La Jolla sports stars to be honored at Prep Athletes Gala
By Ed Piper
Julius Diehr, a 3200-meter runner for La Jolla Country Day, is focused and has a plan for his training and execution of races.
“I focus by visualizing the race — every part of every lap from start to finish,” said Diehr, who is among the local athletes to be honored at the Prep Athletes Gala on June 14 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. “This season, lots of sleep and injury prevention was what helped me stay healthy and fast throughout the season.”
Diehr, 17, recorded a time of 9:25.10 in the 3200 in the CIF Prelims, and he was named an Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
Jill Bushman of The Bishop’s School dominated scoring in the CIF water polo playoffs last winter. The 18-year-old just walked through her school’s graduation ceremonies and is looking forward to majoring in humanities at UC Davis in the fall. She was named the CIF Player of the Year in girls water polo.
In discussing her strengths, Bushman said, “I include my tenacity and discipline. I am not the biggest or tallest player, but I think my determination allows me to contend with tough opponents.”
Bishop’s Lady Knight Imani Littleton was named CIF Player of the Year in girls basketball. The forward shared via Facebook, “I’ve always been a quiet kid, and basketball taught me how to be quiet but still express myself. I was a silent leader on my team. I tried to lead by example.” Littleton, given a full-ride scholarship to play at St. John’s University, said she is working out and preparing to leave for New York on July 8.
Sarah Young, who graduates from La Jolla High this week, looks back fondly on her years playing water polo in the Viking pool. “What I enjoyed most about playing water polo is all of the friends I’ve made along the way,” Young said.
She will play water polo at Indiana University and counts among her strengths in the pool, awareness of the ball and quick thinking. She admits to a lack of speed, and is working on it.
Others to be recognized at the Prep Athletes Gala, including Athletes of the Week (AOW) are:
■ La Jolla High School: Emily Kuo, tennis, All-Academic Team Captain. AOW: Waverly Whiston, girls golf; Sophia Sowers, girls basketball.
■ The Bishop’s School: Natalie Chun, girls water polo, All-Academic Team Captain. AOW: Sierra Ducey, girls basketball; Hannah Carrillo, girls water polo; Scott McPherson, boys volleyball; Ryan Hastings, boys lacrosse; Barrett Kearney, girls soccer; Eileen Mahler, field hockey; Raeann Greisen, girls volleyball; Richard Daly, boys water polo; Destiny Littleton, boys basketball.
■ La Jolla Country Day School: Dani Devor, girls tennis, October Star of the Month; Mai-loni Henson, girls basketball, March Star of the Month; AOW Sean Shevel, soccer; Taylor Johnson, softball; Nick Lavin, baseball; Sabrina Callahan, girls basketball; Cole Koldklang, football; Arela Williams, girls volleyball; Annie Hasselmann, girls volleyball; Natalia LaSpada, girls track.
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- Western League Water Polo season gets underway for La Jolla high school teams
- La Jolla High comes from behind to beat Bishop’s in Western League opener
- Water Polo CIF Finals: Cathedral Catholic High takes down La Jolla’s The Bishop’s School to win title in overtime
- Water Polo: La Jolla’s The Bishop’s School and Cathedral Catholic High earn berths in CIF boys’ final
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