Cora Anderson and Max Dawson Selected As November Student-Athletes of the Month

Cora Anderson and Max Dawson Selected As November Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Cora Anderson (volleyball) and Max Dawson (boys soccer) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for November 2022.

Cora Anderson is a senior at MSHS and just completed a four-year volleyball career as a team co-captain on this year’s varsity squad.

As the team’s starting middle hitter and one of just five seniors this season, Cora quickly jumped into a leadership role both on and off the court.  Her performance on the court, with a team-leading 136 kills, to go along with 22 aces and 8 blocks, helped the team to a much improved second half of the season where they finished with an above .500 record.  As a result of her play, Cora was named to the All-Great Northern Conference Second Team by conference coaches.

Cora’s work ethic extends into the classroom as well, where she holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA.  This academic standing earned her Academic All-State honors from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA).

Cora has been a true champion of multi-sport participation at MSHS.  In addition to volleyball, she also participates as a member of the Varsity Girls Basketball, Varsity Softball and Girls Track & Field Teams.  As a junior during last spring’s track & field season, Cora was the Great Northern Conference champion in the shot put.

With a strong commitment to service, Cora serves others as a member of the MSHS National Honor Society, a peer mentor for students with special needs, a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, while also spending time with the elderly.  Cora’ post-graduation plans are to continue her athletics and academic career at St. Norbert College, where she plans to compete as a member of the Green Knights Women’s Basketball Team.

Max Dawson is a senior student at MSHS and just concluded a remarkable and record-setting career as part of the Boys Soccer program.

In all, Max has spent all four years as a Striker on the MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer Team.  Each of those seasons, including the 2022 season, ended the same way with the team capturing the U.P. Championship.  This year’s U.P. title made for the program’s 15th straight, with the team finishing with a 21-2-2 record and unbeaten in their last 22 games.

Many of the team’s wins over the last four years have come as a result of plays made from Max’s feet.  At the conclusion of his junior season, Max set a school record for “goals in a season” when he poured in 39 during the 2021 campaign.  This year, Max set a new school record for “goals in a career” and also eclipsed the century mark by finishing with 102 career goals.

In addition to soccer, Max is also a member of the MSHS Boys Bowling and Boys Track & Field Teams.  During Max’s, during his sophomore track season, he was part of the school record setting 400 Meter Relay Team.

Through all of his success, Max has remained a team-centered leader set on continuous improvement and helping to leave the program set up for future success.

 

Monet Argeropoulos and Braden Ketzenberger Selected As October Student-Athletes of the Month

Monet Argeropoulos and Braden Ketzenberger Selected As October Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Monet Argeropoulos (girls cross country) and Braden Ketzenberger (boys cross country) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for October 2022.

Monet Argeropoulos is a sophomore at MSHS and recently wrapped-up her second successful season as a member of the Varsity Girls Cross Country team.

After pacing the team as a freshman with a 12th place finish at the 2021 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Finals, Monet returned as a sophomore to take her running to the next level for the 2022 season. This was evident when Monet captured first place and was crowned as the individual champion at the 2022 Great Northern Conference (GNC) Meet. As a follow-up, she then placed fourth at the 2022 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Finals.

In a girls cross country season where every place mattered in many of the team competitions, Monet’s finishes proved crucial in leading the team to another GNC championship and taking back the MHSAA U.P. Division 1 title after a two year hiatus.

At season’s end, Monet had her efforts recognized when she earned places on the All-State, Academic All-State, All-U.P. and All-GNC Teams. This season marks her second consecutive season earning these accolades.

Monet is a three-sport varsity student-athlete and also competes as a member of the MSHS Girls Nordic Skiing and Girls Track & Field teams. In the classroom, she owns a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA and is a consistent member of the MSHS Honor Roll.

Outside of school, Monet volunteers time with the Superiorland Ski Club’s Ski Cats program as well as Marquette’s Petunia Pandemonium effort. Although still two years away, Monet’s post-high school plan is to continue her education, potentially in the area of Occupational Therapy.

Braden Ketzenberger is a senior student at MSHS and just concluded an outstanding season and career as part of the Boys Cross Country program.

