Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in October:
DIANTE JACKSON LAS LOMAS - FOOTBALL
Jackson has every physical tool necessary to
dominate a game at wide receiver, and he's
putting on an exhibition at Las Lomas. At
6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has the size to play
over the middle, and his 4.5 speed allows him
to make plays down the field on the outside.
Jackson should have a stellar senior season
despite the fact that Las Lomas is working
in an untested quarterback. As a junior
last year, he caught 65 passes for
1,283 yards and 19 touchdowns.
WYATT LANDRUM LIBERTY - BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
As a junior last season, Landrum finished second in Division I at the NCS
meet, running a 15:09 that was also good for second overall. Now a senior,
he's putting his noted closing ability to use as he prepares for the
state meet. The ESPN RISE All-Area first team selection is at his best
during the finishing kick, when he finds another gear and makes his
move to the top of the leaderboard.
NICK HOVERSTEN ACALANES - BOYS' WATER POLO
One of the top high school players in the country, Hoversten is enjoying
another great season at Acalanes. Last year, he scored 88 goals and
was named to the NISCA/Speedo All-America second team, the only
California sophomore to merit selection. Now the London-born junior has
the Dons poised for a run at the NCS title.
GRACE NA ALAMEDA - GIRLS' GOLF
Coming off a North Coast Section championship in 2007, the
Alameda girls' golf team needs Na to step up in order to repeat.
As a freshman last year, Na displayed great ability and
unshakeable nerves while firing an 80 to help the
Hornets outpace the field at the NCS meet.
With the graduation of Emily Childs, Na is
now Alameda's No. 1 golfer, and her play
in the postseason will largely dictate
how far the Hornets