Cecelia Fuller and Jacob MacPhee Selected As March Student-Athletes of the Month

Cecelia Fuller and Jacob MacPhee Selected As March Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Cecelia Fuller (softball) and Jacob MacPhee (boys basketball) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for March 2024.

Cecelia Fuller is a junior at MSHS and has been an instrumental leader on the much-improved MSHS Varsity Softball Team.

With the 2024 season marking Cece’s third as a member of the softball program, both she and her teammates are seeing their hard work and dedication pay off with a 7-3 start to the season, including a 4-0 showing at the Spring Swing Tournament that was held at the NMU Superior Dome in March.

In 31 plate appearances through 10 games this season, Cece has a batting average of .591 to go along with an on-base percentage of .710.  She has accumulated 13 hits, including 7 singles, 2 doubles, 3 triples and 1 home run to go along with 17 RBIs. As a pitcher, Cece has thrown 17.1 innings over 7 games (5 starts) for a 2-1 record.  During that time, she has a 2.019 ERA with 21 strikeouts.

In the classroom, Cece owns an impressive cumulative GPA of 3.86 and is a member of both the honor roll and National Honor Society. In addition to softball, Cece is also a three-year member of the MSHS Volleyball program with 2023 serving as her first on the varsity team.  This past winter, Cece was a regular volunteer at the concession stand during basketball games where she and her junior classmates raised funds for prom and other class initiatives.

Although still a year away, Cece has post-graduation plans to attend Michigan State University to study on a pre-law or pre-medicine track while also having an interest in a Spanish minor.

Jacob MacPhee is of junior class standing and elevated his game during his second season on the MSHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team to become one of the premier players in the region.

After the team went into the holiday break with a 3-3 record, Jacob and his teammates entered the new year with a renewed focus as they rattled off 17 straight victories en route to claiming the 2023-2024 Great Northern Conference (GNC) title outright with a perfect 8-0 mark.

Jacob’s on and off-court contributions to the team’s success this season can not be overstated as he turned in averages of 17.1 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in addition to being a team captain. It came as no surprise when he was named as the GNC’s “Player of the Year” and earned a spot on the All-U.P. “Dream Team”.

Jacob’s success this basketball season is mirrored in the other seasons of his athletics participation as a member of the MSHS Football and Track & Field teams. On the football field this past season, he earned All-Big North Conference First Team and All-U.P. Honorable Mention accolades as a tight end. On the track, Jacob is the defending GNC champion in the 400 Meters and earned All-State and All-U.P. honors as a sophomore last season.

In the classroom, Jacob owns a 3.17 cumulative GPA to regularly place him on the honor roll. He is also a three-year member of the MSHS Orchestra. With a year remaining to solidify a decision on future plans, Jacob plans to continue his academic and athletic career in college while pursuing a degree in exercise science.

2023 Spring Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Eight MSHS Student-Athletes Declare College Commitments

2023 Spring Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Eight MSHS Student-Athletes Declare College Commitments

On Thursday evening (6/1/23) eight senior student-athletes from the MSHS Class of 2023 made their decisions on the institutions they will attend and compete for beginning with the Fall 2023 semester.

Family members, friends, coaches and staff were on-hand as student-athletes were introduced before declaring their decided upon colleges/universities.

Click on the links below for more information on each MSHS student-athlete.

Cora Anderson (women’s basketball – St. Norbert College)

  • Why Cora Chose St. Norbert College“When I first visited St. Norbert I knew that I wanted to be there for my next four years, they have a great Nursing Program and amazing facilities for both academics and sports. I loved Coach Perry and her style of coaching, as well as the other coaches and players.”





Easton Clements (men’s basketball – Bay College)

  • Why Easton Chose Bay College“It’s been my dream to play basketball in college for as long as I can remember. And it has been a journey full of ups and downs, I had to keep faith in my dreams and push through feelings of doubt and times when it seemed nothing was going my way. I chose Bay College because Coach Johnson expressed a lot of interest in me and told me about the opportunities that Bay College can offer, that a lot of other places cannot. When I visited campus, I instantly could see myself being here. I’ll be the first to say it, I had a disappointing varsity basketball career, I never felt like I could be who I am as a player and person and display the countless hours of work that I’ve put in to possess the skills I have today. And just from talking with Coach Johnson for only a couple of hours, I received the most trust and belief from a basketball coach than I’ve ever had in years of high school. This is a major reason why I chose Bay College. I’m very grateful for a fresh start to my basketball career, and I’m excited to get to work and see what the future holds.”

