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 All-U.P. Division 1 Girls Tennis Awards Announced; MSHS Has Four Honored

2022 All-U.P. Division 1 Girls Tennis Awards Announced; MSHS Has Four Honored

The 2022 All-U.P. Division 1 Girls Tennis postseason awards were released earlier this week and MSHS had four of its girls tennis student-athletes receive honors.

Marquette’s #1 Singles student-athlete Kaia Miller was honored with All-U.P. First Team Singles accolades for the second consecutive season.  The MSHS #1 Doubles tandem of Payton Bullock and Payton Pleaugh were named All-U.P. First Team Doubles.  In addition, #2 Singles student-athlete Annabella Martinson received All-U.P. Honorable Mention honors.

Below is the complete list of postseason honors for the 2022 U.P. Division 1 girls tennis season:

U.P. Division 1 Player of the Year:

  • Sophia Derkos, Escanaba

U.P. Division 1 Coach of the Year:

  • Ryan Barron, Gladstone

Division 1 All-UP First Team Singles:

  • Lexi Olson – Westwood
  • Kaia Miller – Marquette
  • Sophia Derkos – Escanaba
  • Tia Schone – Gladstone

Division 1 All-UP First Team Doubles:

  • Izzie Marta & Alyssa Couveau – Westwood
  • Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh – Marquette
  • Stella Harris & Madison Frustaglio – Negaunee
  • Sage Juntti & Olivia Lunseth – Negaunee
  • Delaney McIntyre & Natalie Williams – Escanaba
  • Maggie Buckley & Montgomery Pepin – Gladstone

Division 1 All-UP Honorable Mention Singles:

  • Annabella Martinson – Marquette
  • Jordan Enright – Negaunee
  • Aubrey Johnson – Negaunee
  • Sonya Maki – Escanaba
  • Addie Trombley – Gladstone

Division 1 All-UP Honorable Mention Doubles:

  • Kallen Schultz & Madalynn Peters – Negaunee
  • Leslie Purcell & Sam Manninen – Escanaba
Varsity Girls Tennis Earns Runner-Up Finish At 2022 MHSAA Division 1 U.P. Finals

Varsity Girls Tennis Earns Runner-Up Finish At 2022 MHSAA Division 1 U.P. Finals

On Wednesday, September 28, the MSHS Girls Tennis team traveled to Kingsford compete in the 2022 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Girls Tennis Championship.  In what was a tight three-team competition for the title, MSHS finished second out of seven competing schools.

Team Scores:

  1. Negaunee – 19
  2. Marquette – 14
  3. Escanaba – 11
  4. Westwood – 8
  5. Gladstone – 3
  6. Menominee – 1
  7. Kingsford – 0

2022 MSHAA Division 1 U.P. Champions:

  • #1 SinglesSophia Derkos – Escanaba
  • #2 SinglesTia Schone – Gladstone
  • #3 SinglesRheana Nelson – Negaunee
  • #4 SinglesLilliana Saunders – Negaunee
  • #1 DoublesDelaney McIntyre & Natalie Williams – Escanaba
  • #2 DoublesOlivia Lunseth & Sage Juntti – Negaunee
  • #3 DoublesKallen Schultz & Madalynn Peters – Negaunee
  • #4 DoublesLyndsey Lake & Lexi Hammerstrom – Marquette

Additional Top Performers From MSHS:

  • #1 SinglesKaia Miller – 2nd Place
  • #2 SinglesAnnabella Martinson – 3rd Place
  • #3 SinglesCecelia Jacuzzo – 2nd Place
  • #4 SinglesNatalie Deneau – 3rd Place
  • #1 DoublesPayton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh – 3rd Place
  • #2 DoublesHosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen – 2nd Place
  • #3 DoublesEliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam – 2nd Place
Varsity Girls Tennis Powers Through Kingsford, 7-1

Varsity Girls Tennis Powers Through Kingsford, 7-1

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (8-2-2; 6-0-2 GNC)