Of the eight events on the 2022 cross country schedule, Brady turned in a team-leading six Top-Five finishes. Those finishes include third place finishes at both the 2022 Great Northern Conference (GNC) Meet and 2022 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Finals.

Brady’s steadiness at the front of the pack was invaluable to this year’s talented team that saw the group again take first place at the GNC Meet and earn the program’s fourth consecutive MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Championship.

After turning in a second consecutive season with a Top-10 performance at both the GNC Meet and MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Finals, Brady’s athletics performance this fall again earned him All-State, Academic All-State, All-U.P. and All-GNC accolades.

In addition to cross country, Brady also competes as a member of the Wrestling and Boys Track & Field teams at MSHS. As a junior wrestler, Brady was named to the Academic All-U.P. Wrestling team. On the track, Brady is a member of the reigning MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Champion 3200 Meter Relay Team.

In the classroom, Brady owns a 4.23 cumulative GPA. Outside of school, he enjoys philosophy, fishing and chess. Brady’s post-graduation plans are to continue his education with an area of study focused on either Chemical Engineering or Neuroscience.

2022-23 Winter Sport Registration Information and Start Dates

2022-23 Winter Sport Registration Information and Start Dates

2022-23 Winter Sport Registration Process

  1. The winter sports registration page is available at this link.  All students participating in a winter 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.
  2. MHSAA Physical Forms are available both in the high school office and by clicking here.  A physical exam conducted on/after April 15, 2022 is required for all students participating in a winter sport.  Students will not be able to begin formal practice activity until this form has been submitted to the Athletics Office.  Students with a physical already on file as a result of participating in a fall sport do not need to submit a new copy.

Winter Sport Start Date and Coach Contact Information

  • Alpine Skiing
    • Team MeetingWednesday, November 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the MSHS Cafeteria
    • First Practice DateMonday, November 14 
    • Head Coach ContactLili Lockwood; lockwoodlili7@gmail.com
  • Basketball – Boys
    • Tryout DatesMonday-Wednesday, November 21-23
    • Tryout Schedule (all sessions in MSHS Auxiliary Gym):
      • Monday, November 21
        • 2:45-5:15 p.m. – Juniors & Seniors
        • 5:15-7:45 p.m. – Freshmen & Sophomores
      • Tuesday-Wednesday, November 22-23
        • 2:45-4:45 p.m. – Freshmen
        • 4:45-7:15 p.m. – Varsity
        • 7:15-9:15 p.m. – JV
    • Varsity Coach Contact:  Rich Ledy; rledy@first-bank.com
    • JV Coach Contact: Jacob Kiesby; jakiesby@nmu.edu
    • Freshman Coach Contact:  Mitch Wilson; mitwilso@nmu.edu
  • Basketball – Girls
    • Tryout DatesMonday-Wednesday, November 14-16
    • Varsity Coach ContactBen Smith; besmith@mapsnet.org
    • JV Coach Contact:  Zach Mark; zmark@mapsnet.org
    • Freshman Coach Contact:  Emily Mueller; TBD
  • Bowling – Boys/Girls
    • Tryout Dates:  Thursday-Friday, November 10-11, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Superior Lanes in Marquette
    • Coach ContactHope Virch; hopahopa1960@hotmail.com
  • Figure Skating
    • First Practice DateTBD
    • Facebook Page:  “Marquette Figure Skating Club
    • Coach Contact:  Danielle Dickson; dickson@mapsnet.org
  • Gymnastics
    • Team MeetingThursday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m. on the MSHS Boys Sports Deck
    • First Practice Date Monday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m. (boys sports deck)
    • Coach Contact:   Bridget Johnson; bridgetjjohnson@yahoo.com
  • Hockey
    • Tryout DatesMonday-Wednesday, October 31-November 2, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Lakeview Arena
    • Varsity Coach Contact:  Doug Garrow; douggarrow@yahoo.com
  • Nordic Skiing
    • Informational Meeting and First Practice DateTuesday, November 8, at 4:00 p.m. by Pangrazzi Building (between tennis courts and track)
    • Facebook Page:  “Superiorland Ski Club
    • Coach ContactSteve Carr; spcarr@charter.net; and Ross Williams; williams.ross.1792@gmail.com
  • Sideline Cheer
    • Team MeetingThursday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m. on the MSHS Boys Sports Deck
    • First Practice DateMonday, November 8
    • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Cheer
    • Head Coach ContactBridget Johnson; bridgetjjohnson@yahoo.com
  • Swimming & DivingBoysGirls
    • Informational MeetingWednesday, October 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the MSHS Cafeteria
    • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Swimming and Diving
    • Head Coach ContactNate McFarren; nmcfarren@mapsnet.org
  • Wrestling
    • First Practice DateMonday, November 14
    • Preseason Conditioning:  Monday-Thursday 2:45-3:30 p.m. (girls sports deck)
    • Facebook Page:  “Marquette Redmen Wrestling
    • Head Coach ContactTony Gentz; tgentz1@hotmail.com

