Olivia Lute, South Salem.

Olivia Lute of the South Salem equestrian team is the Statesman Journal’s Athlete of the Week.

Lute won the newspaper’s poll for top area athletes, which is voted on by readers.

She won big in English and Western riding competitions at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds on Jan. 21. The horse she rode is named Indy. 

Here is another look at this week’s other nominees.

Madeline Aballay, Sprague dance team: She was one of 18 dancers in Oregon selected for 2023 Class 6A All-State honors during auditions Jan. 15 at Tigard. 

Sam Horne, Cascade basketball: He had 29 points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists in a 79-52 win against Stayton.

Lizzy Bennett, West Salem basketball: She averaged 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and 2.5 steals in recent wins against Sprague and McNary. 

Statesman Journal reporter Pete Martini covers college and high school sports. He can be reached at pmartini@StatesmanJournal.com.

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