Local high school athletes wrapped up the early section of their competitive schedules this past week and now get to rest with the holiday break upon us.
Two area standouts will get an athlete of the week nod for Christmas this year, though.
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. on Wednesday.
The winners will be published in the Missoulian’s Prep Extra section each Thursday.
Here are this week’s nominees:
Philipsburg's Chase Comings scored a thus-far season high among prep basketball players Thursday with 45 points against Alberton, including 37 in the first half of the win.
Hamilton's Robert Few went a perfect 4-0 at the Brawley Classic wrestling tournament in Corvallis to win the 145-pound championship for the second-place Broncs.
The Missoula Bruins' Zach Jaffe scored a hat trick Friday in a hockey victory over Flathead and added two goals Saturday to beat Salmon, Idaho.
Missoula Sentinel's Jace Kovalicky beat Helena's defending champion Landon Bailey, a 120-pound State AA winner last year, on the wrestling mat, 4-2, at 132 pounds Tuesday.
Missoula Big Sky's Luke Entzel took the 170-pound championship at the CMR Holiday Classic wrestling tournament with a 16-1 technical fall victory in the finals.
Missoula Hellgate's Hanni Leach won city swimming titles in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke while also teaming up for Knights' 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay victories.
Ronan's Lee Camel scored 20 points in a District 6-B basketball victory over Florence on Friday. She scored 17 more Saturday in a win over Eureka.
St. Regis's Pilar Field scored 33 points Friday in a victory over Lincoln and then scored 14 the next night against Charlo, including three 3-pointers.
St. Ignatius's Irene Lopez scored 22 points Friday, finishing with all but two of her team's total in a basketball game against Charlo.
Corvallis's Corinne Sanderson scored 13 points and added seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals to help the Blue Devils upset Southwestern A favorite Hamilton in hoops on Friday.