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.
Courtney Larson and Axel Vermaat Selected As October Student-Athletes of the Month

Courtney Larson and Axel Vermaat Selected As October Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Courtney Larson (girls cross country) and Axel Vermaat (boys soccer) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for October 2021.

Courtney Larson is a junior at MSHS and recently wrapped-up a successful season as a member of the Varsity Girls Cross Country team.

Courtney concluded her third season in the MSHS Girls Cross Country program by placing 15th in the Division 1 Girls Race at the 2021 MHSAA U.P. Cross Country Finals. Her performance helped the team to a team runner-up finish at the event. At season’s end, Courtney received All-State, Academic All-State, All-U.P. and All-Great Northern Conference accolades. She medaled in all 10 of the team’s races this season.

Academically, Courtney has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA and has made the honor roll each semester while also being a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, Courtney received first place honors in the 2021 Michigan Poetry Out Loud artwork contest.

In her free time, Courtney is an entrepreneur, crafter and vendor of Upper Michigan inspired artwork that is sold at local craft fairs. She attended the National Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program and has also participated in Mark Rober’s Creative Engineering/Computer Programming workshop.

Axel Vermaat was a senior captain on this year’s Varsity Boys Soccer team at MSHS.

As one of 14 seniors on this year’s Varsity Boys Soccer team, Axel helped lead the group to their 14th consecutive U.P. Championship and a 21-2 record on the season.  On the field, he led the team with 18 assists and was third in scoring with 10 goals.

In addition to his role on the Varsity Boys Soccer team, Axel also participates as a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball team as well as the disc golf and ping pong clubs.  He also serves on the MSHS Student Council and is Treasurer of the National Honor Society.

In the classroom, Axel owns a 4.32 cumulative GPA, has made the honor roll each semester of his enrollment and is an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Outside of school, Axel volunteers with the maintenance of the North Country Trail and enjoys readying as well as hanging out with his friends.

Axel’s post-graduation plans are to continue his education and pursue a major in Political Science and/or Economics.

Varsity Boys Soccer Captures 14th Consecutive U.P. Championship; Ends Season With 21-2 Record

Varsity Boys Soccer Captures 14th Consecutive U.P. Championship; Ends Season With 21-2 Record

Varsity Boys Soccer (21-2)

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team hosted the U.P. Boys Soccer Championships on Saturday, 10/16/21, at the Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette.  Teams competing in the Division 1 Tournament included Houghton, Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie.

After defeating Houghton in semifinal contest by a score of 5-0, the team claimed the 2021 U.P. Championship by defeating Iron Mountain 8-0 in the event final.  The tournament win is the 14th consecutive U.P. title for the MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer Team.

Game 1 – Semifinal:  Marquette 5, Houghton 0

  • Max Dawson got the goal scoring started with a marker assisted by Ayden Beaudry and John Weber.
  • Harrison Anthos faced six shots in net for a 1-0 halftime lead.
  • Marquette broke the game open in the second half off with another Dawson goal assisted by Evan Sysko.
  • Sysko then scored a goal of his own with assists being awarded to Ezra Pickard and Weber.
  • Nick Lindberg made the score 4-0 from on a goal assisted by Pickard and Zane Phillips.
  • Pickard finished the scoring on a goal assisted by Indigo Catalano.
  • During the game, Max Dawson broke the single season boys goal record for Marquette (36) with his 36th and 37th goals of the season.

Game 2 – Championship:  Marquette 8, Iron Mountain 0

  • In the championship game, Max Dawson again started the scoring off with a goal assisted by John Weber.
  • Enzo Stabile followed that up with a goal (assisted by Weber) to double the MSHS lead early in the first half.
  • Ezra Pickard made it 3-0, which was quickly followed by a diving header goal scored by Isaac Johnson to put the score at 4-0.  Both goals were assisted by Lamb Ngafeeson.
  • Pickard then finished the first half goal scoring off with a goal assisted by Nick Lindberg making it 5-0 at the halftime break.
  • In the second half, Dawson got his second of the game and 39th of the season with an assist going to Ethan Sandstrom.
  • Axel Vermaat made the score 7-0 (unassisted).
  • Hayden Byma then finished the scoring and the game with a goal assisted by Vermaat.
  • Harrison Anthos did not face a single shot in net.

