The Mercury News Weekend

Here are our boys and girls Athletes of Week


Menlo School basketball player Ruiqi Liu is the Bay Area News Group's girls high school athlete of the week and Salesian basketball player Amani Johnson is the boys athlete of the week for Feb. 27-March 4.

In the girls poll, Liu received 36.55% of the vote, finishing ahead of Jhai Johnson (31.76%) . Harker lacrosse player Kyra Hawk finished third.

Liu, a sophomore guard, scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in two games. The Knights advanced to the NorCal Division IV final after victories over Hillsdale and Summit Shasta. Liu and the team came within three points of advancing to the state final.

In the boys poll, Johnson received 52.71% of the vote, finishing ahead of Archbishop Mitty baseball player Monty Sunderland (17.29%). Leland track and field athlete Ryan Teeple was third.

Johnson, a junior, was 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with 14 points to help propel Salesian to an 81-51 victory over San Ramon Valley in the semifinals of the NorCal Division I regional. He also had 14 points in a 64-39 win over University­San Francisco in the quarterfin­als.

To nominate an athlete for next week's poll, email highschool­s@bayareanew­ by Monday at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results.

Votes by email do not count. Only votes submitted through the online poll on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites will count.

Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites, and in the print edition of the Mercury News and EB Times sports sections.

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