St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

2017 Fall Sports Wrap Up

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 6:40 AM

With our 2017 varsity baseball team ending the previous school year with a state championship, we were all excited to see what kind of encore our fall sports season would bring. Our varsity football team did not disappoint as they allowed us to hang a second consecutive banner by finishing as the state runner-up in Division II 8-man football. We would like to congratulate all our teams for their efforts throughout this fall sports season! A lot of time and hard work was put forth in the gym, on the field and course, and in the classroom by our student athletes.

As previously mentioned, the Shamrock football team had an outstanding season going 8 – 1 during the regular season and advancing to the state finals and finishing 11-2 as state runner-up. Individual honors include:

• Colin Cook: Honorable mention all-state defensive line

• Tanner Lawson: Honorable mention all-state QB, Channel 6 and Lansing State Journal Athlete of the Week

• Ned Smith: Lansing State Journal Athlete of the Week

• Tyler Schrauben: Tim Chamberlain Award

The varsity volleyball team followed last year’s historic season with another strong one. They were awarded honorable mention in the state rankings during the season and brought home a first-place trophy at the Burton Bendle tournament. They finished the season with a 23-16-3 record and finished 5th in the CMAC (a league in which both the first and second place teams advanced to the state finals in their respective division). They also exceled in the classroom qualifying for team academic all-state. Individual awards include:

• Amelia Schrauben: Academic all-state, school records for most assists in a career and most aces in a career.

• Lauren Bengel: Academic all-state, Class D all-region, honorable mention CMAC

• Emma Gunderman: Academic all-state

• Jerika Kihn: Honorable mention CMAC

Our cross-country program had a girls’ team for the first time in a number of years and finished in 6th place in a competitive CMAC. The girls’ team finished 14th out of 34 schools while the boys’ team finished 13th out of 38 schools at the Class D meet. Individual honors include:

• Tyler Coyne: Medalist in three meets, honorable mention CMAC, academic all-state

Our JV volleyball team finished with a 14-2-12 record and advanced to the championship game in two of their tournaments. We were also excited to field a freshmen volleyball team again for the first time in a couple of years. They finished with a record of 8-2-4 and won the Silver Bracket of the Lakewood Invitational.

As a Catholic School, we expect our student athletes to represent our school in a positive manner, bringing Christ to everything they do, and making us proud with their sportsmanship. Without a doubt, they have done so in what turned out to be an extremely successful follow-up to our great spring sports season. They represented our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!


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