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Athletes of the Week

May 21, 1996

Lesley Fulton

Rosary, Junior

Softball/Center fielder

Fulton, a first-team all-county selection last season, missed 18 games this season because of tendinitis in the elbow of her throwing arm. She returned in time to help the Royals tie Westminster and Ocean View for the Golden West League title, and Friday she drove in all the runs in a 3-2 victory over West Torrance in the first round of the Division II playoffs. She drove in two runs with a double in the fifth and hit the game-winning home run in the eighth. Playing center field instead of her regular position of shortstop to help her elbow continue to heal, Fulton made a diving catch in the sixth.

Softball

Veronica Lopez

* Canyon, junior. Gave up only six singles in 18 innings in a 2-0 victory over El Dorado in the Division I playoffs. Lopez gave up eight hits and struck out 10.

Merin Kennedy

* Capistrano Valley Christian, senior. Went seven for seven with three triples and six runs batted in Division VI playoff victories over Riverside La Sierra Academy and Redlands Calvary Chapel.

Track and Field

Carrie Axton

* Los Amigos, junior. Had the top discus mark of any division, winning the Southern Section Division III final in 137 feet 6 inches.

Sonya Bryant

* Marina, senior. Finished second in the shotput at the Southern Section Division I final with a county-leading mark of 43-0 3/4.

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