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

In another big turnout, see who took home this week's honor as Athlete of the Week!

in last week's contest for Athlete of the Week and Loyola's Michelle Ricolcol came out the winner. 

Ricolcol scored 14 points – all in the second half – to lead the Ramblers to a 47-40 win over St. Ignatius on Dec. 16. That brought Loyola Academy's record to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference.

Ricolcol garnered more than 9,000 votes or 74 percent of all ballots cast. 

The rest of last week's nominees were:

Jacqui Grant, junior, girls basketball,  – Grant had 17 points and 10 rebounds against CSL South-leading Glenbrook South in a 45-39 victory last week. The win over the previously undefeated Titans vaulted the Hawks into a tie for the CSL South lead.

Vaughn Monreal-Berner, junior, wrestling, – Monreal-Berner took home the title in the 182-pound weight class at the Lake Park Ralph W. Krupke Classic last weekend. The Niles West junior is now 17-3 on the season and is looking to get to the state championships after getting to sectionals last year.  

Lena Munzer, junior, girls basketball,  – Munzer reached the 1,000-point mark for her career on Dec. 10, scoring 26 points in a 56-37 win against Rockford Auburn. Munzer has led Highland Park to a 7-7 record on the season.

Sam Ainsworth, senior, basketball center,  – Ainsworth scored a career-high 22 points in the  at home on Dec. 16. The 6-foot-5 senior center was 7 of 11 from the field and Fenwick is now 3-3 on the season with a 1-2 record in the Chicago Catholic League North.

George Slefo December 28, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Here's the official response to the bloated voting: http://patch.com/A-pJC9
John December 28, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Is it fair to use these students so that Patch has a “larger following”? I can’t see that it’s getting readers fired up. I think it’s getting these parents panties in a bunch, especially on the North Shore. Mom and Dad see that their child is nominated so they feel like they have the right to vote 100,000 times because little Suzy did a perfect nose dive at last week’s swimming and diving meet. Get real people. To vote means to vote once unless you live in North Korea.
Everyoneisruiningamerica December 28, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Use these students? It's not like people are forcing you to vote for any of them, wow. They are promoting the accomplishments of these kids, who all have worked very hard to acheive them. You get to look at Patch sites for free and you aren't charged for their content, so in a way you could actually say you are using Patch, John, if you want to be technical about it. But hey, some people will whine about anything, including, apparently, a site promoting the hard work of these kids. I always thought that was something to be proud of, but more and more socialist babies seem to be trying to tell everyone what's right and wrong these days, and here it seems no different with posts like John's whining about something that is completely trivial. Seriously, with all that is going on in the world, you're that worried about a stupid voting process for something that simply honors kids' accomplishments? That's kind of pathetic.
Tina grant December 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
It is not an honor in any way to cheat and vote over a thousand times for a kid . Its sad! On one hand you say the voting process is an honor for the student athlete and the next you say its a stupid voting process. Whats wrong with them fixing the problem ? If people thought it was that trivial they probably would not be voting over and over again thousands of times . They are the ones that might take a moment as well to think about world issues instead of obsessive voting all day long
Peoplehavenothingbettertodo December 28, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Sounds like more whiny spoiled North Shore parents and family members to me. Maybe the process is wrong, but if someone needs this silly "award" to boost their self-esteem, or worse yet, a parent's self esteem, then they have issues far greater than worrying about this voting process to say the least. Sersiously, just grow up and be happy that whoever you are mad isn't winning is actually succeeding in school and in life. That's what matters. Not this award. Maybe you can go to IT school and write a computer program in your spare time that will prevent individual IP addresses from repeatedly voting so you won't have to worry about it since you seem to think it's so easy to fix? Just my thoughts.

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