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Congratulations to Sacramento Adventist girls basketballguard Gwen Fayard for being voted SBLive’s Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for Jan. 3-9!

The senior led the Capitals to a 3-0 week averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 5.7 steals per game. In their last game, she outscored the opposing team alone en-route to a 14-point triple-double in assists and steals.

Fayard received 48.77% of the vote, beating out Antelope's Mary Carter who finished second with 40.06%. Antelope's Majer Sullivan finished third with 6.68% and California's Kelly Tumlin finished fourth with 1.89%. There were over 38,000 votes tallied this week! 

We are currently accepting Northern California Athlete of the Week nominations. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca. 

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Jan. 3-9:


Shamira Bidaye, Priory (Portola Valley) G:

Bidaye put up 20 points and 14 boards in a 63-45 win against King’s Academy.

Antonia Vlahos, Castilleja G:

While the Gators couldn’t pull out the win against Notre Dame (San Jose), Vlahos exploded for 31 points on 12-20 shooting (4-6 3FG) to go with 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Makayla Carre, Sierra Pacific C:

Carre led the Golden Bears to three straight blowout wins averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game on over 50% shooting.

Aaliyah Thompson, Corcoran C:

In a trouncing of Farmersville, Thompson singlehandedly outscored the opposition with 32 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, and four steals on 59% shooting.

Gabriella Avila, Corcoran G:

Avila also had a monster game, posting a 19-point triple-double on rebounds and steals while also notching three assists and shooting 9-12 from the field.

Maycee Heimann, Colfax F:

Heimann led the Falcons to a 2-0 week and registered 21 points (50% FG), eight rebounds, and six steals in a 66-22 win against Woodland.

Samia Smith, Grant (Sacramento) G:

Smith scored 22 points on 61% EFG to go with four assists and five steals in Grant’s lone game last week, a 61-7 blowout of Mira Loma.

Jameelah Pharms, Stagg G:

In three games last week, Pharms averaged 23 points, six rebounds, and 5.3 steals per game.

Kalysa Phanhsavang, McNair G:

Phanhsavang led the Eagles to a 1-1 week averaging 21.5 PPG on 57.7% shooting (65.4% EFG) to go with five APG and five RPG.

Mary Carter, Antelope F:

In Antelope’s lone game last week, Carter erupted for 30 points and 20 rebounds plus five assists, four steals, and four blocks in an 81-42 rout of Yuba City.

Destiny Evans, American Canyon C:

In the Wolves’ only game last week, Evans dominated in a 53-38 win over Vintage with 25 points on 10-12 shooting to go with 12 rebounds.

Sarah Tait, Piner G:

Tait averaged 23.5 PPG game to lead the Prospectors to a 1-1 week.

Lauren Green, Castro Valley G:

Green dropped 30 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and eight steals in a lopsided win over Arroyo in the Trojans’ only game last week.

Kelly Tumlin, California G:

While the Grizzlies came up short against Acalanes, Tumlin scored 34 points on 12-19 shooting (5-10 3FG) to go with six steals in Cal High’s sole game last week.

Jocelyn Medina, Pierce G:

Medina scored 39 points with five made threes in Pierce’s only game last week, a 59-40 win against Willows.

Karli Reynolds, Weed G:

Reynolds led the Cougars to a 3-1 week averaging 23.3 points per game. In the last game, she put up 28 in a win over Etna to avenge the loss on Tuesday.


Kiejuan West, Marshall (San Francisco C):

West put up a whopping 62 points – more than the other team – in a 97-51 win over Lycée Francais.

Jaylan Walton, Hoover (Fresno) G:

Walton scored 23 points on 10-14 shooting to go with three assists and six steals in Hoover’s only game, a 66-61 win over Bullard.

Gilbert Maravilla, Sierra Pacific G:

Maravilla averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists, and 5.5 steals per game last week on 53.6% shooting as the Golden Bears went 2-0.

Carson Stephens, Liberty (Madera) G:

Stephens scored 43 points on 15-26 shooting with 11 rebounds and three assists in the Hawks’ only game last week, a close loss against Golden West.

Casen Chaney, Ponderosa G:

Chaney helped lead the Bruins to a 2-0 week averaging 18 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and four steals a game.

Ameere Britton, Elk Grove G:

Britton led the Thundering Herd to a 2-1 week putting up 20.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

Majer Sullivan, Antelope F:

Sullivan dropped 23 points on 10-15 shooting, two blocks, and a school-record 30 rebounds in a 10-point win over Roseville. In Antelope’s other game, a blowout of Yuba City, Sullivan played sparing but finished with 10 points on 5-5 shooting to go with six rebounds.

Elijah Watkins, Edison (Stockton) G:

Watkins led the Vikings to a 3-0 week with 15.3 PPG on 60.5% shooting, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, and two SPG.

Beni Njomo, Lincoln (Lincoln) G:

In the Fighting Zebras’ only game last week, Njomo led them to an overtime win versus Union Mine with 24 points on 10-17 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.