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Athletes Of The Week

October 27, 1998

BOYS

Alex Holmes

SCHOOL: Harvard-Westlake

SPORT: Football

YEAR: Junior

SEASON AT A GLANCE: The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tight end/linebacker has helped the Wolverines to a 6-1 record. He leads the team with 26 catches for 481 yards and three receiving touchdowns, and anchors the defense, which is allowing 96 yards rushing per game.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: Holmes returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown, sparking Harvard-Westlake to a 39-37 upset over Alemany. Holmes also had two catches for 50 yards, including a 38-yarder that set up a touchdown. Holmes, who sometimes lines up in the backfield, even completed a pass for 37 yards. "Great players make great plays," Wolverine Coach Dave Bennett said.

GIRLS

Gaby Gallardo

SCHOOL: Poly

SPORT: Volleyball

YEAR: Senior

SEASON AT A GLANCE: A dependable outside hitter and setter, Gallardo has filled many needs for the Parrots. More consistent than she was as an All-City Section player last year, the 5-foot-9 Gallardo is the main reason Poly should go far in the playoffs.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: Gallardo had 16 kills and 10 assists in a five-game victory over Sylmar that put Poly in first place in the Valley Pac-8 Conference, avenging an earlier loss to Sylmar. In a victory over North Hollywood, Gallardo had 16 kills and eight assists for the Parrots (8-1, 7-1 in conference play), ranked No. 10 in the region by The Times.

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