With the fall season coming to an end, it will be time again to choose who you think should be the Rockford Register Star High School Athlete of the Week from the following nominees.
Last week’s winners were Boylan’s tennis doubles partners, Elise Pecora and Isabel Furst.
You can vote as often as you want on rrstar.com or in the poll below. Click here if you cannot vote on the other polls.
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Jack Bonovia, Boylan Football
Leading the field since the start of the playoffs, Bonovia recently helped Boylan beat Kaneland 7-0 to claim the regional title. Boylan will face Lemont in a Class 2A semi-final at Hinsdale South on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Bonovia, who scored 16 goals and 10 assists in the season, scored one goal and two assists in the regional opener – a 5-0 win over Burlington Central last Wednesday – and then scored two goals and one assist in the regional title game.
Will Doetch, North Boone Soccer
Doetch grabbed 11 receptions for 160 yards and four TDs in a 41:14 win over Oregon last week that put the Vikings in the playoffs. Had they lost they would have been out, but Doetch and quarterback Chandler Alderman worked together consistently on Friday, especially early on when they got a big lead. Doetch had eight catches for 137 yards and 2 TDs before halftime.
Logan Dyson, Forreston Soccer
While Dyson was only 3-for-6 for 68 yards while running over 12 yards with four carries, he was the orchestrator of three very important drives in Forreston’s 22-20 come-from-behind win over Lena-Winslow on Friday . Dyson tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining in the first half to keep the Cardinals in, then had a 19-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to start the comeback. Then, after the Cardinals forced a 3-and-out, Dyson helped lead Forreston on a 22-game-winning drive that ended with a 1-yard TD from Matthew Beltran with no time on the clock.
Grace Erb, Winnebago Cross Country
Winnebago Girls’ cross-country team, which won the final Class 1A state championship in 2019, showed they are ready to defend that title with a dominant performance at Saturday’s 1A regional meeting, and Erb was the leader of the field. She pulled away in the second half of the race, even holding back her own strong teammates to win the regional championships with a time of 17 minutes and 13.22 seconds. Erb and her teammates are now preparing for the Oregon Sectional this Saturday.
Brandon Lawson, Guilford Cross Country
Lawson made several late passes, finishing second to DeKalb’s Riley Newport at the 3A Cross Country Regional at Machesney Park. Lawson, only in his sophomore year, scored a 15: 55.8 and faded a bit when Newport won in 15: 35.4.
Adrian Palos, Harlem Football
The senior running back / middle linebacker ran for 208 yards 36 times to take the NIC-10 rushing lead. Palos, who has played more than 200 rushing games in a row, also anchored a defense that knocked Auburn out 36-0.
Ethan Palzkill, Byron Soccer
Palzkill had consecutive punt returns for touchdowns in the first quarter. Palzkill returned a punt 49 yards for a TD with 6:42 remaining in the first of Byron’s 74-0 win over Rockford Christian and then went 52 yards for another 4:49 in the first quarter. He also scored on a 3-yard TD pass from QB Braden Smith while helping Byron reach the playoffs 9-0.
Amy Park, Auburn girls tennis
The juniors finished the state girls’ tennis tournament 3-2. She won two matches in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets, including one in which she won the last six points of the match after being 9-5 behind and was the only area player on day two of the state tournament reached.
Trenton Taylor, Du / Pec Football
Du / Pec’s running game took the lead in last week’s 22-0 win over Stockton, with Taylor taking the lead. He had 25 carries for 186 yards and 2 TDs to roll the rivermen straight into the playoffs.
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