Who was the Peoria Journal Star high school athlete of the week?

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Metamora's Ethan Kizer dribbles the ball around Morton defender Ben Carter in the first half Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at Morton High School. The Redbirds defeated the Potters 62-42.
Metamora's Ethan Kizer dribbles the ball around Morton defender Ben Carter in the first half Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at Morton High School. The Redbirds defeated the Potters 62-42.

Richwoods diver Jack Hammerton was voted as the Journal Star athlete of the week.

Hammerton earned 50 percent of the 34,784 votes, beating out Tremont wrester Lucas Wendling (29 percent) and Illinois Valley Central girls basketball player Marley Williamson (18 percent). The full results are below.

Hammerton, a senior diver, took first place in the 1-meter diving at the 28th annual Richwoods Midwest Invitational. Hammerton, who is an all-Big 12 Conference golfer, tallied a 421.45, outscoring the nearest diver by 76.2 points. He was the lone Knights individual winner, while Galesburg won the team title with 381 points.

The poll closed at noon Friday. Information about the nominees is below. The voting for next player of the week begins again Tuesday at pjstar.com.

If you have a nominee for the honor, email us at sports@pjstar.com or tag us on Twitter @pjstarsports.

Ethan Kizer, Metamora boys basketball

The Redbirds swept through a pair of nonconference games thanks to the services of the 6-foot-6 junior wing and Division I recruit. Kizer scored 20 points to go with five rebounds as Metamora beat Bloomington, 70-48, last Wednesday. This came off the heels of Metamora beating Normal U-High, 67-47 the previous night. Those victories extended the Redbirds’ winning streak to nine in a row.

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David Hise, Knoxville boys basketball

The senior scored 34 points in last Monday’s 58-43 road win over Bushnell-Prairie City. Hise scored 20 of his game-high total in the first half, netting 12 second-quarter points off a pair of 3 pointers. He added 10 in the third quarter, before scoring four points in four minutes of action in the fourth quarter. He finished 4-for-5 from the free-throw line, while adding five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Katy Ramage, Metamora girls basketball

The junior was one of three Redbirds players on the all-tournament team at Ottawa, following their title game victory. Metamora, which is ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, beat Ottawa, 37-16 for back-to-back championships. Ramage, who earlier in the month gave her verbal commitment to play softball at Northern Illinois, scored seven points as the Metamora defense limited the hosts to single-digit points in all four quarters.

Marley Williamson, Illinois Valley Central girls basketball

The 5-foot-6 senior guard picked up all-tournament team honors at the Ottawa Holiday Tournament following an impressive three-game showing. Williamson averaged 18.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the tournament. She posted 13 points in IVC’s tourney finale — a 57-32 loss to Newark.

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Lucas Wendling, Tremont wrestling

The senior set a new program record for career wins following his 4-0 performance at the Tolono Unity Duals. Wendling, who boasts a 14-1 season record, now has 106 career wins, surpassing 2009 grad Isaac Imig, who held the previous mark with 102. The 170-pounder returns to the mat on Wednesday for the two-day Abe’s Rumble Tournament in Springfield.

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Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: IHSA sports: Results for Peoria Journal Star athlete of the week Dec. 20-25

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