The athletes of the week are back after a short break, because of a light holiday schedule and some well-needed vacation. The wrestler this week achieved the result that earned him the honor during the previous week, but I didn’t receive any results for the Reno Tournament of Champions until the Dec. 13-18 athletes were already honored. That means Taylor West takes home the honor for the most recent period, because his victory in Nevada certainly deserves the recognition.
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Jacqueline Luna-Castro, Boise: Boise wasn’t able to hand Centennial its first loss on Dec. 21, but the senior post still produced an incredible stat line with 31 points and 20 rebounds in the 80-67 loss. She also had 24 points and seven rebounds in a 55-43 victory against Eagle on Dec. 29 to help Boise maintain its hold on second place in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference standings with a 9-2 league record — two games behind Centennial (13-0 overall, 11-0 5A SIC), and a game ahead of Capital (10-3, 8-3) and Eagle (9-4, 8-3). The Braves are 11-2 overall and return to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Meridian (5-8, 3-8).
Tyson Percifield, Mountain View: The senior scored 27 points in a 71-52 victory against Rocky Mountain on Dec. 22 to help the Mavericks take the top spot in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference standings into the new year. The Mavericks (8-1, 6-1 5A SIC) host Vallivue (6-3, 4-3) on Tuesday and visit at Borah (7-2, 5-2) on Friday. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m. Percifield, who will play college basketball at Carroll College (Helena, Mont.), is shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and is averaging 22.8 points per game this season.
Taylor West, Borah: The senior won the 140-pound state championship in the 5A classification last year and picked up another big win to make 2010 a year to remember. West defeated Logan Addis (Mingus Union, Cottonwood, Ariz.) 5-0 in the 152-pound championship match at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 17. You can watch West’s victory below. Many of the top wrestlers in the state will compete Friday and Saturday at the Rollie Lane Invitational at Nampa's Idaho Center. West won Rollie Lane titles at 125 pounds in 2009 and at 140 pounds last January.