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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Illinois High School Athlete of the Week (1/16/2024)?

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.

Ricardo Avila, Bremen boys bowling

The senior averaged 245.2 across six games (1,471 total) to win the individual title at the Oak Lawn Regional.

Christian Benning, Streator boys basketball

The senior broke the program record for field goals (570) and hit the game-winning basket in a 53-52 win against Morris. He finished with 20 points.

Ben Brown, Batavia boys wrestling

The senior remained unbeaten by defeating Naperville North's Matt Murphy 9-2 in the 190-pound final at Batavia's Clint Arlis Invitational.

Tyreek Coleman, Waubonsie Valley boys basketball

The junior had 18 points and four steals as the Warriors remained unbeaten with a 40-38 win against Normal.

TJ Czabaj, Lake Zurich boys bowling

The senior had a six-game pinfall of 1,419 (236.5 average) to take first in the New Trier Regional.

AJ Demirov, Crystal Lake South boys basketball

The junior passed the 1,000-point mark for his career in a victory against Hampshire.

Jake Furtney, St. Charles North boys basketball

The senior hit a 75-footer at the buzzer to lift the North Stars past Jacobs 69-67.

Aubrey Galvan, Loyola girls basketball

The junior scored 32 points in a 59-49 win against Batavia.

Carlos Harris III, Curie boys basketball

The UIC recruit had 21 points and eight rebounds in a 68-49 win over Kenwood.

Destiny Jackson, Whitney Young girls basketball

The junior had a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 69-40 victory against Lane.

Bryce Jinks, Joliet West boys bowling

The senior won the individual title with a six-game pinfall of 1,350 (225 average) as the Tigers won the Naperville Central Regional.

Kiaya Johnson, Whitney Young girls basketball

The junior scored 28 points with four assists and two rebounds in a 69-40 win over Lane.

Nikki Kerstein, Montini girls basketball

The junior had 28 points on 13-for-18 shooting to go along with four steals and three assists in a 64-49 win over Lake Zurich.

David Lutchka, Carterville boys bowling

The junior averaged 239.7 across six games for a 1,438 total to win the individual title at the Carbondale Regional.

Shawn Mastandrea, Mundelein boys bowling

The junior had a 1,416 pinfall (236 average) for six games to take first at the Grayslake North Regional.

Silas Moats, Salem boys bowling

The junior rolled a 1,421 (236.8 average) for six games en route to winning the Salem Regional title.

Max Rosen, DePaul Prep boys wrestling

The senior 132-pounder reached the 100-win mark for his career at the Illini Classic.

Xamaya Walton, Butler girls basketball

The Northwestern recruit went over 2,500 points for her career, finishing with 22 points and five rebounds in a 54-47 victory against Harvest Prep (Ohio).

Carson Weber, Joliet West boys wrestling

The junior hit 100 wins for his career in a dual victory vs. Plainfield Central.

Lincoln Williams, Kankakee boys basketball

The sophomore had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 60-37 win vs. Stagg.

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PREVIOUS WINNERS: Mount Carmel's Angelo Ciaravino (Dec. 25-31), Glenbrook North's Anestis Hadjistamoulou (Dec. 11-17), Morrison's Camryn Veltrop (Dec. 4-10), Homewood-Flossmoor's Jaeda Murphy (Nov. 27-Dec 3), Bloom's Elijah Lovemore (Nov. 20-26), Joliet Catholic's Andres Munoz (Nov. 13-19), Wilmington's Reid Juster (Nov. 6-12), Blue Island Eisenhower's AJ Abrams (Oct. 30-Nov. 5), Althoff's Antwan Strong (Oct. 23-29), Breese Central's Griffen Becker (Oct. 16-22), Mater Dei's Markus Kehrer (Oct. 9-15), Hersey's Thomas Mulder (Oct. 2-8), Dixon's Katie Drew (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), Barrington's Scout Storms (Sept. 18-24), Neuqua Valley's Andrew Hoffman (Sept. 11-17), Naperville North's Cole Arl (August 28-Sept. 3), Joliet Catholic's Patrick Durbin (August 28-Sept. 3), Waubonsie Valley's Tyler Threat (August 21-27).

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