It’s time again to vote for the CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Week, sponsored by Complete Restoration & Cleaning Services, Inc.
The nominees have been selected and the fan poll created. We need your votes.
Six fall sports athletes from the conference who stood out in competitions Oct. 16-21, 2023, have been nominated by CatchMark SportsNet.
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. The poll closes at noon Friday, Oct. 27.
Athletes are listed alphabetically:
MAIZIE COLLINS, Montague volleyball
The Wildcats had a solid week and Collins was a big reason. In last Tuesday’s thrilling five-set win over visiting North Muskegon, the 5-foot-7 junior hitter had nine kills, 21 digs, and one ace. In three matches during Montague’s runner-up finish in the WMC Lakes Division tournament at Manistee, Collins totaled 19 kills, 22 digs, and two aces.
NAVEA GAUTHIER, Shelby volleyball
The 6-foot-2 junior hitter powered Shelby to a second straight WMC Rivers Division title as the Tigers swept their way through the divisional tournament Saturday at Holton. Gauthier finished the day with 50 kills, 19 digs, three aces, and two blocks. Shelby beat Hart in the semifinals, 25-18, 25-18,, then downed North Muskegon in the finals, 25-22, 25-23.
CAMERON GUNSELL, Ludington football
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore has proven a true dual-threat quarterback all season and he put on a show in Ludington’s 45-14 victory over hosting rival Mason County Central on Friday. Gunsell finished a sharp 19-of-21 passing for 278 yards and four touchdowns. In the ground game, he rushed 18 times for 101 yards and one touchdown.
BOBBY JAZWINSKI, Hart cross country
The freshman phenom pulled away from the pack to take first place in both the West Michigan Conference Mega Meet last Tuesday at Mason County Fairgrounds and the Mel Hall Invitational Saturday in Spring Lake. Jazwinski led Hart to a team title in the WMC Rivers Division with a personal-record time of 15:23.9 and paced the Pirates to the team championship in the Mel Hall Invitational with a time of 16:05.92.
GRACE MCDOWELL, Whitehall golf
The junior led the Vikings in the two-day Division 3 golf state finals at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University. McDowell paced Whitehall in the two rounds with a total score of 177. She shot 86 on Friday and followed with a 91 Saturday in rainy and cold conditions. As a team, Whitehall finished in seventh place.
KYLE STRATTON, Whitehall football
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound quarterback was extremely sharp on senior night in the Vikings’ 68-0 victory over visiting Orchard View. Stratton finished 10-of-12 passing for 234 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. On the ground, he ran for a 17-yard TD and finished with 35 yards on three carries. Stratton has led Whitehall to a second straight 9-0 regular season and No. 1 state ranking in Division 4.
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