Bay Area News Group’s Boy Athlete of the Week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and other artificial voting methods. Suspicious activity may result in the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week election.


Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Merkur News & East Bay Times) Boys Athlete of the Week Poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who have excelled over the past week and give you, the reader, the opportunity to vote for the winner.

This week we’re looking at performances from October 24th to 29th.

Polling stations close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Until then, vote as many times as you like without using bots or other artificial voting methods.

Email votes are not counted.

Scroll down for the poll.

Winners will be announced online each Friday and in the print edition of the sports sections of the Mercury News and East Bay Times beginning September 30th.

Nominees for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].

We accept nominations every Monday until 11:00 a.m.

We also check the submitted statistics MaxPreps by coaches/team stats.

About the nominees:

Alexander Atkins, Serra Football: Intercepted three passes to lead top-seeded Serra to a 21-7 road victory over St. Ignatius in the West Catholic Athletic League game. The Padres can wrap up a regular season 10-0 at home to Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday.

Charles Brown Jr., Antioch Football: Walked for 300 yards for the second time this season and rushed for 303 and four touchdowns in 31 carries as Antioch rolled past Freedom 50-18 in a Bay Valley Athletic League game. The Panthers (4-5, 3-1) can claim a share of the championship with a home win over Friday’s rivals Pittsburg – Brown’s former team – in the Big Little Game.

Dean-Taylor Chapman, Moreau Catholic Football: The senior rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in 12 carries to lead the host Mariners past Washington-Fremont 42-14 in an MVAL/WACC Mission Division game. Moreau (6-3, 3-1) plays Friday’s regular-season finals at Mt. Eden.

Trevor Cosgrove, Leland Water Polo: In the Mt. Hamilton Division playoffs of the Blossom Valley Athletic League, the junior had five goals, two assists and seven steals as Leland defeated Leigh and Willow Glen to win the championship. He had three goals, two assists and two steals in a 14-7 semifinal win over Leigh and two goals and five steals in a 9-5 win over Willow Glen for the title.

Cooper Nixon, Willow Glen Football: In a showdown for first place in the West Valley Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League, the senior rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns in 20 carries as the host Rams rolled to a 30-6 win over Mt. Pleasant. It was the fifth time this season that Nixon had rushed for 100 yards. Willow Glen is 7-2, 6-0.

Zachariah Norton, Hayward Football: The senior had his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 118 and three touchdowns in eight carries as Hayward defeated Irvington 31-10 in an MVAL/WACC Mission Division game. Hayward (4-5, 2-2) plays in a regular season finale at Washington-Fremont on Saturday.

Brady Steadman, Dublin Football: The senior ran for 262 yards and three touchdowns as host Gaels beat Livermore 28-21 in an East Bay Athletic League Valley Division game. Dublin improved to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the league ahead of Friday’s regular season finale at Dougherty Valley.

Jack Swan, Christopher Football: The senior defensive end helped his team stay in contention for the Blossom Valley Athletic League title in the Mt. Hamilton Division, finishing with 10 tackles in a 38-0 win over Oak Grove. Six of the tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. He had three sacks. Christopher will secure part of the league title with a win at division leader Live Oak on Friday.

William Swart, Sacred Heart Prep Water Polo: The senior finished the tournament with six goals and an assist as Sacred Heart Prep defeated Bellarmine 12-9 to secure the West Catholic Athletic League championship. The win improved SHP’s record to 19-6.

Willie Trapanese, Heritage Water Polo: Led his team to the Bay Valley Athletic League Championship, scoring nine goals and adding three steals and an assist in a 15-4 win over Freedom. The senior also had two goals, two assists and two steals in a 17-7 win over Pittsburg. Heritage earned the #9 pick in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

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