News Press Athlete of the Week for Oct. 31-Nov. 5 from the Babcock Ranch

Each week, The News-Press staff selects a finalist for each high school sport. Nominees are derived from scores and stats emailed by Lee County coaches to [email protected] during the week. Readers can then vote in the online poll who will be the athlete of the week.

The poll is published every Monday on and voting closes at 10:00 on Thursday every week.

Last week, Cape Coral swimmer Melissa Blaine took first place with 64% of the vote. Cape Coral cross country runner Declan Ziomek finished second with 26%.

The winner will be announced on the @newspresssports Instagram page and @nphssports on Twitter. The winning athlete will receive a jersey from BSN Sports.

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Coaches can email results and stats or nominations for Athlete of the Week to [email protected] The deadline for each night’s results is 11:00 p.m

The nominees for Oct. 31-Nov. 5 are:

football offense

Landon Winterbottom, Dunbar: The Tigers quarterback led two scoring drives in the last three minutes of the rule to force overtime and eventually beat Fort Myers 29-27 on Friday. He finished with 21 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, as well as two rushing scores.

soccer defense

Curtis Hood, Gateway: Hood led the Eagles with 15 tackles to secure the program’s first shutout win as they defeated East Lee County 20-0 Thursday. Hood also recovered a fumble, one of the team’s six turnovers in the game.

boys cross country

Joseph Koraya, Fort Myers: Koraya finished fourth at the Class 3A State Meeting with a time of 15:47.2, helping the Green Wave to second place for the second consecutive year on Saturday.

girl cross country

Ava Povich, ECS: Povich was the region’s highest-ranked girl runner when she finished third in 18:16.3 in Class A on Saturday.

boys golf

JD Dintino, Estero: Dintino finished second in Monday’s Region 2A-4 tournament with a 68, helping the Wildcats win the state tournament as a big pick.

girls golf

Jamie Lowry, Cypress Lake: Lowry punched her ticket to the States as a singles player by finishing third in Tuesday’s Region 2A-4 tournament with a 70.

boys swim

Keanu Garnier-Chan, Estero: Garnier-Chan placed first in the 200 free and third in the 100 free at Wednesday’s Class 2A Region 4 meeting.

girls swim

Cadence Fort, Estero: Fort placed first in the 500 Free and second in the 200 Free at Wednesday’s Class 2A Region 4 meet.

boys bowling

Daniel Lynn, Cape Coral: Lynn was the region’s top singles scorer in state qualifiers, finishing 22nd on Thursday with an 864.

Girls bowling

Katarina Hagler, Oasis: Hagler recorded a county-record game in her third game during state qualifiers with 288, surpassing the previous mark of 279.


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