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Sandpoint girls soccer player Lilliana Brinkmeier voted WaFd Bank Idaho High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to the Bulldogs' goalkeeper for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Idaho High School Athlete of the Week for Oct. 16-Oct. 21!

Congratulations to Sandpoint's Lilliana Brinkmeier for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Idaho High School Athletes of the Week for Oct. 16-Oct. 21!

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs had quite a fun through the Class 4A bracket, upending No. 1 seed in the state semifinals before tangling with the second-seeded Knights in the finals. And Brinkmeier - the 2022 Inland Empire player of the year and first-teamer again this fall as a junior - led the way with 14 saves, including one crucial swat-away in the final minute to preserve the team's 2-1 victory at Brothers Field in Caldwell for the school's ninth IHSAA title.

Christensen collected 97.9% of the overall vote.

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Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Oct. 16-Oct. 21:


Jr. Benites, Murtaugh football: Logged 302 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to help the Red Devils clinch a state playoff berth in a 63-30 win over Lighthouse Christian.

Noah Burnham, Eagle football: Ran for 186 yards, a pair of touchdowns and the game-winning two-point conversion in a 22-21 win over Meridian in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference championship game.

Ashlyn Fuss, Owyhee girls soccer: Totaled 21 saves and didn’t allow a single goal for the entire Class 5A state tournament to help Owyhee in winning the first state championship in its first-ever appearance with a 0-0 (3-2 PK) win over previously unbeaten Boise.

Carson Harris, Sugar-Salem football: Racked up 263 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries in a 55-12 rout of South Fremont.

Brandon Marroquin, Blackfoot boys soccer: Scored or assisted in every game at the state tournament, including a goal in a 3-1 win over Sandpoint to help the Wolverines win their first Class 4A state championship since 2017.

Ben Owens, Sugar-Salem boys soccer: Netted three overall goals, including one in the Class 3A finals, to help the Diggers in winning a third consecutive state championship.

Andee Petterson, Sugar-Salem girls soccer: Tallied three goals and an assist in the Class 3A state tournament to help the Diggers in winning their first state title in program history.

Nelah Roberts, Skyline girls cross country: Won her third Class 4A District VI championship in a row with the state’s fastest 5K time to date at 17 minutes, 21.1 seconds.

Zach Taylor, Timberline boys soccer: Scored all three of his team’s goals in a 3-1 win over Rocky Mountain to deliver the Wolves a third consecutive Class 5A state title.