|RENTON, Wash. - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its WIAA/Gesa Athlete of the Week winners for Week 2 (Feb. 23-March 1), Thursday.|
Each week, the WIAA and Gesa Credit Union will recognize WIAA student-athletes for outstanding performances and impactful contributions in their communities. Nominations are open to athletic administrators, coaches, fans and members of the media, with a weekly deadline of Tuesday at 8 a.m.
To view archives of previous winners, visit the WIAA website.
Week 2 Winners
KODY ANGUS - Waitsburg-Mansfield Football (SR)
The senior tight end had six receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-6 victory over Entiat. Defensively, Angus secured eight tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack, a pass defended, and forced a fumble.
TALON BETTS - Rochester Football (JR)
Betts rushed for 218 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns in last week's 40-34 win over Centralia. He also hauled in four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Betts also impacted the other side of the ball with four tackles, two tackles for a loss, and 115 kick-return yards.
BELA CERICEROS - Kamiak Football (SR)
Cericeros is an outstanding multi-sport athlete, a senior class officer, and carries a 3.96 GPA. Not only has she been a varsity athlete in cross country, track, and soccer, but this year she decided to challenge herself by participating on the varsity football team, where she has secured a spot as a kicker. The senior also pushes herself academically by taking 10 AP classes and competing in science competitions across the state (winning top awards numerous times), with a passion for aerospace engineering.
ASHLYN HANSON - Crosspoint Volleyball (SR)
Hanson has helped lead her team in two victories as the starting setter. She racked up 29 assists against Neah Bay, and has consistently shown positive leadership as co-captain. Additionally, Hanson is a stellar student and plans to tackle nursing school in her future.
GABRIELLA MACKENZIE - Burlington-Edison Volleyball (SR)
Mackenzie had an amazing week of play with a grand total of 80 kills, including a 31-kill match against Anacortes. She is averaging 7.1 kills per set and 3.7 digs per set (team leader in both). The week prior the senior totaled 54 kills, 37 digs, and seven aces in matches versus Mount Vernon and Lynden Christian.
MAX MALAKOFF - Seattle Academy Golf (SR)
In Malakoff's first match of the season he fired a 33 (-3) at Jefferson Park Golf Course on 2/25. This was his lowest round in a match for the Cardinals and shows the dedication he put in during the off season.
GILLIAN MARTIN - La Salle Soccer (SR)
In her second game of the season, Martin scored five goals to surpass the school record of 117 career goals. Now at the halfway point of the season, she continues to push the record higher with 124 goals to her name. She also excels at being a great leader for her team on and off the field.
RILEY MCCARTHY - Mountain View Football (SR)
McCarthy had 300 yards of total offense in a league win over Kelso. He was 9 of 17 passing for 186 yards, while connecting on four touchdowns. The senior also ran for 124 yards on 15 attempts.
CIERRA MCCARTY - Stadium Swim & Dive (SR)
The senior captain has led the Tigers to a 2-0 record this season, with 1st-place finishes in each of her four individual events and four 1st-place finishes in relays as well. Her 500 freestyle time of 5:19.55 would have qualified for the State Championships. She also holds a 4.0 GPA and continues to be a strong leader for her teammates.
MARINA SMITH - Toledo Soccer (JR)
Smith, the junior midfielder, netted four goals and had three assists in an 8-1 victory over Toutle Lake. She also scored a goal in each game against Stevenson (1-0 OT) and Onalaska (2-1) to help Toledo to an overall record of 4-1.
JALEN WEBBER - Chiawana Football (SR)
Webber scored three touchdowns and caught four passes totaling 125 yards. He also played cornerback on defense the duration of the game.
ALDEN WILLIAMS - Goldendale Cross Country (JR)
Williams won his first high school cross country meet of the year with a personal best of 16:53 (a PR by 57 seconds) and led the Timberwolves to a team win against Seton Catholic, King's Way Christian, and Columbia High Schools. Williams also takes a full load of Running Start classes and maintains a 3.98 GPA.