Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Oct. 14-19)

Please email nominations by Monday morning to rroberts@idahostatesman.com for performances based on the preview week.

FOOTBALL

Josh Buss, Mountain View: The Mavericks took over third place in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference standings with a 28-21 win against Eagle. Buss, a senior running back, rushed 30 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 26 yards. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder also received an offer from the University of Idaho before the game.

VOLLEYBALL

Bailey Irwin, Vallivue: The Falcons finished off the regular season with wins against Boise and Centennial. In a 26-24, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20 win over Boise, Irwin had 32 assists, seven kills and five digs. The junior setter then added 30 assists, six digs and one ace in a 25-13, 25-10, 25-17 sweep of Centennial. Vallivue, the defending district champion, earned the tournament’s No. 2 seed behind Timberline.

GIRLS SOCCER

Mickie Piechowski, Bishop Kelly: The Knights won their fifth 4A District Three championship in a row with wins against Mountain Home (10-0), Skyview (4-0) and Middleton (2-0). Piechowski, a senior forward, scored in each of those victories and finished the week with six goals and one assist. BK earned the league’s No. 1 seed at state, where the Knights will try to win their fourth consecutive title.

BOYS SOCCER

Kevin Solis, Emmett: The Huskies won their first 4A District Three championship in boys soccer with wins over Skyview (4-2), Bishop Kelly (1-0) and Caldwell (4-3, 2OT). Solis, a senior forward, led the Huskies in scoring each game and finished the week with seven goals and one assist. Solis scored the final three goals in Emmett’s come-from-behind win over Caldwell in the district championship.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Emily Hamlin, Boise: In the final meet of the regular-season, Hamlin ran to a win in the Boise City Meet at Ann Morrison Park. The senior and two-time defending district and state champion completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 22.7 seconds, helping the Braves earn the team victory. It is the third fastest time in the state this season, according to athletic.net.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Andrew Rafla, Timberline: The senior clocked his fastest time of the season in his final regular-season meet. Rafla won the 5-kilometer Boise City Meet at Ann Morrison Park in 15 minutes, 18.2 seconds. His time ranks second among all classifications this season, according to athletic.net.

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