Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 16-22 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Friday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.
WEEK 1 WINNER: JACOB CISNEROS, BOULDER CREEK
WEEK 2 WINNER: RJ KEETON, CASA GRANDE
WEEK 3 WINNER: JAYDEN RITTENBACH, PUSCH RIDGE CHRISTIAN
WEEK 4 WINNER: JARED WILLIAMS, CHAPARRAL
WEEK 5 WINNER: ANYALE VALAZQUEZ, CORONA DEL SOL
WEEK 6 WINNER: WYATT OGLE, SANTA CRUZ VALLEY
WEEK 7 WINNER: DEVIN BROWN, QUEEN CREEK
WEEK 8 NOMINEES:
Mikey Keene, Chandler QB: Keene threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, two going to Kyion Grayes, in a 34-14 win over rival Hamilton.
Hank Pepper, Chandler LB: Pepper had 10 tackles — two for loss — to lead the Wolves defense in the win over rival Hamilton.
Isaac Yates, Shadow Ridge WR/DB: Yates took over for Shadow Ridge in a 21-16 nail-biter over Valley Vista, finishing with three receiving touchdowns and an interception.
Devon Black, Yuma Catholic WR/RB: Black went for three total touchdowns and registered substantial yardage both through the air and on the ground in a 49-0 rout of Bourgade Catholic.
Richard Stallworth, Yuma Catholic QB: Stallworth threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.
Jordan Middleton, Hamilton OH: Middleton had 20 kills and hit a phenomenal .429 against Perry in the 6A volleyball championship match to help the Huskies win their first state title.
Mario Martinez, Yuma Catholic DB: Martinez led the Shamrocks defense with three interceptions in the shutout.
Kevin Sawitzke, Mountain Pointe TE: Sawitzke caught three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Desert Vista.
Kavaughn Clark, Centennial RB: Clark ran for three touchdowns and 223 yards in a 34-24 comeback win over rival Liberty.
Mark Wren, Thatcher RB: Wren carried the ball 25 times for 253 yards with 3 TDs and a 2 point conversion in a 27-22 playoff win over Arizona College Prep.
Eryn Jones, Millennium OH: Jones had 16 kills and two aces in the 5A volleyball final to help the Tigers sweep Cactus Shadows.
Easton Webster, American Leadership Academy – Gilbert North RB: Webster ran for two touchdowns and caught a third in a 35-8 victory over Safford.
Howard Russell, Phoenix Christian RB: Russell had a receiving touchdown in the first quarter followed by six rushing touchdowns in a 56-27 victory over River Valley.
Trey Reynolds, Queen Creek RB/LB: Reynolds helped lead Queen Creek to a fourth-quarter comeback and a 27-17 victory over Desert Ridge with three rushing touchdowns and strong play on defense.
Jeryll McIntosh, Desert Edge RB: McIntosh rushed for three touchdowns in the first half of a 48-18 win over Verrado.
Adryan Lara, Desert Edge QB: Lara had four touchdown passes, two to Andrew Patterson.
Kaden Cloud, Williams Field RB: Cloud ran for 165 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 41-0 blowout of Goldwater.
Jacob Cisneros, Boulder Creek RB: Cisneros ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-3 win over Sunnyslope. He also led the Jaguars in receiving yards with 50.
Brandy Kishbaugh, Salpointe Catholic S: The senior setter had 44 assists in the 4A volleyball final as the Lancers outlasted Notre Dame Prep in five sets.
Quade Swearingen, Corona del Sol QB: Thanks in large part to two rushing touchdowns and one passing by Swearingen in a 28-7 defensive battle with Mountain View (Mesa), Corona del Sol achieved its first undefeated regular season.
Jake Schmitt, Corona del Sol LB/TE: Schmitt led Corona del Sol’s elite defensive effort with eight tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had two catches for 36 yards.
Derek Sanchez, Sabino WR: Sanchez had three touchdown catches in a 61-7 crushing of Empire.
Max Davis, Highland RB: Davis erupted for 247 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a 33-22 win against Higley.
Colby Littleton, Queen Creek LB: Queen Creek received major contributions from numerous defensive players in a 27-17 win over Desert Ridge. Littleton recorded 14 tackles (one for loss) and an interception that he returned 26 yards.
Trey Reynolds, Queen Creek LB: Reynolds led the Bulldogs with 15 tackles and intercepted a pass that he returned 51 yards.
Aidan Wizner, Queen Creek DE: Wizner had 11 tackles (one for loss), a sack, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
Dane Christensen, Casteel QB: Christensen passed for all three of Casteel’s touchdowns in a 20-19 defensive duel over Red Mountain. He threw for 170 yards on an eye-opening 78.1% completion (25 of 32) and ran for 35 yards.
Brayten Silbor, Chaparral QB: Silbor guided Chaparral to a 52-10 rout of Pinnacle with 401 yards and five touchdowns passing.
Max Minor, Chaparral WR: Minor went for 173 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
McKenzie Wise, Northwest Christian OH: The Crusaders swept Valley Christian in the 3A volleyball championship match thanks in large part to Wise’s 16 kills.
Brandon Craddock, O’Connor LB: Craddock led the Eagles with 14 tackles and four tackles for loss in a 31-3 victory over Mountain Ridge.
Andrell Barney, Basha WR: Barney caught three touchdowns and went over 100 yards receiving in a 28-21 win against Perry.
Caleb Jones, Basha RB: Jones ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts.