Boys Track & Field Overpowers Competition To Capture Third Straight MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Championship

Boys Track & Field Overpowers Competition To Capture Third Straight MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Championship

On Saturday (6/3/23), the MSHS Boys Track & Field Team traveled to Kingsford to compete in the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Track & Field Finals.  Down the stretch, MSHS pulled away from the field for a 20-point victory and the program’s third consecutive MHSAA U.P. Division 1 championship.

Click here for a full meet recap (courtesy of MHSAA.com).

Team Scores:

  1. Marquette – 134
  2. Kingsford – 114
  3. Sault Ste. Marie – 90
  4. Gladstone – 51
  5. Houghton – 40
  6. Iron Mountain – 34
  7. Negaunee – 29
  8. Menominee – 13
  9. Calumet – 11
  10. Escanaba – 11

Event Winners:

  • 3200 Meter Relay – Caleb Klier, Logan Haskins, Cody Aldridge, Gabe Litzner (Sault Ste. Marie; 8:25.28)
  • 110 Meter Hurdles – Will Fairchild (Iron Mountain; 15.60)
  • Adaptive 100 Meter DashJim Bennett (Marquette; 23.22)
  • 100 Meter Dash – Michael Floriano (Kingsford; 11.08)
  • 800 Meter Relay – Cole Myllyla, Jack Olson, Conor Quick, Michael Floriano (Kingsford; 1:33.78)
  • 1600 Meter RunColin VanderSchaaf (Marquette; 4:34.62)
  • 400 Meter RelayNate Benninger, Adam DuVall, Wyatt Lakenen, Kyler Sager (Marquette; 44.41)
  • 100 Meter Dash – Michael Floriano (Kingsford; 11.08)
  • Adaptive 400 Meter DashJim Bennett (Marquette; 1:28.00)
  • 400 Meter Dash – Carter Oshelski (Sault Ste. Marie; 51.43)
  • 300 Meter Hurdles – Will Fairchild (Iron Mountain; 41.871)
  • 800 Meter RunColin VanderSchaaf (Marquette; 2:03.02)
  • Adaptive 200 Meter DashJim Bennett (Marquette; 44.12)
  • 200 Meter Dash – Carter Oshelski (Sault Ste. Marie; 22.89)
  • 3200 Meter RunCarson VanderSchaaf (Marquette; 9:55.25)
  • 1600 Meter RelayKai Chouinard, Ben Rayhorn, Cullen Papin, Colin VanderSchaaf (Marquette; 3:39.57)
  • Pole Vault – Rayce Rizzo (Sault Ste. Marie; 13’03”)
  • Long Jump – Cardel Morton (Kingsford; 19’09”)
  • High Jump – Darrent Butler (Menominee; 5’11”)
  • Discus Throw – Noah Johnson (Kingsford; 160’05”)
  • Adaptive Shot Put – Johnny Osborn (Sault Ste. Marie; 15’03.5″)
  • Shot Put – Garrett Veale (Kingsford; 48’08.5″)

Full results from the meet can be found at this link.

Girls Track & Field Turns In Dominating Performance At MHSAA U.P. Finals To Win 2023 Division 1 Team Title

Girls Track & Field Turns In Dominating Performance At MHSAA U.P. Finals To Win 2023 Division 1 Team Title

On Saturday (6/3/23), the MSHS Girls Track & Field Team traveled to Kingsford to compete in the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Track & Field Finals.  After dominating the day from start to finish and winning six of the meet’s events, MSHS cruised to a 34-point win to reclaim the team title for Division 1 Girls.

Click here for a full meet recap (courtesy of MHSAA.com).

