Coldwater, Michigan, top high school athletes June 1-7

In the blink of an eye, the 2024 spring sports season has come to an end – well, almost, because the Bronson softball team is still alive.

With the end of the spring sports season, our weekly Breathe Free Duct Cleaning Athlete of the Week poll also comes to an end. This week's top performer voting, which determines the nominees for Athlete of the Week, is the last of the school year.

Next week we begin voting for Athlete of the Year, focusing on the most valuable athletes in spring sports and our 2023-24 male and female Athletes of the Year. Stay tuned for those polls in the coming weeks.

Remember, the top 5 final voters will move into this week's Breathe Free Duct Cleaning Athlete of the Week poll. The Top Performers poll is different from the Athlete of the Week poll in that instead of having to wait an hour to vote again, you can vote as many times as you like. So vote now, vote often, and tell us who this week's top performers are.

This week’s nominees are:


Aidan Decker, Union City – Decker led the Chargers to the Division 3 finals, starting with his 3-for-4 showing against Climax-Scotts. Decker contributed three singles with two RBIs and a run scored. Decker finished the season with a single in the championship game against Jonesville.

Drake Thornton, Coldwater – Thornton led Coldwater's batting effort in their loss to Harper Creek on Saturday, finishing 2 for 2 with one RBI and one run scored.

Evan Porter, Coldwater – Porter finished the Cardinals' semifinal loss to Harper Creek with 2 for 3, two singles and one run.

James Jourdan, Bronson – Jourdan was a key player in the Vikings' postseason run, finishing with a solid 4-for-5 home runs, one RBI and two runs scored.

Ryan Kempter, Quincy – Kempter was the standout player in Quincy's pre-district loss to Bronson, finishing 3 for 3 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored.

Ryan Zweng, Union City – Zweng was instrumental in Union City's run to the Division 3 District Tournament finals, starting with his performance against Climax-Scotts. Zweng went 2-for-3 with a single and a double, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Zweng finished his season with a 2-for-2 performance in the championship with a single and a double with a run scored.

Soft ball

Aislynn Phelps, Union City – Phelps was a key player on a team that made it to the Division 3 district finals. In the semifinals against Lawton, Phelps finished 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, two RBIs and four runs scored. Phelps added a single in the championship loss to Bronson.

Ashlynn Harris, Bronson – Harris was instrumental in the Vikings' second consecutive district title, finishing 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a triple, scoring three runs after stealing two bases. In the semifinals against Constantine, Harris finished 2-for-4 with a single, a triple and an RBI. Harris also secured the win in the circle by allowing 12 strikeouts and just three walks.

Brealyn Lasky, Bronson – Lasky finished Bronson's championship victory a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles, along with two RBIs and a run scored.

Ciara Blankenship, Bronson – Blankenship led the Vikings to the district title last week, finishing the championship game a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Blankenship had a double and three singles from her second spot in the lineup.

Miley Pointdexter, Quincy – Pointdexter started in center field for the Orioles in their district semifinal against Jonesville, going 2-for-2 with a single and a double with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Mya Porter, Coldwater – Porter was instrumental in Coldwater's postseason run to the district finals, finishing Game 1 against Pennfield 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Porter added four RBIs, a walk and three runs scored.

Rylie VanAken, Coldwater – Scored four runs in the Cardinals' 13-0 win over Pennfield, finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles, a single and a home run. VanAken had four RBIs and scored two runs in the game.

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Athletics for boys

Corey Turner, Quincy – Turner finished on the podium in the pole vault at the Division 3 track and field meet, taking fifth place with a jump of 13 feet, 3 inches.

Logan Cole, Union City – Cole earned another All-State honor in throwing, placing sixth in the discus with a throw of 156-7. Cole also placed 13th in the shot put.

Athletics for girls

Brookelyn Parker, Quincy – Parker earned two All-State honors and placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.56 seconds, a new personal best. Parker later placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best of 47.09.

Bri Barle, Coldwater – The junior swept the Division 2 adaptive sprints at the state championships, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Ellie Foley, Coldwater – Throwing ace Elli Foley earned All-State status in the shot put, placing fourth with a throw of 40-3.

Nevada Gillons, Union City – The junior received a national award in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing fifth with a personal best of 46.85 seconds. Gillons also finished eleventh in the 100-meter hurdles heats and twelfth in the long jump.

Voting for this week's top performers will run until Monday morning at 9am. Vote early and vote often because this type of voting allows you to vote as many times as you like. Watch for the final Breathe Free Duct Cleaning Athlete of the Week vote, where the top five votes from this week's top performers poll will be announced on Tuesday morning. If you have any questions about this week's Top Performers poll, please email Sports Editor Troy Tennyson