Vote Now: Patch Athlete of the Week, May 13-19

Vote for your favorite prep sports athlete in Oakland County or write in an athlete 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 May 19.

Last week, won the Athlete of the Week poll.

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

Ben Hill – Royal Oak High School (Track and Field): Ben Hill qualified for the state finals in two events at the Farmington Regional on Saturday. He won a regional title in the 3,200 meter run (9:44) and with teammates Max Benoit, Blaine Anderson and Adam Quinn he also qualified for the 3,200 relay. The relay team finished in first with a time of 8:05.

Erin Finn – West Bloomfield High School (Track and Field): Erin Finn had no problem getting back to the state finals at the Farmington regional on Saturday. She won regional titles in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs. She won the 16,00-meter race by nearly 15 seconds, but that was nothing compared with her cusion in the 3,200. She beat Seaholm’s Tess Wilberding by 57 seconds and change.

Jeff Aririguzo  – West Bloomfield High School (Track and Field): Jeff Aririguzo earned more medals than he had hands to carry them at the Farmington regional on Saturday. Aririguzo won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and with teammates C.J. Brathwaite, Michael King and Kimani Elliot the 400-meter relay. He will compete in all three events at the state finals in two weeks.

Bailey Paradiso – Marian High School (Tennis): After winning the Catholic League finals No. 1 flight title, Bailey Paradiso won a regional title at the Birmingham Seaholm regional last week. She won the No. 1 regional championship by beating the Maples’ Nancy Benda. Paradiso will compete in the state finals in two weeks looking for the third individual title of her career.

Mollie Fox – Lahser High School (Tennis): Mollie Fox gave her team a big boost by winning the No. 1 flight regional championship at the North Farmington regional last week. Fox beat Farmington Hills Mercy’s Winnie Karoub in the finals. Fox was one of six Knights players to reach the finals match, but the only girl to win a title. Lahser was one of three teams to qualify out of the North Farmington regional for the Division 2 state finals.

Jake Smith – Clawson High School (Baseball): Jake Smith had a nice week at the plate for Clawson. He went 2-for-2 with two runs in an 11-1 win over Troy Bethany Christian. He also hit a two-run double to try and help his team rally in an 8-6 loss to Lakeview High School.

Previous Winners

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.

Tina Cardamone May 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Come on Royal Oakers, get busy and vote for Ben Hill!
M.E. Johnson May 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
VOTE BAILEY PARADISO. Quiet, hard working & great girl. Great kid as well as role model.


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