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On to the nominees:
Luke Baker, San Ramon Valley football: Last season’s Bay Area News Group player of the year threw for 321 yards on 17-of-23 passing and two touchdowns as the Wolves prevailed on the road over St. Ignatius 42-14.
Noah Crescini, Pioneer water polo: In his team’s season-opening 16-9 victory over Washington-Fremont, the senior scored six goals in eight shots, had a steal and finished with two drawn ejections.
Emmanuel Fitzgerald, San Mateo football: Opened the season by rushing for 240 yards and a touchdown in 27 carries as San Mateo defeated El Camino 20-7.
Sean Hickey, Aragon football: Completed 10 of 17 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns as the San Mateo school defeated Homestead 41-13.
Reece McKeever, Bellarmine football: The junior running back had a big second half rushing the ball as the Bells held off No. 20 Menlo-Atherton 17-14. McKeever carried 29 times for 113 yards — 103 after halftime — to help lead the way.
AJ Minyard, Los Gatos football: In his team’s 45-14 season-opening triumph at home over Soquel, Los Gatos’ new starting quarterback was 16-of-21 passing for 244 yards and five touchdowns.
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Trajan Sinatra, Silver Creek football: In a season-opening 47-0 win over Evergreen Valley on Friday, the senior completed 5 of 7 passes for 74 yards and a TD, made a 33-yard field goal, was 6 for 6 on extra points and had seven touchbacks in eight kickoffs. Saturday, he took a handful of teammates to volunteer at the Lifemoves.org “Ride to End Homelessness” event.
John Stowers, Overfelt football: The 6-2, 255-pound senior rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns in eight carries and made 12 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, as Overfelt beat San Jose 36-0. San Jose chose not to play the second half, Overfelt coach Carlo Maningo said.
Herschel Turner, Mt. Diablo football: Three-star prospect rushed for 377 yards and six touchdowns in 16 carries and had 11 tackles as Mt. Diablo defeated Deer Valley 39-28.
Jordan Visperas, Leland football: The 5-7, 200-pound freshman led the Chargers with 11 tackles as the San Jose school went on the road and stunned No. 24 Half Moon Bay 40-7. Also ran for a touchdown.