Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

On Wednesday evening (5/17/23), MSHS seniors Cora Anderson (volleyball, girls basketball, girls track & field) and Peter Closner (football, boys basketball) 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.

Cora Anderson is the daughter of Brian Anderson and Mary Tobin-Anderson.

Cora is a three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and has been a four-year member of the volleyball, girls basketball and girls track & field programs. A co-captain on this year’s varsity volleyball team, Cora has displayed a tireless work ethic and consistent dedication across each athletics season that has her as a respected leader among her peers.

Among Cora’s many accolades are being named to the All-Great Northern Conference Second Team in volleyball as well as receiving All-Great Northern Conference Honorable Mention honors in girls basketball. She is also hoping to repeat as the individual champion in the shot put at this year’s Great Northern Conference track & field meet.

Cora’s commitment to excellence extends into the classroom as well and was rewarded with the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) this fall.

Cora will be attending St. Norbert College to major in nursing and minor in Spanish while also competing on the Green Knights’ Women’s Basketball Team.

Peter Closner is the son of Pete and Lisa Closner.

A two-sport student-athlete at MSHS having participated in the football and boys basketball programs, Peter guides his peers through a stoic, lead-by-example nature that has led both him and his teams to athletic and academic success.

During the 2022 football season, Peter accumulated defensive stats of 105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked punts. This adds to his offensive numbers of 27 catches for 340 yards and 8 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

These statistics and Peter’s performance garnered a list of postseason awards including All-State First Team, U.P. Defensive Player of the Year, All-U.P. “Dream Team”, Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-Great Northern Conference.

In February of this year, Peter signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University, where he will participate as a member of the Huskies football program. He plans to major in civil engineering.

Nate Benninger and Peter Closner Sign With Michigan Tech Football For Fall 2023

Nate Benninger and Peter Closner Sign With Michigan Tech Football For Fall 2023

Two MSHS Football student-athletes signed their respective commitments to attend Michigan Tech University to compete as members of the Huskies Football program during a signing ceremony that took place from the REDspn Studio at MSHS today (February 1).

Family members, friends, coaches and staff were on-hand as both Nate Benninger (Senior; Running Back/Safety) and Peter Closner (Senior; Running Back/Linebacker) celebrated their recent decisions to attend MTU and play football at the college level.

Benninger and Closner each have two years of experience on the MSHS Varsity Football Team with each having excelled at their respective positions on the field as well as in the classroom.  In addition to their individual statistics and accolades listed below, both student-athletes were members of the 2021 team that captured the Great Northern Conference (GNC) Championship and earned a berth in the MHSAA Division 3 Playoffs.

Nate Benninger – Senior – Running Back/Safety

  • Benninger’s season statistics (offensive): 29 catches, 182 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Career Accolades2021 All-U.P. Honorable Mention, 2021 All-Great Northern Conference First Team
  • Planned Area of Study at MTU:   Exercise Science
  • Why Nate Chose MTU“I chose to continue my education at Michigan Tech University because of the distinguished school and football program.  Coach Mettlach being announced as the head coach this year made Michigan Tech an easy decision, as I connected with him immediately.  MTU has excellent academics and a great Exercise Science program, which is the degree I will pursue.  Many of my former teammates are currently playing at MTU, and I am thrilled to be able to play with them again.  I am beyond excited and grateful to continue my academic and athletic career at Michigan Tech!  Go Huskies!

Peter Closner – Senior – Tight End/Linebacker 

  • Closner’s season statistics (defensive):  105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 blocked punts
  • Closner’s season statistics (offensive):  27 catches, 340 yards, 8 touchdowns
  • Career Accolades2021 All-State First Team, 2021 U.P. Defensive Player of the Year, 2021 All-U.P. “Dream Team”, 2021 Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and 2021 All-Great Northern Conference First Team
  • Planned Area of Study at MTU:   Engineering
  • Why Peter Chose MTU“I chose to further my football and educational career at MTU because I instantly felt at home in the coaching program.  I think the program has taken step in the right direction with head coach Dan Mettlach stepping in this year.  I’m excited to see what type of program I can contribute to building in the next four years.  MTU also has a great engineering program which I will choose to study in my following years as it is a great career decision as well.  Very excited to get to work, GO HUSKIES!”
Peter Closner Selected To Football All-State First Team For Divisions 3-4

Peter Closner Selected To Football All-State First Team For Divisions 3-4

Senior linebacker Peter Closner was recently selected to the 2022 All-State First Team for Divisions 3-4 by the Associated Press.