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Kaia Miller and Peter Closner Selected As September Student-Athletes of the Month

Kaia Miller and Peter Closner Selected As September Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Kaia Miller (girls tennis) and Peter Closner (football) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for September 2022.

Kaia Miller is a senior at MSHS and is led the MSHS Girls Tennis Team to a much-improved season that culminated in runner-up performances at both the Great Northern Conference Meet and the MHSAA Division 1 U.P. Finals.

The 2022 season marked Kaia’s second consecutive season at #1 Singles for MSHS. At that flight, Kaia compiled an overall record of 13-5. Her season-long performance, coupled with a 2-1 record at the MHSAA Division 1 U.P. Finals to finish as runner-up earned her All-U.P. First Team honors. This is the second straight year in which Kaia has received that accolade.

Outside of the tennis season, Kaia remains busy in extracurricular activities at MSHS. She is a founder of the Spikeball Club and also holds membership in the Environmental Club, HOSA for Future Health Professionals, National Honor Society and Student Council.

Kaia excels in the classroom with a 4.03 cumulative GPA and current enrollment that has her in four Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Outside of school, Kaia enjoys reading, cooking and being outside, particularly going on hikes with her Mom and two dogs.

Kaia’s post-graduation plans are to attend either Michigan State University or Grand Valley State University, where she plans to major in Psychology and also pursue a minor in either Spanish of Environmental/Sustainability Studies.

Peter Closner is in senior class standing at MSHS and is currently having a standout season as a team captain and wide receiver/defensive back on this year’s Varsity Football Team.

Through seven games this season, Peter has been a force on both sides of the football.  As a wide receiver, he has 20 catches for 283 total yards with 8 touchdowns.  He also as 33 rushing yards on two carries.  As a defender, his speed and tenacity have been crucial to getting the team’s defense off the field in key situations.

Peter’s strength as a leader comes from his stoic, never-rattled demeanor and lead-by-example nature. His dedication and commitment to his craft is evident both on the field and off. He is a member of the 1,000 Pound Club in the MSHS Weight Room (bench press/squad/power clean) and also volunteers time on the weekends to assist with Marquette County Youth Football. In addition to football, Peter also participates as a member of the MSHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team.

In the classroom, Peter holds a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Outside of school, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends/family and working at Mares-z-Doats.

Peter is currently dual-enrolled at Northern Michigan University, where he is earning credits towards his Associates Degree and will enter the Lineman Technician program after his 18th birthday. He also has plans to continue his education towards a Bachelor’s Degree while also making his way up to Alaska in the hopes of finding an apprenticeship program to earn his journeyman license.

2022-23 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award Application Now Active

2022-23 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award Application Now Active

The online application for the 2022-23 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award is now available. 

For 34 years, the MHSAA and Farm Bureau Insurance have honored the best student-athletes in Michigan.  Again, this year they will award 32 students with $2,000 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 of the MHSAA’s annual awards.

Seniors with an unrounded 3.50 or better GPA who have an earned a varsity letter in a MHSAA-sponsored sport are eligible to apply.

Students will fill out the entire application online, which includes applicant background info, short-answer questions and essays.  Judges will also be reviewing and scoring applications online.

