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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Illinois High School Athlete of the Week (10/16/2023)?

Here are the candidates for SBLive's Illinois High School Athlete of the Week as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff
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Here are the candidates for SBLive's Illinois High School Athlete of the Week as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff.

Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced the following week. If you would like to nominate an athlete in the future, please email


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.

Mohammed Abdullahi, Mather boys cross country

The senior won the Public League championship at 15:09.8.

Logan Abrams, Cary-Grove football

The sophomore rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-21 win over Crystal Lake South.

Aden Bandukwala, Hinsdale Central boys cross country

The senior and defending Class 3A state champ won the West Suburban Silver title, running 15:57.44 for 3.04 miles.

Andrew Bownes, East St. Louis football

The senior had 11 tackles and three sacks – both season highs – as the Flyers defeated host Edwardsville 27-15 to win the Southwestern Conference championship.

Kevon Brooks, South Elgin football

In a 49-7 victory over Bartlett, the junior completed 14 of 19 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns.

Nick Day, Antioch football

The senior ran 12 times for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter of a 48-15 win over Grayslake Central.

Dillon Fitzpatrick, Barrington football

The senior had 19 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns and added a touchdown reception in a 50-32 win over Palatine.

Allison Gizewicz, St. Charles North girls tennis

The senior advanced to state for the third straight season by defeating Batavia's Julia Arulandu 6-3, 6-4 in the Class 2A St. Charles North Sectional singles final.

Nick Herman, St. Rita football

In a 20-9 victory over St. Laurence, the junior ran 25 times for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Dylan Johnson, Sterling boys cross country

The senior won the Western Big Six title by 22 seconds, running 15:16.

Markus Kehrer, Breese Mater Dei football

The senior scored a career-high three touchdowns – two receiving, one rushing – in a 55-7 win over Decatur St. Teresa. He also had nine tackles on defense.

Riley Lepsi, Wheaton Warrenville South girls tennis

The freshman won the Class 2A Downers Grove South Sectional singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Naperville Central's Sofia Olaru.

Michael Loberg, Geneva football

The senior tight end caught four touchdown passes in a 42-20 win against St. Charles East.

Dylan Maloney, Plainfield South boys cross country

The junior ran a course-record 14:26 to win the Southwest Prairie title.

Aiden McClure, St. Charles North football

The sophomore intercepted three passes in a 42-14 victory over Lake Park.

David McCoy, Burlington Central football

In adverse weather conditions, the junior kicked the game-winning 20-yard field goal in a 17-14 overtime victory against Hampshire.

Ryan Mohler, Neuqua Valley football

Playing only a half in a 42-6 win over DeKalb, the senior had 252 total yards and four touchdowns.

Ishan Patel, Woodstock boys cross country

The senior won the Kishwaukee River Conference Meet for the third straight year.

Nick Peipert, Barrington football

The junior quarterback completed 13 of 16 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and also added a rushing touchdown in a 50-32 win against Palatine.

Chris Pirrone, Lake Zurich football

In a 30-14 victory over Mundelein, the senior ran 29 times for 183 yards.

Colin Qualls, Triad football

The senior ran for 103 yards and two TDs on six carries, and also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in a 51-6 win against Civic Memorial.

Michaela Quinn, York girls cross country

The senior won the West Suburban Silver title, running 18:50.28 for 3.04 miles, and led Class 3A No. 1 York to the team championship with 18 points.

Dakota Rakers, Carlyle football

The senior ran 23 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns, had a 25-yard reception and added 10 tackles on defense in a 28-25 win against Wesclin.

Kaden Rakers, Breese Central football

In a 33-13 win at Columbia, the junior finished with 237 total yards and three touchdowns. He ran 26 times for 175 yards and three scores, and caught two passes for 62 yards.

Adam Reiniger, Collinsville boys soccer

The senior had his first hat trick of the season in a 5-2 win over O'Fallon that clinched the Southwestern Conference title.

Blake Salvino, Glenbard East football

In a 28-14 win over previously unbeaten Glenbard South, the senior passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Jake Skoog, Prospect football

In a 63-28 victory over Buffalo Grove, the junior threw for 299 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for a TD.

Lulu Ton-That, Northside girls cross country

The junior won the Public League title in 18:24.1.

Addison Urbanski, LaSalle-Peru girls volleyball

The senior had 65 assists, 34 kills, six blocks and five aces as the Cavaliers (27-5) went 5-0 in the Limestone Classic.

Trenton Zeeb, Breese Mater Dei football

The senior passed for three touchdown passes and ran for another in a 55-7 win against Decatur St. Teresa. 

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