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Vote for CatchMark SportsNet Player of the Week (April 29-May 4, 2024)

The poll will remain open until noon on Friday, May 10.

Time for another CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Week fan poll.

Nominees have been selected and the fan poll created for Player of the Week, which is title sponsored by Complete Restoration & Cleaning Services, Inc.

We need your votes.

Six spring sports athletes from the conference who stood out in competitions April 29-May 4, 2024, have been nominated by CatchMark SportsNet. Student-athletes who have already won Player of the Week honors this season are not eligible to be in the fan poll.

Time for you to vote, over and over. The poll can be found at the bottom of this story after brief capsules on the nominees. You may vote once per hour. The poll closes at noon Friday, May 10.

Athletes are listed alphabetically:

DAYDAY GARCIA, Shelby baseball

The sophomore helped the Tigers put together a 5-0 week. In Tuesday’s WMC Rivers sweep of Holton (10-1 and 12-9), Garcia picked up the Game 1 win by allowing four hits, striking out nine, and walking none. In Game 2, he delivered three hits. In Saturday’s Ken Smith Memorial at Hesperia, which Shelby won with victories over White Cloud (10-3) and Hesperia (11-0) and a triumph over White Cloud in the finals (8-2), Garcia picked up the first-game win over White Cloud and he finished the day with six hits and five RBIs at the plate.

EMMA HERREMANS, Ravenna softball

The junior all-stater has been hitting over .700 this season but recently her power numbers have been on the rise. In Saturday’s Greater Muskegon Athletic Association Tier 1 tournament pool play, Herremans went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles (one off the fence) in a 3-0 win over Oakridge and she went 2-for-3 with a double in a 13-1 victory over Fruitport. In a WMC Rivers sweep of Hesperia earlier in the week, she went 3-for-4 on the day with a home run and double. Herremans suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury early in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 loss to Reeths-Puffer in the GMAA finals.

KENZIE HOMRICH, Fremont softball

The freshman enjoyed a big week in the pitcher’s circle as the Packers swept doubleheaders against Montague and North Muskegon. Homrich earned pitching wins in all four games, as Fremont defeated Montague 17-2 and 21-3 on Tuesday and beat North Muskegon 1-0 and 13-6 on Thursday. In total, the right-hander worked 21 2/3 innings. Homrich faced 89 batters, she struck out 25 and walked only four, and she came away with a 0.969 ERA in the four games.

GAGE JONES, Ludington baseball

The right-handed senior shined bright in the “Friday Night Lights” event at historic Marsh Field in Muskegon, tossing a no-hitter in Ludington’s 11-1 victory over Fremont. Jones struck out seven, walked four, and allowed one unearned run. He helped his own cause at the plate, too, finishing with three hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored. On Saturday, in a 3-2 walk-off win over Hart in the Larson’s Ace Hardware tournament at Mason County Central, Jones doubled and scored a run.

ELLE MORAN, Montague girls soccer

It was a very trying and emotional week for the Wildcats’ sophomore midfielder, whose father Troy Moran passed away on April 27 and was laid to rest on Thursday (May 2). In a dominating 7-0 nonleague home victory over Newaygo on Friday night, Moran led Montague with two goals. She also contributed to a highly emotional 5-4 win over hosting rival Whitehall last Monday and a 2-0 home victory over Oakridge on Wednesday.

GRADYN WILSON, Mason County Central boys track and field

The junior thrower had a career day during the Big Rapids Cardinal Invitational on Friday, establishing personal-record efforts in the shot put and discus. Wilson went 53 feet, 1 inch, in shot put to win the event and better his season-best distance by more than four feet. He also won the discus event at the meet with a toss of 157-9, which bettered his season best by more than eight feet.

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