SAN DIEGO--(June 16)--Oceanside High’s Jordan Miller and Granite Hills’ Deajanae Harvey were named the 2015 San Diego Section Athletes of the Year Saturday, June 13, at the 9th Annual Prep Athletes Award Gala at the San Diego Hall of Champions. More than 400 were on hand as the two were honored for their athletic achievements in not just one sport, but two.
Miller edged Poway’s two-state champion wrestler Colt Doyle and Eastlake’s football-wrestling standout Ronnie Sallee in voting by the Union-Tribune, Hall of Champions and the public on-line.
Miller will be heading to the University of Washington after excelling as a first team All-Section defensive back for the 14-1 Pirates football team that advanced to the state Division I championships. As a defensive back, the 6-foot-1 standout rarely saw the ball tossed his way after returning two interceptions for touchdowns early in the year.
In the spring, Miller captured section titles in the 100-meter dash and the triple jump before heading to state where he medaled in the long (4th) and triple jumps (6th). His top marks were 10.80 seconds in the 100, 24-feet, 0 ½-inches in the long jump and 48-4 in the triple jump. He was also a member of the Pirates’ 4x100 state qualifying relay team.
Harvey was just as versatile, starring in both basketball and track as she was narrowly voted in ahead of four-time state wrestling champion Alyssa LaFrancis of Rancho Buena Vista and field hockey Player of the Year Emily Tran.
A four-year player for the Eagles, Harvey earned first team All-Section honors after averaging 15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 6.3 steals a game. Considered one of the section’s best players, Harvey used her speed and quickness to break down opponents’ defenses.
Finally giving in to a friend’s prodding to compete in track, Harvey became the section’s best in both horizontal jumps. She captured the section long jump at 18-feet, 8-inches and the triple at 39-0 ¾, showing her competitiveness by coming from behind to win both events with her season-best performances.
In addition to naming the Athletes of the Year, the All-Academic Athletes of the Year and the Coaches of the Year were also announced.
El Cajon Valley boys basketball coach Marty Ellis and Serra field hockey coach Laurie Berger were honored as were academic standouts Abby Bertics of The Bishop’s School and El Cajon Valley’s Matthew Shearin.
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