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Vote for CatchMark Player of the Week (Dec. 6-11)

Shelby, Hart and Whitehall represented in Week 2 of CatchMark’s Player of the Week series

All winter sports are officially underway in the West Michigan Conference. That means the scope of potential nominees broadens significantly. This past week there were an abundance of standout performances, but CatchMark Sports has narrowed it down to three nominations. This week’s winner will follow Whitehall’s Charley Klint who was voted the Player of the Week to kick off the series.

Nominations and voting will be released each Wednesday at 8 a.m. and voting will close Friday at noon. Shortly after, the winner of the CatchMark Player of the Week will be announced.

Without further ado, here are the nominees for Week 2 of the CatchMark Player of the Week series brought to you by VanDyk Mortgage. Read the description of each player’s performance and cast your vote at the bottom of the story.

Kendall Zoulek of the Shelby girls basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

Kendall Zoulek, Shelby

Shelby senior Kendall Zoulek solidified herself as one of the league’s most consistent scorers. Against Fremont, Zoulek posted a double double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Later in the week against Oakridge, she notched 19 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Aside from her personal accolades, Zoulek led Shelby to two wins last week and the Tigers stand at 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the West Michigan Conference.

Parker Hovey of the Hart boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

Parker Hovey, Hart

As an offensive leader for Hart last season, Parker Hovey was expected to be a scoring threat again for the Pirates. In Hart’s first week back, Hovey put up 38 points and grabbed 21 rebounds across two games. The Junior spent the offseason improving his fundamentals and optimizing his physical athleticism. It has definitely shown through week 1. The Pirates are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the West Michigan Conference.

Whitehall senior Ira Jenkins is all smiles during a ceremony celebrating his signing with the University of Michigan wrestling program Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Ira Jenkins, Whitehall

The University of Michigan commit made his senior season debut on the Whitehall wrestling team this past week. To no surprise, he makes his debut on the CatchMark Player of the Week series as well. The masterful heavy weight Viking opened his season on Wednesday, where he knocked off Kent City as well as the seventh ranked wrestler in the state within the first 30 seconds of the first round. On Saturday, the senior was a Southwest Classic tournament champion posting a 5-0 record on the day with three first period pins. Jenkins was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

If you wish to nominate a Player of the Week in the future, then email Zach Zweigle at zzweigle@catchmarkit.com.

Media Specialist for CatchMark Technologies and CatchMark SportsNet.

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