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Hart, Shelby and Whitehall represented in CatchMark Player of the Week poll

The athletic talent in the West Michigan Conference was on display once again last week. VanDyk Mortgage brings you the CatchMark Player of the Week for the third week in January.

Last week’s winner was awarded to Montague wrestling’s Emma Pendell.

After reviewing some outstanding performances last week, the CatchMark SportsNet team has narrowed down this week’s 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.

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

Joseph Hayes, Shelby

Shelby senior Joseph Hayes has made quite a name so far this basketball season. The versatile guard contributes on both ends of the floor for the Tigers and has been one of the more consistent players in the league. Last week alone, Hayes tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals against a league-leading Ravenna team. He followed up that performance with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals against Whitehall later in the week. He has led the Tigers to a 4-2 league record and is noted as a good sport by opponents.

Whitehall senior Max Brown poses with his poster after being recognized for winning his 150th career match with the Vikings Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Whitehall, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Max Brown, Whitehall

Whitehall senior Max Brown has proven he one of the Viking wrestling team’s most fierce competitors on the mat. The senior grappler is a returning Division 2 state champion and one of the areas most consistent wrestlers. Brown sports a 151-13 career record, earning his 150th win last week in a West Michigan Conference quad at Whitehall. Brown is now wrestling at the 145 weight class and his eyes set on both at team state championship as well as another individual state championship.

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

Its seldom to hear about Hart basketball without the name Hovey involved. The youngest of three Hovey basketball players, Addi has most certainly lived up to the name. The freshman standout was forced to step up and fill some big shoes when the Pirates lost senior Jayd Hovey to a knee injury earlier this season. Addi has been an offensive threat as a league rookie and continues to improve through each competition. Last week, she notched 27 points, 11 rebounds and 15 steals across two games. Hovey is already one of league’s premier players and has a bright future ahead.


If you wish to nominate a Player of the Week in the future, then email Zach Zweigle at

Lead writer for CatchMark SportsNet and Web Services leader for CatchMark Technologies.

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