This week’s winners include a nationally recognized college basketball player, a high school wrestling champ and a leading candidate for Miss Basketball in high school basketball.
Salute #1 – Denzel shines on Valentine’s Day
Guard Denzel Valentine provided a low-calorie treat for Spartan fans on Valentine’s Day by scoring 30 points, recording 13 assists, making three steal and turning the ball over only once in Sunday’s decisive 88-69 win over Indiana.
The senior guard’s stock as the best collegiate basketball player in the country continues to rise as he has averaged 23.4 points, 8.8 assists, 7 rebounds and one steal per game in the last five Big Ten games. His superior play is greatly appreciated by the Spartans because there is only a three-win gap between the Big Ten’s No. 1 team and No. 6 team. Iowa is currently the top team with a 10-2 Big Ten record and 20-5 overall record. Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are tied at No. 6 with 8-5 conference records.
We salute one of Lansing and East Lansing’s finest basketball players as the Spartans prepare for another run at the NCAA mens basketball championship.
Salute #2 – Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman excels in high school wrestling
Ben Freeman continues to dominate the 135-pound weight class in high school wrestling. The Walled Lake Central junior is 29-0 and is preparing to wrestle in the district tournament for teams. Each of Freeman’s victories has come via a pin, a tech fall or a major.
Freeman has already committed to the University of Michigan in 2017, but he is currently concentrating on defending his individual state title. He won the title as a freshman in 2014 and then claimed the title as a sophomore last year.
We salute Ben Freeman and wish him well in the individual weight class competition being held at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 3, 4 and 5.
Salute #3 – Kysre Gondrezick soars in Miss Basketball competition
One of the top five career scorers in girls high school basketball history is Benton Harbor’s Kysre Gondrezick. She moved into the No. 5 spot after scoring 52 points against St. Joseph last week.
Gondrezick has scored 2,590 points in girls high school basketball. The 5-foot, 9-inch point guard has committed to attend the University of Michigan in the fall and is highly regarded by collegiate scouts. She is considered a solid shooter, excellent in floor management and a strong leader.
We salute Kysre Gondrezick and wish her well in her pursuit of the Miss Basketball title in Michigan girls high school basketball.