MARQUETTE 7, KINGSFORD 1

Singles

  • No. 1Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE def. Ashlyn Blaskowski, KINGSFORD, 6-2, 6-1;
  • No. 2Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE def. Paige Janoshek, KINGSFORD, 6-2, 6-2;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Ella Rizzo, KINGSFORD, 6-2, 6-3;
  • No. 4Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE def. Allette Shanks, KINGSFORD, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1;

Doubles

  • No. 1Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE def. Lexi Vross & Ellyse Doehier, KINGSFORD, 6-3, 6-1;
  • No. 2Addie Rutter & Linnea Grubb, KINGSFORD def. Hosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Aubrey Phillips & Audrey Veale, KINGSFORD, 6-2, 6-2;
  • No. 4Lindsey Lake & Lexi Hammerstrom, MARQUETTE def. Libby Vross & Ava Lovell, KINGSFORD, 6-3, 6-2

From MSHS Girls Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “It felt like we hadn’t played a match in forever, but that is just due to the super busy schedule we have had the past few weeks.  With that being said, it was a great tune-up match for the G.N.C.’s this coming Wednesday.  On the singles side of the meet, all four of our girls played smart matches and hit a lot of great shots.  I was very happy with the mid-match adjustments both Natalie Deneau and Annabella Martinson made which helped them prevail.  Over on the doubles’ courts, all the girls continued to show growth in their communication and positioning.  At #1 doubles, the Payton’s had some bus legs early on, but settled in and hit a lot of high-quality returns.  Lindsey Lake and Lexi Hammerstrom continued to gel with their nice 1-2 serve-and-volley game.  I’m not sure what the conference tournament or U.P.’s will have in store for us, but I do know this group of girls has been a riot to coach and have taken big strides this year.

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will next compete at the Great Northern Conference meet that will be hosted by West Iron County (at Kingsford High School) on Wednesday, September 21.  Matches have a start time of 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CST).
Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats Westwood, 5-3

Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats Westwood, 5-3

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (7-2-2; 5-0-2 GNC)

MARQUETTE 5, WESTWOOD 3

Singles

  • No. 1Lexi Olson, WESTWOOD def. Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2;
  • No. 2Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE def. Hannah Niemi, WESTWOOD, 6-0, 6-2;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Emersyn Nelson, WESTWOOD, 6-1, 6-3;
  • No. 4Samantha Ruby, WESTWOOD def. Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2;

Doubles

  • No. 1Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE def. Izzie Marta & Alyssa Couveau, WESTWOOD, 6-4, 6-1;
  • No. 2Nolia Dawson & Katie Doney, WESTWOOD def. Hosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 6-3;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Niila Nurmi & Morgan Schneider, WESTWOOD, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3;
  • No. 4Lindsey Lake & Lexi Hammerstrom, MARQUETTE def. Berkley Richards & Kaya Etelmaki, WESTWOOD, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will have their final match of the regular season on Monday, September 19, when they travel to Kingsford for a match beginning at 4:45 p.m. EST.
Varsity Girls Tennis Ties With Escanaba For Second Time This Season

Varsity Girls Tennis Ties With Escanaba For Second Time This Season

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (6-2-2; 5-0-2 GNC)

MARQUETTE 4, ESCANABA 4

Singles

  • No. 1Sophia Derkos, ESCANABA def. Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE, 6-3, 6-2;
  • No. 2Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE def. Sonya Maki, ESCANABA, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4;
  • No. 3Molly VanDamme, ESCANABA def. Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 4Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE def. Maggie Martin, ESCANABA, 6-3, 6-4;

Doubles

  • No. 1Delaney McIntyre & Natalie Williams, ESCANABA def. Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE, 6-3, 6-3;
  • No. 2Sam Manninen & Molly Smale, ESCANABA def. Hosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen, MARQUETTE, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Isy Braun & Sophie Wagner, ESCANABA, 6-0, 6-3;
  • No. 4Lindsey Lake & Lexi Hammerstrom, MARQUETTE def. Carly Bowden & Danni Hughes, ESCANABA, 6-1, 6-2

