Mollie Kilpela and Drew Wyble Named Kiwanis Student-Athletes of the Year

Mollie Kilpela and Drew Wyble Named Kiwanis Student-Athletes of the Year

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Mollie Kilpela (girls tennis, girls swimming and diving) and Drew Wyble (football, boys basketball, boys track and field) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Year for 2019-2020.

It was hoped to be able to hold the traditional “Athlete of the Year” breakfast ceremony, however gathering restrictions resulted in a virtual honoring from Superiorland Kiwanis and MSHS Athletics via Zoom meeting that also included coaches, family and friends.

Mollie Kilpela, a senior at MSHS, participated as a member of the girls tennis and girls swimming and diving teams during the 2019-20 academic year.

The 2019 girls tennis season ended with Kilpela helping lead the team to its first U.P. Championship since 2005 by capturing an individual U.P. Championship at #2 Singles.  The team also brought home another Great Northern Conference (GNC) title, where she took second place at #2 Singles. At season’s end, Kilpela earned All-State and All-U.P.  accolades.

During the winter sports season, Kilpela had another strong campaign as part of the MSHS girls swimming & team and played a major role in the team’s first place finish at the 2020 U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals.  At the final meet, Kilpela turned in four 2nd Place finishes (200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay) to have a hand in 78 of the team’s 377 points at the event.

Academically, Kilpela holds a 4.20 cumulative GPA and serves on the Executive Board of the National Honor Society.  Her post-graduation plans are to attend Florida Gulf Coast University to earn an undergraduate degree before continuing on to dental school.

Drew Wyble is a graduating senior and three-sport student-athlete at MSHS.  During the 2019-20 academic year, Wyble competed as part of the football and boys basketball teams before the cancellation of all spring sports kept him from finishing his career with the track and field season.

With the MSHS football team capturing its first outright conference championship since 1976, Wyble played integral roles in all phases of the game (wide receiver, defensive back, kicker/punter) to help the team achieve its success.  His play during the season earned him All-U.P. “Dream Team” honors as a kicker and All-Great Nothern Conference accolades as both a wide receiver and kicker.

The boys basketball season again saw Wyble play a leadership role in the team’s GNC Championship and advancing to the MHSAA District Final before the their tournament run was unfortunately cut short.  His strong play was rewarded at the conclusion of the season when he was named to the All-U.P. Second Team, All-GNC Second Team and was also selected as the GNC’s “Defensive Player of the Year”.

In the classroom, Wyble owns a 4.11 cumulative GPA.  In February, he signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University and participate as a member of the Huskies’ football program starting with the 2020-21 academic year.

 

Year In Review:  2019-20 Kiwanis Student-Athletes of the Month

Year In Review: 2019-20 Kiwanis Student-Athletes of the Month

Each year, Marquette Senior High School is fortunate to have Superiorland Kiwanis provide its deserving student-athletes with “Student-Athlete of the Month” awards at recognition ceremonies taking place throughout the academic year.  Although student-athletes are recognized for their accomplishments within one sport during the monthly ceremonies, many go on to participate in subsequent sport seasons and accumulate additional athletics honors.

Listed below are all Kiwanis Student-Athletes of the Month from 2019-20.  Click on each student-athlete to view their athletics honors earned during the fall and winter seasons (*2020 spring sports seasons canceled on 4/3/20).

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

 

Important Adjustment Made To Physical Exam Requirement for 2020-21

Important Adjustment Made To Physical Exam Requirement for 2020-21

During it’s recent Representative Council on 5/4/20, the MHSAA has made an adjustment to the pre-participation physical exam requirement for students participating in athletics during the 2020-21 academic year.

In an effort to alleviate some of the burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MHSAA pre-participation sports physical requirement will be waived for students in any grade who received a valid physical for sports during the 2019-20 school year (one completed on or after April 15, 2019).

For more information on this process, you can access a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page by clicking HERE.  Other questions regarding this change the the physical exam requirement can be directed to Alex Tiseo, MSHS Athletic Director, at atiseo@mapsnet.org.

Jacey Johnson and Aaron Grzelak Honored as March Student-Athletes of the Month

Jacey Johnson and Aaron Grzelak Honored as March Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Jacey Johnson (girls alpine skiing) and Aaron Grzelak (boys alpine skiing) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for March 2020.

