Every now and again, participation in our Athlete of the Week voting makes us do a double-take. That was the case this week when the final numbers were in and Phoenix volleyball player Adriana Mereida-Ford was declared the winner — with a whopping 2,314 votes. Jared Evans, a North Medford football player, had another 1,436 of the total of 3,776. His total far exceeds the several hundred weekly votes we usually get for the five athletes.
The previous high — and this is hardly scientific — for total votes was about 2,500, I believe (we don’t keep records), and Cascade Christian football player Brandon Williams was a runaway winner that week.
In email correspondence with Adriana’s mother as we sought to get a picture of the winnerI told her of the landslide voting and the historical significance. She was as surprised as we were and attributed it to a large family and lots of friends.
If you want to vote, go here and find the Athlete of the Week info on the right side, including info about the performance of each athlete and the place to vote.