Below is a list of the nominees for The Honda/Hyundai's Jason Deters & WGEM SportsCenter Prep Athlete of the Week. The fan vote counts as one vote in the total vote process ... with 10 sports broadcasters/writers submitting ballots as well. The winner will be announced Monday morning at 7:35 on WGEM SportsCenter, ESPN 1440 AM or WGEM.com/sports.
NOTE: All candidates are from the ESPN 1440 coverage area.
From Jan. 21 - Jan. 27
Zach Abney (Pittsfield) -- Two wins on Monday at their own triangular combined with a title in the 170-pound class at the 23rd Annual QND Invitational on Saturday, gave the Saukee senior another solid week.
Jordan Frericks (QND) -- Another title at the Carrollton Tournament (sixth straight) for the Lady Raiders gave witness to another solid tournament from Frericks, who led the team in scoring in three of the four games and averaged a team-high 18.5 points per tourney contest.
Jeffrey Haley (QND) -- As the Raiders finished second in the QND wrestling invite on Saturday, Haley took the 195-pound class with an impressive 11-0 win to help the school claim its best finish since 1995.
Paxton Harmon (West Hancock) -- Two revenge wins this week from the Titans caught many fan's attention. Harmon scored 19 points in a Tuesday win over Keokuk and then a game-high 20 in a huge win over QND at The Pit.
Katee Hinkle (Palmyra) -- A fun week for the junior ended with her sinking a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to beat Macon on the road. Earlier in the week she nearly outscored the opposition by herself by putting up 25 points on Highland.
Martin Kvitle (QHS) -- In one of his better weekends of the season, the senior went for 24 points in a WB6 win Friday night and fired back with a team-high 15 in a win over Champaign Central on Saturday.
Carly Spalding (Monroe City) -- The Lady Panthers continue to pick up some big wins, and Spalding was right there last week by going for a game-high 26 points in a win at Marion County. Earlier in the week she had 19 in a win over Clark County.
Matt Suprenant (Macomb) -- A memorable week for the wrestler, who collected career wins Nos. 99 and 100 on Wednesday and was then named Most Valuable Wrestler at the QND Invite while winning the 182-pound class.
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