Congratulations to East St. Louis' TaRyan Martin, who was voted SBLive's Illinois high school Athlete of the Week (Nov. 14-20). He received more than 39 percent of the votes.
Martin had a monster performance for the Flyers in their semifinal matchup with Lemont. The sophomore standout rushed 40 times for 349 yards and four touchdowns as East St. Louis rallied to defeat Lemont and earn a berth in the 6A championship game.
Providence Catholic's Jay Jeziorski finished second in the voting with almost 30 percent of the votes.
Previous winners: Lake Zurich's Tyler Erkman (No. 7-12), St. Rita's DJ Stewart (Oct. 31-Nov. 5), Stevenson's Matt Projansky (Oct. 17-22), Prospect's Brad Vierneisel (Oct. 10-15), Brother Rice's Owen Lyons (Oct. 3-8), Bolingbrook's Jonas Williams (Sept. 19-24), Benet Academy's Aniya Warren (Sept. 12-17), Bolingbrook's I'Marion Stewart (Sept. 4-10), Lemont's Nate Wrublik (Aug. 29-Sept. 3) and Highland's Travis Porter (Aug. 22-28).
Here is another look at the nominees for Nov. 14-20:
Brogan Amherdt, Prairie Ridge football
Prior to his 6A semifinal game against St. Ignatius, Amherdt had never recorded a field goal attempt for Prairie Ridge. He came through in the clutch as he converted a 29-yard field goal with seconds remaining to give Prairie Ridge a 21-19 win.
Shannon Dowell, O’Fallon girls basketball
Dowell opened the season with 22 points against Decatur Mac Arthur and 20 points against Whitney Young as the Panthers started off 2-0. She averaged a team-best 16.6 points per game last season as the Panthers went 25-6.
Denny Furlong, Mount Carmel football
Furlong was the main target in the Caravan passing game on Saturday as he hauled in seven catches for 123 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns to help Mount Carmel to a 20-9 victory against rival St. Rita.
Joey Gliatta, IC Catholic football
Gliatta had a big performance on Saturday with 22 carries for 192 yards and four touchdowns during IC Catholic’s 35-0 win over Byron.
Kaila Gracia, Chicago Kelly girls basketball
A senior forward, Gracia recorded 36 points and 33 rebounds in a pair of victories last week.
Norah Gum, Waterloo girls basketball
A 6-foot senior, Gum had a big opening week of the season as she averaged 22.3 points and 11 rebounds in wins over Belleville East, Columbia and Althoff and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She became the fourth Waterloo girls basketball player to reach 1,000 career points.
Richard Jackson, Sacred Heart-Griffin football
A senior running back, Jackson was a big part of a SHG’s 28-point comeback and carried the ball eight times for 102 yards and three scores in the Cyclones’ 56-42 4A semifinal victory over Rochester.
Tyler Jansey, Batavia football
Jansey powered Batavia’s semifinal win over Lake Zurich with a team-high 176 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Jay Jeziorski, Providence Catholic football
A sophomore middle linebacker, Jeziorski led an impressive defensive effort with seven total tackles (three tackles for loss) and two sacks in the Celtics’ 17-14 win over St. Francis.
Tyaire Lott, Sacred Heart-Griffin football
Lott completed 11 out of his 17 passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns along with 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground to rally the Cyclones to a 56-42 victory over Rochester to advance to the 4A championship.
Shakara McCline, East St. Louis girls basketball
A 5-5 senior guard, McCline averaged 29 points in three wins last week over Missouri teams. She scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a victory at Gateway STEM.
Blake Regenold, Tri-Valley football
Regenold was a workhorse for Tri-Valley with 43 carries for 282 yards and five touchdowns in the Vikings 36-6 victory over Maroa-Forsyth to move on to the 2A state championship.
Keeton Reiss, Rochester football
A senior quarterback, Reiss completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards and added 86 yards and four touchdowns on the ground during a 56-42 loss to Sacred Heart-Griffin in the 4A semifinals.
Jesse Smith, IC Catholic football
Smith was making plays all over the field for the Knights’ defense in their semifinal win. He finished the game with 20 tackles and had a key fourth-and-goal interception in the first half as IC won 35-0.
DJ Stewart, St. Rita football
Stewart handled a big portion of the St. Rita offense as he carried the ball 34 times for 136 yards in a 7A semifinal victory against No. 2-ranked Mount Carmel.
Conor Talty, St. Rita football
An Alabama football commit, Talty handled all of the scoring for the Mustangs with three field goals — from 23, 27, and 36 yards out — in their 7A semifinal game against Mount Carmel.
Braden Tischer, Lincoln-Way East football
Tischer battled the snow and strong winds and threw two touchdown passes and turned a quarterback sneak from his own 1-yard line into a 99-yard touchdown. He led the way for the Griffins who beat Glenbard West 31-7 to advance to the 8A title game.
Tyler Vasey, Prairie Ridge football
Vasey had a solid game against a tough St. Ignatius team with 171 yards and a touchdown on the ground along with a key fourth-quarter touchdown pass. He helped Prairie Ridge to a 21-19 win to move on to the 6A championship game.
Malachi Washington, Peoria football
A senior running back, Washington could not be stopped on as he rushed 30 times for 383 yards and five touchdowns during the Lions’ 76-56 shootout victory over Morris.
Nate Wrublik, Lemont football
Wrublik rushed 24 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Lemont’s 6A semifinal game loss against top-ranked East St. Louis.