Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 20-26 as nominated by coaches, fans and readers.
Read through the nominees and cast your vote. We’ll send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of the poll! Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday.
Carter Allen, Senior, Central – Allen was critical on both sides of the ball for Central, helping the Bobcats improve to 3-0 on the season. He had more than 250 receiving yards, two touchdowns and a clutch interception to help the Bobcats defeat Sierra Linda, 30-16.
Davondre Bucannon, Senior, Chaparral – Chaparral was trailing 20-7 when it looked as if Saguaro was about to score again. After chasing the running back down nearly 60 yards, Bucannon stripped the ball in the end zone to vastly change the trajectory of the game. The Firebirds came back to win the rivalry game, 27-26.
Kaspen Colbert, Junior, Mica Mountain – Colbert helped Mica Mountain win the program’s first-ever varsity game against Coolidge on Friday with his explosive offensive performance. He had just under 160 yards on 15 carries in the 13-7 victory. (Stat Credit: Javier Morales)
Nason Coleman, Senior, Chandler – It was only his second game back on the gridiron, but his presence was felt in the win over Liberty, where his eight receptions were good for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Adam Damante, Junior, ALA-Gilbert North – ALA-Gilbert North’s coaching staff named Damante their team’s player of the week after he completed 31 of his 37 pass attempts for 400 yards and four touchdowns in the 42-6 victory over Fountain Hills.
Will Galvan, Junior, Cactus – He helped power the Cobras to their fourth straight 50-point game in the blowout over Sunrise Mountain, helping Cactus remain undefeated. (Stat Credit: Matt Loeschman)
Gabriel Grutzmacher, Senior, Mountain View (Mesa) – Grutzmacher had the play of the game against Mesa, tipping a pass before recovering it and taking it 50 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, helping Mountain View defeat Mesa 24-14 and advance to 4-0 on the season.
Grady Hickey, Senior, Chaparral – At a critical point in the game, Hickey was able to break free around the 15-yard line and take it all the way to the end zone, giving Chaparral the winning touchdown against Saguaro.
Matthew Johanson, Sophomore, Greenway – On just seven receptions, Johanson managed to rack up more than 170 yards and two touchdowns in the 32-22 rivalry win over Moon Valley.
Adryan Lara, Senior, Desert Edge – In the Scorpions’ 34-6 rout of Canyon View, Lara completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 374 yards and four touchdowns.
Jordan Legg, Junior, Dobson – The quarterback and the kicker, Legg was essential for Dobson in the game against North Canyon. Not only did he kick the winning field goal in OT, he completed 17 of his 33 pass attempts for more than 325 yards and two touchdowns.
Zeus Pinder, Sophomore, Millennium – The Tigers’ run game was on fire, led primarily by the sophomore, who accounted for more than half of the approximately 240 total rushing yards on the night in the 23-20 victory over Mountain View Marana.
Sinjin Schmitt, Junior, Boulder Creek – In the Jaguars’ 56-42 rout of the Higley Knights, Schmitt had five touchdowns as he helped the offense find a way to overpower Higley in the fourth quarter. (Stat Credit: Cody Cameron)
CJ Tiller, Junior, Williams Field – Tiller threw all three touchdown passes in the 21-0 rout of Campo Verde, one being a 29-yard pass to senior Lasjwan Hunter to help the Blackhawks power past the Coyotes.
EJ Warner, Senior, Brophy – Warner had another phenomenal week, completing 20 of his 32 passes for 175 yards to help power Brophy to a 20-7 win over Notre Dame Prep in the Holy Bowl.
Miya Alvarado, Senior, Florence – Leading the team in kills and digs, she had 18 and 11, respectively, along with two aces and two blocks to help Florence defeat San Tan Foothills 3-0 on Tuesday.
Sydnee Broadway, Senior, Sandra Day O’Connor – In a five-set battle against Liberty on Tuesday, Broadway led the Eagles in kills and digs, with 15 and 18, respectively, to help them defeat the Lions 3-2.
Kylie Davey, Senior, Liberty – Davis had a strong overall performance Thursday against Pinnacle, tallying 11 kills, 10 digs, eight aces and one block to help the team to a 3-0 victory.
