West Bloomfield’s John Yurich: Jan. 23-27 Patch Athlete of the Week

Lakers swimmer helps his team pick up big wins over Rochester and Royal Oak.

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.

Previous Winners:

Attention Coaches: Nominate Your Athlete

Email nominations to Patch sportswriter Mike Niziolek at redbankchi@aol.com. Nominations must be received by noon on Friday for consideration. 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.

Linda Eriksen February 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM


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