The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 6-12. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with next week’s poll and in Tuesday, Sept. 21’s paper. Each weekly winner will be included in an Athlete of the Month poll.
Last week’s winner
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 Herald’s Athlete of the Week poll for Aug. 30-Sept. 4 by claiming 706 (40.9%) of the 1,726 votes.
This week’s nominees
Damien Bagley | Mariner | Football
Bagley, a junior, went 8-of-15 for 125 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning 35-yard scoring connection with Brandon Rutledge with just 28 second remaining in regulation, in the Marauders’ 28-21 win over Cascade on Sept. 10. The dual-threat QB also led Mariner with 157 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Ellie Bassett | Granite Falls | Girls cross country
Bassett, a senior, won the 3,000-meter race at the seven-team Emerald Sound Conference Preview race at South Whidbey High School on Sept. 9. She finished the race in 11 minutes, 43.58 seconds.
Dylan Carson | Marysville Pilchuck | Football
Carson, a senior, churned out 316 yards and five touchdowns on the ground while averaging 15.8 yards per carry in the Tomahawks’ 49-14 win over Stanwood on Sept. 10.
Aiden Emerson | Arlington | Boys cross country
Emerson, a senior, posted the fastest two-mile time at the 32-team Sehome Invite at Civic Field on Sept. 11. He finished the race in 10 minutes, 1.67 seconds.
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.
River Lien | Glacier Peak | Football
Lien, a junior, piled up six touchdowns and 361 yards through the air in the Grizzlies’ 50-21 win over Monroe on Sept. 10. He completed 17 of 29 passes and added 25 rushing yards on two carries.
Sarah McArthur | Lynnwood | Volleyball
McArthur, a junior, posted seven kills and eight digs in the Royals’ five-set victory over Nathan Hale on Sept. 7 and 13 kills, 14 digs and two aces in a five-set win over Inglemoor on Sept. 9.
Sara Rodgers | Snohomish | Girls soccer
Rodgers, a junior, netted three goals in the Panthers’ 6-0 win over Marysville Getchell on Sept. 9. Rodgers also notched a goal in Snohomish’s 3-0 win over Stanwood on Sept. 11.
Henry Sheffield and Connor Vana | Shorewood | Boys tennis
Sheffield, a senior, and Vana, a senior, teamed up to go 3-o in their doubles matches this week while helping lead the Thunderbirds to a 3-0 start. The senior tandem’s perfect week was highlighted by 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory in the No. 3 doubles match that gave Shorewood the deciding point in a 4-3 win over North Creek on Sept. 10.
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