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Vote now: Who should be the WaFd Bank Washington High School Athlete of the Week (December 19–December 24)?

Vote now: Who should be the WaFd Bank Washington High School Athlete of the Week (December 19–December 24)?

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Washington High School Athlete of the Week for Dec. 19-24 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday, Jan. 2nd. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivewa.


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.


Julia and Soren Dalen, W.F. West basketball: Presented as a sibling pair since both went off on the same night. Julia, a sophomore, scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting in a non-league victory over Mark Morris. Soren, a junior, registered his sixth double-double of the season - 23 points, 10 rebounds - in a win over Washougal.

Karsyn Freeman, Raymond girls basketball: The forward did all she could against Class 2B top-10 program Rainier, tallying a career-high 45 points (plus five steals), including 12 in the fourth quarter, in a narrow loss. This comes after she had 37 points and 13 rebounds over another top-10 squad - Chief Leschi.

Esmeralda Galindo, Davis girls basketball: Is there an interior standout in the state playing better than this Pirates' senior? She had a game-high 29 points, including four 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds as Davis defeated 1A contender Wapato in a Yakima valley blockbuster.

Tyce Paulsen, Curtis boys basketball: Teammate Zoom Diallo scored a game-high 24 points, but Paulsen was the tone-setter on both ends in the reigning Class 4A champions' victory over Metro League power O'Dea. He scored 23 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

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Tennessee Rainwater, Davenport boys basketball: Quickly establishing himself as the premier 'B' ranks standout, the senior erupted for 32 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Napavine, then had 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists against Columbia of Burbank - victories over 2B top-10 programs.

Keanna Salavea, Heritage girls basketball: She already has a 40-point game in December - and the talented Timberwolves' post player came up big at the GESA Winter Shootout in Wenatchee. She scored 24 points against Federal Way, then had a game-high 19 points against Selah in the tournament title-game victory.

Jazmyn Shipp, Bonney Lake girls basketball: The junior post player registered her seventh double-double in eight games - and this one gave the Panthers a big victory over 4A ranked Emerald Ridge. She had a season-high 22 points (9-of-15 shooting) and 13 rebounds in the win.

Dylan Skaife, Ferris boys basketball: What a week for the junior guard. He sank a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer in a non-league victory at Walla Walla, then poured in 27 points, including three 3-pointers, in a victory over Post Falls (ID).

Jaylin Stewart, Garfield boys basketball: The UConn signee was the class of the Hardwood Invite, scoring a game-high 32 points in the championship game victory over Jefferson (OR). He was named the tournament MVP, averaging 25.5 points on 69 percent shooting, 8.8 boards and 1.5 blocks across four games.

Malakai Weimer, Skyview boys basketball: This ninth grader is already making waves as a frontcourt double-double machine for the unbeaten Storm. He had 19 points and 20 rebounds in a non-league victory over Rogers of Puyallup.

Trinity Wheeler, Wapato girls basketball: All she does is put up big scoring games - and she did it against in a non-league loss to 4A contender Davis. She poured in a season-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, and had eight rebounds in a loss. It capped her third consecutive game of 20 or more points.