Jerel McNeal, Hillcrest
Scored 33 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a 79-74 OT win over then-No. 16 Rich Central, then collected 22 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds in the No. 10 Hawks' 77-46 win over T.F. South.
Alex Arias, Our Lady of Tepeyac
Averaged 24.4 points, 7.2 assists in 5 games including 32 points in a 42-39 win over North Lawndale and was named Chicago Prep season MVP.
Natasha Williams, Niles North
Scored 15 in the No. 19 Vikings' 35-33 victory over Warren Tuesday, then had 22 points, 13 rebounds, 11 blocks in a 46-31 win Friday over Maine East.
Ann Lucchesi, West Aurora
The senior rolled a state-best 1,304 at the Sycamore sectional, leading the Blackhawks to the team title.
Allison Buckley, Conant
The freshman won all four events, finishing with a top all-around score of 38.95 as the Cougars won their own regional in dominant fashion.
Dan Hare, Lockport
Won the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke and swam on winning teams in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, leading the Porters to 2nd place at the SICA Northwest meet.
Brandon Precin, Sandburg
The sophomore 112-pounder won his second straight regional to improve to 36-0 and lead the Eagles to the team title.
Athletes of the week are compiled by Nathan Baird. Coaches can nominate athletes by calling 312-222-3473, faxing to 312-828-9392, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Monday.