BRATTLEBORO — A basketball player named Harden received the most votes.
Nineteen months after the Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's most valuable player, Hinsdale's Dylan Harden got 134 "likes" to earn Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Week honors for Dec. 22-28.
In the tightest competition ever, he narrowly defeated Brattleboro's Charlie Galanes (117 likes), BF's Dylan Clark (110), and Leland & Gray's Matt Emerson (98).
Harden was nominated after scoring 21 points to propel the Pacers to a 67-34 victory over Wilton during the Keene Holiday Tournament.
He joins Rachael Rooney (Brattleboro) and Isaac Wilkinson (Bellows Falls) as winter winners. All three are now in the running for a $25 gift certificate from the Marina.
The nominees for the Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 athlete of the week are shown below. In order to vote, simply go to www.facebook.com/ReformerSports and "like" your choice.
The senior captain for the Bellows Falls varsity boys basketball team finished with nine points, two rebounds and three assists during a 50-45 win over Arlington. He also guarded the Eagles' best player and wound up with four steals.
In a 4-0 varsity girls ice hockey victory over Burr and Burton, Brattleboro's netminder made 23 saves for her third shutout this season. Earlier in the week, she made six stops in a 3-0 decision over South Burlington.
The junior pumped in a team-high 25 points, pulled down a dozen rebounds and added four steals when Twin Valley topped West Rutland 65-39 in a varsity boys basketball game.
He ended up with 10 points and seven rebounds when the Leland & Gray varsity boys basketball team fell to Poultney 52-34.