North Salem senior is voted athlete of the week

Junior Sandoval is so important to North Salem’s defense that the coaches didn’t want to use him much on offense this season.

The 5-10, 185 pound senior safety was a first-team all-Greater Valley Conference player as a junior and is a ball hawk in the defensive backfield.

The stuff he’s doing on offense has been a bonus.

He had an interception in the fourth quarter and an important tackle in last week’s 23-22 win against South Salem, but the team-high 82 yards rushing on 11 carries is something that was a necessary surprise.

Sandoval was selected as the athlete of the week by a poll of readers of the Statesman Journal.

Senior Junior Sandoval.

Senior Junior Sandoval.