KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo area experienced freezing temperatures last week, but that didn't stop some of the area's top basketball talent from warming up at the gym.
The second week of the High School Hoops season saw several standout performances at Kalamazoo, including reigning Player of the Week Amanda Barber of Gobles, who scored 22 of her team's 26 points against Schoolcraft and added 15 points and three steals on Friday to win Coloma .
Who will receive the Player of the Week award this season along with the Gobles Junior?
We've rounded up some of the best performances from February 15-20, giving readers a chance to weigh up which athlete impressed the most.
Readers can vote unlimitedly until the poll ends at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 26th. The winners will be published shortly thereafter. Votes do not affect postseason honors such as the Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team or the All-State Teams.
Please be patient if your vote does not appear in the poll right away. It can sometimes take a few minutes for the poll to update itself, but all votes are counted.
Collin Coburn, Martin Jungs
The high-ranking Allstater continued his strong season with 20 points in a 64:57 win against Saugatuck on Monday, then scored 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a hard-fought 61:60 loss to Watervliet before finishing his week at 14 Completed points, six boards and four assists in the 59:35 loss on Friday to a talented Fennville team.
Tyler Corstange, Richland Gull Lake boys
The junior sniper scorched the nets in Monday's 56:48 win against Battle Creek Lakeview by 19 points and in Thursday's 18:38 win against Kalamazoo Loy rrix by 18 points to expand the Blue Devils' winning streak to four games.
DayShauna Crowley, South Haven girl
South Haven has had its best start in at least a decade, and newcomer DayShauna Crowley played a key role in converting the Rams to 3-0 last week, including an 11-point win over Comstock on Tuesday and a 20-0 -Power. Point breakout in Friday's 56-32 win over the Colts in a rematch three days later.
Jakson Dentler, Otsego guys
The senior sniper began last week with a team high of 15 points in Wednesday's 62:49 win over Vicksburg and 22 points in Saturday's 65:63 win over Three Rivers, which saw the Bulldogs come back from a seven-point deficit in the first quarter to achieve the 46th consecutive conference victory.
Thomas Dillard, boys from Kalamazoo Central
After opening the season with a loss to Gull Lake, K-Central bounced back last week with two wins thanks to strong contributions from the junior wing of Maroon Giants who gave his team 14 points in Thursday's 69:22 win over Battle Creek led Central, then scored 12 in Friday's 55-38 win over Portage rthern.
Adelaide Douglas, Mattawan Girls
The 6-foot-3 young striker had another strong week: he scored 12 points in a 53:36 loss to Battle Creek Lakeview on Monday and 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 56:35 win over St. Joseph on Friday to help the Wildcats improve to 3-1.
Gavin Etter, Marcellus boys
The senior rifle guard continued their impressive start to the season by scoring 21 points and five rebounds in the 69:43 win over Bangor on Tuesday and 24 points against Cassopolis on Friday before hitting the 1,000-point milestone with 31 points on The 79 -70 win on Saturday against Three Oaks River Valley.
Kallie Harrison, Bloomingdale girl
The senior point guard collected 25 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists in the 57:21 win on Thursday against Cassopolis and scored 23 more points in the 54:11 win on Friday against Bangor to bring the Cardinals record to 4: Bring 0.
Kali Heivilin, girl from three rivers
The senior striker is one of the best in the region when it comes to influencing games in several ways. Her versatility was evident last week when she scored 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in Monday's win over Dowagiac, then added 21 points and nine boards and three assists in Wednesday's win over Allegan. The future Alabama softball bat ended her week with 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals in an impressive 59-42 win over Otsego on Saturday.
Jason Jergens, Marcellus Howardsville Christian Boys
The senior sniper was chosen this week, starting with Monday's 59:51 win over Eau Claire, in which Jergens scored 29 points and scored five rebounds. He increased his scoring average in Thursday's win against Battle Creek Calhoun Christian by earning 36 points, and ended the week on a 26 try, including a 6 out of 11 from a distance, in Friday's 48:46 win against Bridgman.
Krystina Kasson, Kalamazoo Hackett girl
Three more games, three more doubles doubles for Hackett's 6-foot-1 senior, as Kasson opened the week with 12 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in Monday's impressive win over Schoolcraft and scored 15 points and 17 rebounds on Wednesday You against Constantine before ending the week with 14 points and 18 rebounds in Friday's 45:35 win over Galesburg-Augusta to bring the Irish to 5-0.
Thomas Kurowski, Sturgis boys
Kurowski continued his impressive senior season with 31 points in Wednesday's 51:44 comeback win against Plainwell and then topped 1,000 points for his career by scoring 28 points in Saturday's 69:59 loss to Edwardsburg.
Mitchell Mason, Paw Paw Boys
Paw Paw lost his first two games of the season last week, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort from his senior guard, who scored 16 points in their 59:43 loss to Allegan on Monday and the 50:43 loss on Wednesday Edwardsburg added 19 points. Mitchell played a key role in the Red Wolves catching up against Vicksburg on Friday, scoring six of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Paw Paw come back from a 16-point deficit.
Isaiah Moore, three rivers boys
The forward continued an impressive start to his senior season by scoring 25 points and adding 20 rebounds in Monday's win over Dowagiac. In the 35:32 win against Allegan on Wednesday, he scored 16 points and five steals. Moore also helped the Wildcats nearly knock out defending Wolverine champion Otsego on Saturday by racking up 24 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, but the Bulldogs stormed back to claim a 65-63 win.
Israel Patterson, Comstock boys
The junior wing helped Comstock improve its record to 5-1 with three wins last week, starting with Tuesday's overtime win over South Haven, which saw him score 17 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. In Thursday's win against Battle Creek Academy, Patterson led by 21 points.
Tyler Swanwick, Centerville boys
Centerville didn't start its season until this week, but the Bulldogs standout striker, who opened his youth campaign with 29 points in the 72:55 win over Bronson on Monday and 10 points in the 77:45 win on Friday, didn't rust talented Hartford team.
Lauren Vanderstelt, Plainwell girl
The junior striker started Plainwell 3-0 thanks to two big games last week. He started with a 19-point attempt in Monday's 33:21 win over Vicksburg and added the team's top 12 points with 40 points on Wednesday. 17 victory over Sturgis.
Morasha Wiggins, girl from Kalamazoo Central
The Miss basketball contestant didn't see her usual number of minutes last week. She scored 14 points, six rebounds and five steals, despite having spent much of the second half of Friday's 61-10 win over Battle Creek Central. She battled early fouls in Saturday's showdown with East Grand Rapids and sat for much of the second quarter but still managed 13 points and seven rebounds in the 53:42 loss.