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Winners of the Treasure Valley athletes of the week (April 8-14)

Voting for this week’s edition of the Treasure Valley athletes of the week has closed. Full results and capsules are available below, and here are the winners in each sport:

  • Boys track: Zack Ramos, Caldwell
  • Girls track: Megan Rowley, Cascade
  • Softball: Thalia Guarjardo, Wilder
  • Baseball: Ike George, Bishop Kelly
  • Golf: Luke Birkinbine, Compass Charter
  • Tennis: Jennifer Wong and Greta Walser, Boise

Here are last week’s athlete of the week winners.


Skyler Mackenzie, Fruitland: The senior and three-sport athlete broke a 39-year-old school record in the long jump by recording a jump of 21 feet, 8 inches to win the Middleton Invite.

Alec Bindner, Capital: The senior won three events at the Patriot Invite — the 300 hurdles (39.15 seconds), the long jump (22-0.75) and the triple jump (44-3). He currently has the best mark in 5A in all four of his events, including the pole vault.

Zack Ramos, Caldwell: The senior and Idaho State signee dominated the throwing events at the Patriot Invite, winning the shot put at 52-9 and the discus at 163-9. He’s Idaho’s all-class leader in the discus (165-11).

Ethan Brands, Nampa Christian: The senior won the 100 (11.07), 200 (22.39) and 400 (51.41) at the Middleton Invite. His times in the 100 and 200 set Nampa Christian program records, and his 200 time is the top in all of Idaho’s classifications.

Jerell Lucas, Rocky Mountain: The sophomore won the discus at the prestigious Pasco Invite in Washington at 163-2, the third best throw in the state this season in all classes.

Boys track athlete of the week
Skyler Mackenzie, Fruitland
Alec Bindner, Capital
Zach Ramos, Caldwell
Ethan Brands, Nampa Christian
Jerell Lucus, Rocky Mountain
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Carlee Heindel, Middleton: The senior won the 300 hurdles at the Middleton Invite in 45.78 seconds, the second fastest time in the state this spring in any classification.

Maggie Liebich, Boise: The Princeton-bound senior set meet records at the Patriot Invite in the 800 (2:15.52) and the 1,600 (4:55.03). She also ran a leg of the Braves’ second-place 4x400 relay team, leading Boise to the team title.

Megan Rowley, Cascade: The freshman and first-year track athlete set a personal record in the 800 at the Middleton Invite by 13 seconds, then broke it again by one second at the Wildcat Invite (3:03.26).

Girls track athlete of the week
Carlee Heindel, Middleton
Maggie Liebich, Boise
Megan Rowley, Cascade
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Thalia Guarjardo, Wilder: The senior was a dual threat for the Wildcats, striking out nine in 11 innings pitched. She also went 5-for-6 with a double and three RBIs.

Naomi Butterfield, Timberline: The junior went 6-for-9 with a home run, five runs and four RBIs in three games. She also pitched a complete game to lead the Wolves to their first win over Rocky Mountain in eight years.

Laura Lockard, Bishop Kelly: The senior cranked two home runs and drove in 11 runs as part of a 6-for-7 week, leading the Knights to a 2-0 record.

Taiylor Myers, New Plymouth: The senior batted .750 for the week while playing flawless defense for the Pilgrims.

Riley McGrath, Mountain View: The sophomore hit two home runs, drove in five runs, scored five runs and stole a base as part of a 5-for-9 week. She hit a two-out, game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh against Rocky Mountain in a game the Mavericks went on to win in the eighth.

Reiss McIntyre, Ridgevue: The sophomore shined both at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle. She won her only start of the week to improve to 7-0, striking out nine in six innings. She also went 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, five RBIs and three runs.

Brooke Lane, Horseshoe Bend: The junior team captain racked up seven hits, seven RBIs and eight runs in three games. She also struck out 26 in three games to lead the Mustangs to a 2-1 week.

Aleysa Garcia, Caldwell: The junior second baseman went 2-for-4 with a double against Ridgevue to raise her season batting average to .417.

Softball athlete of the week
Thalia Guarjardo, Wilder
Naomi Butterfield, Timberline
Laura Lockard, Bishop Kelly
Taiylor Myers, New Plymouth
Riley McGrath, Mountain View
Reiss McIntyre, Ridgevue
Brooke Lane, Horseshoe Bend
Aleysa Garcia, Caldwell


Ike George, Bishop Kelly: The junior lead the 4A SIC-leading Knights to two conference wins by going 6-for-8 (.750) at the plate with three runs and three RBIs.

Jon Milner, Mountain View: The senior and four-year varsity starter led the Mavericks to a 3-0 week with wins over Rocky Mountain, Centennial and Skyview. Milner went 5-for-9 (.555) with three runs and three RBIs.

Baseball athlete of the week
Ike George, Bishop Kelly
Jon Milner, Mountain View
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Luke Birkinbine, Compass Charter: The freshman shot a 39 at TimberStone, the lowest score by a Compass Charter golfer in program history.

Kobe Peterson, Ridgevue: The sophomore shot a team-low 41 to lead the Warhawks to a second-place finish at a 4A SIC boys meet at Purple Sage.

Brett Littrell, Meridian: The senior and Lewis & Clark State College signee led the Warriors to a dual win over Timberline with a score of 44, earning medalist honors on a windy day.

Golf athlete of the week
Luke Birkinbine, Compass Charter
Kobe Peterson, Ridgevue
Brett Littrell, Meridian
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Carson O’Hara, Rocky Mountain: The freshman won the boys No. 3 singles tournament at the Tri-Cities Invitational, dropping just three sets over the weekend.

Jennifer Wong and Greta Walser, Boise: The former state championship duo reunited, and they knocked off the defending state championship doubles team from Timberline 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Brenna Murri and Kaley Miller, Middleton: The undefeated and defending 4A state doubles champion went 2-0 for the week, including a straight set win over Vallivue’s previously undefeated girls doubles pair.

Tennis athlete of the week
Carson O'Hara, Rocky Mountain
Jennifer Wong and Greta Walser, Boise
Brenna Murri and Kaley Miller, Middleton
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