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UPDATE: See Who Won Patch's Athlete of the Week

Officially our closest contest yet. See who came out on top and won Athlete of the Week!

but in the end Evanston’s Josh Irving landed this week’s Athlete of the Week. Irving received 330 votes, or 36 percent. Irving scored a game-high 20 points in Evanston’s 77-24 win against Maine East on Nov. 29. The 5-foot-10 senior drained three three-pointers as the Wildkits shot 10-for-21 from beyond the arc. The win continued Evanston’s undefeated start to the season as the Wildkits improved to 6-0.  

This week’s contest was also our closest one yet, with Skokie’s Mariyah Henley coming in second place, capturing 284 votes or 31 percent.

We’d like to congratulate the following nominees for Athlete of the Week, Nov. 28 – Dec. 4:

Mariyah Henley, senior, basketball center, – After eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career last week, Henley continued her scoring onslaught by dropping 36 points in Niles North’s 57-47 loss to New Trier on Nov. 29. Henley’s 36 points tied a career high.

Ahmad Gibson, sophomore, basketball guard, – Gibson led Niles West with 15 points in the Wolves’ 60-57 victory over Niles North in the Crosstown Classic. Gibson’s three-pointer late in the fourth quarter tied the game at 52-52 and was part of Niles West’s late comeback. It marks the second straight season Niles West has rallied to beat Niles North in the annual rivalry game.

Gibson also came in a close third, capturing 246 votes, or 27 percent.

Samantha Stoddart, freshman, girls gymnastics, – Making her debut at the high-school level, Stoddart won the all-around competition in a dual meet against Niles North with a combined score of 34.85 over four events. Stoddart also took first in the uneven parallel bars (8.6) and floor exercise (9.1).

Corey Kahen, freshman, bowling, – Corey Kahen finished third overall at the Cougar Classic last weekend. He averaged a 227 over six games and helped the Spartans place 14th out of 26 teams at the tournament. He finished only 38 pins behind individual winner Mike Schmitt of Lake Zurich.  

Like to Nominate Your Athlete For Next Week’s Vote? Email nominations to Sports Reporter Ross Jacobson (rjacobson2010@gmail.com). Nominations must be received by noon on Sunday for consideration. E-mails must include a picture of the athlete and detailed information (links to other media coverage are welcome) on why he or she is a deserving candidate for the weekly award. Weekly winners are eligible for Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.

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