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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

January 06, 1998

Jose Najera

Santa Ana, Senior; Wrestling

Najera helped the Saints, who were ranked sixth in the county entering the meet, win the El Modena tournament, topping second-ranked El Modena by 20 1/2 points. Najera won the 112-pound division, winning three matches before handily defeating Montebello Schurr's Mike Suehiro, 14-3, in the final. Suehiro finished fifth in the state at 103 last season.

Drew Gaulden/Basketball/Forward

* Canyon, senior. Tournament MVP led Comanches to 52-50 victory over El Dorado in the Canyon tournament final.

Sam Nelson/Basketball/Guard

* Estancia, senior. Tournament MVP had 31 points, including four three-pointers, in 66-60 victory over Edison in the Coast Classic final.

Tomas Serna/Soccer/Forward

* Saddleback, senior. Had a goal and an assist in 2-1 victory over Santa Ana in the Trabuco Hills tournament final.

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