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Athletes of the Week

November 21, 1995

Jon Pharris

Villa Park, Sophomore

Water Polo/Goalkeeper

Villa Park advanced to its first section water polo final since 1989 by beating Newport Harbor and Long Beach Wilson and Pharris played a big part. Against Newport Harbor, he had six steals and 10 saves and helped keep the Spartans in the game before his older brother, Brian, scored the final two goals in an 8-7 victory. In an 8-6 semifinal victory over Wilson he had 11 saves, including several that were spectacular. "He has been one of our most consistent players all year," Villa Park Coach Jeff Ehrlich said. "For a sophomore to be that poised is rare."

Cross-Country

Matt Wickersham

* Mater Dei, senior. Won the Southern Section Division I-A final, finishing three miles in 15 minutes 32 seconds, the fastest county time of the day.

Football

Matt Paul

* Servite, senior. Had an interception, fumble recovery and a sack in a 49-20 victory over Loara in a Division V playoff game.

Josh Walz

* Corona del Mar, senior. Passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for six- and 61-yard scores in a 49-28 Division V victory over Brea Olinda.

Water Polo

Stever O'Rourke

* Marina, senior. Scored five goals in a 16-3 victory over Estancia and four in a 14-13 victory over Servite as the Vikings advanced to the Southern Section Division II final.

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