Below are the candidates for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Month for September. They were the winners of the five athlete of the week polls during the month. The balloting for the athlete of the month closes at midnight Monday.
Elyse Baker | Lake Stevens | Girls soccer
Baker, a senior, recorded a hat trick in the Vikings’ season opening 5-1 victory over Lincoln (Seattle) on Sept. 4. She won the athlete of the week poll for Aug. 30-Sept. 4 by claiming 706 (40.9%) of the 1,726 votes.
Wesley Garrett | Kamiak | Football
Garrett, a senior, needed just eight touches to produce 230 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in the Knights’ 48-6 rout of Shorewood on Sept. 10. He had four carries for 124 yards and one TD and four receptions for 106 yards two scores. Garrett the athlete of the week poll for Sept. 6-12 by claiming 522 (31.3%) of 1,666 votes.
Gaylan Gray | Marysville Pilchuck | Football
Gray, a junior, need just four carries to rack up 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Tomahawks’ 49-14 win over Glacier Peak on Sept. 24. He also returned an interception 39 yards for a score. Gray won the athlete of the week poll for Sept. 20-26 by claiming 599 (25%) of 2,392 votes.
Riley Hoople | Granite Falls | Football
Hoople, a senior, had a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the Tigers’ 48-0 win over rival Sultan on Oct. 1. He finished with 61 yards passing, 77 rushing and 15 receiving. He won the athlete of the week poll for Sept. 27-Oct. 3 by claiming 362 (31.2%) of 1,162 votes.
Sophia Ryu | Kamiak | Girls swim and dive
Ryu, a senior, swam first-place times of 2 minutes, 16.89 seconds in 200-yard individual medley and 1:08.39 in the 100 breaststroke in a three-team meet with Snohomish and Glacier Peak on Sept. 16. She also was a member of Kamiak’s victorious 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. On Sept. 14, she the swam a winning time of 1:02.24 in the 100 butterfly and helped lead the Knights’ 200 medley relay team to victory against Mead. She won the athlete of the week poll for Sept. 13-19 by claiming 563 (26.7%) of 2,109 votes.