KALAMAZOO, MI – After a misplaced season attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, highschool spring sports are again in Michigan, and plenty of athletes have wasted little time discovering their groove in opening weeks.

The second installment of the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette Athlete of the Week ballot options 25 standouts starting from softball and baseball to trace, who all excelled between April 26 and May 1.

The ballot will stay open and with limitless voting till 9 a.m. Friday, and the subsequent one will launch subsequent Monday.

Coaches can nominate scholar-athletes by emailing scores and stats to Patrick Nothaft at [email protected]. Those who’ve already made preparations to ship scores and stats through electronic mail or by way of the GameChanger app, thanks.

This week’s winner will likely be acknowledged in a narrative after the voting wraps up Friday morning.

Emily Baxter, Gobles softball

The junior catcher helped Gobles submit a 3-2 report final week by going 12 for 15 at the plate with two doubles, a house run, seven runs scored and 5 RBIs.

Otsego's Jada Bolhuis

Otsego’s Jada Bolhuis stops to go again to 3rd base throughout the Rylee Lou High School Softball Tournament in Otsego, Michigan on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The purpose of the match is to boost cash for the Rylee Lou Charity, which sends youngsters with sort one diabetes to summer season camp.Emil Lippe | MLive.com

Jada Bolhuis, Otsego softball

Otsego is off to an 11-1 begin and the Bulldogs’ speedy junior infielder is an enormous cause why, after going 8 for 12 at the plate final week with 10 stolen bases. She additionally made two diving performs from her second base place to protect a 1-0 win over Edwardsburg in a key Wolverine Conference matchup on Thursday.

Carter Boniface, Galesburg-Augusta baseball

The sophomore led Galesburg-Augusta to a 3-0-1 week by going 10 for 11 at the plate with three doubles, a triple, 10 RBIs and 9 runs scored in doubleheaders in opposition to Comstock and Constantine. He additionally picked up a win on the mound in opposition to Comstock by placing out six in 4 innings and permitting two hits, two walks and one run.

Schoolcraft eagles vs. Kalamazoo Christian comets

Kalamazoo Christian’s Reagan Broekhuizen (16) protects first base in opposition to Schoolcraft’s Danielle Blyly (3) at the Schoolcraft vs. Kalamazoo Christian softball sport in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

Dani Blyly, Schoolcraft softball

The senior leftfielder helped Schoolcraft enhance to 7-2 on the season with final week’s doubleheader sweeps over Coldwater and Portage Central, during which she went 8 for 15 with three doubles, a house run, 4 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

Rachel Budnick, Portage Northern softball

It was a busy week for Northern, and the Huskies’ senior standout led the staff to a 4-2 report final week by going 9 for 23 with two doubles, two residence runs, 10 RBIs and 9 runs scored. She additionally struck out 11 whereas permitting three hits and a run in 5 innings of a 13-1 win over Saranac and struck out three, whereas permitting two hits and one run in 1 1/3 innings of reduction in a 12-2 loss to Stevensville Lakeshore.

Jacob Derda, Constantine baseball

The senior catcher got here up large in a busy week for Constantine, serving to the Falcons submit a 2-3-1 report by going 6 for 16 at the plate with two doubles, 5 RBIs and three runs scored

He additionally struck out six in three no-hit innings in a 7-2 win over Union City.

Craig Doerr, Plainwell baseball

The junior leadoff hitter sparked three Plainwell wins final week in opposition to by going 11 for 12 with three doubles, a triple, seven RBIs and 11 runs scored in a single sport in opposition to Hopkins and a doubleheader in opposition to Otsego.

Division 3 girls races at MHSAA cross country championships

Parchment’s Mary Dow runs throughout a Division 3 women race at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Mary Dow, Parchment women observe

The senior distance runner gained twice in the 800, twice in the 1,600 and as soon as in the 3,200 final week and set private-greatest occasions in every race along with her high 800 time clocking in at 2:26.02, her greatest 1,600 time at 5:26.47 and her greatest 3,200 time at 12:22.73.

Jessica Dreier, Parchment softball

The junior pitcher threw two gems final week, one leading to a 2-1 loss to a gifted Schoolcraft staff, and the different resulting in a 13-1 win over Constantine. In 11 innings of work, Dreier tallied 16 strikeouts, whereas permitting seven hits, three walks and one earned run. She additionally excelled at the plate, going 6 for 11 final week, with six runs scored.

Grant Emery, Portage Central boys observe

The senior sprinter was a six-time winner final week, taking first in the 1,600 relay at the Don Lukens Invitational, then setting private-bests at the Friday meet in the 100 (11.24 seconds) and 200 (22.90). He additionally gained the 100, 200 and 400 relay at a Tuesday meet in opposition to Mattawan.

MHSAA Division 1 boys cross country finals – November 6, 2020

Koby Fraaza of Richland Gull Lake rounds a nook after passing the 1.5 mile mark throughout the 2020 MHSAA Division 1 boys cross nation finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, on Friday, November 6, 2020. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Koby Fraaza, Richland Gull Lake boys observe

The senior distance runner discovered his stride throughout final week’s SMAC East quad, when the returning state qualifier set private bests in successful the 800-meter run (1:59.89) and the 1,600 (4:22.17).

