comments Athlete of the Year Poll - Boys

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First place 665 votes (46%) Chris Cox Placer sr. The 135-pounder led the Hillmen wrestling team from worst to first in the Pioneer Valley League. He won the PVL title and earned a scholarship to wrestle at California Baptist University. Second place 598 votes (42%) Mike Makela Del Oro sr. The diminutive running back rushed for 1,553 yards in leading the Golden Eagles to the section title game in football. He also sparked the basketball team’s run to the section semifinals. Third place 125 votes (9%) Ryan Otten Del Oro sr. The 6-5, 210-pounder amassed 813 receiving yards on the football field, earning a full ride to San Jose State. He was also a physical force as a forward on the Eagles’ basketball team. Fourth place 30 votes (2%) Scott Krizman Colfax sr. He became Colfax basketball’s all-time leading scorer, averaging 21.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as the Falcons made the section title game for a third straight season.