Vote now: Who should be the WaFd Bank Washington High School Athlete of the Week (Sept. 6-12)?

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Washington High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 6-12 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, Sept. 20. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivewa.


Ashley Barber, Olympic volleyball

Barber had 46 digs, 3 aces and 3 assists in a 3-2 win over Kingston on Sept. 10.

Rylie Crabtree, King’s girls soccer

Crabtree scored four goals to lead King’s to a 5-1 win over Nathan Hale on Sept. 7.

Melanie Torres, Puyallup girls soccer

Melanie Torres, a freshman, scored two goals to lift the Puyallup girls soccer team to a 3-1 win over Skyline on Sept. 9.

Dylan Carson, Marysville-Pilchuck (3A)

Rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Stanwood.

Darren Cepeda, La Center (1A)

Tossed for 224 yards and ran for another 171 and two total touchdowns in a 52-21 thrashing of Woodland, per The Columbian.

Ashton Demarest, Napavine (2B)

Accounted for five total touchdowns in a momentous win over Onalaska, a battle between highly ranked Central 2B schools.

Marco Elizondo, Chiawana (4A)

Caught 10 passes for 122 yards and a 24-yard touchdown reception in a 46-24 loss to Kamiakin. 

Jaydon Jones, Union (4A)

Rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns in 35-21 win over district rival Mountain View.

Jahiem Fritts, Nathan Hale (3A)

Hauled in two of the Raiders’ six interceptions in a 35-12 win over Interlake.

Tommy Funk, Sehome (2A)

Turned 22 carries into a 139 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 17-0 win over Anacortes, reports Whatcom Preps.

Cade Harris, Prosser (2A)

Accounted for 112 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a 38-7 win over formidable 1A rival Zillah, per The Yakima Herald Republic.

Tucker Harrison, Meridian (1A)

Competed 10 of 12 pass attempts on his way to a six-touchdown, 274-yard passing performance in Meridian’s 55-6 win over Evergreen of Seattle, per Whatcom Preps.

Colton Johnson, Archbishop Murphy (2A)

Didn’t make the start, but came in and threw 66, 87 and 56-yard touchdown passes to help the Wildcats to a comeback 27-17 win over Fife, per The Everett Herald.

Gabarri Johnson, Lincoln of Tacoma (3A)

The junior had a career night, accruing 570 total yards of offense. He completed 18 of 23 pass attempts for 372 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 198 yards and another three touchdowns in a 54-42 shootout win over Skyline.

Georgios Kotsakis, O’Dea (3A)

Fullback went for 142 yards on just six carries with rushing of 41, 57 and 23 yards in a 49-0 win over Kennedy Catholic. (READ MORE)

Bryce Kooy, Bothell (4A)

Rushed for 132 yards on 14 carries and scored twice in a 40-21 win over Tahoma. (READ MORE)

Trey Leckner, Glacier Peak (4A)

Totalled 242 yards of offense: 174 receiving yards, 70 yards rushing and three total touchdowns.

River Lien, Glacier Peak (4A)

Tossed for 361 yards and six touchdowns opposite one interception, completing 17 of 29 passes in a 35-19 win over Monroe.

Sam Markham, Ferris (3A)

Rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns to move Ferris to 2-0 under first-year head coach Malik Roberson.

Henry Mercado, Kamiakin (4A)

Completed 13 of 28 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns — five total — in a 46-24 win over Chiawana.

Ryan McKenna, Gonzaga Prep (4A)

Took 26 carries for 230 yards and three total touchdowns — one passing, two rushing — in a 44-6 win over Easmont. (READ MORE)

Shaun Mize, R.A. Long (2A)

Lumberjacks QB accounted for three touchdowns and took the game’s final kneel to help win the program’s first game in more than two years — a 21-20 nail-biter over Franklin Pierce. (TDN’s Josh Kirshenbaum has the story)

Trent Nobach, Arlington (3A)

What a start to the season. Nobach completed 15 of 20 passes for 251 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Oak Harbor.

Neal Patching, Winlock (2B)

Ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns with scoring runs of 53 and 36 yards and completed both pass attempts for 105 yards and two more scores in the air inn a 63-34 win over Muckleshoot Tribal, per The Chronicle of Centralia.

Josh Perez, Toppenish (1A)

Backup QB tossed for 324 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 road win at Cheney.

Brayden Platt, Yelm (3A)

Two-way standout (RB/LB) gained 104 yards rushing on 21 carries and three touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Mount Si. (READ MORE)

Kaiden Rivera, Prosser (2A)

Completed 31 off 52 passes for a 337-yard, five passing touchdown, one interception performance in a 38-7 win over Zillah, per The Yakima Herald Republic.

Khaleel Robinson, Lincoln of Tacoma (3A)

Lincoln’s offense caught fire in a 54-42 win over Skyline, and the slot receiver was a big part of it, catching seven passes for 234 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Kyler Ronquillo, Yelm (3A)

Star wideout/corner had a 71-yard punt returns or touchdown early in Yelm’s 41-20 win at Mount Si. (READ MORE)

Matteo Saccomanno, Gonzaga Prep (4A)

The sophomore rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown in Gonzaga Prep’s 44-6 win over Eastmont. (READ MORE)

Jeremy Sawyer, Aberdeen (2A)

Logged 179 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 50-16 win over Mark Morris.

Braeden Smith, Seattle Prep (3A)

Completed 15 of 22 passed for 253 passing yards and three touchdowns and tacked on 66 rushing yards with another two touchdowns in a 56-27 win over Bishop Blanchet.

Gabe Tahir, Kamiakin (4A)

Caught four passes for 126 yards receiving and a 42-yard how-did-he-do-it touchdown reception, as well as a lockdown night at corner in a 46-24 win Chiawana.

Justice Taylor, Lakewood (2A)

Tallied 260 total yards and three touchdowns in a comeback 43-20 win over Lynden Christian, per The Everett Herald.

Dayton Thompson, University (2A)

Rushed 13 times for 156 yards in a shutout 28-0 Greater Spokane League win over Cheney, reports The Spokesman-Review.

Jordan Valesquez, Marysville-Pilchuck (3A)

It was quite the day for M-P’s rushing attack. Velasquez went for 128 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, per The Everett Herald.

Beck Walker, Skyline (4A)

Accounted for 221 total yards and three touchdowns in a 54-42 loss to Skyline, which included 165 rushing yards and 56 yards receiving.

Jason Grant, Toppenish (1A)

Set a school record with 222 receiving yards, including three long catches for touchdown in a 28-7 win over Class 2A Pullman.

Kennedy McGill, North Creek (4A)

McGill went 14-for-19, 213 yards and 2 touchdowns in one half and a drive in North Creek’s game against River Ridge in week 2.

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