Athlete of the Week for Oct. 31 - Nov. 6:
Peter Pujals ran away with North Shore's first contest for Patch Athlete of the Week. More than 2,300 readers voted last week, but the junior football player from Loyola Academy received 1233 votes, capturing 54 percent of the total.
(See results below)
The nominees for North Shore Patch Athlete of the Week, Oct. 31- Nov. 6, were:
Peter Pujals, junior, football wide receiver, Loyola Academy and this week’s winner – Pujals had the best game of his career, catching nine passes for 181 yards in Loyola’s 29-0 win over Dunbar in the second round of the playoffs. The junior wide receiver had all nine of his catches in the first half, including a 51-yard touchdown from QB Malcolm Weaver. Loyola advanced to play Lyons in the Class 8A quarterfinals.
Alexis Melchiorre, senior, girls swimming, Deerfield –Melchiorre helped lead Deerfield to a third consecutive Central Suburban League North swimming championship last weekend. The senior won the 50 freestyle in 24.74 seconds and doubled up by taking first place in the 100 free (54.55). Melchiorre was also the anchor for the Warriors’ 400 free relay team that edged Glenbrook North for the win.
Leland Later, senior, boys cross country, New Trier – Later became only the third New Trier cross country state champion in the school’s history by winning the Class 3A state title in Peoria last weekend. Later completed the three-mile course in 14 minutes, 17 seconds. The Trevians took 11th as a team.
Olivia Nelson, senior, volleyball middle hitter, Glenbrook South – Nelson led the Titans with six kills and three blocks in Glenbrook South’s 25-19, 25-12 victory over Loyola Academy to win the Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional championship. After finishing the regular season with a sub-.500 record, the Titans rallied and advanced all the way to the Super-Sectional before falling to St. Charles East.
Matt Alviti, junior, football quarterback, Maine South – Maine South fell to Stevenson in the second round of the playoffs, but Alviti still had his typically good day. The junior quarterback threw several touchdowns and ran for another in the 24-22 loss. Saturday’s loss ended Maine South’s quest to win four straight state championships and stopped the Hawks’ 22-game winning streak.
Like to Nominate Your Athlete Next Week? Email nominations to Sports Reporter Ross Jacobson (email@example.com). Nominations must be received by noon on Sunday Nov. 20 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.