Coach Taylor's nomination for Mackenna and Ellen:
Mackenna had a phenominal season in her senior year to cap off four steady years of improvement where she made Top 7 and helped bring the Trojans to it’s 25th consecutive Finals appearance, where the team finished Runner-Up State Champions. Mackenna served as captain for her team, providing leadership that helped make the Trojans Conference Champions, Regional Champions and the D1 State Finals Runner-Up.
Ellen has led her Cross Country team over the past four years, having been a Top 7 runner since her sophomore year. This year Ellen stepped in to help her team advance from the Regional to qualify for the state finals for the 25th consecutive year. Ellen’s steady performances during her time as a Trojan have added up to include 3 conference championships, 4 regional championships, two state runners-up and two Top 10 finals appearances. Ellen was also a team captain this season.
Congratulations to Boys Cross Country runners Drew Seabase and Luke Venhuizen for being named Athletes of the Week.
Coach Burns nominated them and had these details to share:
Earned his 3rd Division 1 All State Honor
Led team to a BNC Championship and 6th place finish in the Division 1 State Finals
Team Captain--Leads by example. His work ethic is as strong as I have ever seen in my coaching career. He wants to be the best and is willing to do what it takes.
Earned 2nd 1st team All Conference Honor
Division 1 All State
One of the top Juniors in the state
Team leader, outstanding character and is very driven to excel.
Coach Dilloway nominated James Turner and Jackson Wade
James Turner contributed significantly to the tennis team this season in his roles as captain and #1 singles player. During his four years on the varsity team, James has provided an example of strong work ethic to his teammates as he continuously made significant strides in his own abilities on the court. He has earned respect among the tennis community as a three time conference champion and two time All-State player while demonstrating a high level of integrity, sportsmanship, and honesty. James has made his mark on Trojan Tennis history
Jackson Wade fully embraced his duties as tennis captain in his senior year. He provided clear insight into the needs of the team and helped to shape our goals and direction throughout the season. Jackson stands out for his ability to connect with each of his teammates, coaches, and even his opponents. He is a true ambassador for Trojan Tennis.
Congratulations to this week's Athletes of the Week - Sierra Batcha and Grace Maitland from the Trojan Varsity Golf Team!
Here’s what Coach McManus had to sa about them:
This was Sierra’s 4th year as a Lady Trojan Golfer. She was Captain this year and
did an outstanding job. Sierra also competed in two Regionals and two State Finals her junior and senior years. She is a great role model and leader.
This was Grace's 3rd year as a Lady Trojan golfer. She’s played Varsity since her freshman year. Grace has played in 3 Regionals and 3 State Finals. This fall she played #1 varsity and was a great leader for her team - a difficult position to hold.
Words from Coach Nowak (Sideline Cheer - Fall 2020):
Karmynn is a Senior Captain this year and well deserving of this title. She supports her team in and out of practice. Karmynn is a true role model in her community. She is very dedicated to her studies and her team. She is a great person inside and out.
Riley is a Captain on the Varsity Cheer Team. Riley is an incredible athlete and captain. Riley raised $1,721 for her cheer team by selling popcorn! She strives for perfection and her dedication is unmatched. She is an all around cheerleader. There is nothing she can't do.
Congratulations to Sarah Auger and Megan Soper for being this week's Athletes of the Week for Volleyball:
Coach Wright's words about her players:
Sarah comes into the gym everyday ready to work, listen and lead. She's one of our captains this year and has embraced that role by creating an environment that other kids want to be a part of. I'm very proud of her progress this year and her continued growth on and off the court.
Megan is one of the most positive people I've met, she finds something good in everything we do. She is a very fun kid to coach because she strives to get better everyday and wants everyone around her to get better too. Megan is a great teammate and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athlete of the Week... Carson Bourdo from our Trojan Varsity Basketball Team!
Head Varsity Basketball Coach, Mr. Travis Schuba, shared this about Carson:
Carson is a sophomore that has been playing like a senior. In 3 of our last 4 wins he has been the guy that has sealed it for us. Handling the ball and making good decisions while the other teams press and knocking down clutch free throws to put them away. Looking forward to continued growth now only this year but the next two years as he continues to help lead our team.
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Remy Cotton and Gabe Weaver from our Trojan Wrestling Team!
