RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its Athlete of the Week winners for Week 8 (October 15-21, 2017), Wednesday.
Each week throughout the school year, the WIAA recognizes varsity athletes who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week (based off of nominations). All varsity level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible to receive the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award. Students may win the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award once during any given academic year.
Nominations are open to athletic administrators, coaches, fans and members of the media, with a weekly deadline of Tuesday at noon PT.
Week 8 Winners Devon Schneider, Eastmont, Football (SR)
Schneider had a stellar game for the Wildcats, as he rushed 22 times for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the victory over Davis. He also had 50 yard touchdown reception and an interception on the goal line.
Mia Campo, Mount Si, Soccer (FR)
Campo scored two goals and had one assist in two wins last week for the Wildcats. She scored in the first 90 seconds against Woodinville and assisted on the game-winning goal in the second half. Campo also netted a breakaway goal, which helped defeat Newport (Bellevue).
Yassin Abdullahi, Ingraham, Football (SR)
Abdullahi totaled 305 rushing yards on 17 carries last week, adding 79 yards receiving, three touchdowns, and two sacks.
Lauryn Nguyen, West Seattle, Golf (FR)
Nguyen led her team to a third place finish at the 3A Metro League Tournament. Individually, she shot 4-under-par (65) on her way to winning the individual title and Metro League Player of the Year. Nguyen’s finished seven strokes better than her competition.
Kyler Villarreal, Othello, Football (SR)
Villarreal rushed 17 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns, in a 29-25 victory over Toppenish on 10/20.
Saisha Morales, Steilacoom, Volleyball (SO)
Morales helped her team earn wins over Tyee and Orting, with a combined total of 54 digs, seven aces, and two kills.
Gerardo, Ledezma, Wahluke, Football (JR)
The defensive end tallied 10 quarterback hurries, forced two fumbles, and had a sack in their win over Kiona-Benton. Ledezma also played tight end and caught a pass for a 30 yard touchdown.
Emily Gaines, Cascade (Leavenworth), Soccer (SR)
Gaines finished the week with four goals and five assists in two games for the Kodiaks. She also played extremely well at her midfield position with 23 steals.
Jason Townsend, Wilbur-Creston, Football (SR)
Townsend helped lead the Wildcats to their first win over Reardan since 1996, and only the second in school history. In the 14-6 victory, he racked up 67 rushing yards (one touchdown), 61 receiving yards (one touchdown) on offense. Defensively, Townsend had 16 assisted tackles, four solo tackles, two pass break ups, one sack, and forced a fumble.
Makenzy Dysland, Liberty Christian, Volleyball (SR)
Dysland accumulated 41 digs, 28 kills, and 21 aces in nine sets against Walla Walla Valley Academy, Prescott, and DeSales.
Ricardo Pineda, WA School for the Deaf, Football (SR)
Pineda was 9 of 25 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns against Mary M. Knight on 10/19. He also rushed eight times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively he was a force too, with 11 tackles (two for loss).
Maddy Blake, Cedar Tree Classical Christian, Cross Country (FR)
Blake finished in first place at last week’s league championships in Mossyrock, on 10/19.
WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 schools from every corner of the state. Member schools set the structure, rules and regulations for five different activities and sixteen athletics programs at the high school and middle/junior high school level. WIAA staff helps interpret and oversee rule-making decisions and policies, assist member schools with questions and provide accessible and responsive assistance to help athletic and activities programs run smoothly. Learn more about WIAA at www.wiaa.com.