What? You thought we weren’t going to announce a player of the week?
Nothing, not even the birth of a child, stops the Varsity Insiders. Like the trooper he is, Josh was ready and willing to submit his #POTW.
The fact of the matter is every week the kids play their hearts out and they deserved to be honored by the greatest award this side of the Mississippi: The Varsity Insider’s Player of the Week.
So, without further ado, the winners…
Josh’s POTW: Vaughn Dweck (pictured right), Panas —
The season had been a frustrating one for the Panthers, who seemed snake bit. They lost to John Jay (twice), Ketcham and Nyack by a combined eight points. Nyack won on a buzzer beater. Ketcham on a 3 with three seconds left.
Those close losses hinted to me that Panas could — maybe even should — have a better record. Well, its determination has been rewarded. Dweck is partially to thank for that.
The senior guard had a very strong week as the Panthers went 2-0 against neighboring rivals. First, he dropped 31 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 75-66 upset of Peekskill. How much of an upset? The past time they beat Peekskill was when Elton Brand was in high school. (Me, too.)
Then, Dweck followed that up with a solid line in a formidable 67-40 win over rival Lakeland. He had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in another solid all-around effort that helped keep the Panthers pointed in the right direction. If they stay on that track, Dweck will be a major reason why.
Dan’s POTW: Umar Singh, North Salem—
Yes, I realize I have said I want players’ teams to win for them to be in contention for a #POTW. Yes, I also realize the Tigers fell to Mahopac 68-45 on Monday.
However, the nice thing about running the #POTW along with Josh is that I get to change the rules whenever I want, like now. Besides, as the smallest Class B school in Section 1, North Salem would have needed a monumental effort to top one of the giants of Class AA.
Regardless, Singh and the Tigers turned it around in time for their tournament. He would open things up with a 21 point, 16 rebound effort in their 72-62 win over Pawling.
Two days later Singh put together another big double-double (22 points, 17 rebounds) as the Tigers beat Blind Brook 60-38 in the tournament final to win their first tournament title in four years.
To put a cherry on top of things, Singh scored his 1,000 point late in the fourth quarter.
2012-13 Players of the Week
Dec. 17 —
John Decker, Somers
Jay Cabell, Peekskill
Dec. 24 —
Demarcus Miller, Stepinac
Brian Daniels, Briarcliff
Jan. 2 —
Jack Sullivan, Albertus Magnus
John Decker, Somers
Jan. 7 —
Brendan Hynes, Mahopac