Team Scores:

  1. Marquette – 130
  2. Negaunee – 96
  3. Sault Ste. Marie – 83
  4. Houghton – 69
  5. Escanaba – 40
  6. Westwood – 34
  7. Gladstone – 24
  8. Calumet – 18
  9. Iron Mountain – 17
  10. Kingsford – 12
  11. Menominee – 4

Event Winners:

  • 3200 Meter Relay – Lily Ross, Tessa Rautiola, Claire Filpus, Ayla Miller (Houghton; 10:09.50)
  • 100 Meter Hurdles – Danica Ryynanen (Houghton; 16.80)
  • 100 Meter DashJulia Ott (Marquette; 12.67)
  • 800 Meter RelayMeghan MacPhee, Siena Lingle, Sophie Skytta, Baux Truckey (Marquette; 1:49.27)
  • 1600 Meter Run – Tessa Rautiola (Houghton; 5:42.08)
  • 400 Meter RelayHailey Bolf, Sophie Skytta, Bella Coleman, Julia Ott (Marquette; 52.58)
  • 400 Meter DashBaux Truckey (Marquette; 1:02.81)
  • 300 Meter Hurdles – Madison Pekrul (Negaunee; 48.95)
  • 800 Meter Run – Aubrey Johnson (Negaunee; 2:27.76)
  • 200 Meter DashJulia Ott (Marquette; 25.97)
  • 3200 Meter RunElla Fure (Marquette; 12:13.40)
  • 1600 Meter Relay – Mari Bink, Ashley Foust, Annabelle Neumeier, Ava Getzloff (Escanaba; 4:21.53)
  • Pole Vault – Lexi Olson (Westwood; 11’00”)
  • Long Jump – Faith Spiroff (Westwood; 17’03.5″)
  • High Jump – Faith Spiroff (Westwood; 5’04”)
  • Discus Throw – Eliana Juchemich (Negaunee; 117’05”)
  • Shot Put – Hannah Maurer (Sault Ste. Marie; 37’04.5″)

Full results from the meet can be found at this link.

Varsity Baseball Falls To Traverse City West In MHSAA District Semifinals, 6-0

Varsity Baseball Falls To Traverse City West In MHSAA District Semifinals, 6-0

The MSHS Varsity Baseball Team hosted the MHSAA District Baseball Tournament this past Saturday (6/3/23).  Despite hanging tough through four innings, MSHS was defeated in the district semifinals 6-0 by eventual champion Traverse City West.

Marquette 0, Traverse City West 6

  • Leaders – PitchingIsaac Sarles (6.0 IP; 10 H; 6 R; 4 ER; 0 BB; 5 SO)
  • Leaders – RunsN/A
  • Leaders – HitsEaston Miller, Nick Pantti, Luke Mead (1 each)
  • Leaders – RBIs:   N/A
Varsity Softball Defeated By Traverse City West In MHSAA District Semifinal

Varsity Softball Defeated By Traverse City West In MHSAA District Semifinal

The MSHS Varsity Softball Team hosted the MHSAA District Softball Tournament this past Saturday (6/3/23), where they fell in the semifinal contest to eventual champion Traverse City West by a final score of 10-0.

Marquette 0, Traverse City West 10

  • Leaders – PitchingLyndsey Lake (4.0 IP; 11 H; 9 R; 5 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO)
  • Leaders – RunsN/A
  • Leaders – HitsLayla Roman (1)
  • Leaders – RBIs:   N/A
Anna Grzelak and Colin VanderSchaaf Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2022-23

Anna Grzelak and Colin VanderSchaaf Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2022-23

MSHS seniors Anna Grzelak (cross country, alpine skiing) and Colin VanderSchaaf (cross country, swim & dive, track & field) have been named as the recipients of the First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for the 2022-23 academic year.

Thank you to First Bank for their continued support of MSHS and its student-athletes through this award.

Selection criteria for the First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award are:

  1. Academic excellence based on cumulative GPA, academic honors received and class standing.
  2. Athletic performance and accolades with students having earned a minimum of four varsity letters. In addition, honorees must have earned varsity letters in at least two sports.
  3. Extracurricular involvement in MSHS clubs/organizations as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service.

