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Help us select our high school Athletes of the Week


Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys and girls Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performanc­es from March 13-19.

Polls close at 5p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you'd like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email are not counted.

Winners are announced each Friday. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschool­s@bayareanew­ We accept nomination­s until 11a.m. each Monday.

Here are the nominees:


Amirat (Temi) Aganju, Pittsburg track and field: Aganju ran the fastest time in the 300m hurdles at the Eddie Hart Invitation­al on Saturday, finishing with a personal record of 46.49, and also finished first in the 100m hurdles as well. The freshman also helped Pittsburg place first in the 4x100and 4X400event­s.

Molly Ashton, Piedmont lacrosse: The senior did it all for the Highlander­s in their 8-5Tuesday victory over College Park. Ashton scored four goals and also handed out three assists, and has totaled 11goals and four assists in five matches this season.

Elia Choe, Menlo School lacrosse: The freshman scored six goals on 10shots in a close 11-10loss to Archbishop Mitty last week. Menlo School had won its previous four games by at least nine goals each.

Riana Everetts, De Anza softball: Everetts, a sophomore, went 9-12with two home runs in three games for the El Sobrante school. She went 3-3 with a homer and three RBIs in a 21-11victory over Swett. Everetts is batting .786 on the season.

Maelys Fraisse, Fremont-Sunnyvale track and field: Fraisse ran the 100m event at a blistering pace of 12.84, which was good enough for first place and a personal record at the Garlic Classic Track Invitation­al in Gilroy. The senior was the only competitor to break the 13-second mark.

Camryn Manning-Alarcon, Leigh softball: The freshman had herself a day at the plate, going 4-4 with five RBIs, a double and a home run in a wild 11-10victory over Leland that required extra innings. Manning-Alarcon is batting .500with four doubles on the season. Hailey Martinez, Pioneer lacrosse: The junior scored four goals in Pioneer's 6-4victory over Lincoln on Tuesday. She followed that up by scoring another goal in a matchup with LIve Oak on Thursday.

Avery Motroni, Capuchino softball: The sophomore was consistent­ly excellent in four Capuchino wins across the week. Motroni had six hits, five RBIs and two home runs in victories over Presentati­on, Valley Christian, Mills and Mountain View.

Jade Orta, San Leandro softball: Orta started the week with a perfect 4-4day at the plate in a 9-2Monday win over Mission San Jose. A few days later, she scored three runs and stole a base in a victory over St. Mary's-Berkeley.

Cate Peters, Monte Vista track and field: Peters finished first in the 800 meters event at the Dublin Distance Fiesta meet, running the event in 2:11.04. The senior finished over five seconds faster than second place.

Kailani Tatro, Pinole Valley softball: The senior pitcher struck out 11SPSV batters in Pinole Valley's 10-0victory last week. On the season, Tatro has thrown all 44 innings that 8-0 Pinole Valley has played so far, with 79strikeou­ts and no runs allowed.


Hayden Burton, Oakland Tech baseball: The sophomore went 3for 5, scored three runs and stole three bases in Oakland Tech's 9-3victory over Hayward. He is batting .450on the season.

Keaton Cooper, Branham baseball: Helped lead the Bruins to three wins, finishing the week 6 for 9 with five RBIs and a home run. In a 14-3victory over Scotts Valley, he went 2 for 3 with a homer and four RBIs. Also had a walk-off hit in one of the team's two league wins over Santa Teresa. The victories improved Branham's record to 8-1.

Chris Forney, Gunderson baseball: Struck out 11 and allowed one run as the Grizzlies rolled over San Jose 6-1 in a nonleague game. The senior also had a hit in four at-bats for a team that finished the week 2-2. Jacob French, Benicia baseball: Helped Benicia win three games during the week. Went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run in a 10-4victory over American Canyon in the first game of a doublehead­er. Also struck out eight in 31/3 innings and had two doubles in a 7-1 victory over Vanden earlier in the week.

Paul Kuhner, Acalanes track and field: The junior finished first in the 400 at the San Ramon Valley Sprint and Field Festival, running a personal record 49.43. He was the only participan­t to finish with a sub-50-second time.

Derek Hoffmann, Monte Vista lacrosse: Scored three goals, including the winner in overtime, as Monte Vista defeated Acalanes 10-9. The sophomore also had two goals and an assist in a loss to Marin Academy. As a freshman last season, he was named the team's “Rookie of the Year” after contributi­ng 52 goals and 17 assists.

Desi Lopez, Dublin baseball: The junior pitched a complete-game gem as Dublin edged San Ramon Valley 1-0in East Bay Athletic League play. Lopez allowed two hits, struck out four and threw only 82pitches. He is 2-0with a 1.47ERA on the season.

Landon Pretre, Menlo School track and field: The sophomore set a school record in the 3,200 meters at the Dublin Distance Fiesta, crossing the finish line in 9:07.06. The previous record of 9:07.57 was set in 2018by Robert Miranda, now at Yale.

Nick Swartzendr­uber, Granada lacrosse: Scored five goals against Livermore, two against College Park and six against Dougherty Valley. The junior also handed out seven assists. Granada beat Livermore 12-9and Dougherty Valley 12-6and lost to College Park 9-8in overtime.

Thomas Trombatore, Bellarmine baseball: Hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Bells to a 4-3victory over Serra in West Catholic Athletic League play. Also had two hits, scored a run and knocked in a run in a 3-2 league win over Archbishop Riordan.

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