The senior middle linebacker played a vital role to the Sea Kings' remarkable turnaround from a year ago. One season after CdM went winless in Pacific Coast League play, the Sea Kings became unbeaten league champions and claimed the program's first outright league crown in 22 years. Risser led CdM (10-2-1, 4-0-1 in league) to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs, one game away from playing for its first section title since 1989. Risser earned the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Defensive Player of the Year and Pacific Coast League Defensive MVP awards. He finished with 110 tackles, 10 for losses, forced five fumbles, and had two sacks and two interceptions.
Corona del Mar | QB
The senior quarterback gave the up-tempo Sea Kings an aerial threat after the team's lack of a passing game the previous season. Gardner led the area with 1,635 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air. Three times this year Gardner threw three touchdown passes, including in the second-seeded Sea Kings' 35-0 victory against Anaheim in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs. He passed for a career-best 270 yards in the game and rushed for a touchdown.