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

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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 April 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.

Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and 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:

Niarah Aimonetti, Del Mar softball: Aimonetti, a sophomore, was 3 for 3 with a home run and a double. She had five RBIs and also scored four runs. The sophomore is batting .683 and has 30 RBIs so far this season. 

Essence Anderson-Brown, James Logan track and field: Anderson Brown, a sophomore, won the 100-meter race by the smallest possible margin over older sister Nyarah Anderson-Brown at the Clash of Titans meet. Essence ran the race in 12.43, and Nyarah ran it in 12.44. 

Lilia Brack, Alameda track and field: Brack, a senior, won the 100-meter hurdles at Skyline HS’s Clash of the Titans meet, running it in 17.68. That was the third time she had won the 100-meter hurdles this season. 

Lovanita Cabanas, Hayward softball: Cabanas, a senior, hit two home runs and had seven RBIs in a dominant victory over Tennyson. She ended the week with a .645 batting average and five home runs on the season. 

Sage Huddleston, Menlo School swimming: Huddleston, a senior, took silver medals in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle race at the West Bay Athletic League championships, and helped Menlo take bronze in the 400 freestyle relay. 

Hayley Maravillas, Hillsdale lacrosse: Maravillas, a sophomore, scored four goals in a 16-6 victory over Priory. Maravillas has scored 38 goals in 16 matches for Hillsdale, which improved to 9-7 with the victory. 

Mary Rangel, Notre Dame-San Jose lacrosse: Rangel, a sophomore, scored four goals and had two ground balls in NDSJ’s 15-0 victory over Harker. Rangel has 83 goals and 11 assists in 13 matches. 

Peyton Tsao, St. Francis softball: Tsao, a freshman, hit four home runs in four at-bats this week. Two of her home runs came in the first inning, helping her reach 10 home runs on the season for the No. 2 team in the country according to MaxPreps. 

Danielle Victorian, Skyline track and field: Victorian, a junior, set a personal record and won the shot put event at the Clash of Titans meet when she threw the 4kg item a meet-best 34-11.50. 

Laila Wang, Archbishop Mitty badminton: Wang, a sophomore, She swept each opponent in two sets and averaged to keep her opponents at eight points or less. Wang was awarded the No. 1 seed in women’s singles for league finals. 

Kalia Woo, Mills softball: Woo, a sophomore, threw three perfect innings and struck out six in a victory over Jefferson. In that same game, she also had an RBI and scored a run. Woo has 31 strikeouts in 44 innings this season. 

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