It was hoped to be able to recognize these students in-person at a later date from their original selection, however gathering restrictions resulted in a virtual honoring from Superiorland Kiwanis and MSHS Athletics via Zoom meeting.

Jacey Johnson is a senior student at MSHS and, upon the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, wrapped up a highly accomplished four-year career as a member of the Girls Alpine Ski Team.  

The 2019-20 alpine ski season was another milestone campaign for both Jacey and the team.  Collectively, MSHS won its fifth consecutive MHSAA Division 1 Girls Alpine Ski Championship.  After placing second in both the slalom and giant slalom at the state finals last year, Jacey captured an individual state championship in slalom at the 2020 meet while also placing fifth in the giant slalom.

In addition to her high school skiing experience, Jacey also qualified and competed at the Junior National Championships as a freshman/sophomore and the Eastern High School Championships as a junior/senior.  Outside of skiing, Jacey has also represented MSHS by racing as part of the 906 Adventure Team’s mountain biking team in the National Interscholastic Cycling League for the past four years.

In the classroom, Jacey owns a 3.80 GPA.  She has been named to the honor roll for each of her semesters at MSHS and is a three-year member of the National Honor Society.  Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, drawing and traveling.  

Jacey also has a passion for volunteer work and has spent time assisting with the Marquette Marathon, Bob Hosking Ski Race, Marquette Trails Festival, Special Olympics, UPAWS and the MSHS 8th Grade Orientation program.  After graduating, Jacey will be attending Northern Michigan University to enroll in the pre-medicine program and compete on the newly formed women’s alpine ski team.  

Aaron Grzelak is an MSHS senior and four-year member of the boys alpine ski team who just compiled one of the most accomplished skiing careers in program history.

The 2019-20 season saw the boys alpine ski team capture its eighth consecutive MHSAA Division 1 State Championship, with Aaron leading the way.  He followed-up his 2018 individual state championship in slalom by sweeping both events in the 2020 state finals to take both the slalom and giant slalom titles.  Aaron’s impressive showing at the meet saw him honored by the MHSAA’s “Second Half” publication with the “Performance of the Week” for the week of February 28, 2020.

Following the conclusion of the MHSAA racing season, Aaron then competed as a member of Team Michigan against racers from 12 other states at the 2020 Eastern High School State Championships.  Aaron again topped the competition at this competitive meet when he captured the overall individual championship, a feat he also accomplished in 2019.  His individual performance guided Team Michigan to a runner-up finish at the meet.

Aaron’s work ethic and success extends to the classroom, where he owns a 3.3 cumulative GPA and is a four-year member of the honor roll.  In his free time, Aaron enjoys training, downhill and endurance mountain bike racing, hunting and fishing.  He also volunteers time to assist with mountain bike trail building and maintenance.

Aaron’s post-graduation plans have yet to be finalized as he has been accepted to both Michigan Tech University and Northern Michigan University.  Regardless of the institution he chooses to attend, he will continue to train and race in the college, USSA and FIS ski competitions within the U.S.

Ava Larson and Griffin Moore Honored as February Student-Athletes of the Month

Ava Larson and Griffin Moore Honored as February Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Ava Larson (dance team) and Griffin Moore (wrestling) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for February 2020.

It was hoped to be able to recognize these students in-person at a later date from their original selection, however gathering restrictions resulted in a virtual honoring from Superiorland Kiwanis and MSHS Athletics via Zoom meeting.

Ava Larson is a senior at MSHS and finished her athletics career as a leader on this year’s Dance Team.

Ava showed tremendous poise and initiative within this year’s dance team by taking the reins to help lead choreography for the talented group of student-athletes that took 1st Place for their “Home Show” routine at the 2019 Just For Kix camp that they attended.  Throughout the long season, she remained positive and supportive of her teammates/coaches while always giving 110% during practices and games.  Ava’s contributions to the team were instrumental in making their experience performing at the 2020 Outback Bowl a positive one.  

Academically, Ava owns a 4.13 GPA.  She earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award while also being named to the honor roll for each semester at MSHS and is a three-year member of the National Honor Society.  This year, Ava gained additional experience to apply toward her future area of study through an internship at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, where she assisted with Marketing and PR.

Outside of school, Ava enjoys photography and riding her horse, where she competes in dressage and showjumping.  Upon graduation, Ava is planning on taking a gap year from her full-time studies to pursue a startup business and travel.  During this time, she will continue her education in a part-time capacity through online courses at Northern Michigan University geared towards Marketing and Graphics Design.

