Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys Athlete of the Week poll.
For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.
This week, we consider performances from Jan. 23-28.
Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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Winners are announced each Friday online and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.
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On to the nominees:
Courtney Anderson Jr., Dublin basketball: The senior averaged 21.3 points to help the Gaels win three East Bay Athletic League games. Scored 28 points in a 79-75 win over San Ramon Valley, 19 in a 56-48 victory over Amador Valley and 17 in a 67-60 win over Granada as Dublin improved to 17-7, 6-1.
Joseph Bangalan, Piedmont Hills basketball: The senior had himself a game against Lincoln-San Jose, finishing with 32 points on 9-of-10 shooting — all from beyond the 3-point arc — as Piedmont Hills won 81-79 in league play. Also had 12 points in a 56-53 loss to Independence.
Alen Begovic, Santa Clara soccer: Scored his team’s goal in a 1-1 tie against Los Altos that kept Santa Clara on the heels of first-place Mountain View in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division. The junior also scored a goal in his team’s previous game, a 2-0 victory over Palo Alto. Begovic began this week with a team-leading eight goals.
Jake Davis, Acalanes basketball: The 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Dons to a 56-43 victory over College Park in Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division play. In the previous game, he had 20 points and nine rebounds in a 64-61 loss to Campolindo.
Rex Denker, Pioneer basketball: The senior led his team to two home wins that moved the Mustangs into second place in their league. He had 27 points and seven rebounds in a 50-43 victory over Lincoln-San Jose and 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 57-51 win over Branham.
Marco Jara, Clayton Valley Charter soccer: The senior scored twice to lead Clayton Valley past Ygnacio Valley 3-1 in a Diablo Valley Athletic League Foothill Division match. The victory improved the Ugly Eagles’ record to 14-0-2 overall and 6-0-2 in the league.
Zaden Martin, Burlingame basketball: The senior averaged 15.7 points over three games, which included victories over Woodside and Capuchino and a close loss to Carlmont. Scored 17 points in a 56-46 win over Woodside and 15 in a 59-42 win over Capuchino. Burlingame ended the week 15-3, 6-1.
Alessandro Velasquez, Menlo School soccer: Scored two goals and assisted on another in a 6-0 victory over Pinewood. Also had a goal in a 1-1 tie against Crystal Springs Uplands. The Knights ended the week with a record of 7-4-3 overall and 6-1-1 in West Bay Athletic League play.
Jayson Victoria, Granada wrestling: Took first in the 138-pound weight division at the 58th Overfelt Classic, defeating Phu Le of Milpitas by fall at 3:04 in the final. The Granada junior is ranked 20th in the state by the California Wrestler.
Hung Vo, Silver Creek wresting: The sophomore captured the 285-pound weight class at the Overfelt Classic, defeating Reno’s Jorge Gonzales by fall at 3:38 in the first-place match. Vo is ranked 16th in the state by the California Wrestler.