Athletes of the Year: Porter, Hunt earn top honors

The Daily News Athlete of the Year award is our way of honoring the multi-sport athlete. And no two athletes earned it more this past calendar year than La Habra’s Aaron Porter and Whittier Christian’s Kellian Hunt. Both won two area player of the year awards.

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

In the age of specialization, La Habra High School’s Aaron Porter and Whittier Christian’s Kellian Hunt are rarities.
But this twosome does more than just play multiple sports. They do it very well.
For their efforts Porter, who was the area’s Player of the Year in football and baseball, and Hunt, the cross country Runner of the Year and track Athlete of the Year, are The Daily News 2011-12 Athletes of the Year.
“I’ve really done it my whole life,” Porter said of playing multiple sports. “There’s really nothing new.
“I’ve spent a little bit more in football. I wish I could have spent the same time in baseball. I definitely like football more. But they complement each other.”
Porter’s school year began with football. He led the Highlanders to the school’s seventh Freeway League title and earned CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division Player of the Year and area Player of the Year honors.
The versatile senior rushed for 865 yards and 17 touchdowns and had eight sacks and 23 tackles for a loss as a linebacker. Porter concluded his career with a school-record 388 tackles and 26 sacks.
His baseball season was almost as effective. Porter led the area with 34 RBIs and hit .489. He also had eight home runs to help the Highlanders win their first Freeway League crown since 2004 and advance to the CIF-SS Division 4 second round.
“I had a lot of good memories (at La Habra), great times with each team,” he said. “I loved playing with these guys and I’m going to miss them a lot. But I have no regrets.”
Porter, regarded as one of the top linebackers in the state, is expected to play multiple sports at UCLA. He signed with the Bruins in February.
“I think it’s going to be a challenge,” he said. “I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes. I’m ready to get after it.”
Hunt dominated the area in cross country in the fall and was the area’s top distance runner in track .
“I think it’s a good end to the last four years,” Hunt said. “I’ve had some real good races and memories. I’m really pleased with it.”
The senior finished her cross country season with her third consecutive trip to the CIF State championships after placing third in CIF-SS Division 4 with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds. She then followed with a 17:58 to finish fourth in Division 4 at the state meet.
“It was easier (this season) in a sense in that I knew what I was doing,” Hunt said of her performance in the fall. “It’s my senior year, so I knew it will be my third time there.
“I was ready for it. I knew the process and how the day worked. But there also was some pressure. I knew it was my last year, and I wanted to do well.”
She felt the same in track and came through with a pair of runner-up finishes. At the CIF-SS Division 4 championships in May, she was second in the 1,600 meters (5:04.19) and 3,200 (11:15.90).
She now will take her act to Biola University.
“I was really happy with the entire year,” Hunt said. “It went really well. We had a good finish to it. I was really happy with my time.
“My goal was pretty much to beat (my) previous best and let the places take care of themselves. I’m happy with the results and the season.”

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  • Joey Davis sr

    Great pick but it’s hard to argue with 4x state qualifier4xdrl champion3xwdn wrestler of the year 3x CIf champion an should be 4 still pending litigation from horrible officials call 3x state finalist2x state champion 2x national champion #1 ranked kid in the state and nation all individually an MVP of both football an wrestling an santafe high athlete of the year I’m just saying that Anit bad either

    • joey davis sr

      it,s funny how things work out everyone knew all though a great kid an no knock on him he was never ranked higher then my son never went further an Aaron Porter lost in both football an baseball his sr year the year he won athlete of the year while my son hadn’t lost in over 3 years an went on to win NCAA yet no mention in your paper everyone knew but was scared to tell the truth Porter was not athlete of the year but this paper gave it to him anyway to say this paper is horrible would be too kind but good luck in the future

  • Steve Ramirez

    No doubt Mr. Davis. I love Joey Jr. as an athlete. Best pure wrestler I’ve seen in my 20-plus years covering the sport. And he was a great football player too. It was a hard decision, but I went with Aaron Porter. Joey is definitely runner-up.

  • Sincerely

    Kellian Hunt should have HUNTED a little more to find a shirt that spells the school name correctly. My vote for worst shirt maker of the year goes to whoever botched this item. This misspelling will probably forever be the topic of conversation when friends and family see the photo. I agree about Joey Davis being a very strong candidate in this category, and besides, his shirt would likely have the words done right.

  • Phil Shipley

    When I first read these picks I have to admit that JD’s name came to the forefront of my mind. But in reality where is he going next year???? Porter is going to UCLA to play both sports while Davis isn’t even going to a D1 wrestling powerhouse let alone a nationally known dual sport D1 school. Wrestler of the year, heck ya but Athlete of the Year? Have to go with Porter as did UCLA’s recruiters.

    Kellian Hunt should have HUNTED a little more to find a shirt that spells the school name correctly. LMAO!!!!

  • Ant Dog!

    I’ve held my opinion long enough, what school someone is going to does not make him an athlete of the year, Porter is a heck of an athlete and a stud! But winning a del rio league, masters, state and a National championship is second to none oh and wait he did this back to back! And we all know who I’m talking about! The last time I checked Notre Dame College is a returning National Championship team, why would anyone say one school is better then the other?When any kid makes it and gets any type of scholarship that is Awsome, oh and NDC is a private Catholic College I guess believing in Jesus is a knock also!
    Ice Man rules!

  • Phil Shipley

    I got this from NDC’s website “Being approved for a provisional year advances Falcon athletic programs one step closer to becoming a full-fledged NCAA Division II member in time for the 2012-13 academic year.” So that being said would you really pit them agains the likes of Penn State, Minnesota or Iowa? SO some schools are better that other. Im sure they are kings of thier own fishbowl but thats about it. Just like SF is in the DRL, domant for years and nothing to show for it but 1 finals appearance. So what JD did he was award wrestler of the year, and good ole dad should be happy with that because Porter will be competing against powerhouses like USC, Nebraska as well as many other ESTABLISHED D1 schools in dual sports.

  • phil shipley you should think before you speak