Head Wrestling Coach, Mr. Don Funk, shared this about Remy:
Remy was named a captain of the varsity wrestling team as a freshman has been a natural leader on and off the mat. Remy is coming off a runner up finish at the Northern Michigan Championships where he defeated the Division 4 #1 and #2 ranked wrestlers in state en route to the finals. Remy is currently ranked #9 in the state for Division 1 at 160 pounds.
Coach Funk shared these words about Gabe:
Junior Gabe Weaver has continued a great season as both a wrestler and team leader! Gabe is the engine of the team that sets a positive pace and mindset amongst his teammates! Gabe has multiple wins over state ranked opponents this season and continues climb rankings and gain state-wide recognition!
Congratulations Gabe and Remy for superbly representing Trojan Athletics!
Over the same stretch of games Chris scored 6 goals and contributed 2 assists for 8 points. A first year varsity player as a senior, Chris has been a welcomed addition to Trojan Hockey. He’s a talented hockey player, but his contributions to our team and our success run much deeper than goals and assists. He’s also been a great leader and his work ethic is contagious. We are looking for big things from him down the stretch.
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Ben Post & Hayden Hansen, both members of our Trojan Boys Varsity Soccer Team!
Head Varsity Soccer Coach, Mr. Mark Feigel, shared this about Ben:
Ben is a quiet, unassuming senior forward with a terrific attitude. He is always willing to do whatever is asked and always working hard. He is a class act and a consummate team player.
Coach Feigel had these words about Hayden:
Nobody on the team works harder than Hayden, a sophomore striker. He has a great attitude, always trying to improve... and because of that has developed into one of the most vital players on the team.
Congratulations Hayden and Ben on this special recognition from your coach! Good luck tomorrow against West!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athlete of the Week... Emlin Munch from the Girls Golf Team!
Head Golf Coach, Ms. Lois McManus, shared this about Emlin:
Captain Emlin Munch is a senior this year and is playing her 4th year as a Lady Trojan Varsity Golfer. She’s help led her team to all top ten finishes this season-16 tournaments to date, including a spectacular win at the Charlevoix Invitational where TCC beat TCW by one stroke. Emlin shot her personal best 73 at the Midland Invite in August. Adding to her season she shot 81 at our Regional this Tuesday to place her tied for second on the All Regional Team. Leading our team, the Lady Trojans again qualify to play in the Div. 2 State Finals at Forest Akers Course in East Lansing.
Congratulations Emlin on your amazing season!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Gus Dutmers & Lilly Kuberski from our Trojan Downhill Ski Team!
Head Coach, Ms. Amy Kudary, shared this about Gus:
Gus is an incredible athlete who has already had numerous top ten finishes in our Big North Conference. He is a great leader of this team both on and off the snow.
Coach Kudary had these words to share about Lilly:
Lilly is really the “rock” of my girls team. We have so many incredible athletes on this team , but at the end of the day, it’s Lilly who has been able to get the job done and help keep this girls team at the very top.
Thank you Lilly & Gus on your amazing representation of Trojan athletics!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Ellen Selby, Ondrea Ream and Gabby Haddix, all from our Trojan Bowling Team!
Head Coach, Ms. Sharon Vreeland, shared this about her athletes:
TCC Varsity Bowling would like to recognize Senior Ellen Selby and Juniors Ondrea Ream and Gabby Haddix for outstanding performances in their January 4 meet against the Traverse City Christian Sabres White JV squad. Ellen and Ondrea are third-year team members, while Gabby just joined the team this season.
In high school bowling, we use a 30-point system to decide the winner of each match. The system is set up to reward both team and individual performance. A full competition squad is five bowlers. The scoring system penalizes teams without a full squad to the point that it is basically considered impossible to win a match when you are short-staffed.
Since January 4 was at the tag-end of winter break and many of our bowlers were unavailable, these three ladies were the entire team for the day...a seemingly impossible situation. However, Ellen, Ondrea and Gabby rose to the challenge and won the meet 16-14! They lost all 10 of the Baker game points, but won all 16 of the 20 regular game points that they could by each beating the opposing team members they were matched up with head-to-head, and by a large enough margins that their three scores totalled more than the opposing five ladies’ scores in both regular games!
