and Maine West's Brittany Collins was named the Patch Athlete of the Week.
The nominees for Patch Athlete of the Week, Jan. 29 - Feb. 5:
Austin Curren, junior, boys basketball, North Shore Country Day – Curren has had point totals of 25, 28 and 32 points in three conference wins for the Raiders. During that time he’s shot 67 percent from the field (29/43) and has turned the ball over only five times. Curren is also averaging 5.5 rebounds per game.
Molly Kleppin, junior, girls basketball, Niles West - Kleppin led the Wolves with 15 points in a tough win against Maine South. Niles West clinched at least a share of the CSL South championship last week. Kleppin scored nine of her 15 points in the second quarter against Maine South.
Olivia Smoliga, junior, girls swimming, Glenbrook South / USA – After winning two state championships in the Fall, Smoliga is now preparing for a run at the Olympics. In June she will compete at the Olympic Trials and will swim in four events: the 100 and 200-meter backstrokes and 50 and 100 freestyles.
Jordan Pessah, senior, wrestling, Maine West – Pessah was one of five regional champions for Maine West, which captured its first regional championship as a team since 1999. Pessah finished first in the 152-pound division by pinning Evanston’s Gabe Brieva in 3:29 in the finals.
Leonard Garron, senior, football, Evanston – Garron signed a letter-of-intent last week to play football at Southern Illinois University. Garron will attend the NCAA Division 1-AA team after starring at tight end and defensive end for Evanston over the past three seasons on the varsity squad.
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