Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances between Jan. 3 to Jan. 9.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Harlan Banks, St. Francis basketball: Paced the Lancers with 18 points as the Mountain View school, playing on its home court, defeated archrival Bellarmine 68-63 to run its record to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League.

Jacob Bannarbie, Valley Christian basketball: Finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Warriors won on the road over Bellarmine for the first time since 2005, prevailing 52-47. Valley had lost 11 in a row and 27 of 28 against its West Catholic Athletic League opponent. Its most recent victory over Bellarmine was a home game in 2016. The Warriors began this week 6-4 overall and 1-0 in the league.

Ryan Beasley, Dougherty Valley basketball: The prolific scorer outdid himself last week, finishing with 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead the Wildcats to a 74-59 victory over California in East Bay Athletic League play. The victory improved Dougherty Valley’s record to 13-0 overall and 1-0 in the league. Beasley began this week averaging 29.8 points per game on the season.

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Marlow Buettner, Berkeley soccer: The sophomore scored two goals as the Yellowjackets cruised past San Lorenzo 5-0 in West Alameda County Conference Foothill League play. Berkeley is 5-3-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the league.

Arya Emarlou, Los Gatos basketball: Scored 17 points and made three 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to a 53-34 victory over Wilcox, evening his team’s record at 7-7 overall and 2-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division. Emarlou, a senior, is averaging 18.3 points per game on the season.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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