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Vote Now: Pick Patch's Next Athlete of the Week

Vote for your favorite prep sports athlete in the southwest suburbs or write in an athlete you think deserves recognition.

Be heard by picking our Patch Athlete of the Week of the southwest for the week ending Nov. 13.

Vote for one of the following (or write in your own candidate in the comments):

: Football, Redhawks defense: While quarterback Ian Lewandowski amassed 94 yards and three rushing touchdowns, it was Central's defense that led the charge with five takeaways in its over Homewood-Flossmoor. The Redhawks recorded three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in a 42-14 win.

: Football, Indians defense: In their win over Hubbard—a 29-0 shutout—the Indians' defense held Hubbard to minus-23 yards of total offense with only one play of 10 yards or more for the whole game and only two completed passes on 10 attempts for seven yards.

: Aaron Bailey, junior quarterback: Bailey earned yet another Athlete of the Week nomination, this time for 214 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a l win over Downers Grove South. Bailey managed the feat without having a single passing yard to keep the defense guessing.

 Maddy and Gabby Sims, swimming and diving: This sophomore twin swimming duo helped the Trojans' swimming and driving team to a second-place finish at its sectional competition Saturday. Gabby took first in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke and was also chosen this fall for a

: Swimming, relay team: Hannah Veselik, Maya Rodrigues, Dana Vinyard and Rachel Hawken qualified for the state swimming and diving meet by finishing third in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 50.74 seconds at the Lyons Sectional. Veselik will also compete in the 100-yard butterfly, and Rodrigues will compete in the 100-yard backstroke.

: Bowling team: The Chicago Sun-Times ranked the Spartans third overall in the preseason state rankings. The Spartans are led by sophomores Kyle Zaremba and Dakota Vostry. They begin their season this week.

Want to write in your own candidate? Go ahead! But be sure to explain your pick in the comments and be sure to vote by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The winner will be recognized on Patch sites in the southwest suburban network on Friday, Nov. 18. Weekly winners will also be eligible for Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.

Chris November 16, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Seeing a steady rise in the total votes for one person is acceptable but when I see an extremely sharp jump, i.e. 1,000 votes in a matter of minutes, a few times during the day makes me a little suspicious. Either this poll is fixed or someone is exploiting it.
jaskie1505 November 16, 2011 at 09:42 PM
I would agree Chris. Looks like there is some stuffing of the ballot box going on here.
Chris November 17, 2011 at 02:03 AM
The funny thing is, no matter how much everyone votes, I think someone will come in and run their little program to ensure Hinsdale South swimming relay team wins.
Lauren Williamson November 17, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Hi there, While you may not have been happy with all of our picks for the poll, please be nice to the athletes. This is all in good fun, and mean-spirited comments make it a lot less fun. As a secondary reminder to all who commented on this thread, please change your Patch username to your real, full name. It violates Patch terms of use to comment anonymously. Your account could be suspended if you continue to do so. Thanks, all! Lauren Williamson Editor, Darien Patch
Chris November 17, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Student Athletes sacrifice their time and sometimes their physical wellbeing to perfect their craft. No matter what sport they participate in and regardless if they finished first or last, every student athlete deserves a shot at being recognized for their sacrifices. Well-done to all nominated athletes, well-done voters for showing your support and thank you Patch for providing a platform to showcase our fine student athletes!

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