School Sports Update – 1/22/21

School Sports Update – 1/22/21

Governor Whitmer’s press conference this morning included brand new information for the MHSAA and member schools relative to winter contact sports.  This additional delay in winter contact practices and competition was not anticipated, and today’s announcement has created many new questions. That being said, the MHSAA and its Representative Council are currently working to obtain further information on the MDHHS order.

Even with this new order, there are no changes to current winter sports practices in basketball, ice hockey and wrestling as those activities can continue with no physical contact, using social distancing and face masks.

The previous allowance for practice/competition to begin in the sports of alpine skiing, bowling, figure skating, gymnastics, nordic skiing and swimming & diving also remains unchanged based on the guidelines included in the Return to Activity resources for those sports.

The Representative Council and MHSAA staff will be using the next few days to gather all information and discuss current options.  Know that the MHSAA remains FULLY committed to winter and spring sport seasons as this latest set of hurdles will require continued creativity in finding the way for both remaining seasons to be played.

Further information with updated details will be shared early next week.

Bowling Practice To Begin January 21

Bowling Practice To Begin January 21

Practice for the MSHS Bowling Team has been scheduled to begin Thursday, January 21 at Superior Lanes in Marquette.

Students are to report to the bowling alley at 3:30 p.m. with practice beginning at 4:00 p.m.

All participants will need to register and complete the athletics physical form requirement in order to participate.  Click here for the winter sports participation checklist.

Questions regarding the MSHS Bowling Team can be directed to Bob Holm, Bowling Head Coach, at RobertHolm300@gmail.com.

Kameron Karp Named Finalist for MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award

Kameron Karp Named Finalist for MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award

Kameron Karp, MSHS Senior and Football/Basketball/Track & Field student-athlete, was selected as one of 24 “Boys – Class A” finalists from around the state.  From this highly accomplished field of male student-athletes, six (6) will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the MHSAA and Farm Bureau Insurance.

For 31 years, the MHSAA and Farm Bureau Insurance have honored the best student-athletes in Michigan.  Again this year they will award 32 students with $1,000 scholarships based on achievement and leadership in athletics and activities, as well as responses to short-answer and essay questions.  In many ways, this is the most prestigious honor the MHSAA awards annually.

Karp is a four-year participant in both the Football and Boys Basketball programs and has also participated in the Boys Track & Field program for one-year (2021 will mark his second season of participation in track & field).

  • Football Accolades: 2020 All-State Second Team,  2020 U.P. Offensive Player of the Year, 2020 All-U.P. “Dream Team”, 2020 All-Great Northern Conference
  • Boys Basketball Accolades: 2019-20 All-U.P. “Dream Team”, 2019-20 Great Northern Conference Player of the Year, 2019-20 All-Great Northern Conference
  • Track & Field Accolades: 2019 All-U.P., 2019 All-Great Northern Conference

Academically, Karp owns a 4.04 cumulative GPA.  Outside of his athletics participation, Kameron is a member of the National Honor Society.  In addition, he recently committed to continue his education Northern Michigan University in the Fall of 2021, where he will also be a member of both the Wildcat Football and Men’s Basketball teams.

The 32 total recipients of the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award will be announced throughout February.

MSHS Alpine Ski Teams Post Strong Showing At Pine Mountain

MSHS Alpine Ski Teams Post Strong Showing At Pine Mountain

The MSHS Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing teams returned to racing yesterday (Thursday; 1/14/21) when they traveled to Iron Mountain for a meet hosted at Pine Mountain.  The day featured skiiers from Marquette, Houghon Ironwood and Norway high schools and was comprised of two Giant Slalom (GS) races and two Slalom races for each gender.

