The overcast weather this past week didn't keep down area athletes, who put together bright performances.
This week, we have two softball players, three track and field selections, and three tennis singles players or doubles teams nominated for our Prep Athletes of the 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:
Mission-Arlee-Charlo junior pitcher Tomi Brazill has been the team's workhorse in the circle this season. Tuesday, she tossed the first no-hitter of her career in a 15-0 win over Drummond. She struck out seven batters in the five-inning game. The only runner she allowed came on a hit by pitch.
Hellgate's tennis duo of Olivia Panarella and Hannah Worden qualified for state and won the girls' doubles title at the Western AA divisional. Panarella, a senior, and Worden, a junior, are the only undefeated doubles team from the city of Missoula this season heading into state.
Darby's three-person track and field team of Casey Ehmann, Gracie Lang and Bella Campbell scored 118 points to finish as the District 13-C runner-up. Ehmann won the 100-, 200-meter dashes, and the 100-, 300-meter hurdles. She finished second in the 400-meter dash. Lang swept the three distance races and placed third in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump. Campbell placed second in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, third in the 800-meter run, fourth in the high jump and fifth in the long jump.
Polson pitcher Vanessa Kent got the win in the circle in all four of Polson's games at the two-day LaVerne Combo softball invitational in Butte. Saturday, she threw 3 2/3 innings of no-hit softball in a 17-5 win over Miles City. Kent has been the go-to starter for Polson, which has clinched the Northwest A title for the first time since 2013.
Sentinel senior Jake Treece won the Western AA divisional tennis boys' singles title this past week, defeating teammate Connor D'Angelo in a three-set championship match. Treece will enter the State AA meet this week in Kalispell as a No. 1 seed.
Bigfork's tennis duo of twins Colton and Clayton Reichenbach won the boys' doubles title at the Western B-C divisional and qualified for the state tournament. The juniors will look to improve upon their fifth-place finish at last year's Class B state tournament.
Noxon track and field junior Levi Brubaker won the triple jump and the long jump at the District 14-C meet. He set personal records in both, with a triple jump of 42 feet, 9.5 inches and a long jump of 20 feet, 0.75 inches. His triple jump is third in Class C and tops among area competitors. He also placed sixth in the 100-meter dash.
Charlo track and field junior Landers Smith won three individual events and was on two winning relay teams at the District 14-C meet. He emerged victorious in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the pole vault, and he ran the final leg of the winning 400- and 1,600-meter relays.