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Vote now for The Placer Herald’s Athlete of the Month for January

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Rocklin High wrestler Brandon Barone, Whitney boys basketball player Derek Knutty and Whitney girls basketball player Teagan LeBeau are the candidates for The Placer Herald’s Athlete of the Month for January. Log on to www.placerherald.com to vote for the Athlete of the Month. Voting is going on right now and runs through Feb. 19. The winner will be announced in the Feb. 26 edition of The Placer Herald. Barone, a senior, is a returning state qualifier who placed first among his weight class at the Western Invitational and Big Valley tournaments this year. He also placed high at the Norwalk (second) and Tim Brown Me-morial (third) tournaments. A team captain, he is 23-2. Knutty is a senior big man who leads the Wildcats in points (15.3) and rebounds (6) per game. His presence in the paint on both ends of the court is a major reason why the Wildcats are in contention for a PVL title. LeBeau, a senior point guard who will play on scholarship at Corban College of Salem (Oregon) next year, is leading the team in points (12.3), assists (3) and steals (4.6) per game.