Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Dec. 7-13 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 11 NOMINEES:
Ty Thompson, Mesquite QB: Thompson led Mesquite to its second consecutive 4A state title, finishing his final high school game with 340 yards and three touchdowns through the air (completing 25 of 35 passes) and two touchdowns and 106 yards rushing.
Eric Lira, Mesquite WR: Lira was dominant in the Wildcats’ 4A final victory, racking up 258 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Hunter Ogle, Santa Cruz Valley RB: Ogle ran for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Benson in the 2A title game.
Terren Green, Snowflake RB: Green rushed for three touchdowns and more than 200 yards in a 38-14 victory against Yuma Catholic in the 3A final.
Eli Sanders, Chandler RB: Sanders ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-21 Open Division championship-clinching victory against Hamilton, including an 80-yarder on Chandler’s first snap of the game.
Tommy Arnold, Sunrise Mountain RB: Arnold rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Ironwood. Julian Esber ran for 140 yards and two scores en route to the Mustangs’ 5A title-clinching win against an Eagles team that defeated Sunrise Mountain earlier in the season.
Anthony Lucas, Chaparral DL: Lucas and Chaparral’s front seven led the way in a defensive duel against Highland that resulted in a 24-14 6A final victory. Lucas, a 4-star recruit, had two sacks.
Kyler Orr, Chandler LB: Orr came up with a huge interception in the fourth quarter of Chandler’s 23-21 Open Division win over Hamilton. He returned the pick to the one-yard line, and Chandler scored on the next play.
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 WINNER: MAX MINOR, CHAPARRAL
WEEK 9 WINNER: AKI PULU, CACTUS
WEEK 10 WINNER: STEVE CALVIN, SANTA CRUZ