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Vote for the Kalamazoo-area fall sports Athlete of the Week from Oct. 20-26

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 10/27/2021 Patrick Nothaft, mlive.com
Parchment's Garrett Winter (141) runs during a Division 3 boys race at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. © J. Scott Park/MLive.com Parchment's Garrett Winter (141) runs during a Division 3 boys race at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

KALAMAZOO, MI – The final few weeks of Michigan’s fall sports season are here, with boys tennis teams and girls golf squads having already wrapped up their 2021 campaigns.

For the rest of the remaining athletes, every moment on the course, the court, the gridiron, the pool and the carries a little more weight.

Teammates Megan Germain (319) and Logan Brazee (317) of Otsego push each other's pace as Melanea Strauss of Linden (294) tries to pass them during the 2020 MHSAA Division 2 girls cross country finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, on Friday, November 6, 2020. © Mike Mulholland Teammates Megan Germain (319) and Logan Brazee (317) of Otsego push each other's pace as Melanea Strauss of Linden (294) tries to pass them during the 2020 MHSAA Division 2 girls cross country finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, on Friday, November 6, 2020.

By now, the state’s prep athletes have had plenty of time to find their groove, which has resulted in some impressive performances, and we’re taking a look at the Kalamazoo-area standouts who shined between Oct. 20-26, with the eighth installment of our fall sports Athlete of the Week series.

Gull Lake senior Tyler Corstange (6) receives the ball during the soccer game between Gull Lake and Portage Central at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan on Thursday, September 16, 2021. © Carlin Stiehl Gull Lake senior Tyler Corstange (6) receives the ball during the soccer game between Gull Lake and Portage Central at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

Readers have unlimited voting until 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, and we’ll publish the winner Tuesday. Voting has no bearing on postseason honors, such as the all-conference or all-state teams.

The Athlete of the Week series will continue throughout the fall sports season, and to nominate a standout performer, you can email Patrick Nothaft at pnothaft@mlive.com with that athlete’s stats and recent accomplishments.

Presley Allen, Mendon girls cross country

The cross country season is into the final stretch, and despite her freshman status, Allen is running like a veteran. She claimed a conference championship at the final Southwest 10 jamboree on Oct. 20 by running a 18:43.7, then placed second three days later at the Michigan Class D States meet, which features many of Michigan’s best small-school runners, and she followed that up with a win t the St. Joseph County Meet, giving her eight first-place finishes in 11 races this year.

Parchment's Garrett Winter runs during the Division 3 boys race at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. © Mary Lewandowski | MLive/Mary Lewandowski| MLive.com Parchment's Garrett Winter runs during the Division 3 boys race at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Jaden Barnes, Bloomingdale boys cross country

The sophomore runner secured his Southwest 10 title by winning the conference jamboree on Oct. 20 at Bloomingdale with a time of 17:16.64, which was his fifth first-place finish of the season on a 5K course.

Jasper Cane, Kalamazoo Central boys cross country

The sophomore runner led K-Central to a narrow 54-55 win over Portage Central at Saturday’s SMAC Championship meet, where he ran the 5K course in 16:38.8, which was good for third place overall.

Nick Cockerel, Otsego boys cross country

The senior led Otsego’s strong showing at Friday’s Allegan County Meet, where he finished just ahead of teammates Tristin Canales and Chase Brown with a winning time of 16:33.71, marking Cockerel’s seventh first-place finish this season.

Tyler Corstange, Richland Gull Lake boys soccer

The senior forward came through with the biggest goal of the season, when he got his head on a ball sent into the box from A.J. Boucher and directed its past the Holland goalkeeper to give Gull Lake a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of the first half, which turned out to be the only goal of the regional semifinal.

Megan Germain, Otsego girls cross country

The sophomore runner led Otsego to a runaway win at Friday’s Allegan County Meet by finishing with a first-place time of 19:39.59, which marked her fifth win of the season.

Alaina Klooster, Kalamazoo Christian girls cross country

The freshman went from running just under 30 minutes in her first race of the season to posting a personal-best time of 20:08.0 at Saturday’s Kalamazoo Christian Comet Invitational, which was good for fifth overall.

Kendra Koster, Lawton girls cross country

The sophomore standout won her 11th race in 12 tries this season on Saturday at the Little Guys Invitational in Gobles, where she ran a 20:04.8, which beat the runner-up by more than a minute.

Lydia Kruis, Comstock girls cross country

The junior beat her previous personal best by 22 seconds when she ran a 20:01.0 at Saturday’s Kalamazoo Christian Comet Invitational, which was good for fourth overall.

Emilee Rudlaff, Kalamazoo Central girls cross country

The sophomore runner won the SMAC Championship meet with a time of 19:24.3, which was almost 20 seconds faster than the runner-up and helped K-Central place third as a team behind St. Joseph and Portage Central.

Sarah Stauffer, Centreville volleyball

The senior outside hitter led Centreville to a 2-1 record at Tuesday’s mini tournament at Vicksburg, collecting 22 kills, 23 digs and three aces in wins against the host Bulldogs (25-20, 25-18) and Kalamazoo Hackett (25-17, 25-6) and a loss to Marshall (21-25, 22-25).

Garrett Winter, Parchment boys cross country

The senior runner is gearing up for the Division 2 state meet and has posted four sub-16-minute times in October, including a run of 15:51.44 at Saturday’s Little Guys Invitational at Gobles, which took first place and was less than two seconds behind his personal best.

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