From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon:

  • “After a long stretch with no games, we came out a little slow but once we settled in things started going our way.  Max Dawson always sets the tone for us and he really stepped it up today.  Iron Mountain is a good, well coached team and, after beating us earlier in the season, we really wanted to get back on the field with them.  It was the perfect setting for that in the championship of the U.P. Tournament.  The coaching staff challenged the boys to play a complete game, which we did.  I’m very proud of the fact the defense did not give up any shots and the offense had 10 different players gain a goal or assist. It was a true team effort in the championship game.”
Varsity Boys Soccer Victorious Over Sault Ste. Marie In Regular Season Finale, 5-1

Varsity Boys Soccer Victorious Over Sault Ste. Marie In Regular Season Finale, 5-1

Varsity Boys Soccer (19-2)

Marquette 5, Sault Ste. Marie 1

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer Team traveled to Sault Ste Marie Wednesday night (10/6/21) for the regular season finale against the Blue Devils.

Ezra Pickard got the Redmen on the board first on a goal assisted by John Weber.  MSHS would take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Things picked up for Marquette in the second half when Enzo Stabile scored just 30 seconds into the second frame for a 2-0 lead.  Ethan Sandstrom provided the assist on Stabile’s goal.

Pickard then got his second tally of the night from a pass made by Kaleb Chipelewski.  The Soo cut the lead to 3-1 before Pickard completed a hat trick off of a Nick Lindberg pass.  Axel Vermaat then rounded out the scoring for a 5-1 win on a goal assisted by Pickard.

Harrison Anthos faced five shots in net.

From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon:

  • “Ezra and Enzo were our bright spots tonight. It was a good tune up for the UP’s next week and still showed that we have work to do.”

Next Up:

  • The Varsity Boys Soccer team will now have some time to prepare for the U.P. Boys Soccer Championships that will be held at the Kaufman Sports Complex on Saturday, October 16.  Games will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer Defeats Houghton, 7-1

Varsity Boys Soccer Defeats Houghton, 7-1

Varsity Boys Soccer (18-2)

Marquette 7, Houghton 1

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Houghton on Saturday (10/2/21) for a varsity soccer game.

Ezra Pickard got the scoring started off an Axel Vermaat assist.  Lamb Ngafeeson found the net later in the half and Max Dawson added a pair of goals before halftime.  Pickard, Vermaat, and Hayden Byma provided the assists on those respective goals.  Houghton got on the board just before the break to tighten the halftime margin at 4-1.

In the second half, Byma converted a penalty kick before Pickard and Dawson each scored again off assists from Evan Sysko, Pickard, and Kaleb Chipelewski.

Isaac Johnson faced six shots in net.

 Max Holdwick (#34) throws a ball in vs Houghton as assistant coach Collin Lake watches

Next Up:

    • The Varsity Boys Soccer team travels to Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, 9/6/21, for its regular season finale at 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer Finishes Second At Alpena Huron Shores Invitational

Varsity Boys Soccer Finishes Second At Alpena Huron Shores Invitational

Varsity Boys Soccer (17-2)

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Alpena on Saturday, 9/25/21, to compete in the Huron Shores Invitational showcase hosted by Alpena High School.  Other participating schools included Alpena, Cheboygan, Ogemaw Heights, Graying, Tawas, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City Christian.

Ethan Sandstrom (red) moves a ball upfield vs Tawas (MSHS Soccer photo)

Game 1 – Quarterfinal:  Marquette 8, Tawas 0

  • In game one, Marquette faced off against Tawas and opened up a 6-0 first half lead.  Goal scorers included Evan Sysko from Axel Vermaat and Max Dawson, Dawson from Sysko, Dawson from Vermaat, Ezra Pickard from Isaac Johnson and Hayden Byma, Pickard from John Weber, and Pickard from Byma.
  • Second half goal scorers were Kaleb Chipelewski from Pickard and Ayden Beaudry and Max Holdwick from Chipelewski.
  • MSHS Goalkeeper Harrison Anthos did not face a single shot in net.