Ellen Selby bowled two solid games of 166 and 188. Ondrea Ream, who was a member of last year’s All-Conference Team and currently holds the second high ladies’ average in the conference (176) shot 184 and 169. On December 29 Ondrea also came in second in the annual Great Northwest Bowling Conference Holiday Singles Tournament. Gabby, who just started bowling in mid-November, added games of 109 and 141, showing rapid progress with her skills for so early in her career.
Ellen and Ondrea have also stepped up as team leaders this year, mentoring and encouraging the newer girls and demonstrating good practice ethic.
I couldn’t be prouder of these young ladies, and it’s a joy to coach them!
Wow! Congratulations Ellen, Ondrea & Gabby!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Nick Sommerfield and Ryan O'Connor from our Boys Tennis Team!
Head Boys Tennis Coach, Mr. Shane Dilloway, had this to share about Nick:
Nick has been a varsity member of the tennis team for 4 years and has earned the role of co-captain this year. He brings his energy and athleticism to practice and matches alike while fighting hard for every point on the court. In his time with the program, Nick has developed into a thoughtful teammate and has worked to teach the traditions of Trojan Tennis to underclassman.
Mr. Dilloway shared these words about Ryan:
Ryan's growth as a tennis player from his freshman season to sophomore season has been impressive. He has gained confidence in his ability to control points and has been a key contributor to the team's success. Ryan is certainly a player to watch heading into the post-season this year and in years to come.
Congratulations Ryan & Nick on your excellent representation of Trojan Athletics!
Head Trojan Football Coach, Mr. Eric Schugars, shared these words about Luke:
Luke is an outstanding leader for Trojan football. He was chosen as a captain of our team because he leads by example and always strives to do the right thing. He puts the team first and works hard to include other team members.
Wow! Thank you Anna and Luke on your incredible exhibition of what it truly means to be a Trojan athlete!
Claire is one our team captains for the Triton Swim Team. She is a great leader by setting the right example in and out of the pool. The swimmers look up to her and follow her example. She works hard everyday at practice and balances her time with her band commitment. Her hard work in the pool showed last week with four first places individual finishes out of four races and two best times.
Congratulations Claire on this special recognition from your coach!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Jordan Burnham from our Girls Volleyball team and Zach Gerber from our Boys Cross Country team!
Head Girls Volleyball Coach, Ms. Jen Wright, had this to share about Jordan:
Jordan is a kid that leads by example on and off the court. She is always working hard and motivated to conquer whatever challenge is in front of her. She makes me strive to be the best coach for her and her team because she always gives her best effort. She is a great athlete and is very deserving of this award.
Head Boys Cross Country Coach, Mr. Bryan Burns, shared this about Zach:
Zach was our #1 runner at the Benzie Invite. Ran a big PB! He has been an exceptional leader this season. Zach has been a great role model to our younger and new members of our team. He is an outstanding student who truly understands the value of hard work, being a leader and role model, and doing the right thing all of the time.
Congratulations Zach and Jordan on your amazing work as Trojan Athletes!
Congratulations to our final Trojan Athletes of the Week for the 2018/19 school year... Jack Bostwick, Austin Schultz, Zach Galan & Noah Strugala... all from our Trojan Boys Golf Team!
Coach Lois McManus shared this about her athletes:
Jack Bostwick shot 74 on a very difficult Tullymore Golf Course this past Monday. He’s a senior and captain of his team. Jack practices multiple hours over and above our team practice times moving him to #1 position on the team.
Austin Schultz is also a captain. This is his 4th season on the golf team. He was "most improved player" last season.
Sophomore Zach Galan is the most consistent scorer on the team this season. Because of his practice regimen, he has improved a lot proving that practice does makes you a better golfer-athlete.
Senior Noah Strugala joined the golf season last season. He’s worked very hard on his game. The results moved him to the Varsity team several times this season and earning his Varsity letter.
Congratulations gentlemen on your commendable dedication to your game and to your team's success...
And congratulations to all of our Trojan Athletes of the Week this year!
Congratulations to this week's Trojan Athletes of the Week... Ryan Miller from our Nordic Ski Team and Rayna Miller from our Figure Skating Team!
Head Figure Skating Coach, Ms. Lauren Tondreau, shared that Rayna had a great season and performed on a higher level team when needed and was very reliable and positive at all competitions. She was a positive role model throughout the season. Congratulations Rayna on your amazing season!