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Vote for CatchMark Player of the Week (Feb. 14 -19)

Two wrestlers, one basketball player nominated in Player of the Week poll

Athletes in the West Michigan Conference brought the heat last week. In attempt to highlight some standout performances, VanDyk Mortgage brings you the CatchMark Player of the Week.

Last week’s Player of the Week was awarded to Shelby basketball’s Bishop Lee. The standout junior collected his first award of the season as the Tiger’s versatile forward.

After reviewing some of last week’s outstanding performances, the CatchMark SportsNet team was able to narrow it down to three deserving candidates.

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 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.

Trayce Tate (front right) along with additional Hart wrestlers who placed in the top four pose for a group photo with their coaches after the Division 3 individual regional Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Tri County High School in Howard City, Mich. (Courtesy of Hart wrestling)

TRAYCE TATE, HART WRESTLING

After winning a regional championship at Howard City Tri County last weekend, it’s safe to say that Hart junior Trayce Tate has hit stride. The dominate 119 pound wrestler will make his journey to the division 4 individual state championships next weekend at Ford Field with three other teammates. The Pirates will also wrestle in the team state competition this weekend in Kalamazoo at the Wings Event Center. The No. 5 seeded Pirates (30-5) will take on fourth-seeded Imlay City (27-5) in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

SHANE COOK, WHITEHALL WRESTLING

Whitehall junior Shane Cook, left, holds up a poster while posing with coach Justin Zeerip after Cook captured his 100th career win Saturday at Allendale High School. (Courtesy of Whitehall wrestling)

Whitehall wrestling’s Shane Cook earned his 100th career win en route to a runner-up finish at the Vikings team regional competition last weekend. Cook, a reliable 215 pound junior for Whitehall, advances to compete at the division 2 individual state tournament at Ford Field next weekend. Cook will be joined by six teammates in the individual competition. In addition, Whitehall will also compete in the division 2 team state tournament this weekend at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. The No. 2 seeded powerhouse will take on seventh-seeded St. Joseph in the quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m.

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

ADDI HOVEY, HART GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hart girls basketball team clinched the West Michigan Conference title last week against Montague. A big part of their victory was the performance of freshman Addi Hovey. The skilled forward dropped in 17 points, added seven steals and hauled down 10 rebounds. Throughout the season, Hovey has continued to improve and currently stands as one of league’s finest players. Hart is preparing for their district competition at Holton High School beginning on March 2nd.

VOTES LIMITED ONE PER HOUR

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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