John Yurich won the Patch Athlete of the Week title for Jan. 23-28 with 297 votes after in Oakland County, or 55 percent of the votes cast last week.
Yurich was in top form on Jan. 26 in a meet against Rochester High School. He participated in four events and placed in all four. He finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (56.49) and 100 backstroke (1:02.01). He also helped his team pick up two first-place finishes in two separate relay races – the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle.
Yurich was part of a Lakers relay team which placed first in the 200 medley in helping to beat Royal Oak High School Jan. 31 118-67. West Bloomfield next hits the pool Tuesday at home against Ferndale High School (6 p.m.).
Other athletes in the poll included:
Sami Stormont: The Royal Oak High School girls basketball guard set a new school on Jan. 24 with 42 points in a 62-44 win over Ferndale.
Shannon Wilson: The Andover High School girls basketball guard helped her team win three games with a strong week.
DeShawn Gilbert: The Clawson High School boys basketball guard led his team in scoring against the two top teams in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.
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