Anna Grzelak has participated in the MSHS Girls Cross Country and Girls Alpine Skiing programs.  She holds a 4.31 cumulative GPA.

Grzelak’s Athletics Involvement and Achievements:

  • Girls Alpine Skiing:
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 State Champion – Giant Slalom (GS)
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 State Finals – 3rd Place Slalom
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Champion – Slalom
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Runner-Up – Giant Slalom
    • 2023 U.P. Girls Alpine Skier of the Year
    • 2023 All-State and All-U.P. Team Honoree
    • 2-Time Academic All-State Award Recipient from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA)
    • Team member on the 2020 MHSAA State Championship Team and 2021 MHSAA State Runner-Up Team.
  • Post-Graduation Plans:  Attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to pursue a nursing degree with the hopes of becoming a nurse anesthetist.

Colin VanderSchaaf has participated in the MSHS Cross Country, Swimming & Diving and Track & Field programs.  He owns a cumulative GPA of 4.28.

VanderSchaaf’s Athletics Involvement and Achievements:

  • Boys Cross Country:
    • Individual Champion – 2022 Great Northern Conference Meet
    • 3-Time All-State and Academic All-State (2022, 2021, 2020)
    • 2-Time All-U.P. “Dream Team” (2022, 2021)
    • 3-Time All-U.P. (2022, 2021, 2020)
    • Team member for four consecutive MHSAA U.P. Finals Championships (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Boys Swim & Dive:
    • 8-Time MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Champion
    • 2021-2022 U.P. Swimmer of the Year
    • Member of school, pool and U.P. record holding 200 Free Relay Team (2022; 1:29.93)
  • Boys Track & Field:
    • 2-Time All-State and Academic All-State (2022, 2021)
    • 3-Time MHSAA U.P. Champion (2 Individual, 1 Relay)
    • 6-Time MHSAA Regional Champion (3 Individual, 3 Relay)
    • 3-Time Great Northern Conference Champion
    • Team member for MHSAA U.P. Finals Championships in 2021 and 2022
  • Post-Graduation Plans:   Colin recently signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend and compete as part of the men’s cross country and men’s track & field programs at Grand Valley State University. He plans to major in Biology.
2023 Spring Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Eight MSHS Student-Athletes Declare College Commitments

2023 Spring Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Eight MSHS Student-Athletes Declare College Commitments

On Thursday evening (6/1/23) eight senior student-athletes from the MSHS Class of 2023 made their decisions on the institutions they will attend and compete for beginning with the Fall 2023 semester.

Family members, friends, coaches and staff were on-hand as student-athletes were introduced before declaring their decided upon colleges/universities.

Click on the links below for more information on each MSHS student-athlete.

Cora Anderson (women’s basketball – St. Norbert College)

  • Why Cora Chose St. Norbert College“When I first visited St. Norbert I knew that I wanted to be there for my next four years, they have a great Nursing Program and amazing facilities for both academics and sports. I loved Coach Perry and her style of coaching, as well as the other coaches and players.”

 

 

 

 

Easton Clements (men’s basketball – Bay College)

  • Why Easton Chose Bay College“It’s been my dream to play basketball in college for as long as I can remember. And it has been a journey full of ups and downs, I had to keep faith in my dreams and push through feelings of doubt and times when it seemed nothing was going my way. I chose Bay College because Coach Johnson expressed a lot of interest in me and told me about the opportunities that Bay College can offer, that a lot of other places cannot. When I visited campus, I instantly could see myself being here. I’ll be the first to say it, I had a disappointing varsity basketball career, I never felt like I could be who I am as a player and person and display the countless hours of work that I’ve put in to possess the skills I have today. And just from talking with Coach Johnson for only a couple of hours, I received the most trust and belief from a basketball coach than I’ve ever had in years of high school. This is a major reason why I chose Bay College. I’m very grateful for a fresh start to my basketball career, and I’m excited to get to work and see what the future holds.”

