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The poll will remain open until noon on Friday, June 7.

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 May 27-June 1, 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, June 7.

Athletes are listed alphabetically:

RILEY CHASE, Fremont girls soccer

The Packers junior scored the game-winning goal with 5:34 remaining in the first overtime period for a 2-1 victory over Montague in a Division 3 district title match last Friday at Manistee. It’s the first district title for Fremont’s girls soccer program since 2009. Chase also was a key player for the Packers’ girls basketball team that captured West Michigan Conference Lakes Division and Division 2 district championships in the winter.

DAYDAY GARCIA, Shelby baseball

The sophomore came up big on the mound and at the plate in helping the Tigers capture a Division 3 district title Saturday at Hesperia. The right-hander tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Hesperia in the district semifinals. At the plate, he had a double in the game. In a nail-biting, 7-6 win over rival Hart in the finals, Garcia had a run-scoring single and run-scoring double, then he retired the final two batters of the game to earn and save and clinch the district title for the Tigers.

ADDI HOVEY, Hart girls track and field

The dynamic junior powered Hart to a third straight MHSAA Division 3 team state championship Saturday by taking first place in three individual events and being all-state in another event. Hovey established a new personal record in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 12.27 seconds. She won the 200 dash in a time of 25.60 and also took first place in high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. Hovey anchored Hart’s third-place 4×100 relay team, which finished with a time of 50.13.

ELI PETERSEN, Montague baseball

The sophomore right-hander came through in the biggest game of the season for a young Montague baseball team Saturday. Petersen scattered six hits and allowed one earned run with seven strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game effort as the Wildcats toppled top-ranked North Muskegon, 4-1, in the Division 3 district finals. Among 81 pitches Petersen tossed, 61 of them were strikes.

EMILY POSTEMA, Ravenna softball

The spunky sophomore catcher has emerged as a leader for her young team and she backed it up with her play as the Bulldogs won a district title for the third straight year. In a 14-3 Division 3 district semifinal win over North Muskegon Saturday at Montague, Postema went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBIs, including a two-run home run. In a 17-0 finals win over Kent City, she finished 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

JERRY WIEGERS, North Muskegon boys track and field

The Norsemen senior defended his MHSAA Division 3 state championships in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and he earned all-state in the 100 dash as well during the finals Saturday at Kent City. Wiegers won the 200 with a time of 22.02 seconds and took first in the 400 with a time of 48.56. In the 100, he placed fifth with a personal-record time of 10.94 seconds. Wiegers led North Muskegon’s boys team to a sixth-place finish.

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