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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for March 14-20 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, March 28. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is 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 that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.


Lynsey Chiala, Los Gatos:

Chiala pitched one-hit shutouts against Fremont and Burlingame in consecutive days, with 15 combined strikeouts. She also went 6-9 with a double, a triple, a home run, and seven RBIs.

Aissa Silva, Elk Grove:

Silva threw complete-game shutouts in both of the Herd's games last week, amassing 26 strikeouts in 13 innings. She also went 4-8 at the plate and drove in five runs.

Kira Morris, Eureka:

Morris threw a five-inning no-hitter and went 2-3 in a 10-0 rout of South Fork.

Marissa Martinez, Watsonville:

Martinez led Watsonville to a 3-0 week with 11 RBIs, two homers, and three doubles on 8-10 hitting.

Caroline Grimes, Del Oro:

Grimes threw complete-game shutouts against St. Francis (Sacramento) and Oak Ridge with 17 K's in 12 innings and also hit two home runs last week.

Emma Fales, Branham:

In a win against Milpitas, Fales threw a complete game shutout and went 3-3 with two runs scored. She also had another complete-game victory with no earned runs allowed against Wilcox, as well as two scoreless innings and a save against Gilroy.

Emmie Walker, Coalinga:

Walker led the Horned Toads to a 4-0 week going 11-16 with 13 stolen bases and scoring eight runs.

Ainsley Waddell, Sequoia:

Waddell scored a run, drove in a run, and tossed a two-hit shutout with 12 K's in a 3-0 win against St. Ignatius. In the Ravens' other game, a 10-0 win against Pioneer, she went 4-4 with a homer and four RBIs and also threw another shutout with eight strikeouts.

Melina Mendoza, Pinole Valley:

Mendoza led the Spartans to a two-game sweep of Salesian going 7-9 with three long balls, seven RBIs, and six runs scored.

Mariah Montalvo, St. Francis (Watsonville):

Montalvo blasted three home runs for six RBIs in a rout of Monte Vista Christian and went 3-4 with a homer and three RBIs in a 6-5 loss to North Monterey County. Alicia Mendez had three homers against Monte Vista Christian as well for the Sharks.

Grace Townsend, Cupertino:

In two games last week, Townsend went 7-7 with six RBIs and three runs scored.

Avery Motroni, Capuchino:

Motroni led the Mustangs to a 2-0 week by going 4-5 with five RBIs, a home run, and two walks.

Elon James, Manteca:

James went 6-11 with 10 RBIs in three games, including two home runs three doubles.

Ella Meyers, Monterey:

Meyers helped lead the Dores to a 3-1 record batting 8-13 with four home runs and nine RBIs.

Jessica Werthman, Archbishop Mitty:

Werthman tossed a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in an 8-0 win against Los Altos.

Jena Emerson, Live Oak (Live Oak):

In a pair of blowout wins, Emerson went 6-8 with four RBIs and pitched nine innings with one run allowed.

Rose Malen, Marin Catholic:

Malen went 2-1 in the circle with only one earned run and six baserunners allowed in 17 innings, and a whopping total of 34 strikeouts. She also went 3-3 with three RBIs in MC's 13-0 win over Tamalpais.


Nash Horton, St. Francis (Watsonville):

Horton threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against North Salinas, striking out nine in six innings. He also batted 3-4 with an RBI and a run.

Malcolm Moore, McClatchy:

Moore led the Lions to a dominant 3-0 week going 8-10 with four long balls, four doubles, and 10 RBIs.

Matt Campopiano, Northgate:

Campopiano went 8-9 with three walks to drive in five runs and score seven times, leading Northgate to a 3-0 week.

Cole Leschak, Pittsburg:

In a rout of Irvington, Leschak pitched seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed and went 3-4 with two doubles, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a walk.

Evan Balingit, San Ramon Valley:

Balingit helped lead the Wolves to a 3-0 week batting 7-10 with three runs scored, four RBIs, and six stolen bases.

Brady Wetzel, California:

Wetzel led the Grizzlies to a 2-0 week by going 6-6 with two RBIs and scoring five times.

Carl Schmidt, Marin Catholic:

Schmidt went 6-10, including four extra-base hits, with five RBIs and five runs scored. He also threw five scoreless innings and got the win in one appearance for the 3-0 Wildcats.

Daniel Mazon, Pitman:

Mazon led the Pride to a 2-0 week going 5-7 with four RBIs.

Zane Denton, Las Plumas:

Denton helped lead the Thunderbirds to a two-game sweep of Oroville batting 3-6 with seven RBIs, hitting two homers including a grand slam.