Braden Ketzenberger (men’s cross country/track & field – Michigan Tech University)

  • Why Braden Chose Michigan Tech University“After completing my senior year of Cross Country, I came to the realization that I’m not ready to be done competing.  Michigan Tech afforded me the opportunity to keep running while also providing a good engineering program.

 

 

 

 

Siena Lingle (women’s basketball – Bay College)

  • Why Siena Chose Bay College“When I went to visit Bay College the coach that recruited me gave off good energy and made me feel right at home. Not too long after I found out that he resigned and I got a new coach. I got to meet him and instantly knew he wanted to help me get better. With not being far from home and also being able to do what I love most, I knew Bay College was where I wanted to take my next step in life.

 

 

 

Meghan MacPhee (women’s basketball – Lakeland University)

  • Why Meghan Chose Lakeland University“After visiting Lakeland, I fell in love with the campus and the people there. Everyone was super supportive and friendly, and it was obvious that the coaches, current players, and professors are exactly the type of people who will help push me to become the best version of myself. That combined with excellent academics and the opportunity to conduct research related to my major early on in my college career made it easy to choose Lakeland as the place to further my education and athletic career.

 

 

Baux Truckey (women’s track & field – Northern Michigan University)

  • Why Baux Chose Northern Michigan University“On my recruitment visit to NMU, I was very impressed by how welcoming the coaching staff and the current team members were. I was also very excited about the fact that the team is very young and how competitive they will be in the conference in the
    next few years, and I decided I wanted to be part of that.”

 

 

 

Carson VanderSchaaf (men’s cross country/track & field – Eastern Michigan University)

  • Why Carson Chose Eastern Michigan University“Coach Rinker at Eastern was the first college coach I talked to and from the beginning, I felt that we clicked on a personal and professional level. Coach Rinker and Coach Marr have similar training philosophies, so the adjustment wouldn’t be very big, which I liked. On top of that, when I went on my official visit I really liked all of the guys on the team and it felt like a good fit for me. After going on another visit, I knew that Eastern was the place for me.”

 

 

 

Colin VanderSchaaf (men’s cross country/track & field – Grand Valley State University)

  • Why Colin Chose Grand Valley State University“After going on a visit and meeting the coaching staff and team, I knew that It was the right fit and that I would have the potential to excel not only as an athlete but also academically and socially. I was also very impressed with the facilities and the support services available to the athletes at Grand Valley.”
Julia Ott & Max Dawson Named 2022-23 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

Julia Ott & Max Dawson Named 2022-23 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

On Thursday morning (6/1/23), the 19 student-athletes honored during the 2022-23 academic year as “Athletes of the Month” were invited to again celebrate their collective and individual accomplishments.  Each year, Marquette Senior High School is fortunate to have Superiorland Kiwanis sponsor these monthly events to provide its deserving student-athletes with “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.  From the group of honorees, two student-athletes were selected as the 2022-23.

MSHS Athletics, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Julia Ott (girls basketball; girls track & field) and Max Dawson (boys soccer; boys bowling) have been named as the 2022-23 Student-Athletes of the Year.

2022-23 MSHS Female Athlete of the Year – Julia Ott

  • Sports Participated InGirls Basketball, Girls Track & Field
  • Accolades – Team2023 GNC Girls Track & Field Champions; 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Track & Field Champions
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • Girls Basketball2022-2023 All-U.P. Honorable Mention; 2022-2023 All-GNC Second Team
    • Girls Track & FieldSchool Record Holder – High Jump (5’5″); 2023 MHSAA Regional Champion (400M Relay, 200M); 2023 GNC Champion (100M, 400M Relay, 200M, High Jump) 

 

2022-23 MSHS Male Athlete of the Year – Max Dawson

  • Sports Participated InBoys Soccer, Boys Bowling
  • Accolades – Team2023 U.P. Boys Soccer Champions (15th consecutive)
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • Boys SoccerTeam Captain; School Record Holder – “Goals – Season” (39); School Record Holder – “Goals – Career” (102)
    • Boys Bowling2023 U.P. Champion – Boys Singles

