Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for May 10-16 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 on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
THIS WEEK’S NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Jaylen Wells, Folsom boys basketball: Wells led Folsom to a 2-1 week averaging 29.3 points per game.
Cade Bennett, Campolindo boys basketball: Campo turned heads in its only game last week, a win over De La Salle led by Bennett’s wildly efficient 25 points (8-11 FG, 6-8 3FG). Bennett also finished with two boards, two assists, and a drawn charge.
Jincho Rivera, Santa Maria boys basketball: While Santa Maria had numerous players put up AOTW-caliber numbers in last week’s 5-0 showing, including Angel Ortiz, Samuel Bazunga, Steven Vasquez, and Dre Roman, Rivera gets the nod. In the Knights’ first three games of the week, Rivera averaged 23.3 PPG on 61.4% shooting, plus 10.7 RPG, three APG, and 2.3 SPG – before sitting out most of their last two blowout wins.
Jzaniya Harriel, Antelope girls basketball: The 4-star Stanford-commit scored as many points as Antelope’s opponent in a 69-28 rout of Woodcreek.
Bella Stevens, Santa Cruz girls basketball: Stevens averaged 17 points, 9.3 rebounds, and three steals per game to lead Santa Cruz to a 2-1 week.
Jordan Allred, Miramonte girls basketball: Allred led the Matadors to a 2-1 week averaging 20 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 rebounds, and three steals per game.
Talia Medalle, Dixon girls basketball: Medalle averaged 11 points, three steals, and a whopping 11 assists per game last week on 50% EFG as the Rams went 2-0.
Hailey Hoff, Capuchino girls basketball: A few Mustangs had tremendous weeks as Capuchino blew out San Mateo twice, but Hoff led the way with 31.5 points, five steals, four rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Jasmine Ackerman, Aptos girls basketball: Ackerman led the Marines to a 2-0 week, including a huge win over Santa Cruz, with 16.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and 1.5 blocks per game with an EFG of 53.8%.
Madison Butcher, Del Oro girls basketball: Butcher led Del Oro to a 3-0 week averaging 16.3 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game.
Mikayla Ray, Turlock Christian girls basketball: The Eagles went 3-0 as Ray averaged 15 points, 16.7 rebounds, 4.3 steals, and 1.7 assists per game on 52.6% shooting.
AJ Hutcheson, Elk Grove baseball: Hutcheson led Elk Grove to a dominant 3-0 sweep of Consumnes Oaks going 5-11 with a home run, a double, five runs scored, and three RBIs, plus a 6.1-inning win on the mound with only one run allowed.
Korey Williams, Elk Grove baseball: Williams went off at the plate going 8-12 with a home run, a triple, and two doubles, six RBIs, and six runs scored.
Blake Burke, De La Salle baseball: Burke led the Spartans to a dominant 3-0 week going 8-11 with two walks, four homers, nine RBIs, and seven runs.
Johnny Tarantino, Saint Francis (Mountain View) baseball: In a 3-0 sweep of Bellarmine, Tarantino went 4-7, drew five walks, had five runs and three RBIs, and threw two perfect innings on the mound.
Lucas Gibbons, Franklin (Elk Grove) baseball: Gibbons went 8-12 with five RBIs and six runs scored as the Wildcats dominated Sheldon in three wins.
Dean Bernaldez, Ponderosa baseball: In three high-scoring wins against Lincoln (Lincoln), Bernaldez went 7-10 with six runs scored and four RBIs, plus two stolen bases.
Aiden Look, Calaveras baseball: Calaveras played only two games last week, but Look went a perfect 7-7 with four RBIs and four runs in two wins.
Jaylee Ojo, Sheldon softball: Ojo led the Huskies to a 3-0 week batting 5-9 with three doubles, a home run, and six RBIs, plus a win in the circle.
Corinne Sargenti, Notre Dame (Salinas) softball: In two games last week, in which the Spirits outscored their competition 26-0, Sargenti went 4-6 with two homers, two doubles, a walk, and seven RBIs.
Riley Wickum, Sutter softball: Despite amazing performances from Olivia Bauer and Meadow Topete, Wickum gets the nod for her dominance in Sutter’s 4-0 week. She got wins in all three of her starts, throwing two complete-game shutouts and allowing a total of two earned runs in 19 innings. On top of that, she went 10-13 at bat with two walks and five RBIs.
Ryan Maddox, Clovis North softball: In both of the Broncos’ games last week against Central and Buchanan, Maddox threw complete game shutouts. She only allowed five combined baserunners, and struck out a total of 23. Maddox also went 3-7 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Caitlyn Foster, Livermore softball: Foster got wins in the circle in both of Livermore’s games last week, totaling 10 innings with only one run allowed and 19 strikeouts. She also went 2-4 with two walks and a run scored.
Taylor Rapp, Livermore softball: Rapp went 4-5 with a walk, two doubles, and four RBIs.