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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Arkansas High School Athlete of the Week? (9/25/2023)

Read through the candidates and cast your vote
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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Arkansas High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 18-25. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll are intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes who receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. 

Isaac Baker, Harding Academy football

The senior had 16 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown and caught 4 passes for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns, in the Wildcats' 42-6 win over Stuttgart.

Joseph Bariola, Hot Springs Lakeside boys cross country

The senior finished second and was the highest-finishing Arkansan at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., in 15:45.4. He also won the Lakeside Rams Invitational in 16:47.42.

Owen Baublits, Elkins football

The junior tallied 6 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble, in the Elks’ 41-20 win over Gravette.

Kennedy Bullins, Marion volleyball

The sophomore had 13 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs and 2 blocks in a 3-0 victory over Searcy.

DeShawn Chairs, Elkins football

The senior carried the ball 23 times for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Elks’ 41-20 win over Gravette.

Jackson England, Little Rock Catholic football

The junior completed 26 of 28 passes for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Rockets’ 45-14 win over Searcy.

Seth Foster, Pea Ridge football

The senior rushed for 200 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Blackhawks’ 41-14 win over Prairie Grove.

Makenzie Freeman, Hackett volleyball

The junior had 46 kills, 44 digs and 19 aces in seven matches this week for the Lady Hornets.

Katie Fish, Salem girls golf and Annie Rush, Melbourne girls golf

The two tied for medalist honors with a 76 at the 3A-2 Conference Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.

Will Gordon, Hot Springs Lakeside boys golf

Gordon shot a 71 to win the 5A-South Conference tournament.

Tian Grant, Pea Ridge boys cross country

The senior won the Eagles Invitational in Clarksville in 16:13.64.

Jules Johnson, Episcopal Collegiate volleyball

The sophomore had 22 kills, 11 digs and 3 aces in matches against Maumelle Charter, Atkins and Mayflower.

Lani Inman, Lake Hamilton girls cross country

The junior won the Lakeside Rams Invitational in 20:26.84.

Grant Karnes, Greenwood football

The junior caught 10 passes for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns, all in the first half in a 61-17 victory over Van Buren.

Isabella Lagemann, Benton volleyball

The senior had 12 kills, 6 blocks, 13 digs and 11 assists in a 3-1 victory over Brookland.

Madi Belle Landry, Hot Springs Lakeside volleyball

The senior had 58 kills, 33 digs, 5 assist blocks and 2 aces in five matches Saturday in helping the Lady Rams win the Lakeside tournament.

Drake Lindsey Fayetteville football

The senior Minnesota commit passed for 437 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 55-21 win over Bentonville West.

Elizabeth Merritt, Magazine girls cross country

The junior won the Little Johns Invitational in 20:20.50.

Brooklyn Nicholson, Russellville girls cross country

Nicholson won the Cyclone Invitational at Arkansas Tech in Russellville in 20:05.26.

Chloe Rodriguez, Brookland volleyball

The junior had 31 assists, 8 digs and 4 kills in a 3-0 victory over 3-0 victory over Batesville Southside. She had 34 assists and 5 digs in a 3-1 loss to Benton. She had 107 assists, 23 digs, 3 blocks, 5 aces in five matches at the Hot Springs Lakeside tournament.

Lauren Thompson, Jonesboro girls cross country

The freshman won the Bomber Invitational at Mountain Home in 19:28.85.

Kim Quinit, Conway volleyball

The senior had 33 digs in victories over victories over Jonesboro and Bryant. She added 40 digs in six matches at the Jonesboro Play Day, helping the Lady Wampus Cats win the tournament.

Evan Smith, Fort Smith Southside boys cross country

Smith won the 4A-6A Division of the Today’s Bank Mansfield Invitational in Mansfield in 16:44.40.

Brandon Waller, Cabot boys cross country

Waller won the Cyclone Invitational at Arkansas Tech in Russellville in 16:39.20.

Dane Williams, Rogers football

The senior completed 26 of 44 passes for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Mounties’ 44-38 win over Fort Smith Southside.