It’s a new season for the West Michigan Conference.
We’re into the 2022-23 winter sports season, which means the CatchMark SportsNet Player of the Week fan poll has returned.
Like it did in the fall sports season, the Player of the Week fan poll recognizes six nominees. Those athletes were included in this week’s fan poll based upon their performances in athletic events spanning Dec. 5-10, 2022.
The poll can be found at the bottom of this story after brief capsules on the six nominees. Voting is open and will continue until noon on Friday, Dec. 16.
Athletes are listed alphabetically:
NATALIE BASSETT, Montague wrestling
The senior, who missed most of last season because of an injury, got off to a fast start in her first match of the year last Wednesday. Bassett pinned Holland West Ottawa’s Izabella Colunga in 1:16 in the 126-pound weight class.
BRIAR HAMBROCK, Fremont wrestling
The Packers senior 285-pounder went 5-0 on the day with all pins in Saturday’s Kent City Kickoff Classic. As a team, Fremont went 4-1 with victories over Traverse City Central, Byron Center, Kent City and Newaygo. Last season, Hambrock won a CSAA conference title and posted a 22-6 record.
ANNA LUNDQUIST, Oakridge basketball
The 6-foot-2 junior power forward had a big week for the Eagles, who split a pair of games. In Tuesday’s 48-28 victory at Holton, Lundquist totaled 11 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and four blocks. In Thursday’s 39-36 home loss to Ludington, she finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, six steals, two assists and two blocks.
EMMA PETERSON, Montague basketball
The Wildcats senior guard scored a career-high 21 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals in her team’s 44-34 victory over visiting rival Whitehall Thursday. Peterson went 14-of-22 from the free-throw line in the game. In a 45-31 loss at Spring Lake Tuesday, she had nine points, six rebounds and two assists.
PEYTON RUEL, Oakridge basketball
The 6-foot sophomore point guard is off to a great start for the Eagles. In a 76-37 victory at Manistee Friday, Ruel totaled 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals. In Tuesday’s 65-28 season-opening win over visiting Holton, he finished with a game-high 19 points and five assists.
TUFF SCOTT, Holton bowling
The Red Devils junior established a school record with the 248 he rolled in his team’s 29-1 victory over Ludington last Wednesday at Northway Lanes. Scott also rolled 191. He entered this week with a 219.5 average in conference and a 188 average overall.
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