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Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

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 25-30.

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:

Alec Blair, De La Salle baseball: The junior standout went 3 for 4, scored a run and knocked in a run to lead De La Salle to a 9-4 nonleague victory over St. Francis. In two games since returning from a knee injury suffered during the basketball playoffs, Blair is batting .571.

Micah Boo, American baseball: The sophomore left-hander pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts to help lead American to an 8-1 league victory over Mission San Jose. In two games during the week at the plate, he was 3 for 8 with a double and drove in three runs.

Eric Carbajal, Christopher lacrosse: The junior scored two goals and assisted on another as Christopher rolled to a 12-3 victory over Pioneer. Carbajal ended the week with 21 goals and five assists on the season for a team that had won all six of its matches.

Connor Grant, Menlo School swimming: The senior won the 500 free in a CCS qualifying time of 4:46.52 and the 200 individual medley in 2:03.64 at the West Bay Athletic League Jamboree 3 at Sacred Heart Prep. He has won all six of his races in six different events this season, in addition to seeming legs on CCS-qualifying relays.

Ethan Khaw, Sequoia tennis: Playing at No. 1 singles, the freshman won his matches against Capuchino 6-0, 6-0 and Mills 6-3, 4-6, 10-5, leading his team to victory in both. Mills was undefeated in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Ocean Division before losing to Sequoia 4-3.

AJ Minyard, Los Gatos baseball: The senior allowed one run while pitching a no-hitter with nine strikeouts as Los Gatos cruised to a 9-1 victory over Mountain View in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division play. Los Gatos began this week 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Ollie Obenour, Leigh baseball: In his team’s two-game sweep of Willow Glen, the senior hit two doubles and knocked in four runs. He also recorded saves in both games, pitching 2 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, as first-place Leigh improved to 5-1 in Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division play.

Oliver Shrieve-Hersog, Berkeley volleyball: The senior had 13 kills on just 18 shots as Berkeley defeated Arroyo 25-17, 25-23, 25-21 in a West Alameda County Conference game. He began this week with a team-leading 108 kills.

Peter Thorn, Acalanes baseball: The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk as the Dons prevailed over Miramonte 1-0 in a nonleague game to improve to 11-0 on the season. Thorn threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes, as he lowered ERA to 0.97.

Nathan Tichy, Pioneer baseball: The senior pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts as Pioneer defeated Branham 10-2 in BVAL Mt. Hamilton play. In the two-game sweep of Branham, he went 3 for 8 at the plate with four RBIs. Pioneer ended the week 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the league.

Grady Wachob, Benicia track and field: The junior finished first in the high jump at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, clearing the bar in a North Coast Section season-best 6-5 1/4. The mark ranks 10th-best in California this season, per Athletic.net.



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