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

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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. 22-27.

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.

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

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

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

On to the nominees:

Elliot Conley, San Ramon Valley basketball: The junior scored 21 points, 17 before halftime, to help lead the Wolves to a 58-45 victory on the road over Dublin in East Bay Athletic League play. Also had nine points in a 74-50 victory over Foothill as SRV improved to 20-4 overall and 6-1 in the league.

David Hernandez Escobar, St. Francis soccer: Scored two goals to lead the Lancers past Sacred Heart Cathedral 4-1 in a West Catholic Athletic League game. Also had a goal in a 2-0 win over Valley Christian as powerhouse St. Francis finished the week 14-0-1 overall and 8-0-1 in the WCAL.

Tyler Jones, Archbishop Mitty basketball: Scored 18 points in a 58-50 comeback victory at home over Serra in West Catholic Athletic League play. The outcome kept the Monarchs within a game of first-place Riordan in the league standings. Also scored 10 points earlier in the week in a victory at Bellarmine.

Ethan Kitch, Gunn basketball: The senior had a terrific performance in his team’s 69-62 loss to Milpitas, finishing with 32 points (6 for 9 from 3-point range) and 10 rebounds. He also 17 points (3 for 5 on 3-pointers) in a 64-61 loss to Los Altos.

Aadi Malali, Dougherty Valley basketball: The senior led the Wildcats to three EBAL victories during the week. Scored 26 in a 59-52 win over Amador Valley, 29 in a 56-53 victory over Monte Vista and 14 in a 58-52 triumph over California as the Wildcats improved to 15-9 overall and 4-3 in the league.

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Sean Odle, Wilcox soccer: The junior scored two goals as the Chargers tied Lynbrook 3-3 in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division play. in the previous match, he had a goal and assist in a 3-2 victory over Cupertino. Wilcox began this week 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the league.

Eric Preston, Pinole Valley soccer: The 5-foot-6, 120-pound sophomore was a scoring machine in two matches, finishing with seven goals and an assist in a 9-0 victory over Swett and two goals in a 4-0 win over De Anza as Pinole Valley improved to 11-3-1 overall and 9-1-1 in the Tri-County Athletic League Stone Division. Preston has 31 goals and five assists this season.

Declan Sitter, Menlo School soccer: Contributed to three goals as the Knights won two games to improve to 8-0 in the West Bay Athletic League. In a 4-0 win over Harker, Sitter scored the first goal and also assisted on a goal. Earlier, he had an assist in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Springs Uplands.

Cortevious Taylor, Granada basketball: Finished with 23 points and made the game-saving block at the buzzer to propel Granada to a 60-58 victory at home over San Ramon Valley in EBAL play. Also scored 16 points two days later as the Matadors, who are 20-2, 6-1, turned back visiting Dublin 64-50.

Julian Vaucher, Las Lomas basketball: The junior scored 25 points for the second consecutive game as Las Lomas cruised past Berean Christian 84-42 in Diablo Athletic League play. He was 9-for-13 shooting. In the previous game, he had 25 points in an 81-71 victory over Benicia. Las Lomas began this week 13-10, 5-4.

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