If you love the sights and sounds of basketball being played in our local gyms you also are aware of the hard work and perseverance that goes into wearing those unis on winter evenings.
Whether a starter, a role player or one of the players who primarily provide preparation during practices, these cagers all need to be recognized for their efforts.
N3 selects a Player of the Week from both the Girls and Boys teams. Whether nominated by a coach or chosen by our contributors we will strive to highlight some of the hoop heroics that fill those local gyms we mentioned.
This week’s honorees:
Emmerson Goodin, Newaygo
Part of the team that reached a Covid-cancelled Regional final she saved her best game for that win over G.R. Christian slapping her patented tough defense on a much taller but ultimately frustrated opponent.
This season Goodin has developed into an absolute force in the paint for a Lion team that clinched a Conference Championship on Friday. She posted three straight double-doubles this week in helping her team take out two teams standing in the way of that elusive title.
Coach Thomasma:”"Emmerson is a very hard worker but also still stays humble. She has always been a great rebounder and athlete but she continued to fine tune her offensive game over the past few years and we are starting to see more consistency.
“Emmerson had an unbelievable week for us. It's been fun to watch."
Joshua Zerfas, Fremont
If you were putting together a team of the best players in the area the most important cog would be the guy operating the point. If you’ve watched a lot of Packer basketball you’d know it would be hard to go wrong selecting Zerfas to fill that position. In a tough win over Reed City with the teams top scorer sent to the bench with foul trouble the player absolutely took over and willed his team back into the game and kept them there.
Coach Zerfas: "I don't know where we would be this year without Joshua's leadership and presence on the court. Every play he is moving people to the correct spots. He flirts with a triple double almost every game. He has one of the highest winning percentages as a starting point guard in our school's history. I think he is one of the more underrated players to ever play here."