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Welcome to a continuing tradition at SBLive California – honoring the male and female athletes of the year in every CIF Section.

Because the SBLive crew gets so immersed in specific sports seasons, it is nice to take a step back to pick a Section honor on a broader scale.

The criteria isn’t too expansive: The starting point is finding athletes who are all-league/all-state performers. Totality of career is also a factor. So is administrator/coach/fan recommendation.

Enjoy as we honor some of California's top athletes!


In an era of sport specialization, Jadyn Marshall is a beautiful exception.

Marshall, who just finished his junior year at St. Mary's in Stockton, recently committed to UCLA for football. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he is an explosive wide receiver with great hands. In a 35-27 loss to nationally-ranked De La Salle in March he caught seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

But he was just getting started.

In a compressed high school sports year, Marshall went from the football field to the basketball court to the track over the span of four months, turning heads at every stop.

Marshall started on the St. Mary's basketball team, while competing in track and field at the same time. At the Arcadia Invitational in early May he posted the best time in the state this season in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-legal mark of 13.76. He went on to post the second-best time in the state in the 300-meter hurdles.

For his remarkable performance in 2021, Marshall is SBLive's Sac-Joaquin Section Male Athlete of the Year.

"I'm never complacent with anything," Marshall said. "I don't like to be No. 2 or No. 3."


School: St. Mary's (Stockton).

Sports: Football, Basketball and Track & Field.

Next step: Marshall, a junior, is committed to play football at UCLA.

Season highlights: Three-sport standout, finished with the number two times in the state in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, committed to UCLA football on June 21.

School/community achievements: 3.2 GPA