Pure scorers and team leaders: Select Pocono Record athletes of the week for Dec. 10-19

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Pocono Mountain West boys basketball player Justin Love scans the court against East Stroudsburg South in Pocono Summit on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.
Pocono Mountain West boys basketball player Justin Love scans the court against East Stroudsburg South in Pocono Summit on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Winter sports are back in action, as Monroe County swimmers, wrestlers and hoopers all kicked off the 2021-22 season.

Every Monday, the Pocono Record will publish Athletes of the Week polls online. The polls will run from Monday at 5 p.m. until Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Voting is restricted to once per day through public IP addresses. Featured athletes are chosen based on results provided by coaches.

Scroll down to vote in the polls in this article. Descriptions of the athletes' accomplishments are included before the polls.

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Girls athlete of the week candidates

Kendel Card, senior, Stroudsburg basketball

Stroudsburg is off to a strong 2-1 start, in large part thanks to Card. Her 55 points through three games (18.3 average) leads the EPC North.

Tori Fenn, senior, Pocono Mountain East swimming

East girls swimming squeaked out an 83-80 team win over Northampton on Tuesday, and Fenn played a leading role. The senior swimmer placed first in all four events she competed in — the 200-yard medley relay (1:58.67 team time), 50-yard freestyle (24.74), 100-yard butterfly (58.75) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:58.26 team time) — to contribute to 28 of East's 83 points.

Layla Hernandez, sophomore, East Stroudsburg South basketball

Hernandez guided South to a 2-1 start also, with 47 points in those three games (15.7 average). She's also gone 13-15 shooting free throws (86.7%).

Anayah Williams, junior, Pocono Mountain East basketball

Williams scored 31 points in East's first three games (10.3 average) without scoring against Pleasant Valley. Her most impressive performance was a 20-point outpouring in a 54-29 win over Delaware Valley — East's first win of the season.

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Boys athlete of the week candidates

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Justin Love, junior, Pocono Mountain West basketball

Love has performed well for West, scoring 58 points in three games (19.3 average), knocking down 13 3PM (4.3 average). Most notably, his 25 points against South kept West afloat against a Cavalier team that wouldn't go down without a fight. Excellent play from teammates Christian Fermin, Julian Pagan and Malakai Savage has helped, but Love has been locked in for West.

Qadir Mitchell, senior, Stroudsburg basketball

Mitchell is simply an all-out scoring machine. Stroudsburg's played a league-leading six games through Dec. 19, during which Mitchell averaged 20.8 points with 1.5 3-pointers per game and went 21-29 (72.4%) from the charity stripe.

Carter Mui, sophomore, Pocono Mountain West swimming

Mui contributed to half of West boys swimming's 32 points against Parkland with his first-place 100-yard breaststroke finish (1:01.90), second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.31) and 400-yard freestyle relay (4:32.95 team time) and third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:53.62).

James Syracuse, senior, Pleasant Valley wrestling

Dominant wrestling can't get much better than what Syracuse has done so far this season for Pleasant Valley. The Bears senior went 10-1, with the wins coming by two decisions (6-0, 4-0), one forfeit and seven pins. Syracuse needed just 30 seconds to pin Parkland's Julius Reyes. His only loss was by a 5-3 decision after a 1-minute sudden victory.

Frank Piscani is the Sports Life multimedia reporter at the Pocono Record. You can email him at fpiscani@gannett.com or find him on social media platforms @frankpiscani.

This article originally appeared on Pocono Record: PIAA Athlete of the Week: Vote for top varsity player in the Poconos

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