Murrieta Mesa High Athletes of the Week: Jan. 22

From left: Avery Hidalgo, Juan Saldana, Kate Fox, Jasonnia Burleson. Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon Each week, Murrieta 24/7 honors top st...

From left: Avery Hidalgo, Juan Saldana, Kate Fox, Jasonnia Burleson.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon

Each week, Murrieta 24/7 honors top student-athletes at Murrieta Mesa High School. The coach of each varsity sport is allowed to select one athlete based on the previous week's performances or on potential shown by the athlete. This week we honor athletes from the last two weeks. Here are the Murrieta Mesa honorees:

Senior Juan Saldana is one of the leaders of the boys soccer team, which is 4-0 in league play.

"Juan stepped up to be a great teammate," said his coach, Robert Bokma. "He has sacrificed playing time to ensure momentum is not changed during the games to help our team win games. His attitude has helped our team become stronger and helped others understand that the team comes first and the individual player comes second."

Sophomore guard/forward Jasonnia Burleson "has been a great help on defense and on the defensive/offensive boards this season," said girls basketball coach Kyle Rouse. "She has worked her way from being in a position where she didn't play many minutes to a possible starter and a player that will be in the game more than not. She has also been one of the hardest workers in practice as well with her consistent work ethic and energy. She is a great leader, only as a sophomore, and is constantly trying to make her teammates better."

Burleson led the team in rebounds in league games against Murrieta Valley and Temecula Valley and she led in steals against Temecula Valley with five.

Junior water polo player Kate Fox helped lead her team to the championship of the Hemet Tournament last week. The Rams are 19-4 overall this season.

Avery Hidalgo was selected for her standout play for the Rams girls soccer team.

These athletes will be eligible for selection as Murrieta Mesa's January Athletes of the Month. Anyone wishing to order a glossy print of this article with photo may do so by emailing murrieta247info@gmail.com.

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