Player of the Week: Lajarie Mabrey

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By Jeremy Balan Player of the Week: Lajarie Mabrey, junior running back, Washington football

Washington junior running back Lajarie Mabrey breaks through the Balboa defense in the CIF-San Francisco Section/Academic Athletic Association championship game on Thursday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by Tawnya Gray)

Mabrey may have only received 11 carries in the Academic Athletic Association/CIF-San Francisco section championship game against Balboa on Thanksgiving, but he certainly made the best of them.

Including runs of 65, 46 and 37 yards, Mabrey packed the largest punch in Washington’s dynamic running game, dashing for a game-high 172 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles would cruise to a 36-6 win over Balboa, to clinch their first AAA title since 2003, but Mabrey already has his sights set on a repeat performance.

“I’m ready to come back next year and do it again,” Mabrey said.

Honorable Mention: Bridget Blum junior runner, University girls cross country

Blum finished third overall in the Division V CIF state championship meet on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno and led the Red Devils to their second consecutive D-V state title.

Blum ran a time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds on the 5K course, just 12 seconds behind first-place finisher Lucy McCullough of Marin Academy. As the highest-finishing non-senior, Blum will be a favorite to win the D-V state title next season.

Honorable Mention: Kelly Ostello, senior outside hitter, Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball

Sacred Heart Cathedral senior outside hitter Kelly Ostello winds up for a kill against Campolindo in the second round of the CIF Division III state tournament on Saturday at Campolindo High School. (Photo by Doug Ko)

Even though the Irish got knocked out in the second round of the Division III state playoffs by top-seeded Campolindo on Saturday, Ostello shined in both state playoff games.

Against Capolindo, Ostello had a team-high 13 kills and nearly won the second game single-handedly. She had nine kills in the second game, and accounted for Sacred Heart’s final five points in the game, on four kills and a block.

Against Vista del Lago in the first round, Ostello had a team-high 21 kills and eight blocks.

“It was her best match of the year, of her high school career actually,” said Sacred Heart head coach Margi Beima.

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