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Vote now: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll.

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls 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 Nov. 14-19. 

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

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

On to the nominees:

Ellie Buckley, Campolindo cross-country: Buckley helped anchor the Division III champions by running the second fastest time across all divisions with a 17:04.79 time. Campolindo won the championship with a score of 34, while second-place Montgomery had 71.

Havannah Hoeft, St. Francis volleyball: Hoeft recorded three kills, and had even more crucial digs, assists and blocks in St. Francis’ 3-1 win over Archbishop Mitty in the NorCal championship against Archbishop Mitty. St. Francis was defeated by a 41-0 Cathedral Catholic juggernaut in the State Open Division championship, but Hoeft had 30 assists in the final. 

Chloe Leduc, Oakland Tech cross-country: Tech narrowly edged out Skyline 34 to 36 for the Oakland section championship in the 5,000 meters. Leduc finished a minute faster than her closes competition, running the race in 21:07.08.

Sabrina Noriega, Dougherty Valley cross-country: Noriega was the fastest runner in the Division I three-mile event with a blistering 17:56.63 time in the NCS championship. The sophomore was almost 10 seconds faster than second place. Doughety Valley’s team also finished first. 

Renae Searls, Alhambra cross-country: One of two representatives from Alhambra, Searls dominated the Division IV three-mile event when she ran a 17:53.87 time. Second place ran 18:17.18. 

Rachel Stephens, Los Gatos water polo: The junior goalkeeper had 244 saves over the course of Los Gatos’ season, and Stephens had 15 of those in a 10-5 win over Granite Bay in the NorCal Division II playoffs. Los Gatos bowed out in the second round with a loss to Arroyo Grande. 

Natalia Szczerba, Sacred Heart Prep water polo: Sacred Heart Prep may have fallen to Campolindo in the NorCal playoffs, but Szczerba did everything she could to get a win. She scored four goals, and had one assist and two steals. 

Aunyka Uresti, Berean Christian volleyball: The senior setter was an integral part of Berean Christian’s run to a CIF Division V championship. Uresti had a total of 82 assists, 32 digs, and 13 kills in the NorCal final against Hanford and the state championship against Victory Christian Academy. 

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