Game 2 – Semifinal:  Marquette 1, Traverse City Christian 1 (MSHS Wins Shootout 5-4)

  • The second game of the day was a much more tightly contested battle with Traverse City Christian.  Marquette jumped out to a 1-0 first half lead on a Ezra Pickard goal from Nick Lindberg.
  • Traverse City Christian tied the game in the second half which led to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.
  • A five-player shootout overtime session ensued with Marquette converting all five kicks.  Hayden Byma, Axel Vermaat, Max Dawson, Indigo Catalano, and Pickard were the goal scorers while Harrison Anthos made a stop on TC Christian’s third kicker.

Game 3 – Championship:  Marquette 1, Ogemaw Heights 3

  • In the championship game, Marquette jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Max Dawson goal from Lamb Ngafeeson.
  • A red card was issued to MSHS moments later to force Marquette play short a player for the remainder of the contest.
  • Shortly before the end of the first half, Ogemaw Heights was awarded a penalty kick which they converted for a 1-1 halftime score.
  • In the second half, Ogemaw Heights was able to score two more goals to seal a 3-1 win.

From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon:

  • “I was really proud of our players for getting another shoot out win on the season in game two but especially for not giving up in the championship game. Even down a player early we had a few really good chances to get back in the game in the second half. Ezra Pickard had a really great tournament as did Hayden Byma.”

Next Up:

  • The Varsity Boys Soccer team next travels to Houghton on Saturday, 10/2/21 for a 2:00 p.m. game against the host Gremlins.
Varsity Boys Soccer Gets 3-0 Win Over Kingsford On Senior Night

Varsity Boys Soccer Gets 3-0 Win Over Kingsford On Senior Night

Varsity Boys Soccer (15-1)

Marquette 3, Kingsford 0

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team hosted the Kingsford Flivvers on Thursday night at the Kaufman Sports Complex.  Prior to the game, 14 seniors were honored for their contributions to the program along with their parents/guardians.

After a scoreless first half, Max Dawson continued his scoring prowess by completing a hat trick. The three goals gives Dawson 27 tallies on the season and they were enough to secure a 3-0 win.

Axel Vermaat provided assists two of the goals while goalkeeper Harrison Anthos assisted the other.  Anthos faced three shots in net in the first half and six in the second half for nine total stops in the game.

From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon:

  • “It has been a rough week with kids out for various reasons. Although some players are still out, we were able to regroup and get back in the win column. Ayden Beaudry and Zane Phillips really held their own on defense.”

Senior Shoutout:

Thursday’s game marked the last regular season home game for 14 members of the Class of 2022.  Congratulations to these soccer student-athletes and the success that they have achieved while playing for MSHS!

  • #5 – Zane Phillips – Defense
  • #6 – Camden Larson – Defense
  • #7 – Vincenzo Stabile – Forward
  • #9 – Michael Goodson  – Midfield
  • #12 – Michael Poggi – Defense
  • #13 – John Weber – Midfield
  • #16 – Grant Salo – Midfield
  • #17 – Axel Vermaat – Midfield
  • #19 – Toby Camilli – Forward
  • #22 – Hayden Byma – Midfield
  • #23 – Owen Goymerac – Defense
  • #28 – Mark Cambensy – Defense
  • #30 – Nick Lindberg – Defense
  • #44 – Harrison Anthos – Goalkeeper

Next Up:

  • The Varsity Boys Soccer team travels to Alpena for a tournament this weekend, where they will open the tournament against Tawas.
Live Video Stream Information for 9/23/21 Varsity Boys Soccer “Senior Night” vs. Kingsford

Live Video Stream Information for 9/23/21 Varsity Boys Soccer “Senior Night” vs. Kingsford

