Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Massachusetts High School Athlete of the Week for Oct. 11-17 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, Oct. 25. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivemass.
THIS WEEK’S MASSACHUSETTS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Gabby Couture, Sutton field hockey
Couture netted two goals and two assists to lead Sutton to a 7-0 win over Maynard.
Emma Gnaidek, Doherty field hockey
Gnaidek made five saves to earn her ninth shutout of the season in Doherty’s 2-0 win over Grafton.
Sadie Candela, Algonquin girls soccer
Candela scored two goals to lead Algonquin to a 4-0 win over Wachusett.
Cameron Ayotte, Millbury
Ayotte threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more TDs in Millbury’s 42-34 loss to Leicester.
Ryan Boyce, Northbridge
Boyce ran for two touchdowns and passed for another TD to lead Northbridge to a 36-0 win over Tantasqua.
Tyler Dimond, Grafton
Dimon rushed for three touchdowns to lead Grafton to a 24-6 win over Shrewsbury.
Damien Jones, St. Bernard’s
Jones scored three touchdowns – a 78-yard run, a 70-yard run and a 52-yard punt return – to lead St. Bernard’s to a 37-6 win over Sutton.
Max Hannagan, Littleton
Hannagan rushed 25 times for 222 yards and four touchdowns in Littleton’s 35-14 win over Tyngsboro.
Thomas Hirsh, Maynard
Hirsh carried the ball 10 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and picked off a pass on defense in Maynard’s 27-21 OT win over North Middlesex.
Luke Lockbaum, Doherty
Lockbaum had a rushing TD and returned a fumble 26 yards for a TD in Doherty’s 37-8 win over South.
Franki Lopriore, Assabet
Lopriore carried the ball 24 times for 125 yards and a TD on offense and had 13 tackles on defense to lead Assabet to a 42-0 win over Bay Path.
Cole Nelson, Clinton
Nelson rushed 16 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns to lead Clinton to a 49-14 win over Lunenburg. Nelson’s scoring runs were 62, 60, 37 and 18 yards.
Quinn O’Brien, Hudson
O’Brien rushed 13 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Hudson’s 52-14 win over Burncoat.
Xavien Rosario, Leicester
Rosario rushed for three touchdowns – including explosion plays of 78 and 45 yards – to lead Leicester to a 42-34 win over Millbury. He also had an 85-yard kickoff return and he intercepted a pass on defense.
Connor Salmon, Nashoba
Salmon rushed 30 times for 160 yards in a 7-0 loss to Marlborough.
Derrick Shepherd, Quaboag
Shepherd passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns to lead Quaboag to a 46-8 win over Quabbin.
Nealon Stemple, Marlborough
Stemple rushed 19 times for 110 yards and the only TD of the game in Marlborough’s 7-0 win over Nashoba.
Keegan Sullivan, Scituate
Sullivan carried the ball 24 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead Scituate to a 21-13 win over rival Hanover. He also had two receptions for 30 yards and scored a key two-point conversion.
Brian Toussaint, Algonquin
Toussaint had a scoop-and-score 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Algonquin’s 28-0 win over Leominster.