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Your Turn: Vote for Patch Athlete of the Week

Please helps us choose our Patch Athlete of the Week, Nov. 21 - Nov. 27: Niles West's Dashae Sumate, New Trier's Connor Boehm, Deerfield's Erin Purdy, Loyola Academy's Luke Ford and Glenbrook North's Kurt Karis.

, Highland Park's Lena Munzer is our Patch Athlete of the Week.

The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, Nov. 21- Nov. 27 are:

Erin Purdy, senior, girls diving,  – Purdy captured the state championship in the diving competition with a total of 405.95 points. She became Deerfield’s second diving state champion, following Christina Loukas, who won three straight years from 2001-2003. Purdy had finished in the top five as a sophomore and junior, but finally topped the podium in her last year.

Dashae Shumate, sophomore, basketball forward, – The dynamic sophomore forward scored a season-high 22 points in Niles West’s 73-57 victory over defending state runner-up Zion Benton in the Deerfield Thanksgiving Challenge on Nov. 21. Shumate scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and should be a dynamic second scoring option to Jewell Loyd for Niles West.

Connor Boehm, senior, basketball center, – Boehm had a big opening week for the Trevians, who went 4-0 to start the season. The senior center, who has committed to play basketball at Dartmouth, scored 29 points against Lincoln Park and had another 16 against Loyola in the New Trier / Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament. The Trevians would go on to win the championship with a victory over St. Ignatius.

Luke Ford, junior, football defensive back, – Ford led the Loyola defense with 12 tackles and a fourth-quarter interception in the Ramblers’ 21-17 loss to Bolingbrook in the IHSA Class 8A state championship game. The Ramblers finished at 13-1 on the season, setting a program record with wins and reaching the state title game for the first time since 1993.

Kurt Karis, junior, basketball point guard, – Karis was named the MVP of the Billy Schnurr Basketball Tournament at Niles West last weekend after leading the Spartans to the tournament championship. Karis had 19 points in the Spartans’ 67-39 win over Hersey and chipped in eight when Glenbrook North defeated Niles West 55-39 for the title on Nov. 26.

Like to Nominate Your Athlete Next Week? Email nominations to Sports Reporter Ross Jacobson (rjacobson2010@gmail.com). Nominations must be received by noon on Sunday for consideration. E-mails must include a picture of the athlete and detailed information (links to other media coverage are welcome) on why he or she is a deserving candidate for the weekly award. Weekly winners are eligible for Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.

Margo Lyons November 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Luke Ford has played outstanding football all year long!
Ruth H November 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Rambler Pride!!!! Vote Luke Ford!
Stacey Kuchuris November 29, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Luke Ford is an outstanding athlete! I vote for Luke Ford!
J Sefton November 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Luke Ford was über-scrappy in the state championship game. He gets my vote.
Susan Mouflouzelis November 30, 2011 at 05:31 AM
LLLLLUUUUKKKKEEEE!!!!!! He did us proud in Champaign just as the whole team did all season! Let's go Ramblers!
Tony Horwitz November 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Luke may have had a great game, but Erin is THE STATE CHAMPION. C'mon folks. A little perspective. Erin may be the athlete of the month or year. Vote for Erin Purdy!!!
Mary Anne Nash Sebby November 30, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Luke Ford, a champion on and off the field... he is the person to vote for. Thanks for a great season Ramblers! Mary Anne Nash Sebby
Michael Pins November 30, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Luke Ford had a great season but he stepped it up to a whole new level for the championship game. That is the definition of "Athlete of the Week"
Sheila Spayer Weisensel December 01, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Luke Ford is my pick!
Tim Lawrence December 01, 2011 at 01:21 AM
All the athletes are deserving of the recognition, yet Luke Ford personifies what a scholar athlete is all about. Luke, you would have made your father proud.
Bernadette Marks December 01, 2011 at 03:34 AM
So proud of Luke Ford, one of our own. The Marks family/OLPH School , Loyola Academy
Dia Morgan Chaimovitz December 03, 2011 at 05:11 AM
Erin Purdy is an amazing student, teammate, leader, and such a hard worker. I am proud to call her my teammate!!! Vote Erin because she is an amazing person and should be recognized for her hard work!!1 STDT2011

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