Griffin Moore is a graduating senior at MSHS and had his impressive athletics career end as a four-year member of the wrestling and football programs.  At the Northern Michigan Wrestling Championships that took place in Gaylord on 2/1/20, Griffin joined elite company within the MSHS Wrestling program when he earned his 100th career victory.

In addition to earning his 100th career victory during the 2019-20 wrestling season, Griffin is a two-time finalist at the U.P. Championships as well as a two-time regional qualifier.  At season’s end, Griffin was presented with the John Rauch Award, which is awarded to a member of the wrestling team with a satisfactory scholastic record, good conduct, a good sport in all areas of life, and is of good moral character.

Griffin is a multi-sport student-athlete at MSHS and also participated as a member of the 2019 varsity football team that captured its first outright conference championship since 1976.  His positive attitude and good work ethic allowed him to consistently impact the game in each facet he was involved with.  With a 3.85 cumulative GPA, Griffin’s accolades extend to the classroom as well, where he is a four-year member of the honor roll, National Honor Society member and Renaissance Scholar.

In his free time, Griffin stays busy by volunteering time at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Veteran Fishing Day and has been a youth wrestling coach for the past three years.  Upon graduating from MSHS, Griffin will be attending Northern Michigan University next fall, where he will enroll in the pre-PA program.

Spring Sport “Senior Day” for the Class of 2020

Spring Sport “Senior Day” for the Class of 2020

On April 3, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) made the decision to cancel spring sports seasons to further protect our health and well-being as we attempt to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The inability to experience a spring athletics season that provides an opportunity to display the passion, commitment, hard work and determination that goes into sport participation has no doubt been tough for all MSHS student-athletes, but it has been particularly difficult for our Class of 2020 seniors.

While replacing the experience of a “Senior Day” is an impossible task, MSHS Athletics would like to provide this special recognition for the spring sport student-athletes in the Class of 2020.  As part of this recognition, seniors were contacted and asked to submit responses that were used to create a “Senior Spotlight” that will also be shared on the MSHS Athletics Facebook page during the month of May.

Student-athletes and their sport participation are listed below.  Click on students to view their “Senior Spotlight” graphic (disclaimer: students without a link can respond to the email sent by Mr. Tiseo so that a graphic can be generated and linked).  Congratulations to our Class of 2020 spring sport seniors as we continue to recognize, honor and celebrate your accomplishments leading up to your graduation from MSHS!

2019-20 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Awards Announced; Michelin and Millado Honored

2019-20 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Awards Announced; Michelin and Millado Honored

On Tuesday (April 7), the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (UPSSA) voted and released the 2019-20 All-Upper Peninsula girls basketball teams and the Redettes had two student-athletes receive recognition.  Senior Aspen Michelin and sophomore Maria Millado were both named to the All-U.P. Second Team (Divisions 1-3).  Click here for full story (courtesy of WLUC TV6).

Teams of the Year:

  • Menominee (Divisions 1-2)
  • Westwood (Division 3)
  • St. Ignace (Division 4)

All-U.P. “Dream Team”:

  • Emma Anderson – Menominee – Junior
  • Nicole Kamin – Escanaba – Junior
  • Tessa Leece – Westwood – Senior
  • Hallie Marshall – St. Ignace – Junior
  • Mercedes Simmons – Forest Park – Senior
  • Elise Besonen – Ewen-Trout Creek – Junior

All-U.P. First Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Madelyn Koski – Westwood – Senior
  • Megan Crow – Gladstone – Junior
  • Alyssa Hill – Negaunee – Sophomore
  • Emily Nelson – West Iron County – Senior
  • Elli Djerf – Calumet – Junior

All-U.P. Second Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Aspen Michelin – Marquette – Senior
  • Maria Millado – Marquette – Sophomore
  • Marissa Delmont – Gwinn – Senior
  • Julia Beaumont – Sault Ste. Marie – Senior
  • McKenzie Boyd – Ironwood – Junior
  • Chloe Norman – Negaunee – Senior
  • Brooke Kriegl – Kingsford – Senior
  • Emma Poirier – Ishpeming – Senior
  • Erin Barrette – Menominee – Junior
  • Emily Curtice – Gwinn – Senior
  • Natalie Prophet – Westwood – Sophomore
2019-20 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Awards Announced; MSHS Selected Division 1-2 “Team of the Year”

2019-20 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Awards Announced; MSHS Selected Division 1-2 “Team of the Year”

On Friday (April 3), the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (UPSSA) voted and released the 2019-20 All-Upper Peninsula boys basketball teams and MSHS had four student-athletes receive recognition to go along with the Redmen being named as the Division 1-2 “Team of the Year”.  Click here for full story (courtesy of WLUC TV6).