From MSHS Girls Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Once again it was a battle… once again it was a tie.  Our two teams are very similar, but today I thought the play from both teams was much improved from where it was two weeks ago.  A lot of good shot making from both squads.  On the doubles side of things, I was really pleased with how all four of our teams moved on the court.  Specifically, Lyndsey Lake and Lexi Hammerstrom had a strong 1-2 punch going today.  At #3 doubles, the first set Eliina Brazeau and Nistha Gautham played was probably their best set of the year.  The match of the day, and the longest match, belonged to Annabella Martinson (MSHS) and Sonya Maki (Esky) at #2 singles.  Annabella showed a “never say die” mentality as she rallied off 5 straight games in the 3rd set after being down 1 – 4.  With what we saw today out on the courts, next week’s conference meet should be really fun to watch.

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will be right back at it on Wednesday, 9/14/22, when they host Westwood for a match beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats Munising, 8-0

Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats Munising, 8-0

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (5-2-1; 4-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 8, MUNISING 0

Singles

  • No. 1Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE def. Athina Johnson, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 2Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE def. Callie Britton, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Madelyn Richardson, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 4Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE def. Lauren Nelson, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;

Doubles

  • No. 1Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE def. Kate Mattson & Bailey Corcoran, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 2Hosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen, MARQUETTE def. Dayne Benning & Julia Prunick, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-1;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Jalen Hancock & Tessa Salo, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 4Lexi Hammerstrom & Sophie Krysmalski, MARQUETTE def. Hayden Bayer & Tamryn Nolan, MUNISING, 6-0, 6-0

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will be back in action today, September 8, when they travel to Menominee for a dual meet beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Varsity Girls Tennis Falls In Tight Battle With Negaunee, 5-3

Varsity Girls Tennis Falls In Tight Battle With Negaunee, 5-3

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (4-2-1; 3-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 3, NEGAUNEE 5

Singles

  • No. 1Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE def. Jordan Enright, NEGAUNEE, 6-1, 6-2;
  • No. 2Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE def. Aubrey Johnson, NEGAUNEE, 6-3, 6-0;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Rhenna Nelson, NEGAUNEE, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5;
  • No. 4Lillian Saunders, NEGAUNEE def. Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE, 6-2, 6-3;

Doubles

  • No. 1Stella Harris & Maddie Frusaglio, NEGAUNEE def. Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE, 6-2, 6-3;
  • No. 2Sage Juntti & Olivia Lunseth, NEGAUNEE def. Hosanna Brindle & Lexi Hammerstrom, MARQUETTE, 6-1, 6-2;
  • No. 3Kallen Schultz & Madalynn Peters, NEGAUNEE def. Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 6-4;
  • No. 4Autum Ring & Ava Gustitus, NEGAUNEE def. Lyndsey Lake & Delana Sprowl, MARQUETTE, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

From MSHS Girls Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Another great battle with a very good Negaunee team.  I give all of the players a ton of credit because it was both teams 4th straight day of match play and even worse, it was extremely hot.  Annabella Martinson had a terrific day hitting the ball clean at #2 singles.   I believe it started yesterday when near the end of her match she started hitting a good number of clean winners.  Today the focus for Annabella was there from the start of the match and she picked up right where she left off yesterday.  The match of the day took place at #3 singles.  Rheanna Nelson and Cecelia Jacuzzo played another marathon 3-setter.  We figured between Monday’s match and today’s, the two girls have played about 6 hours of tennis.  In the end, I was super pumped for Cecelia.  She had the roller coaster of emotions going, was able to settle in, and toughed out a win against a quality opponent.  Today’s match marked the halfway point of the season.  The girls have had a nice first half of the year, but we still have a lot of room for growth going forward.