To begin the application process, here is what is needed…

  1. Students should go to mhsaa.com/scholarship to start the application process.
  2. Once there, create an account.
  3. Finally, students will need to enter an Access Code. CONTACT MR. TISEO (atiseo@mapsnet.org) TO RECEIVE THE ACCESS CODE.

At this point, students can start to fill out the different parts of the application. If they leave the application, they will pick up where they left off when they return.  Students also need two letters of recommendation.  Students can upload PDFs or Word docs themselves, or they can use the system to have recommenders upload recommendations themselves.  The deadline for applications is December 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  

Additional Resources:

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2022-23 Fall Sport Registration and Start Dates

2022-23 Fall Sport Registration and Start Dates

2022-23 Fall Sport Registration Process

  1. The fall sports registration page will soon be active at this link.  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.
  2. MHSAA Physical Forms are available both in the high school office and by clicking here.  A physical exam conducted on/after April 15, 2022 is required for all students participating in a fall sports.  Students will not be able to begin formal practice activity until this form has been submitted to the Athletics Office.

Fall Sport Start Date and Coach Contact Information

  • Cross Country
      • First Practice DateMonday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the MSHS Track 
      • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Cross Country
      • Coach ContactDerek Marr; dmarr@nmu.edu
  • Dance Team
      • First Practice DateMonday, June 20
      • Coach Contact Jayme L’Huillier; Jaymelhuillier17@gmail.com
  • Football
      • First Practice DateMonday, August 8 (Freshman 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; JV/Varsity 4:00-8:00 p.m.)
      • Facebook Page:  “2020 Marquette Redmen Football
      • Varsity Coach ContactEric Mason; ejmason7@yahoo.com
      • JV Coach ContactLogan Kruhlik; TBD
      • Freshman Coach ContactJoe Levandoski; jlevandoski@mapsnet.org
  • Sideline Cheer
      • First Practice DateMonday, August 8 
      • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Cheer
      • Coach Contact: Bridget Johnson; bridgetjjohnson@yahoo.com
  • Boys Soccer
      • Tryout DatesAugust 8-10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Kaufman Sports Complex
      • Parent MeetingMonday, August 8 at 5:15 p.m. in the pavilion at the Kaufman Sports Complex
      • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Girls & Boys Soccer
      • Varsity Coach Contact:  Dan Salmon; yooperchzhed@gmail.com
      • JV Coach Contact:  John Balmat; balmat.john@gmail.com
  • Girls Tennis
      • First Practice DateMonday, August 8 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
      • Facebook Page:  “MSHS Girls Tennis
      • Coach ContactKarl Thomsen; kthomsen@mapsnet.org
  • Volleyball
      • Varsity Tryout DatesAugust 8-10 at MSHS from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
      • JV Tryout Dates: August 11-13 at MSHS from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (9:00-11:00 a.m. on August 13)
      • Freshman Tryout DatesAugust 8-10 at MSHS from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
      • Facebook Page:  “Marquette Redettes Volleyball
      • Varsity Coach ContactAnn Crandell-Williams; anncrand@gmail.com
      • JV Coach ContactTracy Hruska; articatz@aol.com
      • Freshman Coach ContactDawn Kruhak; dkruhak@mapsnet.org

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Zoe Smith and Axel Vermaat Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2021-22

Zoe Smith and Axel Vermaat Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2021-22

MSHS seniors Zoe Smith (girls basketball, girls golf) and Axel Vermaat (boys soccer, boys basketball) have been named as the recipients of the First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for the 2021-22 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.

Zoe Smith participates in the MSHS Girls Basketball and Girls Golf programs.  She holds a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Smith’s 2021-22 Involvement and Achievements:

  • Girls Basketball:  BCAM “Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete” Award, All-Great Northern Conference Second Team
  • Girls Golf:  All-U.P. Second Team; All-Great Northern Conference  First Team
  • Additional Extracurricular Involvement:  Student Council Vice President; National Honor Society
  • Other Accomplishments:  Herman E. Olson Citizenship Kaufman Award; Local Scholarship; Kiwanis “Athlete of the Month” – January
  • Post-Graduation Plans:  Attend Grand Valley State University and study business and marketing

 

Axel Vermaat participates in the MSHS Boys Soccer and Boys Basketball programs.  He owns a cumulative GPA of 4.37.

