Vote here to help choose the Patch Athlete of the Week of Oakland County for the week ending Feb. 18. Last week’s poll winner was Tyler McCullough, a member of the Royal Oak varsity wrestling team.
Vote for one of the following or write in your own candidate in the comments:
Dre Smith – Royal Oak High School (boys basketball): Dre Smith drained a buzzer beater from 15-feet out on Friday night to give Royal Oak a 47-46 win over Lahser in the Oakland Activities Association Gold division. Smith had 15 points for the Ravens in a 62-55 win over University High School on Tuesday.
Shwan Shadaia – Rochester High School (wrestling): Shwan Shadaia was one of five Rochester wrestlers to win an individual regional title on Saturday at L’Anse Creuse. In the 189-pound finals, Shadaia nearly choked himself out trying to escape a side headlock, went down 10-7 to Utica Ford’s David Skochelak with a minute to go. Shadaia grabbed Skochelak’s leg and whipped him to the mat with 20 seconds on the clock to even the score 10-10. In overtime, Shadaia scored another takedown to win 12-10.
Nick Gajdzik – Stoney Creek High School (wrestling): Stoney Creek senior Nick Gajdzik came into the L’Anse Creuse regional with a 39-0 record and left with his winning streak intact. He won the heavyweight division (285) regional title pinning all three of his opponents.
Allison Kohl – West Bloomfield High School (skater): Junior Allison Kohl skates on the Crystallettes Senior team, based in Dearborn. Her team won the Midwestern Sectional Championships in January and last weekend won again for Team USA at the Neuchatel Trophy in Neuchatel, Switzerland. They will be competing at the US Nationals the first weekend in March and the top two teams will progress to the World Championships in Gotenburg, Sweden in April.
Andrew Napieraj - Brother Rice High School (wrestling): Junior Andrew Napieraj won the 135-pound regional title at the Davison regional on Saturday. He pinned Seaholm’s Tim List in the finals bout.
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.
Past Winners and Nominees
- Athlete of the Week Feb. 6-11: Tyler McCullough, Royal Oak High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 30-Feb. 4: Troy Chen, Troy High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 23-27: John Yurich, West Bloomfield High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 16-20: Jacob Dotson, Ferndale High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 9-13: Ashley Moskal, Avondale High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 2-6: Aarica McCray, Berkley High School