It’s time to vote for the Preparation Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Republic Services | High school sports

Back by popular demand, Missoulian is looking for its prep 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 Missoulian.com.

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:

Bryce Gilliard of Bigfork had 34 points in three divisional games, including a team-high 14 in the title game, as the Vikings earned a seed for the State B basketball tournament.

Colton Graham of Polson totaled 78 points in four division games, including 28 in a decisive win and 19 in the third-place game as the Pirates secured the No. 3 seed for the U.S. basketball tournament. State a.

Caleb Ball of St. Regis exploded for 83 points in three divisional basketball games, including 31 points in a losing victory to advance the Tigers to the final day of the tournament.

Braeden Padlock of Bigfork totaled 51 points in three divisional games, including 27 in the semifinals, as the Valkyries earned a seed for the State B basketball tournament.

Taryn Searle of Hamilton had 49 points in three divisional games, including 28 in the semifinals, as the Broncs clinched the No. 2 seed for the State A basketball tournament.

Tegan Mauldin of Seeley-Swan had 44 points in four divisional basketball games, including 16 in a losing game and 12 in the third-place game, highs for both teams.