Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report.
Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees.
“I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in their given sport for that week.”
MIA’s Victoria Vale, Cole Stretton and Peter Servente received their awards on Jan. 29.
Vale was instrumental in leading the girl’s team to a tie for the Class 2A-District 12 regular season title for the first time inschool history. In the two key games leading up to its tie, Vale averaged 33 points a game.
Servente and Stretton have been the dynamite to the explosive Manta Rays on their way to a second straight regular season district title. Servente scored 32 points, including a school record seven three-point shots in a critical win over Seacrest Country Day School, who at the time was tied for first in the district.
The Manta Rays clinched the district title, with Stretton scoring 27 points, grabbing nine rebounds, six assists and four steals against Everglades City.
Earlier winners from Lely High have been Marco Island’s Dalton Herrity, scoring 20 points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal against American Heritage and Zach Gober with 24 points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds against Columbus. Lely’s Lik Estilien scored 25 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, had three assists and two steals against Westwood.