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Vote Now: Patch Athlete of the Week, April 30-May 4

Vote for your favorite prep sports athlete or write in one you think deserves recognition. You have until Friday at 9 a.m. to register your vote!

Vote here to help choose the Patch Athlete of the Week of Oakland County for the week ending April 28.

Last week, won the Athlete of the Week poll.

Vote for one of the following or write in your own candidate in the comments:

Stephanie Miller –  (soccer): Stephanie Miller continues to score goals in bunches. Miller scored two goals in a 5-1 win over West Bloomfield on Thursday. Earlier in the week she gave the Bears an early 1-0 lead over North Farmington. Berkley went on to win 3-1. Miller is the team’s leading scorer and a big reason why the Bears are undefeated at 9-0-2 this season.

Catherine Gray – (tennis): Catherine Gray had a perfect week for the Royal Oak varsity girls tennis team. Gray beat Farmington’s Mrudhula Takasala in two sets 6-4 and 6-1 on Tuesday. She came right back on Wednesday and cruised past Ferndale’s Truelove Achin 6-1 and 6-0. In the Daily Tribune Invitational on Saturday, she won the No. 2 Flight with a win over Warren Regina’s Sydney Rusu 7-6(4) and 6-0.

Melissa Palmer  – (softball): Pitchers might want to avoid giving Athens shortstop Melissa Palmer anything to hit. She is just crushing the ball right now. Coming into the week, she was batting over .600 and leading the team in runs scored. She continued her hot play with a 4-for-8 performance in . She helped the Red Hawks sweep the Lakers by scoring the winning run in the first game and breaking a 1-1 tie in the second game with an RBI double. She finished the afternoon with four runs and three stolen bases.

Spencer Eick – (baseball): Spencer Eick is seeing is swinging a hot bat for the Seaholm varsity baseball team. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs in a 14-3 mercy rule win over Berkley on Friday. A day earlier, he helped the Maples avoid getting swept in a doubleheader gainst Harrison with a homerun and two RBIs. He went 2-for-4 and also had a stolen base in the 6-5 win.

Ben Sacco – (baseball) – Ben Sacco, a fourth grader at Bemis Elementary in Troy, pitched a perfect – no hits, no walks and no errors – game on Thursday for the 10u Troy Bulldogs. His team won 10-0 over the 10u Clarkston Riverdawgs at Martell Elementary. The teams play in the North Oakland Baseball Federation.

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Attention Coaches: Nominate Your Athletes

Email nominations to Patch sportswriter Mike Niziolek. Nominations must be received by noon Friday for consideration for the next week's poll. Please include a photo or photos of your nominee and detailed information on why he or she is a deserving candidate for the weekly award. Weekly winners are eligible for Patch Athlete of the Season recognition.

denise eisner May 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Spencer Eick is not only a gifted athlete, but his character is also outstanding! He is a hard working, team player, kind young man. He is already a winner in our eyes!
Ann Bertrand May 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Spencer Eick is an outstanding athlete a wonderful role model.
Mike Conrad May 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Speaking of voting for Royal Oak: I know its late notice but we need your last minute votes!! The ROHS Video Production students have reached the top 16 in our recent Ford Drive One 4UR Schools video contest. This national contest started with a bracket of 64 schools and our voting day is today (Tuesday). We are head-to-head against John F Kennedy High School in Oregon from until 9am Wednesday morning. The school with the most votes after 24 hours moves on to the top 8!! Go to the Facebook link below and click the "thumbs up" button to cast your vote for ROHS. Top 4 prizes: 1st $10,000 2nd $5,000 3rd/4th $2500 VOTING IS LIVE NOW!!! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/DriveOne4URSchool/app_259919777418398 Thanks for all you do!! Mike
Mark K May 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
This story is also on Troy Patch and Birmingham Patch
Jenn Hughes May 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree!!! Wish he had gotten more votes! Amazing!

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