The Athlete of the Week nominees for May 23-29. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with the next poll and in next Tuesday’s paper.
Last week’s winner
Ashlyee Bloch | Cascade | Softball
Bloch, a junior, blasted a walk-off grand slam to help Cascade clinch a state tournament berth in a 14-12 victory over Arlington in the Class 3A District 1 tournament semifinals on May 17. She finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBI. Bloch added a three-run double and a solo home run in the Bruins’ 14-7 win over Snohomish in the district title game on May 19. Bloch won The Herald’s Athlete of the Week voting for May 16-22 by claiming 676 (40.8%) of 1,657 votes.
This week’s nominees
Aiden Emerson | Arlington | Boys Track & Field
Emerson, a senior, won a state title in the Class 3A boys 800 meters at the state track and field championships May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School. He finished the race in 1 minute, 52.78 seconds. Emerson also took second in the 1600 two days earlier, finishing a mere two-hundredths of a second off the winning pace with a time of 4:07.67.
Morgan Epperson | Marysville Getchell | Softball
Epperson, a senior, tossed a one-hitter as the Chargers beat Eastside Catholic 8-2 in a Class 3A state tournament game May 27. Epperson struck out 10 batters and walked three. She also allowed just three hits in Marysville Getchell’s 2-0 loss to top-seeded Walla Walla later in the day.
Tresley Love | Meadowdale | Girls Track & Field
Love, a junior, won a state title in the Class 3A girls 400 meters at the state track and field championships May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School. She finished the race in 57.00 seconds.
Henry Park | Jackson | Boys Tennis
Park, a sophomore, took second place in the Class 4A boys state tennis tournament. Park won three of his four matches at the tournament in straight sets and helped the Timberwolves claim a state team title.
Relay Teams | Lake Stevens | Boys Track & Field
The Vikings 4×100- and 4×400-meter relay teams raced to a pair of Class 4A state titles during the state track and field championships May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School. The 4×100 team (Grant Buckmiller, Hamid Sylla, Quinton Berry, Trayce Hanks) ran a winning time of 42.51 seconds and the 4×400 team (Buckmiller, Kaden Chidester, Sylla, Hanks) won in 3 minutes, 20.69 seconds.
Gilana Wollman | Shorewood | Girls Track & Field
Wollman, a senior, brought home three top-three medals from the Class 3A girls portion of the state track and field championships May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School. Wollman finished second in 100 meters (12.18 seconds) and third in the 200 (25.59) and long jump (17 feet, 1.25 inches).
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