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Each Month the Morning Sun Sports Editors will Choose a Group of High School Athletes or Coaches will be Nominated for the CFX Morning Sun Athletic Excellence Award presented by Mercantile Bank!! There will be one male and one female winner chosen!


Winners get a Trophy and Certificate from JNR Engraving and their name on a Plaque at Morey Courts!




Boys nominees for May 2018

Gage Shellenbarger, Mt. Pleasant – Track & Field - Broke a 56-year old school record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.86. The Central Michigan recruit also won the event 10 times in 2018 and had three runner-up finishes. Qualified for D1 state finals. 

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Caden Foster, Breckenridge – Track & Field -Senior won regional titles in the 100 dash, 200 dash and 400 relay. Foster was ranked in the top-eight in the 100 and 200 dash and anchored 400 relay team that is ranked first in the state in Division 4. 

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Xavier Martin, Clare – Track & Field - Helped the Pioneers win the conference title and the Division 3 MITCA team title. Anchored 400 relay and 800 relay teams that both set school records in 2018. Finished first in the 200 dash 11 times in 12 appearances this year. 

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Derek Pendell, Ithaca – Track & Field - Pendell won regional titles in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles for the Yellow Jackets this season. Junior captain also leads the team in scoring in 2018. 

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Pat Alwood, Jon Baker, Adam Duflo, Tristan Johnston, Fulton – Track & Field - Fulton's 800 relay team did not lose a race in 2018 and entered the D4 state finals ranked first. Team broke 29-year old school record and entered state finals with a best time of 1:31.31. 

Vote for the Fulton Team Here

Girls nominees for May 2018

Sydney Wright, Chippewa Hills – Softball - Junior second sacker had a great month of May for the Warriors as she hit .404 and drove in 17 runs while scoring 16 runs. Wright also stole eight bases, slugged .617 and had an on-base percentage of .464. She also had a fielding percentage of .946 in May.

Vote for Sydney Here

Grace Mindel, Beal City – Softball - Mindel hammered the ball during the month of May for the Aggies, who won a sixth-straight conference title and extended their conference winning streak to 68 games. She hit. 581 with two homers, three triples, 10 doubles and 21 singles. She also drove in 28 runs for the seventh-ranked Aggies.

Vote for Grace Here

Brooklyn Federspiel, Breckenridge – Track & Field - Junior won the regional title in the shot put and is ranked second in Division 4 with a throw of 39-1. Will be one to watch next season. 

Vote for Brooklyn Here

Tia Everdeen, Alma – Soccer - Senior became the first player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau. Helped Panthers win a second-straight conference title in 2018. Will be remembered as one of the best soccer players in Alma history.

Vote for Tia Here

Hadyn Terwilliger, SHA – Softball - Broke school record for career home runs with 24. Also hit .575 with nine homers, 20 doubles and 50 RBIs for the Irish. Future Alma College Scot also got it done in the classroom with a GPA of 3.98.

Vote for Hadyn Here

Amber Gall, Shepherd – Track & Field - Junior had a great 2018 season as she qualified for the state finals in four events. Missed breaking school record in 1,600 by .03 seconds with a time of 4:58.18. Also helped Jays win share of conference title and then won 800, 1,600 while running anchor leg in 1,600 relay in regionals. In conference championships she won 400, 800, 1,600 and was runner-up in 200, running all these events in a 55-minute span. Set school record and meet record in the Mid-Michigan Meet of Champions in the 400 with a time of 57.63.

Vote for Amber Here

Chloe Brittain, Breckenridge – Track & Field - Senior broke school record in the 800 with a time of 2:18.83 at Mid-Michigan Meet of Champions in her second-to-last prep meet. Future Trine University runner also graduated at Valedictorian of class. 

Vote for Chloe Here

Ashley Reihl, Beal City – Track & Field - Senior won the 300 hurdles 10 times in 13 tries this season. She broke the school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.39. Also a key member on Beal City's relay teams. 

Vote for Ashley Here

Angela Kotecki, Beal City – Track & Field - Freshman had a monster season in 2018. Kotecki won the 100 dash seven times in nine tries and won the 200 a total of 10 times in 12 tries. Also won the 400 seven times in eight attempts. Set the school record in the 200 with a time of 26.13. Will be one to watch going forward.

Vote for Angela Here


Past Winners

April 2018

Justin Stehouwer, Vestaburg – Track & Field

Olivia Raymond, Shepherd – Softball

Winter Coach Winners

Randy Miniard, Alma – Wrestling

Ken Shunk, Alma – Bowling

March 2018

Dametrius Castillo, Alma – Wrestling

Kemmie Shunk, Alma – Bowling

February 2018

Connor Riley, Montabella – Basketball

Natalee Kunse, Clare – Basketball

January 2018

Nicholas Brown, Mt Pleasant Wrestling

Scout Nelson, Sacred Heart Basketball

December 2017

Boys Coach- Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca

Girls Coach - Mark Zitzelsberger, Sacred Heart Academy

November 2017

Sophie Ruggles - Sacred Heart Academy - Volleyball

Adam Culp- Ithaca - Football

October 2017

Morgan Yates - Shepherd - Golf

Drew Stout - Carson City - Football

September 2017

Brec Alward, Alma (Football)

Megan Radaz, Alma (Golf)


Thanks to:  Mercantile Bank, Morey Courts, Mt Pleasant Rental Center & The Auto Group of Mt Pleasant! 


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