Sprague's Sidney Friesen (6) hits the ball against McNary's Taylor Detrant (8) during the match at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore. on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

As the postseason arrives for some sports, athletes across the Mid-Valley are reaching their peaks. 

Here are this week’s Statesman Journal Athlete of the Week nominees: 

  • Sidney Friesen, Sprague volleyball
  • Jimmy Lathen, West Salem football
  • Elizabeth Valdez Vazquez, Woodburn soccer
  • Daschel Smith, South Salem football

There is information below on each nominee. Vote for the athlete you think is most deserving. The poll closes at noon Thursday. 

Sidney Friesen, Sprague volleyball: She had 23 digs, 22 kills and a .192 hitting percentage in the Olympians’ win against McNary. 

Sherwood's Bjorn Bergstorm (12) is knocked out of bounds by West Salem's Jimmy Lathen (7) during a playoff game on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in Salem, Ore.

Jimmy Lathen, West Salem football: He scored four touchdowns in the Titans’ win against McNary. 

Elizabeth Valdez Vazquez, Woodburn.

Elizabeth Valdez Vazquez, Woodburn soccer: As of earlier this week, she had seven goals and two assists for Woodburn. 

South Salem's Daschel Smith (12) throws a pass during the game against South Medford on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 at South Salem High School in Salem, Ore.

Daschel Smith, South Salem football: He threw for 316 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters in the Saxons’ win against Roseburg. 

To vote, go to bit.ly/3TZXqJZ



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