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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 31st to November 5th.
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:
Marley Alcantara, Pittsburgh Soccer: The second quarterback — replacing star Jaden Rashada, who was home sick — threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns as the Pirates ended a 9-1 regular season with a 48-21 win over Antioch in the Big Little Game. The teams play again in the first round of the North Coast Section Open/Division I Playoffs on Friday.
Luke Bachler, Sacred Heart Prep Water Polo: Finished with four goals, an assist and a steal to help lead top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep to a 19-10 win over Los Gatos in the first round of the CCS Open Division playoffs. Announced his commitment to play water polo for UC Santa Barbara.
Angel Barraza, Dublin Football: In his last high school game, the senior threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Gaels to a 48-18 victory over Dougherty Valley in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division game. Barraza completed 13 of 18 passes as Dublin, who were not selected for the NCS playoffs, finished 6-4.
Monte Beam, Concord Soccer: Junior running back carried 12 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns to lead Concord to a 42-7 win over Mt. Diablo in the Diablo Athletic League Valley Division game. Beam has 1,829 and 20 TDs for a 9-1 team visiting Acalanes in the first round of Friday night’s NCS Division III playoffs.
Louis DeScioli, Leland Water Polo: The freshman had four goals, three assists and six steals to help lead the fourth-seeded Chargers to a 13-10 win over fifth-seeded Leigh in the first round of the CCS Division I Playoffs. DeScioli started the season this week with 52 goals, 33 assists and 51 steals.
Gavin Garcia, Westmont Football: The senior caught four passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in four carries and returned a punt 23 yards to help Westmont go 9-1 in the regular season with a 42-14 win to complete Gunderson. Westmont is No. 1 in the CCS Division V playoffs and will host Willow Glen on Friday.
Kingston Keanaaina, St. Francis Football: Sophomore running back rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries as the Lancers defeated Archbishop Mitty 35-13 to finish the game with a 6-1 record and second place behind Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League.
Evan Markelz, Mountain View cross-country skiing: The senior crossed the finish line first at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships, running the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs in 14:51.1. He ran more than 13 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Jaivian Thomas, McClymond’s Football: He rushed for 272 yards in 17 carries and four touchdowns as McClymonds continued their Oakland Athletic League dominance with a 60-6 win over Castlemont. McClymonds improved to 8-1 this week and started his game against Oakland Tech.
Malachi Young, St. Mary’s-Berkeley Football: In the Panthers’ biggest game of the season, the senior intercepted two passes, made one pass defense and made nine tackles as his St. Patrick-St. Vincent 28-20 to win the Tri-County Athletic League Stone Division championship. St. Mary’s finished the regular season 10-0 and will host Arcata in the first round of the NCS Division VI Playoffs on Saturday.