The All-State selection adds to an already long list of postseason accolades that Closner has accumulated.  Those awards include U.P. Defensive Player of the Year, All-U.P. “Dream Team”, Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-Great Northern Conference.

During the 2022 football season, Closner accumulated defensive stats of 105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked punts.  This adds to his offensive numbers of 27 catches for 340 yards and 8 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Click here for a full listing of the 2022 AP All-State Football Teams for Divisions 3-4 (courtesy of M Live).

 

2022 All-U.P. Football Awards Released; Closner Named Defensive Player of the Year

2022 All-U.P. Football Awards Released; Closner Named Defensive Player of the Year

The 2022 All-Upper Peninsula Football Awards were published today (November 21) and MSHS had three of its football student-athletes listed among the honorees announced by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Senior Peter Closner highlighted the list of MSHS honorees when he was selected as the U.P.’s “Defensive Player of the Year”, in addition to earning a spot on the All-U.P. “Dream Team” as a linebacker.  Closner, who was also named as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Great Northern Conference (GNC), was a force for MSHS both as a linebacker and as a tight end.

  • Closner’s season statistics (defensive):  105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 blocked punts
  • Closner’s season statistics (offensive): 27 catches, 340 yards, 8 touchdowns
  • Coach Mason on Peter Closner:  “Peter is an exceptional leader!  He is long and gifted athletically, and works hard both on and off the field.  He is just starting to scratch the surface in terms of his potential and will be a player to look for at the next level.”

Junior Dasan Smith earned a spot on the All-U.P. “Dream Team” as an offensive tackle.  Smith also was named as the GNC’s “Lineman of the Year.

  • Coach Mason on Dasan Smith:  “Dasan has the potential to be one of the best lineman we have had in Marquette for some time.  He is a great combination of size, strength and tenacity.   He always plays to the whistle and has a great motor.  As good of a football player as he is, he is an even better young man!  I expect big things from Dasan next year!”

Senior Nate Benninger earned All-U.P. Honorable Mention honors as a wide receiver.  This comes after earning All-GNC first team honors at the same position.

  • Benninger’s season statistics (offensive): 29 catches, 182 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Coach Mason on Nate Benninger:  “Nate is one of the hardest working young men I have had.  Great team leader and a player that others gravitated towards.  He is very gifted athletically, won’t be outworked, and understands the mental part of the game.  He is a solid player that I expect to see playing on Saturdays.”

2022 All-U.P. Football Press Releases:

2022 All-Great Northern Conference Football Awards Selected; Peter Closner and Dasan Smith Receive Major Awards

2022 All-Great Northern Conference Football Awards Selected; Peter Closner and Dasan Smith Receive Major Awards

Earlier this week, football coaches from the Great Northern Conference (GNC) gathered to make selections for the 2022 All-GNC Teams.  Member schools within the GNC include Marquette, Escanaba, Gladstone, Kingsford and Menominee.

Marquette, after compiling a 2-2 GNC record on the season, had two of its players receive major awards to go along with placing two on both the All-GNC Offense and All-GNC Defense.  In addition, five others received Honorable Mention nods.

2022 Great Northern Conference Players of the Year:

  • Player of the YearNic Nora – Kingsford
  • Offensive Players of the YearCole Potier – Gladstone; Kaeden Calcari – Menominee
  • Defensive Player of the YearPeter Closner – Marquette
  • Lineman of the YearDasan Smith – Marquette
  • Coach of the YearCraig Ness – Gladstone

2022 All-Great Northern Conference Offense:

  • Josh Racine – OL – Gladstone
  • Vinny Howes – OL – Gladstone
  • Garrett Veale – OL – Kingsford
  • Dasan Smith – OL – Marquette
  • Lucas Thoune – OL – Menominee
  • Nate Young – QB – Gladstone
  • Cole Potier – RB – Gladstone
  • Ben Johnson – RB – Escanaba
  • Cole Myllyla – RB – Kingsford
  • Kaedan Calcari – RB – Menominee
  • Nic Nora – WR – Kingsford
  • Nate Benninger – WR – Marquette
  • Trent Lawson – WR – Escanaba
  • Tyler Darmogray – WR – Gladstone
  • Kaden Gibbs – WR – Gladstone

