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Winners of the Treasure Valley athletes of the week (Feb. 11-16)

Eagle girls basketball celebrates first title in program history

The Eagle High girls basketball team upset previously undefeated Mountain View 51-47 to win the first state championship in program history.
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The Eagle High girls basketball team upset previously undefeated Mountain View 51-47 to win the first state championship in program history.

Voting has closed for the latest Idaho Statesman Athlete of the Week races. Here are the winners.

Caldwell senior Julia Martinez won the vote in girls basketball, pulling in 3,242 (50 percent) of the ballots cast to edge Eagle senior Jaimee McKinnie (46 percent). Martinez hit a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer to send Caldwell to 4A state championship game. You can watch the shot in the video below.

Caldwell’s Julia Martinez made a 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds to beat Minico on Feb. 15, 2019 to earn a trip to the 4A state championship.

Eagle sophomore Cortland Horton took home the top honors in wrestling, earning 1,910 (44 percent) of the 4,365 votes cast. He made a surprise run to win the 195-pound title at last week’s 5A district tournament. He came in as the No. 4 seed and beat a returning 5A state champ before pinning the second seed in the finals.

In boys basketball, North Star Charter Kyle Gardner finished atop the poll with 3,622 (59 percent) of the 6,180 votes cast. The senior racked up 16 points and seven rebounds in a district tournament win over Notus, guaranteeing the Huskies their best finish since the 2013-14 season.

You can see the full results and all the athletes honored in this week’s poll below.

[Related: Eagle girls basketball wins 1st state title | 5A girls basketball all-conference team | 4A girls basketball all-conference team]

All athletes are nominated by area coaches.
Girls basketball athlete of the week
Madison Jackson, Parma (Averaged 18.3 pts, 9.3 rebounds to lead Panthers to 2nd-place finish at state, best in program history)
Julia Martinez, Caldwell (Hit the game-winning 3-pointer to beat Minico, send Caldwell to state finals)
Chevelle Shepherd, Salmon River (25.3 ppg, shot 83% from free-throw line to lead Salmon River to 2nd-place finish at state)
Jaimee McKinnie, Eagle (Scored game-high 19 points, added nine rebounds to lead Mustangs to 1st state title)

All athletes are nominated by area coaches.
Wrestling athlete of the week
Kekana Fouret, Columbia (Won 160-pound district title, his 3rd straight)
Angel Rios, Columbia (Won 138-pound district title, his 3rd straight)
Nico Rodriguez, Columbia (Freshman won 220-pound district title)
Isaac Moss, Mountain View (Placed 2nd at district a year after finishing 10th)
Brody von Brethorst, Weiser (Won 152-pound district title, led team to 4th straight team championship)
Cortland Horton, Eagle (Won 195-pound district title as No. 4 seed)
Alex Ojukwu, Boise (Won 220-pound district title with all pins; hasn't lost to Idaho wrestler this season)

All athletes are nominated by area coaches. 
Boys basketball athlete of the week
Kade Sorenson, Capital (27 pts, 14-16 free throws in OT win over Boise at district)
Kyle Gardner, North Star Charter (16 pts, 7 rebounds vs. Notus in district tournament win)
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Michael Lycklama has covered Idaho high school sports since 2007. He’s won national awards for his work uncovering the stories of the Treasure Valley’s best athletes and investigating behind-the-scenes trends.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.

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