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Player of the Year

Readers decide West Michigan Conference 2024 spring sports Players of the Year

Banquet is set for Saturday, June 22, from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Whitehall High School.

A panel consisting of CatchMark SportsNet’s Scott DeCamp and Durga Insurance Group’s Jordan and Justin Durga selected three finalists from each 2024 spring sport for the West Michigan Conference Player of the Year awards.

It was up to readers to determine the Players of the Year, brought to you by title sponsor Durga Insurance Group. For nearly two weeks, readers have weighed in through Crowd Signal third-party fan polls independent of CatchMark and amassed 31,670 total votes.

Now the results are final.

The CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Players of the Year for 2024 spring sports have been determined:

  • North Muskegon’s Ben Meyers in baseball
  • Oakridge’s Kaelinn Jozsa in softball
  • Fremont’s Killian Prewitt in boys golf
  • North Muskegon’s Emmy Creed in girls soccer
  • Whitehall’s Malcolm Earvin in boys track and field
  • Hart’s Jessica Jazwinski in girls track and field
  • Ludington’s Hannah Glanville in girls tennis

The polls opened at 7 a.m. May 18, and closed at 7 a.m. today (May 31). Readers were allowed to vote once per hour in each poll.

The CatchMark SportsNet Player of the Year banquet for the 2023-24 school year is set for 5-7:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Whitehall High School, 3100 W. White Lake Dr., with the meal in the Viking Center 5-5:45 p.m. and awards ceremony in the auditorium 6-7:45 p.m.

All Player of the Year finalists from the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons and guests are invited to the banquet. CatchMark is in the process of contacting Player of the Year finalists to get RSVPs. Dress for the banquet is business casual. Dinner will be a taco bar.

The awards ceremony will be livestreamed on the CatchMark SportsNet YouTube channel.

Trophies and laminated certificates will be awarded at the banquet. A trophy that stays in our CatchMark office in Whitehall will have the names of all Players of the Year engraved on it.

Below are details about each Player of the Year award winner, along with how voting turned out in each sport. Info in the capsules below was what was submitted when the fan polls opened on May 18.

BASEBALL: Ben Meyers, North Muskegon

The senior catcher and shortstop is the reigning CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Year for baseball. A four-year varsity starter, Meyers continues to produce at a very high level. Through May 16 games, he was hitting .439 (43-for-98) with nine doubles, three triples, and three home runs with 36 RBIs and 45 runs scored. His on-base percentage is .545. Meyers has been hit by pitches 10 times and he’s 30-for-30 in stolen bases. Defensively, he’s caught 106 innings with only four passed balls. In 223 total chances, he’s got 39 assists, 181 put-outs, and an eye-popping .987 fielding percentage. Meyers has signed to play baseball at Division II Davenport University. Through May 18, North Muskegon’s overall record was 29-4.


SOFTBALL: Kaelinn Jozsa, Oakridge

The Eagles’ powerful leadoff hitter is having another monster season when it comes to driving the ball. Through games played May 16, Jozsa was batting .475 (38-for-80) with eight doubles, one triple, and 12 home runs. She had totaled 30 RBIs and scored 43 runs with a .566 on-base percentage, 1.050 slugging percentage, and 1.616 OPS. Playing shortstop and third base defensively, Jozsa was sporting a strong .950 fielding percentage with only three errors in 60 total chances, notching 24 assists and 34 put-outs. In the pitcher’s circle, the right-hander is 2-0. Jozsa, who was Division 2 all-state honorable mention the last two seasons, has signed to play softball at Division II Ferris State University.


BOYS GOLF: Killian Prewitt, Fremont

The Packers senior is the reigning CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Boys Golfer of the Year. In statistics provided by Fremont’s golf program on May 9, Prewitt was averaging 38.3 in nine-hole events and 80.8 for 18-hole rounds. The Spring Arbor University signee broke Fremont’s nine-hole scoring record with a 1-under 34 at White Lake Golf Club. His best 18-hole round this season was a 1-under 70 at Waters Edge. He also shot a 2-over 38 at University Park this season. Additionally, Prewitt played soccer for the Packers’ historic 21-2-1 squad in the fall and he wrestled in the winter.


GIRLS SOCCER: Emmy Creed, North Muskegon

The speedy sophomore forward has taken on a heavy scoring load this season. In fact, with 19 goals and 11 assists entering the May 15 match at Ludington, Creed has the most goals by a Norse player since all-stater Hope Johnson in the 2021 state championship season. North Muskegon is ranked No. 3 in Division 4. The Norse enter this week with a 13-2-1 overall record and finished 9-0-1 atop the WMC standings.


BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Malcolm Earvin, Whitehall

The Vikings’ top sprinter captured an MHSAA Division 2 regional title in the 200-meter dash and he’s the school record-holder in the event with a time of 21.70 seconds at the Greater Muskegon meet. Earvin also qualified for the state finals in the 100 and his PR in that event is the 10.84 he ran at the Greater Muskegon event. Additionally, Earvin runs legs on  Whitehall’s 4×200 and 4×400 that won regional titles at Fremont. To top it off, he won the 300 hurdles the only two times he ran that race this season. Earvin helped Whitehall run way with team titles in Greater Muskegon, WMC Lakes Division, and regional meets. He is taking his talents to Muskegon Community College, where he’ll run for the Jayhawks.


GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Jessica Jazwinski, Hart

This junior phenom is a two-time All-American runner in cross country and equally talented on the track, although this season was cut short for her for illness-related reasons. Jazwinski, who was an all-stater in four events last season as Hart won a second straight team state championship, took first in basically every individual event this season before being shut down in late-April. In addition to her traditionally strong 1600 and 3200 events, Jazwinski ran 1:01.15 in the 400 and also participated in the 100 and 200. She has committed to the powerhouse N.C. State cross country and track programs.


GIRLS TENNIS: Hannah Glanville, Ludington

The Orioles senior was a CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Year finalist last season as well. Glanville finished this season with an 19-8 record at No. 1 singles, facing some of the top competition in the area and across the state. She lost to the eventual regional champion. Glanville won the West Michigan Conference championship and led Ludington to the team title.

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