Athletes of the Week

| Sports | December 13, 2018

Janelle Spindt has been a Special Olympics athlete since she was 11 years old. She has competed in soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and swimming. Floor hockey is her favorite sport, and she likes her coaches because they “cheer me on,” Janelle said.

Janelle works part-time at a local fitness center, is a client of Avenues Supported Living, participates in Major Impact Theater, and is an active volunteer.


Jonah Stacey has been in Special Olympics (SO) for nine years. He competes in basketball, floor hockey, snow boarding and flag football.

“I love all of the coaches the same,” Jonah said. “They help me play better. SO has great sports where I can meet new friends and be with old friends too. I cherish every moment.”


Jonah is in a local week day work program.


Carson Smith, Saugus Football

Committing to play football for Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Smith finished his senior year with nine sacks, first on the team and second in Foothill League, along with 42 tackles and a team-high 12 tackles for loss. The 6-foot, 5-inch defensive end was recruited to play defense, but could dabble at tight-end for the Division 1 FCS school catching four passes, two of which were touchdowns and a two-point conversion in his final season at Saugus.

Aaronya Crosswhite, SCCS Girls’ Basketball

Crosswhite led the Santa Clarita Christian School girls’ basketball team to a 60-8 win over de Toledo High School, scoring 14 points in the rout on Monday. Playing tenacious defense, Crosswhite, along with the rest of the Cardinals, allowed the Jaguars to score just five points in the first half.

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