Team Results:

  • MSHS Girls
    • Slalom Race 1:  Second Place
    • Slalom Race 2:  First Place
    • GS Race 1:  Second Place
    • GS Race 2:  First Place
  • MSHS Boys
    • Slalom Race 1:  First Place
    • Slalom Race 2:  First Place
    • GS Race 1: First Place
    • GS Race 2:  First Place

Girls Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Gabby Carey – Norway
  2. Brooke Bittinger – Norway
  3. Ella Jones – Marquette
  4. Ashley Lemann – Houghton
  5. Anna Grzelak – Marquette

Girls Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Gabby Carey – Norway
  2. Brooke Bittinger – Norway
  3. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  4. Ella Jones – Marquette
  5. Zoey Brian – Marquette

Girls Giant Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Ashley Lemann – Houghton
  2. Gabby Carey – Norway
  3. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  4. Maddy Stern – Marquette
  5. Megan Bittinger – Norway

Girls Giant Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Ashley Lemann – Houghton
  2. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  3. Megan Bittinger – Norway
  4. Maddy Stern – Marquette
  5. Gabby Carey – Norway

Boys Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. Hayden Kauppila – Marquette
  3. Logan Audette – Marquette
  4. Jake Munn – Norway
  5. Carter Lantta – Ironwood

Boys Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. Hayden Kauppila – Marquette
  3. Logan Audette – Marquette
  4. Cole Johnson – Marquette
  5. Mikko Salmi – Houghton

Boys Giant Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. Hayden Kauppila – Marquette
  3. Logan Audette – Marquette
  4. Jake Munn – Norway
  5. Mikko Salmi – Houghton

Boys Giant Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. Hayden Kauppila – Marquette
  3. Logan Audette – Marquette
  4. Jake Munn – Norway
  5. Mikko Salmi – Houghton
School Sports Update – 1/13/21

School Sports Update – 1/13/21

With today’s press conference and public release of the MDHHS epidemic order effective as of Saturday, January 16, the following is information known at this time.  With the Representative Council scheduled to meet tomorrow, January 14, further information and additional details will be made communicated out in the next few days.

Here is initial guidance pertaining to school sports based on today’s announcement and release of the updated MDHHS order:

  • No changes have been made to the three remaining fall sports in the MDHHS pilot rapid testing program; since the updated order goes into effect on Saturday, the two fall non-contact sports of girls swimming & diving and volleyball must continue with testing this week.
  • Winter teams may continue with OUTDOOR conditioning activities through Friday, January 15.

On Saturday, January 16, the following changes go into effect for school sports:

  • The non-contact winter sport of swimming and diving may begin practices on January 16 and compete starting on January 22.
  • The non-contact sports of bowling and gymnastics may begin practice on January 16 and compete starting on January 25.
  • MSHS winter contact sports as defined by MDHHS include basketball, hockey and wrestling. These three sports may begin indoor practices with no physical contact on January 16.  There must be at least 6 feet of distance between each occupied workout station with spaces and activities set up to maintain 6 feet between all persons at all times.
  • Based on the order, the first day of competition for winter contact sports would be on February 1 with new MHSAA tournament dates to be established by the end of this week.
  • The MHSAA will continue to actively advocate for an earlier start to competition and physical contact practices in these sports given the non-school sports activity within our state, and the school and non-school activity in our three bordering states, all include competition now in winter sports, including wrestling.
  • Masks are required of all participants except when actively participating in swimming & diving and gymnastics.
  • Under this updated order, spectators for winter sports are limited to 100 persons, except for stadiums and arenas, which are capped at 250.  Details regarding limited spectatorship will be shared as competition dates draw closer.

The MHSAA Representative Council will be meeting tomorrow to address new calendar issues and other challenges that today’s MDHHS announcement created.  Updated information will be shared after that time.

Boys Basketball Tryouts Scheduled For January 16 & 18

Boys Basketball Tryouts Scheduled For January 16 & 18

Boys basketball tryouts for the 2021 season will be held on Saturday, January 16 and Monday, January 18 at MSHS.

Please note the following protocol/guidelines that will be adhered to during all tryout sessions:

  • All participating student-athletes must enter/exit MSHS through the Front Canopy entrance. 
  • All participating student-athletes must wear a mask at all times while inside the facility.
  • Pre-screening for COVID-related symptoms as well as attendance for contact tracing purposes will be administered.
  • Locker rooms will be available for changing and storage during activity.
  • Student-athletes will want to bring their own water for use during activity.  Drinking fountains will not be available, however, the bottle filling feature will be active for refills.

Students must have a valid physical form on file in order to participate.  If using a valid physical form from the 2019-20 academic year, students must submit the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  An explanation of the physical exam requirement for the 2020-21 academic year can be found at this link.

