For the entire academic year, we have provided a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allowed you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances between May 23-29.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then.

This is the final athlete of the week poll for the 2021-22 school year. Candidates for athlete of the week polls in the 2022-23 school year — we will start again in late August/early September — can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

(Scroll to the bottom for the poll)

Antonio Cabrera, Archbishop Mitty baseball: The senior pitched a two-hitter and knocked in a first-inning run with a double to left field on Saturday as Mitty rolled to a 9-0 victory over Branham in the Central Coast Section Division II championship game at Excite Ballpark in San Jose.

Danny Peters, Palo Alto baseball: Pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, had three hits — including a homer — and knocked in four runs to lead Palo Alto to a 7-0 victory over four-time defending champion Valley Christian in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs at Excite Ballpark.

Jacob Ponce, Dougherty Valley golf: Made four birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine to shoot 7-under 65 and capture first place by a stroke over De La Salle’s Jaden Dumdumaya and Consumnes Oak’s Zachary Mate at the CIF NorCal regional golf championships at Berkeley Country Club in El Cerrito. The CIF state championship is Wednesday at San Gabriel Country Club.

Nolan Rodriguez, Branham baseball: With his team two outs from elimination in the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals against Wilcox, he launched a pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the seventh that lifted Branham to a 3-2 victory at Washington Park in Santa Clara.

Blake Rogers, St. Francis baseball: The Baylor commit pitched seven scoreless innings, working out of bases-loaded jams in the third and seventh, to give St. Francis an opportunity to win the Central Coast Section Division I championship. In the bottom of the eighth, the Lancers scored to beat Palo Alto 1-0 at Excite Ballpark.

Kai Smith, De La Salle baseball: With two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh, Smith reached on an infield single between first and second to tie the score and force extra innings at Foothill in the North Coast Section Division I final. In the ninth, Smith hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence to complete a 9-6 victory that secured De La Salle’s spot in this week’s CIF NorCal regionals.

Shawn Toney, Los Altos track and field: Reached the finish line in a personal-best 37.42 seconds to place third in the 300 hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships in Clovis. Delaney Crawford of Upland won in 37.11 and Crawford’s teammate, Kai Graves-Blanks, took second in 37.33.

Chukwunonso Udeh, De La Salle track and field: The junior cleared the high-jump bar at 6-5 to finish in a three-way tie for second at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships in Clovis. Seth Johnson of Cajon won with a jump of 6-7.

Adam Wright, Monte Vista track and field: Ran a personal-best 14.7 seconds — the top time in the North Coast Section this season — to place third in the 110-meter high hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships in Clovis.

Noah Zirkle, St. Mary’s-Berkeley baseball: The Fresno State-bound right-hander pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts as St. Mary’s edged St. Joseph Notre Dame 1-0 to capture the North Coast Section Division IV championship on Saturday. St. Mary’s scored in the sixth.

 

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