Female Athlete of the Year (As selected by the school)Talia Taufaasau Taufaasau surpassed 1,000 career points in her senior year with Canyon and was part of a dominant, undefeated girls basketball team that went to the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals. The point guard averaged 14.6 points per game and 7.6 assists per game.
Male Athlete of the Year (As selected by the school)Ethan Danforth Danforth had unprecedented success in running this season. He took first in the Division 2 race at the CIF-SS cross country finals and second in the Division 2 race at the CIF state meet. In track and field season, he placed fourth in the 3200-meter race at the CIF state meet and first in the event at the Foothill League and CIF-SS finals.
Five most memorable teamsBoys cross country Making noise in the Foothill League for the first time in a while, the Cowboys finished seventh at the CIF state cross country meet. They won the first Foothill League meet of the season and ended the season ranked third in the league. Boys track and field Canyon won the Foothill League title for the ninth consecutive year behind a plethora of talented individuals like Ethan Danforth, Christian Valles, Troy Chairez and Jacob Lopez – just to name a few. Girls basketball Losing only five games the entire season, the Cowboys went undefeated in Foothill League play and beat Valencia for a Foothill League title. They competed against tough teams like Ribet Academy and Mater Dei and made it to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. Girls soccer After securing a second-place finish in the Foothill League behind Hart, the Cowboys made the farthest playoff run in program history. They went all the way to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals, where they lost to Pacifica of Garden Grove 1-0. Boys soccer The Cowboys got their first win on their home turf since the 2015-16 season in a win over Calabasas and kept on building from there. Closing out the season without a loss in its final seven games, Canyon lost in double-overtime to Eastside in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 5 tournament. It was the team’s first playoff appearance in six seasons.
Five most memorable male athletesKevin Childs As Canyon’s top boys swimmer, Childs won first in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at the Foothill League finals with times of 49.99 and 50.00 seconds, respectively. Charles Harrison In his junior year with the Cowboys, Harrison recorded 72 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA in 63 innings. He also had a .322 batting average and 16 RBIs at the plate. Jacob Lopez Lopez was an explosive lineman for the Canyon football team. In track and field, he threw 57-7 in shot put to rank second all-time in the event in the Canyon record books. Adam Rodriguez Amid Canyon boys soccer’s historic season, Rodriguez was the team’s leading scorer with seven goals and tacked on four assists. Christian Valles In his first year with the Cowboys after transferring from Burroughs, Valles was the top pole vaulter in the Foothill League. He set the Canyon record in the event at 15-09 at the CIF-SS Masters Meet.
Five most memorable female athletesRachel Bowers The Boise State signee surpassed 1,000 career points in her senior season and helped the Cowboys girls basketball team to an undefeated, title-winning season. During track season, Bowers took first in the girls high jump at the Foothill League finals. Gabby Sanchez At the CIF-SS finals, Sanchez claimed first place in Division 2 and set a new Canyon record by throwing 146-09 in discus. She then came in fourth in the event at the Masters Meet for a trip to the CIF state meet. Sanchez was also a hard-working defender on the basketball team in addition to being a valedictorian for Canyon. Selasi Mawugbe Mawugbe was a workhorse on offense and defense for the Canyon girls basketball team. She tied for second on the team in points per game with 7.5. In track, she competed in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles. Claudia McKail In her senior campaign, McKail led the girls soccer team in goals with 15 and in assists with seven and had four multi-goal games. She’ll continue her playing career at NCAA Division 2 Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Aubrey McKessy McKessy played well above her upperclassman status, making 113 saves for the girls soccer team and combined with the back line for six shutouts.
Playoff teamsBoys cross country – Earning some clout in the Foothill League season, Canyon went all the way to the CIF state meet, where they placed seventh. Girls basketball – The Foothill League champions reached the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals and lost to Alemany by 10 points. Football – In their first playoff appearance since 2014, the Cowboys earned an at-large bid to the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs, where they beat San Gorgonio in the first round and lost to Mira Costa in the second round. Boys soccer – After a wild-card win, the Cowboys lost to Eastside in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs on a penalty kick. Girls soccer – Canyon ended its season in the CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinals on the road against Pacifica of Garden Grove.