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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.

Tina grant December 25, 2011 at 07:02 PM
The voting process needs to be investigated by the paper . The process failed this time and was rigged .you can vote for yourself as many times as you want .
George Slefo (Editor) December 25, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Hey Tina - We have found several (three) ways to vote more than once, but they are very time consuming. The most effective method was using an iPad, but it wasn't very efficient - about 40 votes in an hour. Not sure who is going to put up with that. If there is a loop hole can you fill us in? Thanks for the comment.
Tina grant December 27, 2011 at 03:53 AM
Hi George I read a post late yesterday from a gentleman that proves how votes are rigged and you or the paper deleted it ! That's interesting don't you think .
George Slefo (Editor) December 27, 2011 at 04:18 AM
@ Tina I can assure you nobody at the paper deleted the comment. If enough readers flag a comment, it will get taken down. Keep in mind, we have nothing to gain if a certain high school athlete wins. If there is a loop hole, please fill us in so we can fix it. Thanks again for the comment.
Stefano December 27, 2011 at 05:57 AM
George, I left a comment late last evening only to find that it was removed by this morning. The voting system by this paper is rigged by people who know how to fraudulently bypass the system. I found that there are three (3) loop holes that can help a student athlete receive votes at a rapid rate. The voting process needs to be investigated by the paper throughly to assure that no other student athletes are cheated to win Athlete of The Week. Obviously it's not justified nor fair for any student athlete to be nominated only to be cheated by someone who knows how to bypass the system. I would like to personally describe and show you how the system is rigged. I would appreciate if you contacted me so I can help you and the paper find a solution so that no other student athletes are cheated? I greatly appreciate your time.
George Slefo (Editor) December 27, 2011 at 06:03 AM
Please email your contact information at georges@patch.com and we can figure it out from there. Thanks again for the comment!
Stefano December 27, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Thanks George. I will email you my contact information.
Tina grant December 27, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Thanks Stephano. It is not rational to believe that one athlete will get 10000 votes . I dont believe it . It was amazing to see that on one day within a 3 hour span this athlete gained 2 thousand votes . Hope this problem gets addressed. I dont know how your original post was deleted but I am happy you posted again . Sounds like George is willing to look into this . Thanks again
Thomas December 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM
You are kidding me, correct? I voted several times while having a bowel movement on Christmas Day. Who in their right mind would need to be told to vote once and only once? The mentality is unreal. Unreal.
Greenwood December 28, 2011 at 05:14 AM
There's not a cash award or scholarship riding on the Patch Athlete of the Week, right? I figure it's meant to introduce the readers to, and get them fired up about, student-athletes in the area. If there is some ballot-box-stuffing, it means that the feature is doing its job.
George Slefo (Editor) 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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