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Athlete of the Week Voting: Week of December 4th


Help us decide which male and female athlete should be honored for their outstanding efforts during last week’s local high school sports action.  While you may have a favorite school or athlete already, we still encourage you to read through the lists below and then click on the link to vote.  The winners will be announced later this week.

Voting will remain open until Wednesday at 7 pm.  Only one vote per email address will be allowed.

While athletes can be nominated multiple weeks, the winners will be removed and updates will be provided as the season progresses.

While this may be a vote and emotions can run high, this is intended to bring attention to some of the best performances from our local student-athletes.

Nominations, which are made working with the schools, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Please read about each nominee and then go vote who you feel is most deserving.


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Female Nominees

Keely Bowers (Palmyra / Sr.) – Basketball: Over the course of three games, the senior scored 44 points while knocking down seven three-pointers. She is shooting 56% from beyond the arc and 65% overall. Combined with strong defensive leadership, Bowers has been a major part of the 3-0 start for the Lady Cougars. For her efforts, she was named the MVP of the Fleetwood Tip Off Tournament.

Kailah Correa (Lebanon / Jr.) – Basketball: Scored 10 points in Lebanon’s season-opening win over Manheim Central, distributing the ball effectively to her teammates. Against powerhouse Perk Valley, Correa then scored 21 points.

Kenzie Eckhart (ELCO / So.) – Basketball: Through three games, the sophomore has led ELCO in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per contest.  Each of those games resulted in wins, including a come—from—behind thriller on the road at Pottsville, where Eckhart hit the go-ahead basket in the final minute.

Laci Lesher (Cedar Crest / Sr.) – Basketball: Led Cedar Crest in scoring with 11 points in both games of the Tip Off Tournament they hosted.  For her efforts, she was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Through three games, Lesher has 32 points.

Olivia Shutter (Northern Lebanon / Jr.) – Basketball: In wins over Kutztown and Red Land, Shutter led the Vikings in scoring with 14 and 13 points in the two games.

Male Nominees

Mason Bucks (Palmyra / Sr.) – Wrestling: At the Moon Duals, Bucks went 5-0 wrestling at 172-pounds on the way to helping Palmyra finish 3rd overall. He also wrestled up and won at the 189-pound weight class, aiding the Cougars in defeating Hershey to open their dual meet season.

Ben DiScuillo (Lebanon / Jr.) – Basketball: The junior guard has led the Cedars in scoring through three games, averaging 10.7 points. His 14 points on Saturday were a team high as Lebanon nearly defeated Spring Grove.

Micah Gray (ELCO / Jr.) – Basketball: Named the MVP of the Lebanon Tip Off Tournament after his Raiders defeated Spring Grove and North Schuylkill.  In three games this season, Gray is averaging 16.7 points per game.  Already this season, he has twice scored 19 points.

Fernando Marquez (Cedar Crest / Sr.) – Basketball: Has led Cedar Crest in scoring in three of their first four games. Marquez is averaging 10 points per contest.

Aaron Seidel (Northern Lebanon / Jr.) – Wrestling: At the Air Force Classic held in Tennessee, Seidel won the 120-pound division and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament.  He also secured his 100th victory in his high school varsity career.

Elisha Slabach (Annville-Cleona / Jr.) – Basketball: The sharpshooter has averaged 24 points in Annville’s first four games, serving as their leading scorer as they stand with a 4-0 record.  This effort by Slabach included a 30-point explosion in the season opener against Shenandoah Valley.

Keenan Stoner (New Covenant / Sr.) – Basketball: In the two games of the Cougar Classic hosted by Conestoga Christian, Stoner averaged 9.5 points and 9 rebounds.  He was named to the All-Tournament Team for his near double-double average.

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