Breanna Franks, Decatur softball

(*26*)The sophomore pitcher picked up a 5-inning win over Bloomingdale on Thursday, placing out 10 and permitting six hits and two earned runs in the 15-3 victory. She additionally struck out six in 5 innings of reduction throughout Monday’s 9-6 win over Centreville. In addition to the robust pitching, Frank swung a scorching bat, going 8 for 14 with three doubles, a triple, 5 RBIs and 7 runs scored on the week.

Jenna Haynes, Climax-Scotts softball

The senior pitcher threw an entire-sport in opposition to Morrice on Tuesday, placing out eight and permitting 9 hits and three earned runs in the 10-4 victory. She additionally contributed at the plate in the doubleheader sweep, going 4 for 7 with a triple, a house run, 5 runs scored and three RBIs.

Blane Johnson, Allegan boys observe

The senior runner logged 5 first-place finishes final week, together with a private-greatest time of 51.58 seconds in the 400 run at a Wolverine Conference tri-meet. Three of his different 4 wins had been the 800, the 1,600 relay and the 3,200 relay at the tri-meet with Plainwell and Edwardsburg, whereas a primary-place end in 1,600 relay the Allegan Relays rounded out his wins.

Mattawan Vs. Portage Central baseball game

Portage Central’s Luke Leto (9) as much as bat at the Mattawan vs. Portage Central baseball sport in Mattawan, Michigan on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

Luke Leto, Portage Central baseball

The future LSU Tiger continued his robust senior season by going 6 for 14 with a house run, 11 runs scored and three RBIs final week to assist Portage Central enhance to 14-2. He additionally pitched the last two outs of Friday’s 3-1 win over Indianapolis-based Brebeuf Jesuit Prep.

Josh Lopez, Gobles baseball

The senior compiled a robust week at the plate to assist Gobles choose up wins in opposition to Saugatuck and Fennville, going 7 for 10 with three doubles, two triples, six RBIs and 5 runs scored in the two doubleheaders.

Karly Manning, Hartford softball

The junior pitcher continued her dominance in the circle by going 4-0 final week, together with a pair of one hitters and a 4-inning good sport, in doubleheader sweeps over Bangor and Bloomingdale. Manning completed with 31 strikeouts in 15 innings, whereas permitting 4 hits, a stroll and one earned run. She additionally helped her trigger at the plate by going 10 for 12 with three doubles, three triples, a house run, 9 RBIs and 6 runs scored.

Daniel Matrau, Climax-Scotts baseball

The sophomore pitcher by way of 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball in a 13-0 win over Pittsford, placing out 10, permitting three hits and strolling six. While his command wasn’t precisely the place he wished it, Matrau greater than made up for it together with his manufacturing at the plate, ending the week going 7 for 13 with a double, a triple, a house run, seven runs scored and three RBIs.

Erin Morgan, Marcellus softball

The senior smacked the ball throughout the yard final week to guide Marcellus to a 4-1 report and 6-3 mark general, going 12 for 19 with two doubles, a triple, a house run, eight RBIs and 5 runs scored.

Peyton Smith, Vicksburg softball

The freshman third baseman had one other nice week for the 15-1 Bulldogs, going 7 for 11 at the plate with 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored in doubleheader sweeps over Milford and Dowagiac.

Dalton Soergel, Sturgis baseball

Sturgis performed solely two video games final week, however Soergel made the most of them, throwing an 11-strikeout one-hitter in a ten-0 win over Paw Paw and mixing to go 3 for 4 with two doubles, one RBI and 4 runs scored in the sweep over the Red Wolves.

Jared Spencer, Centreville baseball

The senior lefty and future Indiana State flamethrower was on high of his sport in final week’s lone begin, placing out eight in three good innings to guide Centreville to an 8-0 win over Decatur. He additionally swung a scorching bat in the doubleheader sweep of the Raiders, going 3 for 7 with two triples, 4 RBIs and two runs scored.

Kara Swan, Mendon softball

The gifted leadoff hitter sparked Mendon to a 5-0 week and helped the Hornets enhance to 9-2 general by going 14 for 18 with 5 doubles, 11 runs scored and 6 RBIs in wins over Niles Brandywine, Lawton, Marcellus and Cassopolis.


– Schoolcraft’s Hannah Thompson scans the subject throughout a soccer sport in opposition to Kalamazoo Christian on Wednesday, April 28 at Roy Davis Field in Schoolcraft. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Hannah Thompson, Schoolcraft women soccer

The junior standout continued her torrid scoring tempo by netting 4 targets in Monday’s 7-0 win over Delton Kellogg, then including two extra in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to perennial energy Kalamazoo Christian, giving her 36 targets on the season.

Ellie Voetberg, Portage Central women observe

The senior distance runner was a seven-time winner final week, inserting first in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 1,600 relay at a Tuesday meet in opposition to Mattawan, then taking the high spot in Friday’s Don Lukens Invitational in the 1,600, 1,600 relay and three,200 relay. Voetberg’s large week included a private-greatest time of 2:27.22 in the 800.


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