It’s time to vote for the Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Republic Services

BILL SPELTZ Sportswriter Missoulian

As the fall sports season nears the finish line, Missoulian is looking for its high school’s Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Republic Services.

Readers will be able to vote for a boy and a girl in polls that will be open until 5 p.m. Tuesday at

The winners will be announced in the Thursday edition of the Missoulian and will appear in a special ad, sponsored by Republic Services, on Sunday.

Here are this week’s nominees:

Female Athlete of the Week

Skyla Pierson of Deer Lodge had 19 kills and 21 digs in a win over Anaconda on Tuesday. Two days later, she had 20 kills, 13 digs and four aces in a win over Loyola.

Briel’s Powers scored one goal and assisted another in leading the Missoula Sentinel football team to a 2-0 road victory in Friday’s AA State playoff against Billings Skyview. With the win, the Spartans advanced to the semi-finals.

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Lanie Crabb had 10 kills and 29 digs as he led volleyball’s top team to a win over Philipsburg on Friday. The Bobcats won in straight sets.

Male athlete of the week

Joey Sandberg of Missoula Big Sky rushed for 169 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown during a football game at Kalispell Flathead on Thursday. The Eagles won the contest, 53-20.

Sargent Canyon rushed for four touchdowns as he led the St. Ignatius football team to a blowout victory at home against previously undefeated Superior on Friday. Two of the scores came from 15 yards and the others from 3 and 11 yards.

Herd of Tristan threw three touchdown passes in the first half as he led top-ranked Bigfork to a blowout win over Eureka on Friday. The Vikings went undefeated and secured the No. 1 seed for the Class B playoffs.

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