Dan Salmon Tabbed As Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach

Dan Salmon Tabbed As Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach

Marquette Senior High School has named Dan Salmon as its new Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach. He brings with him 14 years of coaching experience within the Superiorland Soccer Association (SSA) travel and recreational soccer system.  In addition, Salmon previously spent one year as an assistant coach within the MSHS Boys Soccer program.

“We are thrilled to have Dan join our athletics program and lead our boys soccer program.  His passion for the sport and vision to enhance the MSHS soccer experience was evident throughout the interview process” said Marquette Athletic Director Alex Tiseo. “His energy and desire to positively impact our student-athletes on and off the field are easy to see.  These characteristics, along with his sound character, will no doubt allow him to be successful in this position.”

Salmon takes over a highly accomplished boys soccer program that finished 12-5-1 in 2019 and capped its season by winning its 12th consecutive U.P. Championship.

Dan Menze previously served as Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach and made countless contributions to both MSHS and its students during his tenure.

In accepting the position, Salmon said, ““I look forward to picking up where coach Dan Menze left off and continuing the winning tradition of MSHS Boys Soccer.  Marquette has plenty of good youth soccer talent and I am excited to be part of it at MSHS.”

To round out the program, John Balmat has been appointed to serve as JV1 Head Coach with Andrew Johnson continuing to lead the JV2 squad.

MSHS Boys Soccer tryouts are currently scheduled for August 12-14 at the Kaufman Sports Complex (time TBD).  Final details will be posted to www.mqtredmen.com as soon as they become known.

Marquette Leads MHSAA With Seven Team Championships in 2019-20

Marquette Leads MHSAA With Seven Team Championships in 2019-20

EAST LANSING, Mich. – June 26 – A total of 58 schools won one or more of the 69 Michigan High School Athletic Association team championships awarded during the 2019-20 school year, with two teams winning three or more titles despite the cancellation of 62 MHSAA Finals due to COVID-19.

Marquette led with seven championships, winning its divisions in girls and boys skiing, girls and boys swimming & diving, girls and boys cross country and girls tennis.  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern won the second-most titles, three, finishing first in its divisions in girls golf, boys tennis and boys soccer – the soccer championship its first in that sport.

Four more schools won two championships: Ann Arbor Pioneer, East Grand Rapids, Farmington Hills Mercy and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

A total of 18 teams won first MHSAA titles in their respective sports, with Essexville Garber’s win in Division 3 girls bowling the school’s first Finals championship in any sport.  A total of 23 champions were repeat winners from 2018-19 – and 11 of those won for at least the third straight season, while six extended title streaks to at least four consecutive years.

The Marquette boys skiing program owns the longest title streak at eight seasons, while Lowell wrestling joined Rockford girls lacrosse with a seventh consecutive championship.  Rockford’s streak remains at seven after its season was canceled.

Sixteen of the MHSAA’s 28 championship tournaments are unified, involving teams from the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, while separate competition to determine titlists in both Peninsulas is conducted in remaining sports.  Because of COVID-19, the entire spring season was canceled as were Finals in girls and boys basketball, ice hockey, girls gymnastics and Lower Peninsula boys swimming & diving.

For a sport-by-sport listing of MHSAA champions for 2019-20 – Click Here (PDF).

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.

2020-21 Dance Team Tryouts Postponed

2020-21 Dance Team Tryouts Postponed

MSHS Dance Team tryouts for the 2020-21 season have been postponed until a later date.  Tryouts were originally scheduled for July 8-10  in the Barb Crill Gymnasium at MSHS.  A new posting be created and released once new tryout dates become established.

Please note that all participating student-athletes will need to enter/exit the facility through the Auxiliary Gym entrance.  Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures taken as part of implemented procedures to ensure a safe environment for all participants.

Tryout Dates and Times:

  • TBD – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • TBD – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • TBD (Final Assessments) – dancers will have an assigned time between 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Click Here for Tryout Flyer

Questions regarding tryouts can be directed to Alicia Beauchamp, Dance Team Head Coach, at abeauchamp@gmail.com.

Fall 2020 Registration Information and Start Dates

Fall 2020 Registration Information and Start Dates

Fall Sport Registration Process

  1. The fall sports registration page is now active. All students participating in a fall sport will need to complete their registration before he/she is eligible to compete.  Through the registration page, parents will be able to take care of pay-to-play fees online.  Click here for the fall sports registration page.
  2. MHSAA Physical Forms are available both in the high school office and by clicking here.  Students must submit their physician-signed physical form to the high school office prior to participating in a fall sport!  As a reminder, this requirement has been waived for the 2020-21 school year for all students with a valid physical form on file (students will still need to complete the MHSAA Annual Sports Health Questionnaire Form).  Click here for more information on this important change to the physical form requirement for 2020-21.

Fall Sport Tryouts and Start Date Information (updated as information becomes available; schedules available at this link)

  • Cross Country
    • First Practice DateWednesday, August 12
    • Coach ContactKyle Detmers; detmersk@yahoo.com
  • Football
    • First Practice DateMonday, August 10
    • Varsity Coach ContactEric Mason; ejmason7@yahoo.com
    • JV Coach ContactDemetrise Mullen; demullen@nmu.edu
    • Freshman Coach ContactJoe Levandoski; jlevandoski@mapsnet.org
  • Dance Team
  • Fall Sideline Cheer
    • First Practice DateWednesday, August 12
    • Coach ContactsEliisa Gladwell; emgladwel@gmail.com and Bridget Johnson; bridgetjjohnson@yahoo.com
  • Boys Soccer
    • Tryout DatesWednesday-Friday, August 12-14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Kaufman Sports Complex
    • Parent Information MeetingTuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the MSHS Little Theatre
    • Coach ContactDan Salmon; yooperchzhed@gmail.com
  • Girls Tennis
    • First Practice DateWednesday, August 12
    • Coach ContactDerek Sandstrom; dsandstrom@mapsnet.org
  • Volleyball
    • Tryout DatesWednesday-Friday, August 12-14
    • Varsity Coach ContactAnn Crandell-Williams; anncrand@gmail.com
    • JV Coach ContactTracy Hruska; articatz@aol.com
    • Freshman Coach ContactDawn Kruhak; dkruhak@mapsnet.org

2020-21 Handbook and Code of Conduct – click here to view

2020-21 Pay-to-Play Policy – click here to view

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!