 

 

MSHS had a total of 19 student-athletes honored through the “Athlete of the Month” program in 2022-23.  The full list of honorees can be found below:

  • September 2022 – Kaia Miller (girls tennis) & Peter Closner (football)
  • October 2022 – Monet Argeropoulos (girls cross country) & Braden Ketzenberger (boys cross country)
  • November 2022 – Cora Anderson (volleyball) & Max Dawson (boys soccer) 
  • December 2022 – Meghan MacPhee (girls basketball) & Joe  DeMattia (hockey)
  • January 2023 – Helana Sharp (gymnastics) & Luke Mead (wrestling)
  • February 2023 – Grace Sobczak (girls swim & dive) & Andrew King (boys swim & dive)
  • March 2023 – Anna Grzelak (girls alpine skiing) & Jack Quinnell (boys basketball)
  • April 2023 – Julia Ott (girls track & field), Baux Truckey (girls track & field)  & Logan Peterson (baseball)
  • May 2023 – Sydney Osborne (girls soccer) & Nate Benninger (boys track & field)

 

Sydney Osborne and Nate Benninger Selected As May Student-Athletes Of The Month

Sydney Osborne and Nate Benninger Selected As May Student-Athletes Of The Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Sydney Osborne (girls soccer, girls track & field) and Nate Benninger (boys track & field) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for May 2023.

Sydney Osborne is a member of the Class of 2023 and is a dual sport student-athlete in the spring as a member of both the MSHS Varsity Girls Soccer Team and the MSHS Girls Track & Field Team.

Sydney is a four-year member of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team and served as the anchor of a veteran defensive unit for this year’s group. As a team captain this season, she helped guide the squad to another U.P. Championship when they defeated Kingsford in the title game of the U.P. Girls Soccer Tournament on Saturday, 5/20/23. Throughout her career, Sydney has been a consistent driving force for the team coming up with key contributions when they were needed. With her as one of the leaders within the program over the past four years, it is easy to see why her teams have achieved success.

On the track this season, Sydney’s speed has been on display within the sprint events and relays. During the 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Meet that was held in Marquette on Friday, 5/19/23, Sydney turned in a first place finish as part of the 400M Relay Team as well as a second place finish in the 800M Relay. Those finishes were both qualifying performances for the MHSAA U.P. Finals Meet that will be held in Kingsford on 6/3/23.

In the classroom, Sydney owns a 4.01 cumulative GPA which has her included on the MSHS Honor Roll and holding membership in the National Honor Society.

In the Fall of 2022, Sydney signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and participate in the women’s soccer program at Northern Michigan University beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year. While at NMU, she intends on majoring in Biology with a focus in Physiology.

Nate Benninger will be graduating as a member of the Class of 2023 and has been busy this spring finishing out a successful athletics career as a member of the MSHS Boys Track & Field Team.

With a tireless work ethic and the will to constantly improve himself, it is easy to see why Nate is experiencing the success that he is during his senior year. As a senior leader on this year’s track & field team, Nate has helped set the tone for a group that has most recently captured Regional, Great Northern Conference (GNC) and Marquette County championships. At the MHSAA Regional Meet held on 5/19/23, Nate turned in a first place finish in the 400M Relay to go along with runner-up finishes in the 100M, 200M and 800M Relay. He was also Marquette County champion in three events (100M, 400M Relay, 800M Relay).

A two-sport student-athlete at MSHS, Nate served as team captain for the MSHS Varsity Football Team starting at both running back and safety. At season’s end, his on-field performance earned him All-U.P. Honorable Mention and 2021 All-Great Northern Conference First Team honors.
In the classroom, Nate owns a 4.02 cumulative GPA which has him included on the MSHS Honor Roll and National Honor Society. Additionally, his academic reputation saw him recognized with this year’s MSHS Physical Education Departmental Award from the L.G. Kaufman Endowment.

