Murrieta Mesa High Athletes of the Week: Feb. 4

From left: Adrian Paredes, Sedaiah Dixon, Taylor Tait, Anthony Routh, Emree Thompson. Not pictured: Nick Rizzo. Murrieta 24/7 photo: Kristen...

From left: Adrian Paredes, Sedaiah Dixon, Taylor Tait, Anthony Routh, Emree Thompson. Not pictured: Nick Rizzo.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Kristen 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. Here are this week's honorees from Murrieta Mesa:

Senior guard Sedaiah Dixon of the girls basketball team had two of her best games of the season the week of Jan. 23 and helped the Rams get their fourth league win with a victory over Temecula Valley.

Anthony Routh scored a school-record 34 points against Vista Murrieta. Routh is averaging 13.3 points per game for the Rams.

Taylor Tait of the girls water polo team has excelled at goalkeeper. "She is our defensive backbone," said coach Audra Woods. "She has helped us win games and we would not be where we are today without her." The team is 19-8 overall.

Wrestler Adrian Paredes won the final match of the night to secure a league victory over Chaparral.

Nick Rizzo has excelled in his second year on the varsity boys soccer team.

"We have asked Nick to player several different positions, such as playing defense to midfield to even keeper," said coach Robert Bokma. "This past week we had Nick play striker and he did an amazing job. He caused several problems for the opponent's defense, which led to the team being able to score several times. His dedication to working hard and to improve as well as help his team out as much as possible is what makes Nick such a valuable player."

Girls soccer coach Mark Vogel says Emree Thompson "has been a constant source of leadership as well as a great example for the younger players on the team this year. She is encouraging and helps to direct the team during each game. As a player, she is one of the best defenders in the league. She reads the game and fills passing lanes to start counter attacks. Her speed is unbelievable as she tracks down some of the league's most dangerous attackers."

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