Nominees for The Columbian prep athlete of the week for the week of March 8-17. (Yes, I know that’s longer than a week. The spring sports season started on Friday, March 8. We weren’t going to do an athlete of the week for a two-day period so we extended this first period. Forgive us!)
CHLOE BARTEK, COLUMBIA RIVER GIRLS GOLF: After finishing seventh in the Class 3A state championships last year, Bartek opened the 2013 season with an even-par 37. She was the only golfer from Southwest Washington to score in the 30s in the opening week.
DAKOTA CLEVIDENCE, HERITAGE BASEBALL: Hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in the first game of the season. Ended up with 10 hits and 13 RBIs in four games. Heritage already has more wins this year than last season.
ALEXA EFRAIMSON, CAMAS GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: She finished first in the 1,500 in a field of college and post-college athletes at the Oregon Preview meet at legendary Hayward Field in Eugene. Her time of 4 minutes, 19 seconds would have won the Oregon state title last spring by 12 seconds.
SAMMI HAMPTON, SKYVIEW TENNIS: The defending Class 4A state individual champion won her first two matches of the season in straight sets, including a victory over Akari Baba of Prairie, also a state champion.
MAKAYLA LEFEVER, WOODLAND SOFTBALL: The Class 1A Beavers beat a couple of solid 3A programs behind the pitching of Lefever. She struck out eight in a 2-0 win over Mountain View and she had 11 strikeouts in five innings in a 3-2 win over Prairie.
ALEX OLSON, RIDGEFIELD BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Won the Rainier Icebreaker Invitational, a meet featuring six teams, with a throw of 146 feet, 9 inches with the discus. It is early, of course, but that’s in the top five among all Class 2A boys in Washington.
ERIK POWELL, SETON CATHOLIC SOCCER: This guy would give announcer Andres Cantor laryngitis. Goaaaaalllllllllll! Powell scored nine goals in the first two matches of the season.
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Voting will continue until 8 p.m. Thursday and be announced in Friday’s edition of The Columbian.