Below are the VNN Athlete of the Week Nominees for the week of June 7 through 13. Voting is open until Thursday at 4pm, so be sure to vote for who you feel is most deserving and spread the word. Users may vote once per day.
VNN Athlete of the Week Nominees: June 7-13
Jaylynn Benson, Sugar River girls soccer: The Sugar River girls soccer team took home a regional championship this past weekend in dominating fashion. Benson spearheaded that dominance, first by scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in a 9-0 win over Jefferson. The senior forward then added another four goals in a 7-1 win over Edgerton in the regional finals.
Maya Brenna, Barron/Cumberland girls soccer: The Barron-Cumberland co-op team took home a pair of regional wins this past week and Brenna led the way. First in a 10-0 blowout of Amery, she accounted for half the goals, scoring three of her own and assisting on two more. The senior then had another two goals as they topped Somerset 4-2 in the regional finals.
Ty Kretz, Marinette boys golf: Kretz was the lone golfer to shoot under par at the Wautoma Sectional held at Wausahara Country Club last week. The senior shot a 69, two under par to take home medalist honors. As a team, Marinette won the Division 2 sectional behind top finisher Kretz.
Morgan Smetana, Baldwin-Woodville softball: Baldwin-Woodville finished the regular season a perfect 17-0 on the year and Smetana has been dominant all year. Nothing changed this past week as she collected two wins over New Richmond and Prescott. First in a 6-1 win over New Richmond, the junior pitcher allowed 0 earned runs, two hits and struck out 13 in a complete game. Smetana followed that up with a complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over Prescott. She struck out 11 and allowed only two hits.
Ashton Swanson, Seneca baseball: Swanson has been great for the Indians all season on the mound and at the plate. Last week he pitched a complete game shutout in a 10-0 win over Kickapoo/La Farge, striking out 13 batters and only allowing two hits. In the following 13-4 win over North Crawford, Swanson wasn't on the mound but excelled at the plate. He went three for four with a home run, three RBIs and two stolen bases. On the season, Swanson has struck out 70 strikeouts in 43 and 2/3 innings.
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