Vote for Jackson-area spring sports Player of the Week for May 3-8

Follow Josh VanDyke on Twitter 26Jackson County Golf MeetJACKSON – We’ve highlighted 15 local student-athletes among a long list of deserving performers and tasked the readers of MLive and the Jackson Citizen Patriot with deciding who deserves top billing in this week’s Player of the Week poll for the spring sports season.Readers can vote as many times as they’d like between now and Friday at 9 a.m. for the athlete they believe had the most outstanding performance in the past week. Unlike previous polls, this week’s poll results will not be revealed until our Friday morning post announces the winner at approximately 10 a.m.Jackson-area coaches are encouraged to send any noteworthy nominations for next week’s poll to by Sunday evening to be included in the following week’s poll.NOTE: The Player of the Week poll results do not influence future MLive coverage or postseason awards and are strictly used to promote the accomplishments of local athletes.—Khiya Hunt, Lumen ChristiKhiya Hunt led the Titan offense this week tallying 4 goals and 1 assist, with a total of 9 points. Bringing her total up to 8 goals 3 assists and 19 points on the season. The Titans went 2-1 on the week with a total of 11 goals scored.—Ben Maino, East JacksonThe junior for the Trojans put together a strong week of golf, shooting a 37 at Lakeland Hills Golf Course on May 4 to finish with medalist honors at the nine-hole jamboree and added a 39 at the Grande Golf Course on May 6. Maino ended his week by carding a 78 in 18 holes at the Cascades Golf Course to finish fifth at the Jackson County Invitational. It was the first time in Maino’s prep career that he had posted a sub-40 score during a nine-hole event and a sub-80 score for an 18-hole event.—Northwest’s Katelyn Kennedy runs the bases against Lumen Christi during a girls softball doubleheader at Northwest High School on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.J. Scott Park | MLive.comKatelyn Kennedy, Jackson NorthwestKennedy recorded 8 hits and 10 RBI with five singles, two doubles and one home run with four runs scored. She finished the week with a batting average of .571 and a slugging percentage of .929.—Lexus Bargesser runs the 400 meters during a high school track and field meet at Grass Lake High School on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. J. Scott Park | MLive.comLexus Bargesser, Grass LakeThe junior standout for the Warriors broke the school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.98 seconds during the East Jackson Dome Classic meet on Friday. Bargesser also took top honors in the 100 dash (12.38), 200 dash (25.96) and was the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay team that took first with a time of 4:15.34.—Justin Bunch of Jackson High lines up a putt during the Jackson County Golf Meet at Cascades Golf Course on Friday, May 7, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsJustin Bunch, JacksonThe senior for the Vikings shot a 74 at the Cascades Golf Course on Friday to tie for the low score during the first 18 holes of action for the Jackson County Invitational. Bunch eventually clinched a 3-hole playoff victory to take top honors at the event and power Jackson to a fifth-place team finish.—Julia Warneck, Jackson NorthwestThe junior for the Mounties took first-place honors in the 100-meter dash (13.52 seconds), 200 dash (29.66), the long jump (14-9) and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team that took top honors with a time of 4:57.89 on Tuesday against Battle Creek Pennfield.—Riley Nieswender, ConcordThe senior for the Yellowjackets hit for a .417 batting average with an on-base percentage of .533 in four games this past week. He recorded four RBI with three singles, two doubles, two walks and three runs scored. Nieswender also pitched 12.1 innings and only gave up three earned runs and had an ERA of 1.703 for the week and struck out 10 batters. He also caught 13.2 innings from his catcher position, with only one passed ball and caught two runners on steal attempts.—Alyna Lewis, Parma WesternThe junior runner for the Panthers won the 800-meter run (2:23.00), finished second in the 400 (1:01.48) and was a member of the 800-meter relay team (1:52.45) and 1,600-meter relay team (4:15.75) that took top honors during the Stockbridge Invitational on Friday.—Sara Hock/Madison Chizek/Lydia Bennett/Gianna Turek/Grace Helmke, ManchesterThe defensive unit for the Flying Dutch anchored a dominant effort this past week, as Manchester went 4-0 while outscoring their opponents 29-0 in the process. The team’s main five defenders have made offensive production for their opposition a near-impossibility so far this spring with only four total goals allowed through 10 games including eight shutouts.—Lauren Hassenzahl, Hanover-HortonHassenzahl picked up a pair of wins from the pitching circle for the Hanover-Horton softball team this past week, giving up only one combined run in the process. From the plate, Hassenzahl hit .667 driving in nine runs with four doubles and one home run to help the Comets win all four of their games for the week.—Brett Sommers, JonesvilleThe senior for the Comets recorded a complete-game win from the mound on Saturday against Union City and added three hits and two RBI from the plate as well. Sommers also picked up a win against Springport on Tuesday, striking out seven batters.—Laci Mae Patterson, AddisonThe freshman for the Panthers recorded a .500 batting average and a slugging percent of .857 last week, recording seven hits including one home run in five games from the plate. She is currently batting .392 for the season with a slugging percent of .608 with 20 hits including six doubles, one triple and 13 RBI.—Julia Reynolds, Michigan CenterReynolds netted four goals to power the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over Jonesville on May 6.—Brennen Bargesser runs the 400 meters during a high school track and field meet at Grass Lake High School on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. J. Scott Park | MLive.comBrennen Bargesser, Grass LakeThe senior sprinter for the Warriors won the 100-meter dash (11.09 seconds), 200 dash (22.34), and helped power the 400-meter relay team (45.43) and the 800-meter relay team (1:33.64) to first-place finishes as well.—Quinn White and Alexa Thompson, Lumen ChristiThe No. 2 doubles team for the Titans picked up straight-set wins over Marshall and Coldwater this past week to power their squad to a pair of victories and a No. 9 ranking in the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association statewide poll.—**If you have issues accessing the poll below, try this direct link:**—MORE JACKSON-AREA SPORTS COVERAGE Supersonic Siblings: Grass Lake’s brother-sister duo pace the D3 field while pushing each otherAddison senior high jumper reaching new heights after ACL injuryJackson Northwest’s Kenzie Noon wins Player of the Week poll for April 26-May 1Kamryn Shannon wins JCWGA one-day meet at Country Club of JacksonLongtime Hanover-Horton boys varsity basketball coach steps down after 23 yearsHow Michigan travel league programs have created competitive gap in high school baseball, softball

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