Vermaat’s 2021-22 Involvement and Achievements:

  • Boys Soccer:  Team Captain; Led Team in Assists (18); Third in Goals (10); helped team to 14th consecutive U.P. Championship (21-2 record)
  • Boys Basketball:  Started at guard in all 21 games in the 2021-22 season
  • Additional Extracurricular Involvement:  National Honor Society Treasurer; Student Council; Disc Golf Club; Ping Pong Club; Sierra Club Student Coalition
  • Other Accomplishments:  2021-22 Academic Kaufman Award; Excellence in Education Scholarship; Local Scholarship; Elks State Scholarship; AP Scholar with Distinction; Kiwanis “Athlete of the Month” – October
  • Post-Graduation Plans: Attend college and pursue a career as an economist or politician.
Maria Millado & Wyatt Kuhlman Named 2021-22 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

Maria Millado & Wyatt Kuhlman Named 2021-22 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

On Thursday morning (6/2/22), student-athletes honored during the 2021-22 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 2021-22.

MSHS Athletics, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Maria Millado (volleyball; girls basketball) and Wyatt Kuhlman (football; wrestling) have been named as the 2021-22 Student-Athletes of the Year.

2021-22 MSHS Female Athlete of the Year – Maria Millado

  • Sports Participated InVolleyball, Girls Basketball
  • Accolades – Team2021 GNC Volleyball Champions; 2021-22 GNC Girls Basketball Champions
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • VolleyballAVCA Best & Brightest Award First Team; All-Region; GNC Player of the Year; Four School Records Set (Most Digs – Season, Most Blocks -Match, Most Blocks – Season, Most Blocks- Career)
    • Girls BasketballAll-U.P. First Team; GNC Player of the Year; GNC Defensive Player of the Year
    • Other2021-22 Michigan Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year – Girls Class A

 

2021-22 MSHS Male Athlete of the Year – Wyatt Kuhlman

  • Sports Participated InFootball, Wrestling
  • Accolades – Team2021 U.P. Large School Football “Team of the Year”; 2021 GNC Football Champions
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • FootballTeam Captain; All-U.P. “Dream Team”; All-GNC
    • WrestlingTeam Captain; U.P. Champion (160 pounds); U.P. “Most Valuable Wrestler”; All-Region; 100 Career Victories

 

 

MSHS had a total of 18 student-athletes honored through the “Athlete of the Month” program in 2021-22.  The full list of honorees can be found below:

  • September 2021Kelsey Kivi (sideline cheer) & Austin Ridl (football)
  • October 2021Courtney Larson (girls cross country) & Axel Vermaat (boys soccer)
  • November 2021Maria Millado (volleyball) & Carson VanderSchaaf (boys cross country) 
  • December 2021Delaney Marchiol (girls swim & dive) & Jacob Garrow (hockey)
  • January 2022Zoe Smith (girls basketball) & Wyatt Kuhlman (wrestling)
  • February 2022Madalyn Stern (girls alpine skiing) & Liam McFarren (boys swim & dive)
  • March 2022Isabella DeMattia (dance team) & David Eberhard (boys basketball)
  • April 2022Isabella Lorens (girls soccer) & Samuel Markey (boys track & field)
  • May 2022Jordan Haynes (softball) & Desmond Mullen (baseball)

 

Jordan Haynes and Desmond Mullen Selected As May Student-Athletes of the Month

Jordan Haynes and Desmond Mullen Selected As May Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Jordan Haynes (softball) and Desmond Mullen (baseball) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for May 2022.

Jordan Haynes is a senior at MSHS and has concluded a fantastic four-year career as a member of the MSHS Softball program.

As a four-year member of the Varsity Softball Team, Jordan is an experienced leader within this year’s group and is leading by example.  She has been a solid lead-off hitter throughout her career and that is showing through this year by leading her senior class with an on-base percentage of .443.  She has a career batting average of .343 with 47 hits and leads her class with 33 doubles during her tenure in the softball program.