Teams of the Year:

  • Marquette (Divisions 1-2)
  • Iron Mountain (Division 3)
  • Dollar Bay (Division 4)

All-U.P. “Dream Team”:

  • Kameron Karp – Marquette – Junior
  • Ashton Janke – Dollar Bay – Senior
  • Brad Simonsen – Houghton – Senior
  • Jason Waterman – Negaunee – Senior
  • Marcus Johnson – Iron Mountain – Senior
  • Foster Wonders – Iron Mountain – Junior

All-U.P. First Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Zach Carlson – Westwood – Sophomore
  • Peyton Fedell – Escanaba – Senior
  • Kody Hendricks – Norway – Senior
  • Justin Nelson – West Iron County – Junior
  • Jakson Sager – Negaunee – Senior

All-U.P. Second Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Ty Lotterman – Marquette – Junior
  • Drew Wyble – Marquette – Senior
  • Schyler Andersen – Manistique – Senior
  • Cam Ballard – Gladstone – Junior
  • Rane Castor – Gladstone – Junior
  • James Harnick – Gwinn – Junior
  • Jacob Kugler – Ishpeming – Senior
  • Drew Lindberg – Negaunee – Senior
  • Keagan Monroe – Menominee – Senior
  • Logan Parolini – Norway – Junior
  • Pablo Salgado – Houghton – Junior

All-U.P. Honorable Mention (Divisions 1-3):

  • Lincoln Sager – Marquette – Junior
MHSAA Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Winter & Spring Seasons

MHSAA Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Winter & Spring Seasons

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, in compliance with the Thursday (April 2) “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of the school year to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports.

With the cancellation of spring sports seasons, all student participation fees received for spring sports will be refunded to payers in the form that they were received (credit card, check, etc.).  These refunds will start to take place immediately.

The MHSAA on March 12 suspended its girls and boys basketball, girls gymnastics, boys ice hockey and boys swimming & diving tournaments amid COVID-19 concerns. All activity in all sports was halted March 13. Spring sports to that point had begun practice, but not competition.

The MHSAA’s Representative Council approved during its Winter Meeting on March 27 a series of concepts for completing the Winter tournaments and an abbreviated Spring season, contingent on the lifting of a statewide quarantine. The closure of school buildings into June made those possibilities void.

The MHSAA’s Executive Committee, comprised of officers of the larger Council, affirmed the decision today (April 3) to cancel the remainder of this school year’s activities.

“We are heartbroken to not be able to provide these opportunities for Michigan’s student-athletes, and especially seniors. We continue to hear from dozens asking us to hold out hope. But safety always must come first, and Governor Whitmer is making courageous decisions to safeguard the people of our state,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We understand as much as anyone how much school sports mean to athletes and their communities. We had ideas and hopes for finishing Winter and Spring and helping bring some sort of normalcy after this long break. But this is the correct decision, and we will play our part in bringing schools and communities together again when the time is right.”

“For now, we cannot state strongly enough that all students, staffs and others follow the guidelines established to slow the spread of this virus – we all must do our part.”

Because the five Winter sports were not able to conclude with Finals, no champions will be awarded in those sports for 2019-20. However, championships won at earlier rounds of those tournaments (District or Regional) will continue to stand.

The MHSAA will in coming weeks provide guidelines and other information pertinent to this unusual offseason as attention is turned to preparing for Fall 2020.

2019-20 Hockey All-State Teams Announced

2019-20 Hockey All-State Teams Announced

The Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association (MHSHCA) has announced it’s 2019-20 All-State hockey team in all three divisions.  A total of 201 players made All-State in one form or another. That’s an average of 67 players per division.  Click here for the full press release.

MSHS had six total hockey student-athletes receive All-State accolades with three named to the First-Team and three garnering Honorable Mention.

All-State First-Team

  • Liam Beerman, Goalie
  • Gaetano Cammarata, Forward
  • Jakob Peterson, Defense

All-State Honorable Mention

  • Cooper Anderson, Forward
  • Ansel Frost, Forward
  • Andrew Fedrizzi, Defense