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More Than 16,000 Votes Were Cast, and the Winner in Balloting for Patch Athlete of the Week is ...

Mother McAuley junior guard Alyssa Siwek came up big in the Mighty Macs' victory over Queen of Peace. She came up as the big winner in voting for Patch Athlete of the Week, too.

Mother McAuley's Alyssa Siwek outpolled five others in voting for Patch Athlete of the Week, Jan. 1-7. Siwek is now eligible for January Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.

The candidates:

Amena Brent, senior, forward/center, girls basketball, Homewood-Flossmoor. Brent scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 49-35 victory over Sandburg.

Chaz Duson, senior, forward, girls basketball, Rich Central. Duson was dynamite in the Olympians’ 78-60 victory over Rich East. She scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Tiana Karopulos, junior, guard, girls basketball, Andrew. Karopulos scored 17 points in a 38-36 victory over Southwest Suburban Red rival Lincoln-Way North.

Kevin Kozan, junior, guard, boys basketball, Providence Catholic. Kozan scored 22 points in a 69-49 victory over Tinley Park.

Nick Lehnerer, senior, guard, boys basketball, Sandburg. Lehnerer made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points in Sandburg’s 68-57 victory over Lincoln-Way East. He hit 9-of-12 shots.

Alyssa Siwek, junior, guard, girls basketball, Mother McAuley. Siwek scored 16 points in a 69-34 victory over Queen of Peace.

Attention Coaches: Like to Nominate Your Athlete Next Week? Email nominations to Sports Editor Ron Kremer (ron.kremer@patch.com). Nominations must be received by noon on Monday for consideration. Please include a photo or photos of your nominee and detailed information on why he or she is a deserving candidate for the weekly award. Weekly winners are eligible for Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.

Friend January 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
All of these kids are no. 1 it doesn't take this pool to make you realize this. Good job Athletes!!!!!!!!!!
Truth Teller January 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM
i gotta say even thought theyre all great athletes, obviously is alyssa is number one so everyone can shutup and stop trying to take that away from her. thanks.
Truth Teller January 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
oh and dont hate on catholic schools.
Catholic January 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Hate is such a strong word, who said that? Maybe a self evalation is required when one thinks cheating is a truly winning. It may have worked in Florida but it does not fit in Illinois. “Truth” while you choose a great name maybe you should follow your own advice…SHUT UP! Pretending to win by cheating is NOT WINNING AT ALL. THIS IS A LESSON THAT YOU CAN LEARN ONCE YOU FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE.
william Ventrice January 09, 2013 at 02:07 PM
GO ALYSSA!!!!!!

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