Bishop Verot lacrosse player Lauren Lockard commanded half of the vote to win The News-Press Athlete of the Week award for the week of Feb. 15-20.
Lockard, one of nine nominees from the winter and spring sports, collected 3,037 votes in a week dominated by Vikings. The senior midfielder excelled in wins over Riverdale and Fort Myers last week with 10 goals, six assists, 21 groundballs and eight takeaways.
Nominees are derived from scores and stats called and emailed by Lee County coach’s during the week. Voting begins each Monday at 2 p.m. and closes at noon on Thursday.
Coaches can email scores to email@example.com or call in scores at 239-335-0357. The deadline for each night’s results is 10:30 p.m.
Verot softball player Sammie Massaro took second with 2,051 votes after hitting a walk-off home run in a 4-3 victory over rival Fort Myers on Friday.
Fort Myers basketball player Alexsis Johnson was third in the voting. The sophomore came off the bench for 21 minutes, tallying 15 points and eight rebounds to propel the Green Wave to a 60-45 win over Oakland Park Northeast in the Class 6A state final Saturday.
The other nominees were Mariner basketball player Jahmel Myers, Oasis baseball player Josh Morales, North Fort Myers tennis player Erin Post, Verot tennis player Thomas Rathmaier, Verot lacrosse player Zackary Liberto and South Fort Myers wrestler Joe Cilibrasi.