Eryn Jones, Junior, Millennium – Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Gilbert was largely due to Jones’ performance. Her game-leading 25 kills were good for a new personal record, and she also nabbed 14 digs and two blocks in the win.
Kayda Lewis, Junior, Mica Mountain – Lewis helped the Bolts to a 3-1 victory over Sunnyside on Monday with 24 digs, 11 kills, a block and an ace.
Alina Nunez, Junior, Canyon del Oro – With 19 kills and 16 digs, Nunez led the team in both areas, while also picking up three blocks and an ace as the Dorados cruised to a 3-0 victory over Rincon/University.
Emma Orndorf, Senior, Marcos de Niza – Her all-around performance on the court Monday night helped lift Marcos de Niza to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Coconino. She had 28 digs, 12 kills and two blocks on the night.
Emma Reardon, Senior, Thunderbird – In Thunderbird’s 3-0 sweep of Moon Valley on Monday, Reardon led the charge with 19 kills. She also had 13 digs and five aces.
Lauren Rumel, Senior, Catalina Foothills – It was an outstanding week for Rumel, who opened with a big night Monday. She helped lift Catalina Foothills to a 3-0 victory over Rincon/University with 21 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and an ace. On Wednesday, she had another outstanding performance against Sahuaro with 25 kills, nine digs, two aces and two blocks to help Catalina Foothills to victory.
Emma Soderstrom, Senior, Xavier College Prep – Soderstrom is back on the list again this week for her performance in Xavier’s 3-1 victory over Chandler on Thursday, when she had 19 kills, 17 digs and two aces.
Naia Stewart, Senior, Gilbert – Gilbert was able to defeat Ironwood Tuesday 3-1, highlighted by a strong all-around performance by Stewart. She had 16 digs, 15 kills, two aces and two blocks.
Tiffany Tellez, Senior, Xavier College Prep – Tellez was one of the team’s star performers in the 3-0 rout of Basha on Tuesday. She had 14 kills and 14 digs to help lead the Gators to an easy victory.
Tyler Evans, Senior, Basha – With a remarkable 5000m time of 16:14.00, Evans placed second at the Desert Twilight XC Festival in the Boys Varsity Large School division.
Terrance Keyes, Senior, Gilbert – Setting a new personal record over the weekend, Keyes clocked in at 15:09.00 at the Desert Twilight XC festival.
Brenden Lines, Junior, Highland – Lines had a successful weekend at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, where he took first in the Boys Large School Open race with a time of 17:00.00.
Logan Marek, Senior, Ironwood Ridge – Competing in the Boys Sweepstakes race over the weekend at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, Marek was the top finisher from Arizona, coming in seventh with a time of 15:05.80, also setting a personal record.
Bryson Nielson, Freshman, Eastmark – At the Desert Twilight XC Festival over the weekend, Nielsen took home the gold for the Freshman Large School division, finishing with a time of 17:55.00.
Rustin Palmer, Freshman, Red Mountain – Palmer finished first in the Freshman Large School division at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, clocking in with a time of 18:25.00.
Isabel Brady, Junior, Arizona College Prep – Finishing the Girls Varsity Small School race at the Desert Twilight XC Festival with a time of 19:40.00, Brady was able to nab fourth place.
Sara Garmon, Freshman, Ironwood Ridge – Garmon completed the Girls Varsity Large School race at the Desert Twilight XC Festival with a time of 20:26.00 to take home sixth place, the best finish by an Arizona competitor.
Mia Hall, Junior, Flagstaff – Setting a personal record at the Desert Twilight XC Festival over the weekend, Hall came in with a time of 17:22.50.
Lauren Ping, Junior, Desert Vista – Competing in the Girls Sweepstakes race over the weekend at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, Ping was the top finisher with a time of 16:40.40.
Olivia Scroggins, Freshman, Shadow Ridge – Scroggins took home gold at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, finishing the Girls Freshman Large School race in 21:59.00.
Kathryn Sewell, Junior, Highland – In the Girls Large School Open race at the Desert Twilight Classic, Sewell was able to take home the bronze against some tough out-of-state competition, finishing the race in 19:38.00.