Few things are better in high school sports than a good rivalry.
I certainly got my fill of them last week, beginning with Howell’s upset of second-ranked Hartland in girls basketball, then continuing with four Brighton-Hartland matchups in wrestling, boys basketball, girls basketball and hockey.
It was particularly nice to be able to watch both Brighton-Hartland basketball games Friday at Hartland, as the schools made a varsity doubleheader happen. It was too bad I had to choose Tuesday and missed a great finish in the Howell at Hartland boys basketball game.
There were obviously some great performances in those competitions, as well as throughout Livingston County last week.
Here are the five athletes who are up for Livingston Daily Press & Argus Athlete of the Week. Howell’s Maeve St. John had another huge week, but I don’t put athletes on the ballot in back-to-back weeks. Still, she deserves a shoutout for a great week.
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Pinckney swimmer Tyler Ray was last week’s Athlete of the Week, so his barrier-breaking sub-21 time in the 50-yard freestyle didn’t get him on the ballot.
Molly Deurloo, Howell basketball
Deurloo was Howell’s second-leading scorer in a 37-31 victory over second-ranked Hartland, then scored 20 points in a 59-30 victory over Novi.
Quaylon Newton, Brighton wrestling
Newton overcame injury time for back pain to win 10-8 in overtime over Hartland’s Patrick Wlodyga in a clash of all-state wrestlers at 119 pounds in the teams’ dual meet Wednesday. Newton is ranked second in Division 1 at 112.
Ben Pouliot, Hartland hockey
Pouliot had two goals and two assists in a 10-0 victory over Novi, then scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Brighton. A four-goal goal-scoring streak has Pouliot up two six goals and 12 assists in 15 games.
Brady Raymond, Pinckney wrestling
Raymond (17-1), ranked sixth in Division 2 at 171 pounds, won that division with a 23-second pin over Gavin Beach of Jackson Northwest in the Lakeview Varsity Invitational in Battle Creek. Raymond won all three matches with first-period pins.
Lauren Sollom, Hartland basketball
Sollom scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 47-26 victory over Brighton, boosting her team-leading scoring average to 11.2. Sollom had a team-high eight points in a 37-31 loss at Howell.
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This article originally appeared on Livingston Daily: Vote for Livingston Daily Athlete of the Week (Jan. 10-16, 2022)