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Athletes of the Week

November 08, 1994

Joe Secoda

Valencia, Senior


Secoda is much more than just Valencia's quarterback--he kicks, he punts, he calls defensive signals from his position in the secondary. "He does just about everything for us," Valencia Coach Mike Marrujo said. That was clear Friday in a 24-7 victory over Western that kept the Tigers in the running for the Orange League title. Secoda scored on a three-yard run, threw an eight-yard scoring pass, kicked a 34-yard field goal and three extra points. He also intercepted two passes--and almost picked off a third--giving him a county-leading nine this season.


Charles Gatchell

* La Habra, senior. Finished second in the Freeway League finals, running three miles in 15 minutes 20 seconds and leading the Highlanders to their fifth consecutive team title.


Jon Benzinger

* Newport Harbor, senior. Caught five passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns, including a 52-yard, game-winning score, in a 27-23 victory over Santa Margarita.

Charles Chatman

* Costa Mesa, senior. Rushed for 340 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-30 tie with University.

Water polo

Mike Stanley

* Esperanza, senior. Scored five goals in a 13-5 victory over Marina as the Aztecs won the Sunset League title and five in an 11-9 victory over Servite.

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