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Vote now: Who should be the WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week?

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week for March 14-20 as nominated by coaches, fans and readers.

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week for March 14-20 as nominated by coaches, fans and readers.

Read through the nominees and cast your vote. We’ll send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of the poll! Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday.

If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email

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. 

Max Bledy, Wilsonville baseball

Bledy homered, singled and drove in three to help the Wildcats notch a season-opening 10-4 victory against Cleveland. Later in the week, he had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in a 10-1 rout of Centennial.

Payton Burnham, Sheldon softball

In the Irish’s season-opening 11-1 win over Thurston, Burnham went 3 for 3 with a homer and three runs, and she struck out seven in three hitless innings. The next night, she had 11 strikeouts in six innings in a 7-1 win over Churchill.

Ryan Cooney, Jesuit baseball

Batting leadoff, Cooney went 3 for 3 with two home runs (including a grand slam), six RBIs and four runs in the Crusaders’ season-opening 15-1 rout of South Salem. He had two hits in a 12-0 win over South Eugene three nights later.

Gracie Hamilton, Mazama softball

Hamilton had two hits, two walks, two RBIs and five runs scored in the Vikings’ 23-12 rout of Sutherlin.

Ky Hoskinson, McMinnville baseball

Hoskinson dominated for four innings on the mound in the Grizzlies’ season-opening 10-0 win over Gresham, striking out 11 batters with zero walks and allowing just one hit. At the plate, he singled and drove in a run.

Hank Kern, McDaniel baseball

Kern struck out 14 and walked just one in six one-hit innings, pitching the Mountain Lions to a season-opening 6-1 win over Forest Grove. He also singled, walked twice and scored a run.

Danika Kime, Beaverton softball

Kime drove in four runs in the Beavers’ season-opening 15-1 rout of McKay.

Jackson Price, Hillsboro baseball

Price drove in three runs, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Spartans beat Aloha 5-4 in the season opener. 

Camille Schmitz, Tualatin softball

Schmitz struck out 20 batters (two walks) as part of a nine-inning two-hitter as the Timberwolves outlasted Dallas, 1-0. Earlier in the week, she had 15 strikeouts (no walks) in five innings in a 12-0 win over Clackamas.

Hayden Smith, Jesuit baseball

Smith homered twice and drove in five runs in the Crusaders’ 12-0 rout of South Eugene.

Paley Sullivan, Tualatin softball

In her first high school game, the freshman had two hits and four RBIs in the Timberwolves’ 12-0 shutout of Clackamas.

Ailee Young, Nelson softball

In their first game, the Hawks beat Wells 17-2 thanks in large part to Young, who tripled twice, scored three runs and knocked in four.