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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Texas High School Athlete of the Week? (12/18/2023)

We gathered the week's top performers across every sport. Now, we want to hear from you.
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Who was the top high school athlete in Texas last week?

Throughout the year, SBLive takes a look at the top high school athletes across the Lone Star State each week, gathering the top performers and putting the best of the best up for reader vote.

We're splitting our Athlete of the Week process up in order to spotlight more of the scores of tremendous performances across Texas at the beginning of each week across every sport except football (which has its own statewide offensive and defensive football player of the week polls).

Congratulations to Jersey City girls basketball standout Jayla Lewis, who won after receiving more than 64 percent of the votes.

Here are SBLive's Texas Athlete of the Week nominees for Dec. 11-16. Now, we want to hear from you. Scroll down to read about this week's nominees and cast your vote in the poll below. The poll remains open until Sunday, Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m.


Amaris Ambriz, El Paso girls basketball

The senior tallied a game-high 23 points as the Lady Tigers beat Del Valle, 51-36 on Tuesday.

Vernell Atamah, Mesquite Horn girls basketball

The 6-foot senior tallied a game-high 20 points in a 46-34 win over North Forney on Tuesday.

Beau Bacon, St. Marks School of Texas boys wrestling

He pinned his way to the title in the 132-pound bracket in the 55th annual St. Mark Lodestar Invitational on Saturday.

Kerbie Cash, Sunnyvale girls basketball

The No. 6-ranked team in 4A, Sunnyvale got 24 points from Cash in a 66-16 win over Quinlan Ford on Tuesday.

David Chong, Dickinson boys basketball

In a non-district game on Friday, the point guard dropped in 31 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 77-72 loss to Spring Klein Cain.

Nic Codie, Carrollton Newman Smith boys basketball

In a 58-35 win over previously unbeaten Sherman, the Texas signee scored 21 points.

Fletcher Cravens, Plano West boys basketball

In a 77-36 win over Flower Mound on Tuesday, he drained 7 3-pointers on the way to 21 points.

Keagan Davis, Lubbock boys wrestling

At the Southern Oklahoma Invitational in Duncan, Davis took first place at the 215-pound bracket. He went 4-0 for the Westerners.

Karissa Godhia, Coppell girls wrestling

Three of her four wins were by pins, including in the finals of the 138-pound bracket on Saturday at the Ms. Claus Slam held at Coppell High School.

Shawn Harden, Round Rock boys wrestling

The Dragons got a first-place showing from Harden in the 150-pound bracket. He 5-0 — now 19-2 on the year — to take first at the 27th Annual Doc Hess Classic in Bryan on Saturday.

Jackson Herman, Katy Cinco Ranch boys wrestling

Herman improved to 19-0 on the season with three more wins — all by pins. That helped him take first place in the 138-pound bracket at the Old School Invitational on Saturday in Katy.

Raniyah Hunt, Little Elm girls basketball

She made 7 of 10 3-pointer attempts and finished with 27 points in a 67-57 win over McKinney on Tuesday.

Jaxon Johnson, Amarillo Tascosa boys wrestling

Crossing into New Mexico this weekend for the Tucumcari Rattler Invitational, Johnson went 3-0 — including a 9-second pin — to win the 215-pound bracket.

S’Liyah Johnson, Hitchcock girls basketball

In a 78-33 win over Boling on Friday, she outscored the foes by scoring 34 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Da’Vohn Jonas-Reid, Porter boys basketball

He notched a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 64-54 come-from-behind-win against Santa Fe on Monday.

Korosh Kalantar, Austin Vandergrift boys wrestling

At the Hill Country Invitational in Cedar Park, Kalantar improved to 20-2 after going 5-0 to win the 113-pound bracket.

Derrick Kirks Jr., Galveston O’Connell Prep boys basketball

The point guard scored 40 points and added 8 assists and 7 steals in a 96-13 win over Highlands Chinquapin on Friday.

Alexander Marcotte, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial boys wrestling

An 8-0 weekend led to a first-place finish in the 175-pound bracket for Marcotte. He also helped the Eagles take first place at the Rumble in the Jungle event in Corpus Christi.

Gwendolyn Musser, Flower Mound girls wrestling

A trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, led to a first-place finish in the 135-pound bracket. She went 5-0 with all pins to win at the Battle for the Bling.

Christian O’Connor, Southlake Carroll boys basketball

The senior tallied his 1,000th career point in a 61-55 win over Arlington Bowie on Tuesday.

Kayla Ransom, Converse Judson girls wrestling

She picked up three wins and took first place in the 185-pound bracket at the MacArthur Winter Classic in San Antonio on Saturday.

Syri Robertson, Dallas Skyline girls wrestling

Skyline took first place overall and Robertson won the 138-pound bracket on Saturday at the Dallas All-City Tournament. She went 3-0 and had two pins in less than a minute.

Michael Ruiz, Canyon Randall boys wrestling

A trip to Kansas City turned into a first-place showing for Ruiz, who won the 113-pound bracket at the KC Stampede. He went 7-0 over the 2-day event.

Landry Sherrer, Coppell girls basketball

The junior had 26 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 76-51 win over Lewisville on Tuesday.

Azaiah Thompson, El Paso Ysleta boys basketball

The 6-foot-2 forward scored 27 points — the sixth of 20 or more this season — in a 62-50 win over El Paso Jefferson on Friday.

-- Cody Thorn | @sblivetx