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Erie Times-News Breakout Athlete of the Week nominees

Fans can vote for the Breakout Athlete of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. with the winners being featured in the Erie Times-News. Fans are encouraged to nominate athletes by 5 p.m. each Saturday by sending an e-mail to Athletes who have won this season are no longer eligible.

Note: There are no swimming polls because there was no swimming competition this week. This is also the final wrestling poll of the season.

Boys basketball
Coty Gander, Lakeview – Finished with 10 points and hit several big free throws in a 44-40 win over Quaker Valley.
Trey Staunch, West Middlesex – Scored 24 points in a thrilling 55-50 overtime win against Jeannette.
Matt Harris, Cathedral Prep – Scored 17 points, all in the first half, to lead the Ramblers to a 79-54 win over Seneca Valley.
Alex Borges, Mercyhurst Prep – Had 15 points and 14 rebounds in a 56-46 win over Brockway.
Kendall Bonnett, Girard – Connected on a crucial free throw with five seconds left to help the YellowJackets upset Mars 66-62.
Jaymon Mason, General McLane – Had another huge effort with 32 points in a 67-42 win over Thomas Jefferson.
Malquan Pullium, Strong Vincent – Scored 22 points in a 71-54 loss to Chartiers Valley.
Logan Herzberger, Cochranton – Had 18 points in a 76-48 loss to Clairton.
Chris James, Kennedy Catholic – Scored 13 points in a 54-45 loss to Lincoln Park.

Girls basketball
Courtney Sargent, Kennedy Catholic – Scored 14 points to help the Golden Eagles hold off North Catholic 45-36.
Holly Grober, Hickory – Finished with 13 points in a 71-44 loss to South Park.
Tenasia Law, Franklin – Scored 16 points in a 66-46 win over Ligonier Valley.
Karlee McBride, Villa Maria – Had 18 points in a tough 45-28 loss to Hopewell.
Abby Clulow, Cochranton - Scored 11 points in a 67-43 loss to Serra Catholic.
McKenzie Popatak, Sharpsville – Finished with 20 points in a 38-32 win over Brookville.
Danielle Barnes, North East – Came off the bench to provide some big minutes with several starters in foul trouble in a 59-49 win over McGuffey.
Michelle Jahn, General McLane – Scored 12 points in a 51-34 win over Jeannette.
Marissa Molnar, McDowell – Bombed away with three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points in a 50-49 loss to Gateway.

Andrew Welton, Central Tech – Made school history by making the PIAA Class AAA championship match and walking away with a silver medal.
Jake Gromacki, Cathedral Prep – Picked up a fourth-place medal at the PIAA Class AAA championships.
Tyree Spearman, McDowell – Finished in fifth place at the PIAA Class AAA championships.
Ossie Bowers, General McLane – Finished with an eighth-place medal at the PIAA Class AAA championships.
Devin Brown, Saegertown – Picked up a pin in overtime to win the PIAA Class AA 106-pound championship.
Austin Matthews, Reynolds – Earned his fourth state medal and won the PIAA Class AA 152-pound championship.
Michael Bonner, Sharon – Picked up a third-place medal at the PIAA Class AA championships.
Taylor Fox, Fort LeBoeuf - Earned a fourth-place medal at the PIAA Class AA championships.
Cam Cyphert, Cochranton – Took home a third-place medal at the PIAA Class AA championships.
Tim Vargo, Union City – Won in overtime to earn fifth place at the PIAA Class AA championships.

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