Bay Area News Group Male Athlete of the Week



Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Time) boys Athlete of the week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of nominees who have stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performance from October 10-15.

Polling stations close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you want until then.

But please note: Email votes are not counted.

Scroll down for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and, beginning September 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at high [email protected].

We accept applications until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review statistics submitted to MaxPreps by team coaches/statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Matteo Congdon, Monte Vista Soccer: In a 21-0 upset against 20th-ranked Amador Valley, the junior completed 18 of 29 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns — both in the first half. The win ended a four-game losing streak and improved Monte Vista’s record to 2-5 on aggregate and 1-1 in the league.

Davion Dunkley, De Anza football: The junior caught four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns and also intercepted a pass as De Anza cruised to a 46-13 win over Salesian in the Tri-County Athletic League rock division game. He also had three passes defended as De Anza improved to 4-3, 2-0.

Cameron Jones, Foothill Water Polo: The junior scored five goals, had one assist and had two interceptions to lead the Falcons past Heritage 11-7 in a non-league game. In a 12-11 overtime win over Clayton Valley Charter the previous week, he had six goals, one assist and one steal. Jones started this week with 80 goals and 23 assists this season for a team that is 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the league.

Mattia Longo, Woodside Soccer: The exchange student from Italy, who played rugby at home, blocked a basket in the dying seconds which team-mate Antonio Zamorano returned for a touchdown to clinch a 34-27 win over Fremont-Sunnyvale. Woodside led by one when Fremont attempted a game-winning 26-yard field goal.

Sean Morello, Albany Cross Country: Finished first in Race #1 at the 39th P. Wilder XC Mariner Invitational at Hayward High School, covering the three-mile distance in a personal best 14:28.4. The senior was more than eight seconds faster than the second. Also finished first earlier in the week in a race that included five other schools.

Owen Neitzel, water polo Leigh: In four games during the week – three wins, one loss – the senior led the Longhorns with 31 goals and nine assists. Leigh reached the final of the Harbor High School tournament. Among the stats reported to MaxPreps, Neitzel started this week leading the Central Coast section with 162 points (137 goals, 25 assists). Leigh is 12-7, 2-2.

Anthony Noto, preparation football at the Sacred Heart: The junior running back/linebacker rushed for 128 and two touchdowns on 15 carries, caught a pass for six yards and had seven tackles (one for a loss) as the Gators beat Burlingame 24-0 in the PAL game/ SCVAL Bay Division. SHP is 6-1, 2-0.

Danny Scudero, Archbishop Mitty Football: With Mitty trailing Bellarmine by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Sacramento State commitment returned a 90-yard kickoff for a touchdown to tie the score 17-17. He later caught a 24-yard touchdown pass to complete a 31-17 win that improved Mitty’s record to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League. Scudero finished with 223 all-purpose yards.

Jeaden Underwood, King’s Academy Football: In a 41-7 victory over Cupertino, the junior rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and blocked a punt, which he recovered for a touchdown. TKA improved to 5-2 on aggregate and 3-0 in the league.

Dashiell Weaver, Campolindo football: In a clash between undefeated sides, the senior completed 24 of 33 passes for 269 and three touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a TD as Campolindo edged visiting Acalanes 27-24 to advance to 7-0 at the aggregate and 2-0 in the Diablo Athletic Foothill Division of the league.

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