H.L. Bourgeois boys basketball player Anthony Rainey Jr. and South Lafourche girls basketball player Victorianna Nelson won the Barker Honda Athletes of the Week contest sponsored by The Courier and Daily Comet today.

Both athletes won a fan vote that took place from Dec. 9-14 at www.houmatoday.com or www.dailycomet.com.

Rainey won the male award after he scored 23 points to lead the Braves to a 78-53 win over Houma Christian at the Gene Simmons Memorial Basketball tournament on Dec. 7.

South Lafourche basketball player Matt Belanger finished second in the male voting, and Thibodaux basketball player Jaquan Wagner took third.

Nelson won the female award after she had 35 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and two blocks in a 79-48 win over Washington-Marion on Dec. 8. 

E.D. White girls soccer player Karlie Toups was second in the female voting, and Vandebilt girls soccer player Molly Thompson placed third.

Every week, local fans will get to visit The Courier and Daily Comet’s websites at www.houmatoday.com or www.dailycomet.com and cast their vote in the player of the week poll. Area athletes from all 13 local high schools in The Courier/Daily Comet’s coverage area are eligible for the player of the week honors.

The players will be nominated based on their athletic achievements in every sport each week throughout the high school sports calendar year, and the winners will receive a framed certificate and have their picture printed in the paper.

Visit our websites at noon Saturday to see the new list of player of the week candidates.

Fans are allowed to vote a day per working e-mail, and they can vote for their favorite athletes in both male and female categories.