabella is always willing to take new dancers under her wing and make sure they know the routine’s steps.  After taking 16 AP and Honors classes, she carries a 4.41 GPA.
La Habra sent Marina Pilkington, who has played volleyball since she was 11.  While a student at Rancho Starbuck she began playing So Cal United. At La Habra she was selected as a freshman to play on Varsity, which allowed her to play with her older sister, Korinna.
Marina also began an ASB career as the Freshman Class Senator. She enrolled in the Heritage Program and has caught her teacher’s enthusiasm for history. She continues working within ASB to put on conferences and dances such as Prom and Homecoming.
In her sophomore year, she was named to the Second Team All-Freeway League. In her junior year she sprained her ankle late in the season and spent much time on the bench. At the start of her senior year she worked hard to get back in the lineup after tweaking the same ankle.  She made it back and as a lefty gave other teams trouble in the front line. As one of her coaches wrote, “Marina embodies the tenacity and motivation a coach hopes to find in any of their athletes.”
Volleyball was also the sport that brought Whittier Christian’s Christa Evans recognition, although it could have just as well been basketball. Known as “Mama Bear” on either team, she tends to other players’ needs first. Then her fierce competitiveness on the court inspires her teammates..  Christa posted a 40% kill ratio and ended the season with 179 kills and 49 total blocks leading all league middle hitters.

Impressive achievement: Whittier Christian's Justin Osborn, Sonora's Ben Angulo and La Habra's Prince Ross received recognition for excelling both on and off the field (and pool).
Impressive achievement: Whittier Christian’s Justin Osborn, Sonora’s Ben Angulo and La Habra’s Prince Ross received recognition for excelling both on and off the field (and pool).

She will need to do the same for the basketball team this year as it will be a young team. She was on the first All-League team and last year on the All-Area team,  and she was MVP of the La Habra Classic Team tournament, She hopes to major in sports psychology.
Justin Osborne, Whittier Christian’s top male athlete, was a two-way player on the football team. As a running back, he finished the season with 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing, and 921 yards and 9 touchdowns receiving, not to mention completing 2 passes for another 2 TDs.
Justin has tremendous speed which helped him make 161 tackles. He had no trouble being named to the First Team All-League. He is also a three-year starter on the basketball, and volleyball teams, and was selected a Homecoming Prince.
Sonora chose  Ben Angulo, the MVP of its water polo team two years in a row, as its male athlete of the season. Ben is a member of the Under 18 Olympic Development Team. Sonora finished second in league behind Troy. They were the only Freeway League team to take Troy to 5 games in a match.
He was captain of the team and is always reliable.
To prepare for college Ben is currently taking Honors Economics, AP US government, AP Physics, and AP Calculus. He hopes to attend UC Davis and major in Sports Journalism and have a career in sports broadcasting or reporting.
Prince Ross transferred to La Habra High when he was a freshman to play football with two friends  and for its drama program As a freshman he played wide receiver and was named Offensive Player of the Year.
As a sophomore he made varsity, again at wide receiver. When a player in the lineup injured his back, Prince’s playing time increased. He did so well he was named Rookie of the Year.
It was in the CIF Championship game against San Clemente that he caught the Hail Mary pass from Eric Barriere  with no time left on the clock and his feet in the end zone. It had worked against Los Alamitos and it worked once again for the Championship. The play made the ABC TV Highlight Reel and was named the the Play of the Year for high school.
He finished the league season with 10 touchdowns.
In addition to football, Prince has a passion for acting, something he has been doing since he was with Malibu Casting.  Last year he had a role in Pajama Game and right now he reads the boards of Plummer Auditorium in “Guys and Dolls.”

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.