Vote for Metro Detroit Athlete of the Week for May 2-7 competition

Each week during the spring season, fans can vote for the Metro Detroit Athlete of the Week. Voting will close at 9 am on Friday morning and the winners will be announced shortly after. If you want to nominate someone for athlete of the week voting in the future, please send stats and info to [email protected]

NOTE: The results of the poll have no influence on any of MLive’s postseason honors and are strictly for bragging rights and to express fan appreciation.

Sarah Coyne, Plymouth girls track and field

Coyne won the 800 meter race at the New Balance Invitational with a new personal best time of 2:16.22. That time ranks her as No. 5 in the state so far this season. The night before, she won the Golden Triangle 1600 race in a time of 5:01.73.

Cassidy Eblin, Grosse Ile girls soccer

Eblin scored both goals for Grosse Ile in a 2-1 win over Riverview. It was a battle of unbeatens in the Huron League and lifted the Red Devils’ win streak to eight games.

Ava Carson, Trenton girls soccer

Carson scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Woodhaven, giving the Trojans the edge in a battle of unbeaten Downriver League teams.

Jayden Harberts, Macomb Dakota girls track and field

She finished in second place at the New Balance Twilight 3200 run, clocking a personal-best time of 10:35.65. She also ran a 5:00.42 to win a dual meet 1600 race against Anchor Bay last week.

Kaila Jackson, Detroit Renaissance girls track and field

Jackson went off on Saturday at the New Balance Invitational, winning the 100 and 200 in state-leading times. She ran a wind-aided 11.61 to win the finals while winning the 200 in 24.37. In the 200 prelims, she clocked a wind-aided time of 23.85. She also helped the 4×100 (47.02) and 4×200 (1:39.50) teams to victory in state-leading times as well.

Brayden Kennedy, Milford boys track and field

The sophomore continues to impress as he leads the state in the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.57. He clocked the time at the Bay City Western Invitational where he won by over four seconds.

Micah Martin, L’Anse Creuse girls track and field

At the Algonac Muskrat Classic on Saturday, Martin won the high jump with a state-leading jump of 5-foot-7. She also finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.21.

Jaiden Reed, Detroit UD Jesuit boys track and field

On Saturday at the New Balance Invitational in Farmington, Reed ran state-leading (wind-aided) times in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. He ran a 10.42 in the 100m prelims and then followed that up with a 10.47 to win the finals. He ran a 21.40 in the prelims of the 200 and then won the finals with a 21.51. He was also a part of the state-leading 4×100 (41.99) and 4×200 (1:27.35) relays at the invitational as well.

Maddy Shanahan, L’Anse Creuse softball

In a 22-1 win over Roseville, she had four hits and a home run. Then, in a 17-2 win over center line, Shanahan had four more hits and four RBI.

Connor Silka, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard baseball

Silka tossed a six-inning no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Dearborn Divine Child last week. He struck out nine and walked two. He helped his cause at the plate too, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

Grace Usher, Woodhaven softball

At the North Farmington Invitational, Usher notched two wins on the mound, giving up a combined three hits with 14 strikeouts in nine innings. She also added six RBIs across four games, registering seven hits for the Warriors.

Mark-Paul Valespir, Detroit Catholic Central boys lacrosse

Valespir was on his game in a 13-6 win over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood when he scored a hat trick to give the Shamrocks their 10th win of the season.

Evan Wypij, Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball

In a 14-2 win over Utica Ford last week, Wypij won on the mound and also launched a three-run home run at the plate in the big win.


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