Vote now: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week

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Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from April 8-13.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Olivia Abbott, Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse: Abbott, a sophomore, scored eight goals, had five assists and 37 draw controls in three games last week. She had three goals and four assists in a 19-3 victory over St. Francis to start the three-game set. 

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Millie Bartlett, St. Ignatius lacrosse: Bartlett, a junior, scored twice in the first period as St. Ignatius defeated San Ramon Valley 14-10. The Wildcats improved to 10-4 and a WCAL-best 5-1. 

Isabella Flores, Piedmont Hills softball: Flores, a sophomore, had a pitching performance for the ages in a 7-0 shutout against Santa Clara. She struck out 20 and allowed just one walk in a complete game. 

Avery Motroni, Capuchino softball: Motroni, a junior, was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a home run against Notre Dame-Belmont. The day before, she went 3 for 3 with a double against Aragon. 

Clare O’Brien, Mercy lacrosse: O’Brien, a junior, scored six goals and had two assists in a victory over Presentation. She also had five goals and one assist in a match against Notre Dame-San Jose. 

Caitlin Osmond, Dougherty Valley lacrosse: Osmond, a junior goalkeeper, had 11 saves in a 10-2 victory over Livermore. Osmond has 68 saves on the season. 

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Hailey Pan, Mission San Jose softball: Pan, a junior, struck out nine while throwing a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory over Washington. She improved to 4-0 on the season in the circle, and Pan also has a .333 batting average. 

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Janessa Parras, James Logan softball: Parras, a senior, was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Mission San Jose. Parras is batting exactly .500 with 15 RBIs this season. 

Ava Varo, Dublin track and field: Varo, a senior, won the long jump event with a leap of 15-2 1/2 at the Granada Distance and Sprint festival. It was the second time Varo had won a long jump event this season. 

Kiya Vasquez, Sobrato softball: Vasquez, a senior, had two hits and an RBI in Sobrato’s 4-1 victory over ranked Branham. She ended the week hitting .413 with three home runs and 12 RBIs on the season. 

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