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One of many cogs for Tologs

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Katie Johnson was the primary goal scorer for the CIF Southern Section Division I champs.

August 09, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart's Katie Johnson drives with the ball against St. Margaret's in the CIF Southern California Regional semifinals in March.
Flintridge Sacred Heart's Katie Johnson drives… (Tim Berger, Glendale…)

The top-10 female high school athletes of the year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2-10. See the Aug. 17 edition for the Female Athlete of the Year.

2 — Katie Johnson, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer, junior

Plenty of players assembled impressive seasons to make the 2011 Flintridge Sacred Heart soccer season the best in school history. Johnson had a hand — or foot — to play in the Tologs' dominant run to the CIF Southern Section Division I championship, establishing herself as the team's most dangerous and reliable offensive threat.

The Mission League MVP scored 23 goals and notched 12 assists (a career high) for a total of 58 points, which were all team bests for Sacred Heart. She also set league highs in goals (10), assists (four) and points (24), while leading the Tologs' offense in the postseason with four goals and four assists.

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Johnson's impressive junior campaign led to her being selected to the All-CIF first team for the second straight year, the ESPN Rise All-State list and drew interest from USC, which is where she's committed to after she graduates.

"The impact that Katie had for us is immeasurable on offense," said Sacred Heart Coach Frank Pace. "One tribute to Katie is the big jump in her assists. ...[She had] assists in some huge games.

"She really filled out her offensive game from just a pure scorer to someone who also created opportunities for her teammates."

3 — Erin Ashby, Crescenta Valley softball, senior

Whether she was at the plate or in the circle, Ashby's done a bit of everything for the Falcons over the past few years. She hauled in All-CIF Southern Section Division III first-team, Pacific League MVP honors and her second-consecutive All-Area Softball Player of the Year title after outperforming the opposition, both pitchers and batters.

The senior hit .636, scored 47 times, drove in 43 runs and bashed 10 home runs. The right-hander also went 15-3, posted a 2.02 earned-run average and struck out 124 batters in 97 innings for Crescenta Valley.

Ashby playing both ways for CV had a big part to play in the Falcons capturing a share of the Pacific League crown with Burroughs this year. Crescenta Valley also made an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.

"She got a lot done pitching and with the bat," said Falcons Coach Dan Berry of Ashby, who's headed to Stanford. "She once again proved to be an outstanding leader for us."

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