Varsity Tryout Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 16 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Monday, January 18 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Main Gym

JV Tryout Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 16 – 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Monday, January 18 – 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Main Gym

Freshman Tryout Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 16 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Monday, January 18 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. – Main Gym

Resources:

Alpine Skiing Kicks Off 2021 Winter Sports Season At Mont Ripley

Alpine Skiing Kicks Off 2021 Winter Sports Season At Mont Ripley

The MSHS Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing teams got their 2021 season started yesterday (Thursday; 1/7/21) when they traveled to Hancock for a meet hosted at Mont Ripley Ski Area.  The day featured skiiers from Marquette, Houghon Ironwood and Norway high schools and was comprised of two Giant Slalom (GS) races and one Slalom race for each gender.

The race featured strong performances from each team despite a very short training calendar to get ready for competition.  In addition, the event also marked the first for new MSHS Alpine Ski Head Coach, Gabby Gencheff.

Team Results:

  • MSHS Girls
    • GS Race 1First Place
    • GS Race 2First Place
    • SlalomFirst Place
  • MSHS Boys
    • GS Race 1Second Place
    • GS Race 2First Place
    • SlalomThird Place

Girls Giant Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  2. Ashley Lemann – Houghton
  3. Finnley Lutz – Norway
  4. Ada Bernard – Marquette
  5. Maddy Stern – Marquette

Girls Giant Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  2. Ashley Lemann – Houghton
  3. Ella Jones – Marquette
  4. Maddy Stern – Marquette
  5. Lydia Salmi – Houghton

Girls Slalom:

  1. Anna Grzelak – Marquette
  2. Gabby Carey – Norway
  3. Ada Bernard – Marquette
  4. Ella Jones – Marquette
  5. Zoey Brian – Marquette

Boys Giant Slalom – Race 1:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. Logan Audette – Marquette
  3. Jake Munn – Norway
  4. Mikko Salmi – Houghton
  5. Cole Johnson – Marquette

Boys Giant Slalom – Race 2:

  1. Hayden Kauppila – Marquette
  2. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  3. Mikko Salmi – Houghton
  4. Lloyd O’Connor – Marquette
  5. Cole Johnson – Marquette

Boys Slalom:

  1. Reed Heathman – Houghton
  2. John Holm – Ironwood
  3. Logan Audette – Marquette
  4. Cole Johnson – Marquette
  5. Connor Kamm – Houghton

Click here for full event results.

2020 All-State Football Awards Announced; MSHS Breaks Through With Four Honored

2020 All-State Football Awards Announced; MSHS Breaks Through With Four Honored

Late last week, the Michigan Associated Press announced the Division 3-4 All-State football team, which is selected by a statewide panel of sports writers.  MSHS had four of its student-athletes achieve this high honor, led by First Team All-State defensive back Desmond Mullen and Second Team All-State wide receiver Kameron Karp.

Mullen, a junior, is the only Marquette area player to earn the lofty First Team All-State selection after he was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in All-Upper Peninsula balloting by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.  Mullen was named to the All-U.P. “Dream Team” in two capacities, defensive back and as return specialist.

Karp, a senior, was named a Second Team All-State player at wide receiver after he matched Mullen on his side of the ball as Offensive Player of the Year in the U.P.  Karp was also an All-U.P. “Dream Team” selection at wide receiver.

Rounding out the all-state honors for MSHS were a pair of Marquette juniors, Austin Ridl (quarterback) and Chris Ricker (lineman), who both received honorable mention nods.   These accolades cap an impressive year for both student-athletes with Ridl also being named as quarterback for the All-U.P. “Dream Team” and Ricker receiving All-U.P. Honorable Mention honors.

Click here for the full 2020 Division 3-4 All-State Football Team

MHSAA Representative Council Approves Updated Winter Schedule

MHSAA Representative Council Approves Updated Winter Schedule

The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association today approved an adjusted regular-season calendar for indoor Winter sports, which under current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) orders may restart their seasons Saturday, Jan. 16.

