Isaly, Palmer, Boswell Are Players of Week
After a stellar football season, all eyes will be on wrestling and boys’ and girls’ basketball for Players of the Week.
In the first week since football ended, Valley’s Sophie Palmer, River’s Lukas Isaly and the Blue Eagles’ Preston Boswell were the clear winners.
Palmer scored a career-high 27 points, including two baskets from beyond arc, shot 15 of 17 free throws, while adding six rebounds and dishing out eight assists in a huge 61-50 win over Tyler Consolidated to win the girls’ Player of the Week.
Isaly was a workhorse for River in football this season and he won the honors in that sport as well. Isaly scored 24 points, including four long range bonus bombs, while making eight steals, grabbing five rebounds and passing out four assists in limited playing time in a 70-23 victory over the Bridgeport Bulldogs.
During Boswell’s first game of the season Friday against the Booke Bruins, he scored a career-high 45 points. These formidable stats included four baskets from beyond the arc and another 13-15 from the free throw line. He scored all these points scored enroute to a 73-46 victory in three periods of work.
In the Eagles’ second game Saturday against Elkins, Boswell hit for 34 points, including four long range bonus bombs in the 79-52 victory. During the two games over the weekend, Boswell torched the Morgantown High School Gymnasium nets for 79 points including eight three-pointers.
Earning Special Mention was Jensen Caretti and Gracie Berisford, while Danny Stewart of Hundred was Honorable Mention.
Caretti, tallied 32 points while pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds in the 79-34 victory over Shenandoah to become the school’s all-time leading scorer (boys and girls) with 1,682 points.
Berisford tallied 17 points including two baskets from long range to lift Magnolia to a convincing 69-32 victory over the Paden City Wildcats. She also had eight assists and five steals in limited action.
Stewart, a senior, has been consistent since the first game this season. He dropped in 19 points, including four triples in a loss to Cameron, and netted 25 markers including three from long distance in a loss to West Greene.
During the winter sports season, players can only win one Players of the Week, with Hundred, Magnolia, Paden City and Valley the only teams getting recognized. Those athletes are selected by the sports’ staff at the Wetzel Chronicle.