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Individuals making their move

Boys' athletes reap share of awards, and some earn college scholarships.

September 01, 2010|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

La Cañada has proven to be a powerhouse for baseball, softball, volleyball and now football. No matter what sport is being played at any time of the year, there are sure to be talented standouts out there on the city's fields.

This year was no exception. Records were set, expectations were realized and playoff runs were made in the 2009-10 La Cañada sports season.

Many athletes hung up their high-school jerseys to don the uniform of NCAA Division I universities.

Here are the top-10 male high-school athletes of the year in La Cañada, as voted on by the sports editors and writers of the La Cañada Valley Sun and Glendale News-Press.

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1 Dietrich Riley, St. Francis, football and basketball, senior — For the past four years, Riley blessed St. Francis with his athletic prowess. He played both sides of the ball and multiple positions for the Golden Knights as a safety, linebacker, running back and receiver. He even lined up at quarterback at times. Every time fans came out to Friedman Field on Friday night they were treated to a show.

Riley accumulated 1,300 yards, 15 touchdowns, more than 60 tackles and led his team to a 9-3 record and the second round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs in his final year as a Golden Knight. He leaves St. Francis as a three-time All-Area Football Player of the Year and an Under Armour All-American with plenty of All-CIF and All-Mission League accolades to boot.

He is now at UCLA playing football, and Bruin bloggers have plenty to be excited about with Riley. His versatility made him an impact player on offense and defense for St. Francis, and his raw talent could make him a solid contributor as a true-freshman safety for the Bruins.

2 Justin Posthuma, St. Francis football, basketball and track and field, senior — There is no such thing as an offseason for Posthuma, a three-sport athlete. Most of his praise was earned while playing quarterback for St. Francis. He played through an injured left hand in the last four games of his senior season and there wasn't much of a drop off.

Posthuma's arm led the Golden Knights to a second-place finish in the competitive Mission League and a playoff berth, as they finished the season 9-3 overall and made it to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs.

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