The Athlete of the Week nominees for Jan. 23-29. 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
Keaton Mayernik | Stanwood | Boys Wrestling
Mayernik, a senior, won the 132-pound title at the Lynden Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 21. He picked up three pins before beating Lynden’s Connor Holgate, a 2022 2A state qualifier at 138 pounds, by a 20-5 major decision in the title bout. Mayernik won The Herald’s Athlete of the Week voting for Jan. 16-22 by claiming 1,234 (35.5%) of 3,473 votes.
This week’s nominees
Tsuyoshi Kameda | Kamiak | Boys Swim & Dive
Kameda, a senior, picked up a pair of individual victories twice while helping the Knights to a 2-0 week. He won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 56.72 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (55.35 seconds) against Edmonds-Woodway on Jan. 24. He also won the 50 freestyle (25.26 seconds) and 100 butterfly (56.18 seconds) against Mountlake Terrace on Jan. 26. Kameda was a member of two victorious relay squads at each meet.
Trevor Laymance | Granite Falls | Boys Wrestling
Laymance, a sophomore, earned a 7-6 decision of South Whidbey’s Cole Thorsen, ranked fifth in Class 1A at 145 pounds by Washington Wrestling Report, to claim the 145-pound title at the Emerald Sound Conference Tournament on Jan. 28. He scored victories by pin in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Kylani Rookstool | Glacier Peak | Girls Basketball
Rookstool, a senior, posted 29 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Grizzlies’ 70-45 victory over Jackson on Jan. 26.
Lily Smith | Cedarcrest | Girls Wrestling
Smith, a junior, secured four straight pins on her way to claiming the 115-pound title at the Lady Knights Invitational on Jan. 28.
Toby Trichler | Sultan | Boys Basketball
Trichler, a junior, scored 30 points or more in three straight games to lead the Turks to a 3-0 week. He netted 32 points in Sultan’s 78-50 win over Bush on Jan. 24, 30 points in a key 67-56 victory over Eastside Prep on Jan. 26, and 31 in a 74-64 besting of Summit Sierra on Jan. 27.
Jenna Villa | Arlington | Girls Basketball
Villa, a senior, scored 19 of her team’s 21 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 29 points in the Eagles’ 58-50 win over rival Stanwood on Jan. 25. She also scored a game-high 29 points as Arlington beat Everett 61-50 on Jan. 27. Villa connected on five 3-pointers in each contest.
David Zachman | Arlington | Boys Basketball
Zachman, a senior, poured in 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Eagles’ 69-49 victory over rival Stanwood on Jan. 24.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations for each week must be received by noon on Monday.
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