The Athlete of the Week nominees for Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with the next poll and in next Tuesday’s paper. Each weekly winner will be included in an Athlete of the Month poll.
This week’s nominees
Ben Allen | Shorewood | Boys Swim & Dive
Allen, a sophomore, won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 13.01 seconds and the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.58 seconds as the Thunderbirds edged Kamiak 94-91 in a dual meet on Dec. 2. He also helped lead Shorewood’s 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to winning times.
Lilly Bates | Kamiak | Girls Wrestling
Bates, a sophomore, pinned Lakes’ Natalie Guerrero at the 3:27 mark to claim the 100-pound championship at the Yelm Girls Jump On In Tournament on Dec. 4. Bates won both of her matches at the tournament by pinfall.
Ella Gallatin | Snohomish | Girls Basketball
Gallatin, a senior, hit a bucket at the buzzer to lift the Panthers to a 59-58 win over Class 1A powerhouse Lynden Christian on Dec. 1. She finished with a game-high 23 points. Gallatin also led all scorers with 22 points in a 52-50 loss to Lincoln (Tacoma) on Dec. 4.
Elijah Johnson | Shorecrest | Boys Basketball
Johnson, a senior, scored a game-high 26 points as the Scots beat Mariner 75-69 in overtime on Dec. 3. He also netted 24 points in Shorecrest’s 79-57 win over Ferndale on Dec. 1.
Brynna Pukis | Glacier Peak | Girls Basketball
Pukis, a freshman, led all scorers with 26 points in the Grizzlies’ 55-44 victory over Enumclaw on Nov. 30.
Alec Rust | Edmonds-Woodway | Boys Wrestling
Rust, a senior, pinned Selah’s Gerald Schmidt at the 5:46 mark to secure the 182-pound title at the Edmonds Invite on Dec. 4. He finished the tournament 5-0 with all victories coming via pinfall.
Baylor Thomas | Lake Stevens | Girls Basketball
Thomas, a senior, netted a team-high 23 points in the Vikings’ 60-58 win over Port Angeles on Dec. 2. She also was one of three Vikings to reach double figures with 14 points in a 75-36 rout of King’s on Nov. 29.
Sylas Williams | Jackson | Boys Basketball
Williams, a junior, poured in 23 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 54-42 victory over Meadowdale on Dec. 3. He recorded another double-double the following day with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-70 win over Burlington-Edison.
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.