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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 Sept. 11-16.
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On to the nominees:
Marley Alcantara, Pittsburg football: The junior threw five touchdown passes as Pittsburg rallied at home to edge California 38-35 in a nonleague thriller. The victory improved the Pirates’ record to 4-0.
Jacob Alvarado, Milpitas football: The senior ran for 328 yards and four touchdowns in 13 carries as Milpitas rolled over Santa Clara 56-14 in a nonleague game. The Trojans improved to 3-0.
Quinn Boyd, Granada football: The senior completed 11 for 14 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 58 yards and two TDs to lead Granada to a 56-20 victory over Berkeley. Granada is 3-1.
Lucas Cohen, Albany cross country: The senior finished first in the three-mile race at the Farmer Invitational at Hayward High, covering the distance in a course-record 14 minutes, 37.80 seconds. Albany finished third in the team standings.
Mason Furtado, Woodside football: In a game that ended with a stop at the goal line as time expired, Furtado led the Woodside defense with 10 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, as the Wildcats prevailed over rival Sequoia 17-14. Woodside upped its record to 3-1.
Jake Goldsworthy, Amador Valley football: The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns to help the Dons win a nonleague thriller over previously undefeated Monte Vista 41-34. Amador Valley improved to 3-1.
Noah Gutierrez, Alhambra water polo: Led the way with seven goals as the Bulldogs defeated Granada 19-11. In his team’s 13-4 victory over Pinole Valley, the junior finished with four goals, three steals and one assist. Alhambra is 6-2.
Brady Jung, Menlo School football: The senior caught four passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns as Menlo defeated Menlo-Atherton 28-13 in a nonleague game. The Knights improved to 4-0.
Joshua Oludayo, Oakland football: Ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns, returned a punt 73 yards for another TD and had two interceptions and three tackles for loss as Oakland improved to 3-0 with a 38-0 victory over Hercules.
Kyle Pollace, Prospect water polo: In his team’s victories last week over Evergreen Valley and Independence, the junior scored six goals. He had two in an 11-9 win over Evergreen Valley and four in a 15-0 rout of Independence as Prospect improved to 3-1.