2022 All-Great Northern Conference Offense:

  • Noah Johnson – DL – Kingsford
  • Hunter Thornson-Westby – DL – Menominee
  • Josh Racine – DL – Gladstone
  • Cole Potier – DL – Gladstone
  • Dasan Smith – DL – Marquette
  • Elizin Rouse – LB – Kingsford
  • Landan Bardowski – LB – Menominee
  • Noah Gagne – LB – Escanaba
  • Mitch Cartwright – LB – Gladstone
  • Peter Closner – LB – Marquette
  • Braden Sundquist – DB – Gladstone
  • Kaiden Brown – DB – Escanaba
  • Cole Myllyla – DB – Kingsford
  • Trevor Theuerkauf – DB – Menominee
  • Nic Nora – DB – Kingsford

2022 All-Great Northern Conference Special Teams:

  • Nolan White – Kicker – Kingsford
  • Kaiden Brown – Punter – Escanaba
  • Nic Nora – Return Specialist – Kingsford

2022 Great Northern Conference Honorable Mention:

  • Bodhi White – DB
  • Easton Miller – LB
  • Eli Lusk – OL
  • Kyler Young – OL
  • Xander Marshall – DL
Varsity Football Drops Regular Season Finale To Petoskey, 26-13

Varsity Football Drops Regular Season Finale To Petoskey, 26-13

Varsity Football (3-6; 2-2 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 13, Petoskey 26 

Game Recap:

Week 9 Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:  MSHS 8, Petoskey 7 
  • Freshman:  MSHS 32, Petoskey 12 

Senior Night:

Friday’s game served as “senior night” as 12 members of the Class of 2023 were honored prior to the start of the contest along with their parents/guardians.  Congratulations to these football student-athletes and the success that they have achieved while playing for MSHS!

  • #1 – WR/LB – Peter Closner
  • #5 – RB/DB – Nate Benninger
  • #7 – WR/DB – Bodhi White
  • #15 – WR/DB – Ben Flynn
  • #24 – WR/DB – Tristin Potila
  • #58 – RB/LB – Easton Miller
  • #60 – OL/DL – Theo Adams
  • #67 – OL/DL – Ethan Jennings
  • #70 – OL/DL – Matthew Lipe
  • #72 – OL/DL – Holden Hutter
  • #75 – OL/DL – Xander Marshall
  • #77 – OL/DL – Kyler Young
Varsity Football Defeated By Midland, 28-6

Varsity Football Defeated By Midland, 28-6

Varsity Football (3-5; 2-2 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 6, Midland 28 

Game Recap:

Week 8 Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:  MSHS 12, Midland 31 
  • Freshman:  MSHS 30, Menominee JV 14 

Next Up:

All three levels of the MSHS Football Program will host Petoskey for the final week of regular season play.  Games will take place on Friday, 10/21/22, with respective start times for the Freshman/JV/Varsity of 3:00/5:00/7:00 p.m.

Immediately after the conclusion of the JV contest, Class of 2023 Seniors within the Football and Cheer Programs will be recognized along with their parents/guardians.

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.

Varsity Football Uses Strong Defensive Effort And Late Scores To Win At Menominee, 21-6

Varsity Football Uses Strong Defensive Effort And Late Scores To Win At Menominee, 21-6

Varsity Football (3-4; 2-2 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 21, Menominee 6 

Game Recap:

Week 7 Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:  MSHS 54, Menominee 0 

Next Up:

The MSHS Varsity and JV Football teams will each host Midland in Week 8 of the regular season with the Freshman team traveling to Menominee.

  • Varsity:  Friday, October 14 vs. Midland – 7:00 p.m. 
  • JV:  Friday, October 14 vs. Midland – 4:00 p.m.
  • Freshman:  Thursday, October 13 at Menominee JV – 6:00 p.m. EST 
Varsity Football Gets Homecoming Victory Over Escanaba, 21-13

Varsity Football Gets Homecoming Victory Over Escanaba, 21-13

Varsity Football (2-4; 1-2 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 21, Escanaba 13 

Game Recap:

Week 6 Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:  MSHS 16, Escanaba 31 
  • Freshman:   MSHS 28, Escanaba 21

Next Up:

The MSHS Varsity and JV Football teams will be in action against Menominee in Week 7.

  • Varsity:  Friday, October 7 at Menominee – 7:00 p.m. EST
  • JV:  Thursday, October 6 at Marquette – 6:00 p.m.