Kim Taylor, a 17-year-old San Fernando Valley native and senior at Chaminade High School, is our athlete for February. Kim was nominated by Maccabi games coaches Kobi Goren and Phil Bendenson, and with good reason.
Taylor is leading Chaminade's soccer team toward a state championship this season and currently holds the school records for all-time points leader, all-time assist leader, most goals in a game (5) and most career hat tricks (5), as well as making First Team All CIF last year as a junior. Furthermore, Kim was offensive player of the year for Chaminade in 1999 and 2000 as well as rookie of the year in 1998. This week her 9-0 team plays Harvard-Westlake, which is 8-1, for the local CIF championship; a tense rivalry was sure to make the game interesting. Even if they lose, they tie Harvard-Westlake for first place.
Taylor has traveled all over the country and has won gold medals with the Maccabi women's soccer team. She also carpools twice a week from the Valley to play for the North Huntington Beach Magic. Taylor has won California state championships with the Magic and was last year's Mission League Offensive Player of the Year.
As well as being a great soccer player, Taylor is also a member of the Southern California State Olympic Development Program, and on top of everything, she maintains a 3.8 grade point average. It's no wonder she was given an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington.