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Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

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Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.


Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from March 18-23.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Noah Hanohano, Newark Memorial baseball: The junior pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and doubled and drove in two to lead Newark Memorial to an 11-0 rout of Mission San Jose in a Mission Valley Athletic League game. Also had two doubles and three RBIs in a 9-3 win over MSJ earlier in the week.

Luka Knezevic, Branham baseball: The sophomore struck out eight while scattering nine hits in a complete-game effort, leading the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over Live Oak to complete a two-game series sweep in Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division play. Branham improved to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Ben Ledwith, Live Oak golf and lacrosse: The scholar athlete (4.7 GPA) helped Live Oak’s golf team to two victories over Leigh and scored five goals and had three assists in an 18-3 lacrosse win over Leland. He also had three assists in a 15-2 lacrosse victory over Pioneer.

Grant Morgenfeld, Palo Alto track and field: The senior ran a Central Coast Section-leading time of 8:50.95 to finish first at the Azusa Meet of Champions on Saturday.

Tony Pucci, Northgate lacrosse: In victories over Amador Valley 8-3 and Petaluma 15-2, he won 27 of 33 faceoffs, scored twice and had a team-best 16 groundballs. Northgate improved to 8-1 on the season.



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