Live video stream coverage of today’s varsity boys soccer “senior night” game vs. Kingsford (9/23/21; 5:30 p.m.) is available through the following means:

Live Video Stream:

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Varsity Boys Soccer Defeated By Iron Mountain, 1-0

Varsity Boys Soccer Defeated By Iron Mountain, 1-0

Varsity Boys Soccer (14-1)

Marquette 0, Iron Mountain 1

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Iron Mountain on Tuesday, 9/21/21, for a boys soccer match with the host Mountaineers.  After a scoreless first half, Iron Mountain scored from a throw in and claimed a 1-0 win.

Harrison Anthos tended net for Marquette making two first half saves and one in the second half.

The loss is Marquette’s first in 29 games dating back to 2019.

From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon:

  • “We controlled the ball well and had many chances but Iron Mountain had a solid game plan to beat us.”

Next Up:

  • The Varsity Boys Soccer team will return home tomorrow (Thursday, September 23) for “Senior Night” when they host Kingsford for a 5:30 p.m. contest.  Prior to the game, the 14 members of the Class of 2022 within the MSHS Boys Soccer Program will be honored along with their parents and guardians.
Varsity Boys Soccer Wins Lakeland Union Invite After Exciting Shootout Victory

Varsity Boys Soccer Wins Lakeland Union Invite After Exciting Shootout Victory

Varsity Boys Soccer (14-0)

The MSHS Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Minocqua, WI on Saturday, 9/18/21, to compete in the Lakeland Union Invitational showcase hosted by Lakeland Union High School.  Other participating schools included Amherst (WI) and Kingsford.

Evan Sysko battles for the ball vs. Kingsford at the Lakeland Union Invite (MSHS Soccer photo)

Game 1 – Semifinal:  Marquette 4, Kingsford 0

  • MSHS faced a familiar opponent in Kingsford in the day’s first game and cruised to a 4-0 win.  Enzo Stabile scored in the first half off an assist from Axel Vermaat for a 1-0 halftime score.
  • In the second half, Ezra Pickard scored three goals to complete the hat trick. The first goal was unassisted while the second goal was assisted by Isaac Johnson and the third goal assisted by Kaleb Chipelewski.
  • Harrison Anthos made six saves in net.
  • From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon“We were missing some players for this tournament on both sides of the ball and we weren’t sure how the team would respond but they stepped up big.  Ezra Pickard had a phenomenal game.“ 
Goalkeeper Harrison Anthos makes 1 of his 4 saves in the shoot out vs Lakeland Union (MSHS Soccer photo)

Game 2 – Championship:  Marquette 1, Lakeland Union 1 (MSHS Wins Shootout, 4-3)

  • In the event’s championship game, it was the battle of unbeatens as the 13-0 Marquette Redmen faced the 10-0-1 Lakeland Union Thunderbirds.
  • After a scoreless first half, Max Dawson tallied an unassisted goal on a breakaway for a 1-0 MSHS lead.  Lakeland Union answered with a goal with 14 minutes remaining, making the score 1-1.  As time was running down, Marquette appeared to be awarded a penalty kick but the center referee changed the call to a free kick as time expired.
  • In the first set of shootout participants, Hayden Byma, Axel Vermaat, and Indigo Catalano all converted on their kicks with Harrison Anthos stopping two shots in net to keep the game level, which lead to a sudden death shoot out.  After a save in the sixth round by Lakeland Union, Anthos answered with his own save. The seventh kicker for Marquette was Dawson who converted to give MSHS the lead.  Anthos then secured the win and the event championship by making the game-winning save on Lakeland Union’s next shooter.
  • Anthos made 12 total saves in net, including four stops in the shootout.
  • From MSHS Head Coach, Dan Salmon“We were not happy with how the game ended in regulation, which made for good motivation going into the shootout.  Harrison Anthos again came up big for us as did freshman Indigo Catalano.  A shootout in a championship game comes with a lot of pressure and the team handled it quite well.“