MHSAA honors pair of area athletes
EAST LANSING — Cadillac's Mary Emington and Grayling's Scott Parkinson will be among eight Class B student-athletes to receive scholarships through the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award program.
Farm Bureau Insurance, which sponsors the award, will give a $1,000 college scholarship to 32 individuals — eight per class.
Each scholarship recipient will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the Class C boys basketball final game March 23 in East Lansing.
Emington participates in basketball and softball. She captained the softball squad the past two seasons, and was the team's most valuable player as a sophomore. She led the basketball squad in assists as a sophomore and junior. Emington will attend Calvin College and major in architecture or communications.
Parkinson will earn 10 varsity letters in three sports — basketball, football and track — by the time he graduates. He was the Lake Michigan Conference champion in the 110-meter hurdles. He also earned all-conference honors in football. Parkinson will attend Michigan State University and study actuarial sciences.
West sweeps powerlifting tourney
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West swept the girls and boys divisions Saturday in a regional powerlifting event at West.
Some 160 lifters from 13 schools participated.
In the girls division, West had 74 points. The Titans were followed by Elk Rapids (42), Big Rapids (42), Benzie (12), East Jordan (12) and Onaway (12).
West's weight class champions were Hannah Mead and Maddie Robertson.
Also winning championships were Alikay Hamilton (Benzie), Tommie Outman (East Jordan), Emily Estep (Onaway), Natalie Dietrich (Elk Rapids) and Shania Arnold (Elk Rapids).
West took the boys division with 120. The Titans were followed by Big Rapids (91), Elk Rapids (75), East Jordan (51), Kingsley (45), Benzie (43), Central Lake (15), Bellaire (12) and Mesick (9).
Titan champions included Joey Hunter (114 JV), Austin Cochrane (123 JV), Jack Gorokhovskiy (132 JV), Jordan Adcock (155), Keegan Kenny (165 JV), Zack Schwert (181 JV), Zack McGuire (194 JV), Cody Gravette (207 JV), Calvin Bouttavong (220 JV), Brandon Woodcox (242 JV), Aaron Klinefelter (275), Thiyo Lukusa (SH JV) and Connor Hayes (SH)
Other local regional champions were Bailey Sargent (East Jordan, 145 JV), Rick Foster (Bellaire, 155 JV), Thais Grays (Elk Rapids, 165), Connor Fitzpatrick (Kingsley, 181), Corey Nuckles (Kingsley, 194), Joel Ledford (Benzie, 207), Logan Korson (Elk Rapids, 220), Brandon Caldwell (East Jordan, 242) and Kyle Augustine (Elk Rapids, 275).
'Drive for Dignity' golf outing set for June 8
LAKE ANN — The Foundation for Mental Health's "Drive For Dignity" golf outing will be held June 8 at Mistwood Golf Course.
The outing will raise funds to provide permanent, stable, supportive housing for individuals with mental health needs in the Grand Traverse Area.
For sponsorship opportunities and/or registration, visit www.fmhservices.org.
Six Stags advance to individual regional
KINGSLEY — Kingsley will be sending six wrestlers to the individual regional Saturday.
The six include Max Denny, Julian Tompkins, Nick Burcicki, Brian Lark, Pat Denny and Josh Parks.