Each week throughout the 2022-23 school year, Star Local Media will recognize one of the standout student-athletes from its coverage area as Athlete of the Week.
Through nominations submitted by coaches, as well as the sports staff’s own research, the entries will be trimmed down to six nominees each week. It’ll come down to a fan vote to decide who is named Athlete of the Week, however — readers have until 7 p.m. Monday to vote for one of the six star athletes below.
(For games played March 6-11)
Ava McDonald, Allen girls soccer
McDonald continues to impress during her sophomore season, and that continued Tuesday in Allen's 2-0 victory over fellow state-ranked powerhouse Prosper. McDonald accounted for both goals in the match, helping the Lady Eagles secure the District 5-6A championship in the process.
Aidan Smith, Lovejoy baseball
Despite a loaded slate that included matchups against Southlake Carroll, Marcus, Allen and Coppell, the Leopards' senior outfielder enjoyed a monster week at the plate. Smith hit 7-of-10 with a double, triple and a home run, and he added a trio of stolen bases for state-ranked Lovejoy.
The Lebanon Trail girls have won six matches in a row, including a pair of shutouts against Independence and Liberty over the past week to capture a district championship. The Lady Trail Blazers scored four goals on the week and Bennett accounted for three of them.
Sam Riley, Frisco Heritage softball
Just a freshman, Riley impressed at the plate and in the circle during a week that saw the Lady Coyotes outscore Liberty and Lebanon Trail by a combined margin of 24-0. Riley hit .500 on the week with a combined six RBIs, three runs and a home run. She spelled pitcher Jensin Hall as well, tossing four scoreless innings and totaling nine strikeouts.
Lucy Crowder, Hebron softball
Crowder threw two complete games, allowing a total of one run with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings, as the Lady Hawks beat Marcus, 8-1, and Plano East, 5-0. Hebron improved to 12-2-1 overall and 2-0 in District 6-6A.
Stanley Zamora, Lake Dallas boys soccer
Zamora tallied three goals and one assist in Friday's 5-2 win for the Falcons over Denton. Lake Dallas is one win away from capturing the District 7-5A title.
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