Hart basketball’s Dominguez nabs Foothill League Player of the Year honors

Hart's Whitten Dominguez (10) looks for an opening around Saugus' Adrian McIntyre (2) during a basketball game at Saugus on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Diego Marquez Signal Staff Writer Hart boys basketball’s Whitten Dominguez was sitting in class when he received an envelope from the mayor that read “co-Foothill League Player of the Year.” “I called my brother to let him know the news,” Dominguez said, “but he actually told me that I had won it outright. The letter that I had gotten from the mayor was from last year. The letter was a year late.” said Dominguez. Recalling how he found out, Dominguez couldn’t help but laugh as he told the story of winning the POY award. Capturing his second-straight Foothill League Player of the Year award on Tuesday after sharing last year’s award with Valencia’s Dexter Akanno as co-Players of the Year, Dominguez’s hard work finally paid off. Winning a league title while leading the team in scoring, Dominguez was a prime candidate for the player of the year. In the regular season finale and his last game with Hart, the Biola commit scored 20 points as he led the Indians to the outright Foothill League title capping his Foothill League career. “It feels good. I was happy to share it last year with Dexter because we were old teammates, but this year I made it a goal of mine. I put it up on my wall that I was going to win Foothill League Player of the Year, this time outright,” said Dominguez.

First Team

Luca Robinson, Sr., Hart Luke Bodeau, Sr., Saugus Adrian McIntyre, So., Saugus Dexter Akanno, Sr., Valencia Andrew Austin, Jr., West Ranch Austin Galuppo, Sr., West Ranch

Second Team

Micah McLaurin, Jr., Golden Valley Colt Cangemi, Sr., Golden Valley Tre Harrill, Sr., Hart Dylan Spring, Sr., Saugus Ben Grant, Sr., Valencia Jayden Trower, Jr., Valencia

Honorable Mention

Junior Camacho, So., Canyon J’Ahni Levias, So., Golden Valley Caleb Waldeck, Sr., Hart Camron Nale, So., Saugus Joshua Assiff, Jr., Valencia Deaken Stangl, Jr., West Ranch