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CatchMark Catch-Up highlights West Michigan Conference winter sports (Jan. 22-27, 2024)

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The CatchMark Catch-Up is a weekly recap of highlights from the West Michigan Conference.

It’s Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, and we’re hitting highlights from last week in 2023-24 WMC winter sports.


Clare Westerlund’s breakout game powers Whitehall past Montague

Freshman Clare Westerlund scored a game- and career-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in powering Whitehall to a 37-35 road victory over Montague Friday. The Vikings’ victory avenged a 20-point loss to the Wildcats early in the season.

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Fremont rallies past Ludington in WMC Lakes first-place battle

Fremont senior Jessica Bennett made three big 3-point baskets in the final 3 1/2 minutes and junior Mia Clemence scored eight of her game-high 16 points down the stretch to power their team to a 41-35 win over host Ludington in a WMC Lakes first-place battle last Tuesday.

It was Fremont’s first victory over Ludington since 2007.

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Fremont’s girls varsity basketball team poses for a photo during CatchMark SportsNet media day on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)



Whitehall edges Cadillac in battle of unbeatens

Whitehall’s boys basketball team remained perfect on the season with a 58-56 victory at Cadillac last Tuesday in a nonleague battle of unbeatens.

Last Thursday, Whitehall put on a dunking show in a 66-47 nonleague win at Newaygo.

Whitehall takes a 14-0 overall record into a big week, traveling to much-improved Mona Shores Tuesday and hosting perennially strong Grand Rapids Covenant Christian on Friday.

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North Muskegon also remains unbeaten on the season

Visiting Fremont tested North Muskegon early, but the host Norsemen roared back in the second quarter and picked up a 53-39 WMC nondivisional victory last Thursday. Four players scored between nine and 14 points for the Norse, who enter this week with a 13-0 overall record.

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In this file photo, North Muskegon’s Lamarki Graham glides in for a dunk in a 60-51 victory over Ravenna in a West Michigan Conference Rivers Division boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in Ravenna, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)



Busy Saturday for WMC boys and girls wrestlers

West Michigan Conference boys and girls wrestlers were busy on Saturday with various competitions.

Montague’s boys team finished runner-up in the Randy Jacobs Memorial Duals it hosted, while Hart’s boys squad was runner-up in the Shelby Super Duals. Montague’s girls team finished second in the Hastings Tournament.

Whitehall’s boys team took third in its highlight event, the Rick Champion Duals.

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Montague wrestlers pose for a photo after finishing runner-up in the Randy Jacobs Memorial Duals Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in Montague, Mich. (Courtesy of Montague wrestling)

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