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Winners of the Treasure Valley athletes of the week (Sept. 9-15)

Voting has ended for the Idaho Statesman’s and Edmark Toyota’s Treasure Valley Athlete of the Week contest. Here are the winners, and you can see the full results and recaps of every nominated athlete below.

  • Football: Andy Peters, Timberline
  • Volleyball: Brooke Weimer, Cole Valley Christian
  • Boys soccer: Angel Venegas, Kuna
  • Girls soccer: Avalynn Creaser, Ridgevue
  • Swimming: Xander Smith, Meridian

You can also view the Week 1 and Week 2 winners at those links.


Covy Kelly, Garden Valley: The junior hauled in seven catches for 294 yards and five TDs in the Wolverines’ 44-12 win over Glenns Ferry, including a school-record, 93-yard TD catch.

Andy Peters, Timberline: The senior quarterback helped the Wolves snap a 12-game losing streak by leading a 20-point rally in the final two minutes for a 26-25 win at Meridian. Peters completed 28-of-46 passes for 343 yards and four TDs, including a game-winning, 21-yard TD pass as time expired.

Jackson Schultz, Timberline: The senior caught 11 passes for 167 yards and three TDs as the Wolves won their first game since 2017. His 21-yard touchdown catch as time expired snapped Timberline’s 12-game losing streak.

Colby Peugh, Mountain View: The senior caught the game-tying and game-winning TD passes as the Mavericks rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Capital 21-14. He finished with 148 receiving yards in the victory and also served as Mountain View’s punter, punt returner and holder on extra points.

Cody Walker, Wilder: The junior turned just nine carries into 168 yards and three TDs in a 52-24 win over Salmon River. He also racked up 12 tackles, five tackles for a loss and forced a fumble for the Wildcats.

Lan Larison, Vallivue: The senior quarterback accounted for 370 total yards of offense and three TDs in the Falcons’ 47-7 win at Emmett. He ran for 238 yards and two TDs on 15 carries, completed 10-of-23 passes for 101 yards and caught one pass for 31 yards and a score.

Sean Austin, Kuna: The junior quarterback threw for 353 yards and four TDs and added an 11-yard TD run to lead the Kavemen to a 57-21 win vs. Ridgevue.

Donavon Estrada, Nampa: The senior quarterback accounted for four touchdowns — three passing and one rushing — and 204 total yards as the Bulldogs’ topped Mountain Home 42-6.

Cash Cowdery, Middleton: The Vikings’ wide receiver made the most of his four catches, racking up 103 yards and three TDs in Middleton’s 54-0 win vs. Caldwell.

Brett Spencer, Weiser: The quarterback threw for 167 yards and three TDs and added another rushing touchdown as undefeated Weiser upset 3A power Gooding 45-42.

Pete Knudson, McCall-Donnelly: The senior quarterback completed 7-of-9 passes for 298 yards and five TDs as the Vandals routed Dayton-Waitsburg of Washington 68-0.

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Rachel Miller, Payette: The senior racked up nine kills, seven blocks and an ace for the Pirates last week.

Brooke Weimer, Cole Valley Christian: The senior totaled 44 kills and 41 digs to lead the Chargers to wins over Ambrose, Melba and Marsing.

Carissa Chainey, Middleton: The junior led the Vikings to a pair of five-set wins over Kuna and Bishop Kelly with 34 kills, 23 digs and four blocks.

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Angel Venegas, Kuna: The senior captain was under fire last week, but he stopped 18 shots to lead the Kavemen to a draw and a loss. He was the only boys soccer athlete nominated, so he is the de facto winner.


Avalynn Creaser, Ridgevue: The junior came off the bench to score a pair of goals against Emmett, both on headers. All three of her goals this season came off headers.

Abby Smith, Fruitland: The senior scored six goals and added two assists as the Grizzlies went 2-0-1 for the week. That includes a hat trick against Payette and an equalizer in the draw vs. Weiser.

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No athletes were nominated this week.


Xander Smith, Meridian: The junior won three races at the Nampa Meet, winning the 200 individual medley, the 100 backstroke and leading the Warriors’ 200 medley relay to a first-place finish.

Brayden Sawyer, Borah: The junior broke two of his own school records Friday, setting new marks in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 17.77 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.02).

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