All Winter sports activity had been paused by MDHHS on Nov. 18 to decrease spread of COVID-19. Girls and boys alpine skiing, with all activity taking place outdoors, was allowed by MDHHS to resume its season Monday (Dec. 21) and remains underway. If the MDHHS pause ends, indoor practices may begin again Jan. 16, with first competitions Jan. 22 for basketball, bowling, ice hockey and swimming & diving; and Jan. 25 for competitive cheer, gymnastics and wrestling.

The Council also approved one-year changes to competition limits in ice hockey and wrestling. In hockey, teams may play two games on one non-school day on two dates this season – with four games total during those two weeks when this opportunity is utilized. Wrestling teams are allowed two dates of competition per week this season, with competition limited to four teams at a site (and three matches per student per day of competition).

The Council also approved changes to the Winter tournament schedule pushing championships in most sports back to allow for regular seasons to be extended due to the late start. Following are the updated dates:

Basketball
Girls Districts – March 8, 10 and 12; Boys Districts – March 9, 11 and 13
Girls Regionals – March 16 and 18; Boys Regionals – March 17 and 19
Girls QF, Semifinals and Finals – March 22 (QF), March 24 (Semifinals – 2 Sites) and March 26 (Finals)
Boys QF, Semifinals and Finals – March 23 (QF), March 25 (Semifinals – 2 Sites) and March 27 (Finals)

Bowling 
Regionals – March 19-20
Finals – March 26-27

Gymnastics 
Regionals – March 20
Finals – March 26-27

Ice Hockey 
Regionals – March 15-20
Finals – March 25-27

Swimming & Diving
Upper Peninsula Girls & Boys Swim & Dive Finals – Feb. 27

Wrestling 
District Week – March 1
Regional Week – March 8
Team Finals – March 19-20
Individual Finals – March 26-27

Currently, the start dates of Spring sports are not affected. If current orders further delay activity beyond Jan. 16, the MHSAA staff and Representative Council will devise updated plans that address both Winter and Spring sports. If current orders are amended to allow activity to begin earlier, the first days of practice and competition will be moved up accordingly.

“The Council has been working to give schools as much local flexibility as possible while putting together their winter seasons schedules,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “This flexible planning has been required of us all since June, and we will continue to advocate for kids in all seasons with our continued goal of three seasons played to completion.”

Competition schedules for winter sports teams are in the process of being altered to reflect the new allowable start to competition of January 22 and updated postseason tournament dates.  Winter sport competition schedules can be found at this link.

The Representative Council is the legislative body of the MHSAA. All but five members are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities, and the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.

MSHS Football Program Honored With 2020 UPSSA U.P. Football Awards

MSHS Football Program Honored With 2020 UPSSA U.P. Football Awards

Following last Thursday’s release of the All-U.P. Football Teams where MSHS had six players lauded on the All-U.P. “Dream Team”, two on the All-U.P. First Team and one receive All-U.P. Honorable Mention honors, the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (UPSSA) announced its major award winners from the 2020 football season over the weekend.

For the second consecutive season, Marquette was voted as the U.P.’s “Team of the Year”.  This comes off of a regular season record of 5-1 and second straight outright Great Northern Conference championship.  The team then garnered the first home playoff victory in school history when they defeated Muskegon Reeths-Puffer in the MHSAA District Quarterfinal.  MSHS then traveled to Mount Pleasant in the MHSAA District Semifinal to upset the Oilers, 21-14.  While the team fell to Muskegon in the MHSAA District Final, it was certainly a year to remember with 2020 also marking the first time in school history where a team earned multiple playoff wins in the same season.

In addition to “Team of the Year” accolades, MSHS student-athletes and coaches posted a clean sweep of the UPSSA’s major awards.  Here is the full listing of major U.P. football honors for from the UPSSA:

  • Offensive Player of the YearKameron Karp, Marquette 
  • Defensive Player of the YearDesmond Mullen, Marquette
  • Lineman of the YearNathan Lundin, West Iron County
  • Large School Team of the YearMarquette
  • Small School Team of the YearIron Mountain
  • Large School Coach of the YearEric Mason, Marquette and Scott Menard, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Small School Coach of the YearRobin Marttila, Iron Mountain and Ben Olsen, Gwinn