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Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) Female Athlete of the Week Poll.
For the entire academic year, we will compile a list of candidates who stood out during the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.
This week we consider performances from February 5-10.
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Let’s move on to the nominees:
Piper Bertani, Leigh footballer: Bertani, a senior, scored three total goals against Leland and Lincoln-San Jose as a defender. Bertani is co-captain of a team that finished the week 16-0-1.
Anusha Chadalavada, Fremont-Sunnyvale basketball: Chadalavada, a senior, scored 22 points in Fremont’s 68-38 win over Homestead. Three of his points came at the buzzer to end the third quarter.
Tera Chen, San Ramon Valley basketball: Chen, a senior, scored 12 points in San Ramon Valley’s East Bay Athletic League championship victory over Carondelet. She also played frenetic defense against the Cougars’ talented guards.
Snowe DeLeon, Mt. Enjoyable Basketball: DeLeon, a junior, scored a game-high 21 points on 10-16 shooting from the floor in a win over Prospect. This helped DeLeon average 22.5 points per game for the season.
Jasleen Dhaliwal, Milpitas basketball: Dhaliwal, a senior, had 11 points and six rebounds in a win over Wilcox. She finished the week averaging 11 points and seven rebounds for the season.
Gianna Giusto, Carondelet football: Giusto, a senior, scored three goals – a hat-trick – in a win over Foothill in the EBAL playoffs. She also helped her Angelina score a goal to cap off her impressive play.
Julia Ignatov, American footballer: Ignatov, a junior, scored two goals and handed out two assists against Irvington. She also scored twice in another win over Mission San Jose. Her efforts helped the American win her first championship title since 1991.
Maylen Montoya, Amador Valley soccer: Montoya, a junior, scored a goal and had an assist in the Dons’ 3-0 win over Carondelet in the East Bay Athletic League championship game. She also scored and assisted in the semifinal win over San Ramon Valley. Amador Valley improved to 10-1-1.
Karena Shah, Mountain View soccer player: Shah, Mountain View’s team captain, scored four goals against Saratoga and one against Palo Alto last week. That gave him 17 goals in 18 games, and his 56 goals are a program record.
Dulci Vail, Acalanes basketball: Vail, a junior, scored 36 points in Acalanes’ Diablo Athletic League championship victory over Miramonte. Vail scored 25 of his points in the first half. She also scored 20 points in the semifinal win over Northgate.
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