Marcellus High School senior Steven McKenzie is one of 32 athletes in the state to earn a prestigious award.
McKenzie was named a Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. School officials said there were more than 1,700 applicants this year and McKenzie was one of two class D male athletes to earn the award.
The recognition is based on McKenzie’s grade-point average in conjunction with his participation in sports.
He will be honored at halftime of the class C boys basketball finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center March 22.
McKenzie will also get a $1,000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education.
A four-star quarterback from Sturgis High School made his college choice official Wednesday.
Chance Stewart signed his letter of intent to attend and play for Western Michigan University. Boosted by Stewart’s signing and 27 others Wednesday, the Kalamazoo-based university finished with the 60th-ranked signing class in Division I, the highest ever for a MAC school.
Stewart, a three-star athlete who also excels in basketball and baseball, finished his football career for the Trojans with 56 passing touchdowns, nine rushing TDs and more than 6,400 yards passing.
Stewart originally committed to Wisconsin, but reconsidered after a coaching change for the Badgers.
A pair of three-star athletes – one a senior at Sturgis High School and the other a senior at Mendon – have been named St. Joseph County’s male and female prep athletes of the year for 2013.
The honor, bestowed by the Sturgis Journal sports department, went to Chance Stewart and Brooke Howard.
Stewart, whose high school career has seen him excel in football, basketball and baseball, will continue his football career at Western Michigan University. The four-star quarterback committed to the Broncos last year.
Howard has been an integral part of volleyball, basketball and track teams during her career at Mendon. With Howard as its leader, Mendon’s volleyball team made back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Class C volleyball finals in 2012 and 2013.
Howard, who scored her 1,000th career basketball point as a junior last season, plans to attend Grand Valley State University.
Seven area high school girls were named to the all-state volleyball squad.
Members of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association named Brooke Howard of Mendon to its Class C first-team. Her teammate, Alexis Russell, was named to the second team, while fellow Lady Hornet Jordan VanOss made the third team.
In Class B, first team honors went to Rachel Anderson of Sturgis, while Three Rivers’ Teagan Reeves was named to the second team. Kelsey Metzger of Sturgis was named to the third team and Hannah Landis was an honorable mention recipient.
History repeated itself Friday, as the Mendon Lady Hornets for the second consecutive year bowed out of the state’s Class C volleyball semi-finals.
After coming up short against Beal City in 2012, Mendon fell Friday to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, there games to one.
The Lady Hornets finish the season with a record of 49 wins, eight loses and two ties.
Covenant Christian went on to claim the Class C state title Saturday, defeating Beal City, three games to one.
All three area football teams bowed out of the state playoffs Saturday.
In Division 8, Mendon was beaten at home for the second consecutive year by Muskegon Catholic Central. Saturday’s 28-to-12 loss ends the Hornets season at 11-and-1.
Constantine, hoping to return to the Division 6 state championship game for the third time in three years, suffered a road loss to the Clinton Redskins, 47-to-28. The Falcons snuck into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 record and end their season at 7-and-5.
Meanwhile, Schoolcraft put its 10-and-1 record on the line against the Shelby Tigers and lost a road game, 33-to-7.
Further north, in Division 2, Portage Central is now 12-and-0 and will play in a state semifinal game at 1 o’clock Saturday against a one-loss Muskegon High School team. The game is at East Kentwood High School.