Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Bella Lorens (girls soccer) and Sam Markey (boys track & field) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for April 2022.
Bella Lorens is a junior at MSHS and is in the midst of a fantastic year as a forward on the MSHS Varsity Girls Soccer Team.
At the midpoint of the girl’s soccer season, Bella has been a force on offense to help lead the team to its current record of 5-1-3. The team is fresh off of a strong performance at the Petoskey Invitational where they more than held their own against quality downstate competition. In the nine games played thus far, Bella leads the way with 10 goals and 3 assists. Aside from her productions, Bella commands the full attention of every opponent’s defense and often uses that to help find scoring opportunities for her teammates.
In addition to girl’s soccer, Bella was a member of the MSHS Varsity Girls Basketball Team that captured the Great Northern Conference championship this season. Bella is a standout in the classroom as well, where she owns a 3.70 GPA to earn her a place on the MSHS Honor Roll and membership in the National Honor Society.
A commitment to service is also something that Bella demonstrates though volunteerism in the Marquette Jr. Wildcats Youth Basketball and MSHS 8th Grade Orientation programs. With another year left to finalize, Bella’s post-graduation plans have not yet been finalized but she plans to pursue an opportunity to play college soccer and major in pre-medicine.
Sam Markey is a senior at MSHS and is having a phenomenal season as a hurdling specialist on the MSHS Boys Track & Field Team.
After placing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at last year’s MHSAA Division 1 U.P. Finals, Sam put in the work in the offseason to take his ability to the next level for his senior year. In the team’s four meets this season, Sam has not only captured first place in the 110-meter hurdles at each event, but also equaled or bettered his time in each performance.
Sam’s most recent outing was last Friday (5/6/22), when the team traveled to Gaylord to compete in the 22-team Blue Devil Classic. The new and additional competition was no issue for Sam as he brought home first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.28 and solidifying his spot as the top athlete in his craft this season.
Sam’s athletics interests are not limited to the track as he is also a member of the MSHS Nordic Skiing and Cross Country programs. Outside of school, Sam has dedicated considerable time to service work as an Eagle Scout and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and as a member of the Ski Patrol at Marquette Mountain.
Upon graduating from MSHS as a member of the Class of 2022, Sam is still undecided on his future plans but is considering attending trade school or coursework at a college/university.