In the February 2023, Nate committed to attend Michigan Technological University beginning with the Fall 2023 semester where he will also participate as a member of the Huskies’ football program. While at MTU, Nate will be pursuing a degree in Exercise Science.

Girls Golf Finishes Fouth At 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals; Abigail Luke Posts Hole-In-One

Girls Golf Finishes Fouth At 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals; Abigail Luke Posts Hole-In-One

On Wednesday morning (5/31/23), the MSHS Girls Golf Team traveled to take part in the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals that were hosted at Sage Run Golf Course by Escanaba High School.

During the competition, MSHS junior Abigail Luke posted a hole-in-one halfway through the front nine of the course.

“It’s crazy,” Luke said. “I was really upset about my last couple holes, but then I made a hole-in-one! It was just tears of joy. I haven’t done it before. I was 99 yards away, and so I took my 50-degree (club) which I knew could go 95. And then I rolled it in. I could see it right from where I was! I was speechless when it happened.”

Luke ended up shooting a 101, which tied her for fourth with Escanaba freshman Kamrie Scott.

Click here for the full meet recap (courtesy MHSAA.com).

2023 U.P. Division 1 Girls Team Scores:

  1. Kingsford – 412
  2. Escanaba – 419
  3. Negaunee – 434
  4. Marquette – 437
  5. Menominee – 464
  6. Calumet – 493
  7. Sault Ste. Marie – 525
  8. Houghton – 530
  9. Westwood – 544

Top Individual Performers – 2023 U.P. Division 1 Girls:

  • 1.  Rachel Niskanen – Negaunee – 92
  • 2.  Bryonna Sanders – Kingsford – 99
  • 3.  Addy Saunders – Marquette – 100
  • T4.  Kamrie Scott – Escanaba – 101
  • T4.  Abigail Luke – Marquette – 101
  • T6.  Cierra Scott – Escanaba – 102
  • T6.  Grace Maki – Kingsford – 102
  • T8.  Sophia Derkos – Escanaba – 104
  • T8.  Rediet Husing – Iron Mountain – 104
  • T9.  Ella Rizzo – Kingsford – 105
  • T9.  Hanna Drifka – Menominee – 105
Boys Golf Places Third At 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals; Brock Taylor Finishes As Individual Runner-Up

Boys Golf Places Third At 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals; Brock Taylor Finishes As Individual Runner-Up

On Wednesday morning (5/31/23), the MSHS Boys Golf Team traveled to take part in the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Golf Finals that were hosted at Sweetgrass Golf Course by Escanaba High School.

Click here for the full meet recap (courtesy MHSAA.com).

2023 U.P. Division 1 Boys Team Scores:

  1. Houghton – 323
  2. Sault Ste. Marie – 329
  3. Marquette – 331
  4. Calumet – 331
  5. Negaunee – 331
  6. Escanaba – 337
  7. Kingsford – 340
  8. Baraga – 349
  9. Menominee – 351
  10. Iron Mountain – 355
  11. Gladstone – 373
  12. Westwood – 405

Top Individual Performers – 2023 U.P. Division 1 Boys:

  • 1.  Holden Meyer – Negaunee – 75
  • 2.  Brock Taylor – Marquette – 76
  • 3.  Tanner Annala – Westwood – 79
  • T4.  Danny Loukus – Calumet – 80
  • T4.  Jack Sayen – Houghton – 80
  • T4.  Marino Pisani – Houghton – 80
  • T4.  Cooper Pigeon – Iron Mountain – 80
  • T4.  Nicklas Doran – Kingsford – 80
  • T4.  Kaleb Chipelewski – Marquette – 80
  • T4.  Odin Medrick – Sault Ste. Marie – 80
  • 11.  Cage Osterman – Baraga – 81