Highlighting athletes in the West Michigan Conference might be one of the most difficult tasks anyone could be assigned. Not because there isn’t any, but simply because there are so many outstanding athletes. 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 Whitehall’s Riley Buys. The senior grappler was nominated for his performance two weeks ago featuring his 100th career win in Whitehall’s home tournament where he went 5-0 on the day.
After reviewing some outstanding performances in last week’s 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.
MASON CANTU, HART
Hart’s senior grappler has been a dominate wrestler for the Pirates throughout his career. As a sophomore, Cantu finished second in the state in division 3, and as a junior he finished third. This season, Cantu has his eyes set on a state championship and he is certainly well on his way. At the West Michigan Conference tournament last week, he defeated the Division 3 reigning state champion Max Brown from Whitehall 6-1 at the 145 weight class win the a conference championship. The veteran wrestler has compiled an astonishing 38-1 record this season with his sole loss coming to the Division 2 reigning state champ Micah Hanau of Stevenson Lakeshore.
CAMDEN THOMPSON, WHITEHALL
The Viking Freshman doesn’t need introductions anymore in the West Michigan Conference. The talented boys basketball player has already won a Player of the Week nomination and continues to improve as the season progresses. Last week, Thompson had his best week of the season so far compiling a double-double in both competitions. With no coincidence, it was against two top teams in the West Michigan Conference standings. Thompson scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds in Whitehall’s win against Ravenna early last week. He followed that performance up with 32 points and 18 rebounds on Friday to lead the Vikings to victory over North Muskegon.
CLAIRE MEACHAM, MONTAGUE
The veteran girls basketball player has been a big contributor to Montague’s success throughout the last few years. Claire, along with her twin sister Maddie are recognized as two of the best forwards in the West Michigan Conference. Last week, Claire made a huge impact in propelling Montague to two victories. In Montague’s competition against Grant, Meacham tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds. Against Whitehall, she notched 10 points and 11 rebounds. The impactful performance led the ‘Cats to an undefeated week and an 12-3 overall record.
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The poll will remain open until noon on Friday, Feb. 10.
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