It’s time again to vote for the CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Week, sponsored by Complete Restoration & Cleaning Services, Inc.
The nominees have been selected and the fan poll created. We need your votes.
Six winter sports athletes from the conference who stood out in competitions Dec.. 11-16, 2023, have been nominated by CatchMark SportsNet.
Time for you to vote, over and over. The poll can be found at the bottom of this story after brief capsules on the nominees. The poll closes at noon Friday, Dec. 22.
Athletes are listed alphabetically:
CHRISTOPHER AEBIG, Montague wrestling
The senior 132-pounder reached the 100-win milestone in his career during the third match of Montague’s Holiday Mat Cat Classic on Saturday. Aebig, who went 5-0 on the day, got his 100th victory with a pinfall of Howard City Tri County’s Cale Howle in 1:11.
EMMALEE FOX, Holton bowling
The Red Devils junior enjoyed a solid golf season with a Division 4 state finals appearance and now she appears to be carrying that momentum into the bowling season. Fox rolled a 190 and 157 as Holton defeated Ludington, 22-8, in league play last Wednesday at Stix Lanes.
WREN NELSON, Mason County Central basketball
The 6-foot-3 senior post dominated the paint in the Spartans’ 56-17 victory at Ravenna Friday in a WMC Rivers Division contest. Nelson finished the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. Sixteen of her points came in the first half.
DAVID SHILLINGER, Ludington basketball
This is the second straight week for Shillinger in the Player of the Week fan poll, but that’s what happens when you tie a school record for points in a game. Shillinger scored 45 points in last Thursday’s 64-56 home win over Oakridge to tie a single-game record shared by Mike Larsen and Steve Schoenner. Shillinger, a senior guard, finished 19-of-21 from the free-throw line, going 7-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
CAMDEN THOMPSON, Whitehall basketball
The 6-foot-5 junior wing continues to fill the stat sheet with big-time performances. Thompson was at it again last Thursday in Whitehall’s 66-35 win at Montague, where he finished with 23 points, 27 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks, and two steals. Two days earlier, in a 66-58 nonleague home win over Sparta, Thompson totaled 26 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block.
TEE WARD, Fremont wrestling
The senior earned the 150th victory of his career as the Packers went 5-0 as a team in capturing the title at the John Baum Invitational Saturday at Belding. Ward won all five of his 144-pound matches Saturday in dominating fashion, three by technical fall and two by pinfall. In last Wednesday’s Fremont Quad, Ward picked up two victories — one by technical fall and one by pinfall.
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