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HIGH-SCHOOL

Here is the Rockford Register Star's Athlete of the Week winner for May 27-June 1

Jay Taft
Rockford Register Star

Well, that's a wrap, as the final Rockford Register Star high school Athlete of the Week poll of the 2023-24 school year is closed.

And North Boone softball standout Lauren Stefek ran away with the honors for the week of May 27-June 1.

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Stefek helped North Boone's softball team to a second-place finish at state, especially down the stretch when she smacked a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to give the Vikings the 4-3 lead in the super-sectional, and crushed a homer in the state semis that North Boone wound up winning 2-0.

The senior shortstop then singled down the leftfield line in the third inning to kickstart one of North Boone's biggest rallies in last Saturday's state championship game. She added a diving catch and two other nice defensive plays, and she went 1-for-2 in the finale.

North Boone shortstop Lauren Stefek (22) readies to throw the ball to first base for the out during a game against Stillman Valley on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Davis Junction Softball Fields in Davis Junction.

She followed all that up by earning more than enough votes to cruise to the win in the final AOW poll of the year for Rockford-area athletes.

Other nominees were: Auburn's Jayden Moss; North Boone's Cami Carter; and Hononegah's Owen Rollinson, Dani Franz and Aislyn Palmer.

Jay Taft has been a Rockford Register Star sports reporter since 2000. Email him at jtaft@rrstar.com and follow him on X, formerly Twitter, at . Sign up for the Rockford High School Sports Newsletter . Jay has covered a wide variety of sports, from the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks to local youth sports.