Spartans’ Barajas, Comets’ Wachholtz are Men’s AOTW

Spartans’ Barajas, Comets’ Wachholtz are Men’s AOTW

MiraCosta College soccer player Eric Barajas and Palomar football player Chandler Wachholz have been honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as its Men’s Athletes of the Week for Nov. 6-12.

Barajas, coach Frank Zimmerman’s sophomore goalkeeper from Fallbrook High School, recorded a pair of 2-0 victories over College of the Desert and PCAC champion San Bernardino Valley in the final week of the season.

Barajas recorded 11 saves in the two wins, seven in the victory over the Roadrunners and four in the upset win against the Wolverines.

Wachholtz, a 6-foot-0, 220-pound sophomore linebacker who played for former Palomar linebacker and assistant coach Sean Sovacool at La Costa Canyon High School, led the way as the Comets’ big-play defense shut down Grossmont in a 17-14 victory in the final game of the regular season.

Wachholtz recorded 12 tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss as the Comets, an also-ran in the National  Division Southern Conference, rated as the strongest community college football conference in the nation, won the unofficial San Diego County championship by virtue of going 2-0 against county teams. Southwestern and San Diego Mesa were both 1-1 and Grossmont finished 0-2. With the win over Grossmont, Palomar became bowl eligible and will play in the Beach Bowl at El Camino College against the host Warriors on Saturday afternoon.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Camron Lewis (Southwestern Football), a 6-foot-1, 187-pound wide receiver from Enlo High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, was on the receiving end of a 59-yard pass play from Nick Sexton with 3:29 to play that lifted the Jaguars to a 19-13 victory on the road over Mesa in a showdown for the American Division Mountain Conference championship. Lewis caught eight passes for 148 yards in the game for the Jaguars, who will play Hancock in the American Division Championship Bowl on Saturday at Santa Maria High School. Southwestern’s only loss to a San Diego County team was to Palomar back in the opening game of the season at DeVore Stadium. The Jaguars finished the regular season 8-2, the same record as Mesa, which will play host to Santa Ana in the Southern California Bowl on Saturday evening at Merrill Douglas Stadium.

Kefa Court (Mt. San Jacinto Football), 6-foot-0, 165-pound wide receiver from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn who originally committed to the University of Akron, caught the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass from Sheriron Jones, giving he Eagles a 36-30 victory over San Bernardino Valley in the final game of the regular season. Court caught 11 passes in the game for 127 yards.

Robert Blain (Grossmont Basketball), the G-House’s 6-foot-5, 197-pound sophomore forward out of Union Grove High School in McDonough, Georgia, scored 12 points and hauled in 10 rebounds as the Griffins defeated traditional power Cypress 61-44 on the road for their third win in four games to start the season.

 Armstrong Ojunkwu (San Diego Mesa Basketball), a 6-foot-9, 220-pound sophomore center from Mission Bay High School, scored 44 points and hauled in 34 rebounds in three games during the week at the Fullerton College Classic. Ojunkwu scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a 76-54 loss to Citrus. He had 19 points and 19 rebounds in a 69-64 win over Bakersfield. And he scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in an 83-69 loss to College of the Canyons.

 

 

PCAC 2017-18 MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Nov 12 Eric Barajas, MiraCosta        
Chandler Wachholtz, Palomar
Soccer
Football
Nov 5 Robert McCoy, San Diego City College
Logan Vallo, San Diego Mesa
Basketball
Football
Oct  30 Carlos de la Torre, San Bernardino Valley
Chris Mack, Southwestern
Cross Country
Football
Oct 22 Andrew Quiroz, San Bernardino Valley
Spencer Moyer, San Diego Mesa
Soccer
Football
Oct 15 Oscar Montano, Imperial Valley
Colin Baehman, MiraCosta 
Soccer
Soccer
Oct 9 Max Perlin, San Diego Mesa       Water Polo
Oct 2 Sergio Ayon, Southwestern Football
Sept 25 Ronald Beeson, Southwestern
Noah Shoeman, College of the Desert
Soccer
Football
Sept 18 Lance Diaz, San Bernardino Valley
Austin Holt, College of the Desert
Soccer
Football
Sept 11 Sheriron Jones, Mt. San Jacinto
Nick Como, San Bernardino Valley
Football
Football
Sept 4 Matt Romero, Palomar                 
Armando Herrera, San Bernardino Valley
Football
Football

  

 

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