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will have the Labor Day weekend off from competition before returning to play on Wednesday, 9/7/22, when they host Munising for a meet starting at 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats West Iron County, 7-1

Varsity Girls Tennis Defeats West Iron County, 7-1

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (4-1-1; 3-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 7, WEST IRON COUNTY 1

Singles

  • No. 1Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE def. Aubrey Brice, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-1;
  • No. 2Seanna Stine, WEST IRON COUNTY def. Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Kaitlyn Smith, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-3, 6-2;
  • No. 4Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE def. O. Lamay, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-2, 6-4;

Doubles

  • No. 1Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE def. Aubrey Smith & Lillie Schmultzer, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-3;
  • No. 2Hosanna Brindle & Lexi Hammerstrom, MARQUETTE def. B. Hoffart & Aubrey Richardson, WEST IRON COUNTY 6-3, 6-0;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Aubrey Smith & Talyor Brett, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-1;
  • No. 4Lyndsey Lake & Delana Sprowl, MARQUETTE def. Destiny Lemery & Maddie Cronkright, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-3, 6-1

From MSHS Girls Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Well, it was nice to have a home meet today after traveling to Westwood, Negaunee, and Esky for our last three meets.  Guessing by how the girls played, I think they were happy to be in front of their home crowd.  Both our #1 doubles team, The Payton’s, and our #2 doubles team, Lexi and Hosanna, had a solid one-two punch rolling on the courts today.  On the single side of things, I was really happy about how Natalie Deneau battled back after a slow start in the 2nd set.  I’m pleased where the girls are at this point of the season, but I also realize we have to keep taking steps forward in order to compete at the end of the year.

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will return to play tomorrow, 9/1/22, when they host Negaunee for a meet starting at 4:00 p.m.  Varsity matches will be played at MSHS with JV matches taking place at the NMU Tennis Courts.
Varsity Girls Tennis Battles Escanaba To 4-4 Draw

Varsity Girls Tennis Battles Escanaba To 4-4 Draw

MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis (3-1-1; 2-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 4, ESCANABA 4

Singles

  • No. 1Sophia Derkos, ESCANABA def. Kaia Miller, MARQUETTE, 6-1, 6-3;
  • No. 2Sonya Maki, ESCANABA def. Annabella Martinson, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 6-3;
  • No. 3Cecelia Jacuzzo, MARQUETTE def. Molly VanDamme, ESCANABA, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4;
  • No. 4Natalie Deneau, MARQUETTE def. Maggie Martin, ESCANABA, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4);

Doubles

  • No. 1Natalie Williams & Delaney McIntyre, ESCANABA def. Payton Bullock & Payton Pleaugh, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0;
  • No. 2Sam Manninen & Leslie Purcell, ESCANABA def. Hosanna Brindle & Maija Parkkonen, MARQUETTE, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1;
  • No. 3Eliina Brazeau & Nistha Gautam, MARQUETTE def. Isy Braun & Sophie Wagner, ESCANABA, 6-4, 6-3;
  • No. 4Lyndsey Lake & Delana Sprowl, MARQUETTE def. Carly Bowden & Molly Smale, ESCANABA, 6-3, 6-4

From MSHS Girls Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Today’s meet was very similar to our meet yesterday against Negaunee; lots of close matches.  I was really pleased with our effort today in the close sets and matches.  The girls showed more mental toughness today, stayed positive, didn’t dwell on their mistakes, and the result was some really good tennis.  Cecelia Jacuzzo solidified the tie with Esky, by adjusting her game in set #2 and showing a lot of grit in set #3.  Hats off also to the #3 doubles team of Eliina Brazeau and Nistha Gautham.  As the first set tightened up, they were able to step up and win those key points.  Meets like the last three (Westwood, Negaunee, and Esky) are what we need to grow and prepare for the end of the season tournaments.

Next Up:

  • The MSHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team will be back at home today, 8/31/22, when they host West Iron County for a meet starting at 3:30 p.m.