In the month of May, Jordan leads the team in plate appearances with 30, while carrying a .367 batting average, an on-base percentage of .387 and a fielding percentage of .833.

In addition to softball, Jordan has previously been a 2-year member of the girls basketball program and is a 3-year member of the MSHS Redmen Chorale.  Jordan is an academic standout as well with a 4.08 cumulative GPA to make her a regular on the honor roll and member of the National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Jordan enjoys fishing, camping and playing guitar.  Her post-graduation plans are to attend Northern Michigan University to pursue a business degree with an added minor in psychology.

Desmond Mullen is part of this year’s senior class and is putting the finishing touches on an excellent athletics career by participating as a member of the MSHS Varsity Baseball Team.

After playing baseball in little league and then taking some time away from the sport, Desmond returned to the diamond as part of this year’s varsity team and has excelled both at the plate and in the field.  In his 15 games played this season, Desmond has 51 plate appearances that have resulted in 15 hits, 6 RBIs and 17 runs for a batting average of .349 and an on-base percentage of .451.  His play this season recently saw him earn All-Great Northern Conference Second Team honors.

In addition to baseball, Desmond is also a four-year member of the MSHS Football Program and two-year member of the MSHS Wrestling Team.  After his senior season on the gridiron, which was his third as a member of the Varsity team, Desmond was rewarded for his play as both a running back and defensive back by being named All-State Second Team (defensive back), All-U.P. “Dream Team” (defensive back) and All-Great Northern Conference (running back and defensive back).

Desmond excels in the classroom as well with a 3.71 cumulative GPA to consistently put him on the honor roll and included in the National Honor Society.  Outside of school, Desmond volunteers time assisting with Special Olympics.  In February 2022, Desmond signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University, where he will participate as a member of the Huskies’ Football Program beginning next fall.

Madalyn Stern and Austin Ridl Receive 2021-22 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

Madalyn Stern and Austin Ridl Receive 2021-22 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

On Wednesday evening (5/18/22), MSHS seniors Madalyn Stern (alpine skiing, girls soccer) and Austin Ridl (football, track & field) were honored with the MSHS Athletics Organizational Awards from the L.G. Kaufman Endowment School Fund.

Criteria for the award are based on demonstrated qualities in three areas: character, leadership and excellence.

Madlyn Stern is the daughter of Ryan and Hilary Stern.  Maddy is a four-year member of the MSHS Girls Alpine Ski team and was team captain for the 2022 season. Maddy had an incredible run in her final campaign that demonstrated the time, hard work and dedication that she has put into the sport over her career.

By season’s end, Maddy had earned a U.P. Championship in Giant Slalom (GS), an MHSAA Regional Championship in Slalom (5th in GS), and culminated when she captured the 2022 MHSAA Division 1 State Championship in Giant Slalom (8th in Slalom). To go along with these postseason finishes, Maddy was named as the U.P. Girls Skier of the Year and selected to the All-State and All-U.P. Teams.

Maddy’s commitment to excellence extends into the classroom as well. She earned the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA) both this season and as a junior in 2021.

Maddy hopes to attend Northern Michigan University and pursue a nursing degree while also competing on the Wildcats Alpine Ski Team.

Austin Ridl is the son of Jamie Ridl and Molly Mikesch.

Austin has been the leader of the MSHS Varsity Football team for the past three seasons. His play at the quarterback position guided the program to new levels of success with three consecutive MHSAA postseason appearances, three consecutive Great Northern Conference championships and the team being recognized as the U.P. “Team of the Year” for the past two seasons.

In his final season in red and white, Austin passed for 2,237 yards with 26 touchdowns and rushed for 355 yards with 3 touchdowns. These marks, along with his invaluable leadership and work ethic, earned him multiple postseason accolades including Honorable Mention All-State, All-Region; All-U.P. “Dream Team”; and All-Great Northern Conference honors.

In addition to football, Austin is also a member of the MSHS boys track and field program where is he a member of the reigning U.P. champion 800 Meter Relay team and was a member of the 400 Meter Relay team that set a new school record last season.

In February of this year, Austin signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University, where he will participate as a member of the Huskies football program. His program of study has not yet been decided.