Football and fútbol take center stage this week with a combined four stars from the gridiron and four — three girls and one boy — from the soccer pitch. A pair of volleyball stars also made the cut.
It's up to you to decide whether it was the football, fútbol or a volleyball player who had the standout week.
Each week, we nominate an equal number of boys and girls for our “Prep Athletes of the Week.” Readers will be able to vote for one boy and one girl in polls that appear by noon Monday at Missoulian.com. Voting will be open through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The winners will be published in the Missoulian’s Prep Extra section each Thursday.
Here are this week’s nominees:
Hamilton's Bridger Bauder helped the Broncs gain a crucial Southwest A football win against Butte Central on Friday, 40-19. The Broncs running back carried the ball 23 times for 260 yards and two touchdowns, including an 85-yard score in the third quarter. He also connected on a pair of PAT's in the win.
Clark Fork's Connor Voll was asked to fill in at quarterback on Saturday against Darby and helped his Mountain Cats move up in the Western C 8-man standings with a 46-22 win. Voll, who is the team's third-string quarterback, shifted over from his wide receiver position and scored five touchdowns for Clark Fork (2-5 overall) in the win. He added a pair of 2-point conversion runs as well.
Noxon's Levi Brubaker scored his team's first five touchdowns in the Red Devils' 49-14 conference win against Sheridan on Friday. The first four came on the ground, as he broke free for gains of 7, 47, 37 and 31 yards. He added a 5-yard receiving touchdown from Rylan Weltz in the third quarter.
Loyola Sacred Heart's Scott Twite was an efficient 12-for-15 passing for 182 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams' 54-14 road win against Anaconda on Friday. Twite had help from another contender for a Prep Athlete nomination, David Koppang, who came down with all four of Twite's passing touchdowns. The Loyola QB, though, added 40 rushing yards on just four carries, as the Rams improved to 4-3 overall, 3-1 in conference.
Polson's Robin Erickson had a monster week on the soccer pitch. After the Pirates' 7-1 win against Libby on Tuesday, Erickson scored four second-half goals in a 6-3 comeback win against Whitefish on Thursday. He finished the week with a hat trick and an assist in another big win against Libby, 10-1.
Missoula Sentinel's Aisley Allen started the week with a goal and an assist to help the Spartans deal Kalispell Glacier its first loss of the season, 4-2. Allen added another two goals and an assist in Sentinel's 4-1 win against crosstown rival Missoula Hellgate on Thursday. The two wins have Sentinel (3-3-3 overall) back in the thick of the Western AA race.
Whitefish's Anna Cook helped her squad capture two Northern A wins last week and maintain the Bulldogs' slim edge in the standings over conference rival Columbia Falls. Cook scored two goals in Whitefish's 5-1 win against Bigfork on Saturday, and she added a score in the Dogs' 2-0 win against Polson on Thursday.
Loyola Sacred Heart's Syd Koppang had two goals and at least one assist in the Breakers' two soccer wins last week. On Thursday, Koppang assisted on Ceci Benson's goal just three minutes into Loyola's eventual 5-1 win against Bigfork. Koppang added a penalty kick goal six minutes later. On Saturday, the Loyola striker scored the first goal of the game in the Breakers' 3-1 win over Corvallis.
Kalispell Glacier's Kali Gulick had the top two kill performances in the region last week, making her a must-add to the Prep Athlete of the Week nominations. She recorded 19 kills and added an impressive 12 blocks in Glacier's five-set win against Missoula Hellgate on Tuesday. Gulick also led the Wolfpack in kills (18), digs (10), blocks (4) and aces (2) in Glacier's four-set win against Missoula Big Sky on Thursday.
Plains' Lindsay Laws was all about the helpers last week. In each of the Trotters' volleyball wins, Laws led her team in digs and aces. She added another team-high 16 assists in Plains' three-set win against rival Hot Springs, where she also had 10 digs and four aces.