Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Jan. 2-8

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Jan. 2-8. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with the next poll and in next Tuesday’s edition of The Herald.

Last week’s winner

Aniya Hooker | Lynnwood | Girls Basketball

Hooker, a junior, poured in a game-high 23 points in the Royals’ 63-45 win over Ballard on Dec. 28. She also led Lynnwood with 17 points in its 60-44 victory over Kamiak on Dec. 30. She won The Herald’s Athlete of the Week voting for Dec. 19-31 by claiming 393 (33.4%) of 1,178 votes.

Lynnwood’s Aniya Hooker during a game against Everett on Dec. 15, 2022, in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lynnwood’s Aniya Hooker during a game against Everett on Dec. 15, 2022, in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This week’s nominees

Dustin Baxter | Arlington | Boys Wrestling

Baxter, a junior, won five matches, including two via pinfall, on his way to earning the 152-pound title at the Everett Classic on Jan. 7. Baxter beat White River’s Caleb Dale, who finished fourth at state in Class 2A at 145 pounds last season, by a 7-0 decision in the title match.

Vivienne Berrett | Stanwood | Girls Basketball

Berrett, a senior, averaged 23.5 points while helping the Spartans to a 2-0 week. She led Stanwood with 25 points in its 65-33 win over Shorewood on Jan. 5, and netted a team-high 22 points in the Spartans’ 84-49 win over Monroe on Jan. 7.

Tyson Eyman | Lake Stevens | Boys Basketball

Eyman, a senior, connected on two field goals in the final 12.8 seconds, including the go-ahead score with 9.5 seconds remaining, to push the Vikings to a 63-62 win over Glacier Peak in Wesco 4A play on Jan. 7. He finished with a game-high 23 points. Eyman also led Lake Stevens with 22 points in an 83-70 victory over Kamiak on Jan. 4. He averaged five rebounds and shot 58.6% from the field, including 58.3% from 3-point range, over the two victories.

Torsten Hokanson | Snohomish | Boys Swim & Dive

Hokanson, a sophomore, won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during a meet with Glacier Peak and Everett on Jan. 5. He swam the 50 freestyle in 22.51 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 55.49 seconds. He also helped the Panthers’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to victories.

Jailin Johnson | Mariner | Boys Basketball

Johnson, a senior, made a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to lift the Marauders to a 74-73 victory over Jackson in a battle of Wesco 4A contenders on Jan. 4. He finished with a game-high 32 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

Mishele Ross | Jackson | Girls Bowling

Ross, a senior, bowled a season-best 163 game to lead the Timberwolves to a 3-0 sweep of Everett on Jan. 5.

Alivia White | Marysville Pilchuck | Girls Wrestling

White, a senior, scored pins in all five of her matches on her way to claiming the 190-pound title at the Kelso Girls Tournament on Dec. 6-7. She pinned four of her opponents in the first round, including beating Silas’ Tru Willis 44 seconds into the championship bout.

Note: The Herald’s Athlete of the Week nominees are chosen based off stats reported to the newspaper, recommendations from coaches and first-hand observations. Stats from games and recommendations for nominees can be sent to sports@heraldnet.com. Nominations for each week must be received by noon on Monday.

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