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Vote for CatchMark Player of the Week (Jan. 24-29)

Whitehall, Oakridge and North Muskegon represented in CatchMark Player of the Week poll

The cold air has put a damper on everything except for the athletic talent in the West Michigan Conference. VanDyk Mortgage brings you the CatchMark Player of the Week for the final week of January.

Last week’s Player of the Week was awarded to Shelby’s Joseph Hayes. The senior guard was nominated for his performance two weeks ago and managed to continue his hot streak with a monster 40-point game against rival Hart last Thursday.

After reviewing some outstanding performances for last weeks competitions, 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.

Whitehall senior Riley Buys is honored for capturing the 100th win of his career during the Rick Champion Duals that the Vikings hosted Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (Courtesy of Whitehall wrestling)

RILEY BUYS, WHITEHALL

Senior grappler Riley Buys has been a fundamental part of Whitehall’s undefeated division 2 second-ranked wrestling team. The 130-pound standout earned his 100th career win over the weekend at Whitehall’s home event, the Rick Champion Duals. Buys finished the day 5-0 contributing bonus point victories for the Vikings who outscored their opponents 287-70 on the day. The Vikings are still rolling with their 22-0 season record and Buys continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

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

ANNA LUNDQUIST, OAKRIDGE

As a sophomore, Anna Lundquist has been one of the most dominate players in West Michigan Conference girls basketball action. Last week alone, Lundquist put up a combined 21 points, 23 rebounds and four steals for Oakridge. She played a significant role in her team’s 32-27 victory over Shelby as she scored a game-high 11 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Eagles. The future is bright for this talented forward.

Troy McManus of the North Muskegon boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

TROY MCMANUS, NORTH MUSKEGON

As one of the leagues best offensive talents, North Muskegon’s Troy McManus has solidified the Norse as one of West Michigan Conference’s top title contenders. The junior guard is commonly found atop the stat sheet and is a vocal leader for his squad as well. Last week, McManus scored a combined 29 points for the Norse with a win over Manistee a hard fought battle against Muskegon Heights.

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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