Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Feb. 27-March 3)

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After an exciting weekend of boys basketball, we couldn't settle on just one athlete of the week. Here are the Statesman's picks for the three Treasure Valley teams that won state championships on Saturday:


5A: Isaiah Wright, Borah: The sophomore point guard led the Lions in scoring all three games at state. Wright finished with 55 points — an average of 18.3 ppg game — as Borah won its 10th state championship in school history and finished the season with a record 25 wins and one loss. In wins over Coeur d'Alene (49-45), Timberline (58-44) and Post Falls (49-31), the sophomore committed just four combined turnovers with nine assists.

3A: James Livingston, Fruitland: The senior guard nicknamed "Sunshine" was the top scorer for the Grizzlies in all three state victories. Livingston scored 24 points against Bear Lake (59-51), 14 against Sugar-Salem (38-35) and 22 in the championship game against Snake River (57-51). It was the second consecutive state championship for Fruitland, which finished the season 17-8.

2A: Avery Westendorf, Cole Valley Christian: The senior post led the Chargers in scoring in all three games at state. Westendorf, who will walk on to the Boise State football team, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and one blocked shot against Valley (52-34). He then added 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 66-54 victory over Firth. Westendorf capped the Chargers' title run with 17 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and one steal in a 51-48 win over Kamiah.

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