Braden Ketzenberger (men’s cross country/track & field – Michigan Tech University)

  • Why Braden Chose Michigan Tech University“After completing my senior year of Cross Country, I came to the realization that I’m not ready to be done competing.  Michigan Tech afforded me the opportunity to keep running while also providing a good engineering program.





Siena Lingle (women’s basketball – Bay College)

  • Why Siena Chose Bay College“When I went to visit Bay College the coach that recruited me gave off good energy and made me feel right at home. Not too long after I found out that he resigned and I got a new coach. I got to meet him and instantly knew he wanted to help me get better. With not being far from home and also being able to do what I love most, I knew Bay College was where I wanted to take my next step in life.




Meghan MacPhee (women’s basketball – Lakeland University)

  • Why Meghan Chose Lakeland University“After visiting Lakeland, I fell in love with the campus and the people there. Everyone was super supportive and friendly, and it was obvious that the coaches, current players, and professors are exactly the type of people who will help push me to become the best version of myself. That combined with excellent academics and the opportunity to conduct research related to my major early on in my college career made it easy to choose Lakeland as the place to further my education and athletic career.



Baux Truckey (women’s track & field – Northern Michigan University)

  • Why Baux Chose Northern Michigan University“On my recruitment visit to NMU, I was very impressed by how welcoming the coaching staff and the current team members were. I was also very excited about the fact that the team is very young and how competitive they will be in the conference in the
    next few years, and I decided I wanted to be part of that.”




Carson VanderSchaaf (men’s cross country/track & field – Eastern Michigan University)

  • Why Carson Chose Eastern Michigan University“Coach Rinker at Eastern was the first college coach I talked to and from the beginning, I felt that we clicked on a personal and professional level. Coach Rinker and Coach Marr have similar training philosophies, so the adjustment wouldn’t be very big, which I liked. On top of that, when I went on my official visit I really liked all of the guys on the team and it felt like a good fit for me. After going on another visit, I knew that Eastern was the place for me.”




Colin VanderSchaaf (men’s cross country/track & field – Grand Valley State University)

  • Why Colin Chose Grand Valley State University“After going on a visit and meeting the coaching staff and team, I knew that It was the right fit and that I would have the potential to excel not only as an athlete but also academically and socially. I was also very impressed with the facilities and the support services available to the athletes at Grand Valley.”
Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

On Wednesday evening (5/17/23), MSHS seniors Cora Anderson (volleyball, girls basketball, girls track & field) and Peter Closner (football, boys basketball) were honored with the MSHS Athletics Organizational Awards from the L.G. Kaufman Endowment School Fund.

Criteria for the award are based on demonstrated qualities in three areas: character, leadership and excellence.

Cora Anderson is the daughter of Brian Anderson and Mary Tobin-Anderson.

Cora is a three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and has been a four-year member of the volleyball, girls basketball and girls track & field programs. A co-captain on this year’s varsity volleyball team, Cora has displayed a tireless work ethic and consistent dedication across each athletics season that has her as a respected leader among her peers.

Among Cora’s many accolades are being named to the All-Great Northern Conference Second Team in volleyball as well as receiving All-Great Northern Conference Honorable Mention honors in girls basketball. She is also hoping to repeat as the individual champion in the shot put at this year’s Great Northern Conference track & field meet.

Cora’s commitment to excellence extends into the classroom as well and was rewarded with the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) this fall.

Cora will be attending St. Norbert College to major in nursing and minor in Spanish while also competing on the Green Knights’ Women’s Basketball Team.

Peter Closner is the son of Pete and Lisa Closner.

A two-sport student-athlete at MSHS having participated in the football and boys basketball programs, Peter guides his peers through a stoic, lead-by-example nature that has led both him and his teams to athletic and academic success.

During the 2022 football season, Peter accumulated defensive stats of 105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked punts. This adds to his offensive numbers of 27 catches for 340 yards and 8 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

These statistics and Peter’s performance garnered a list of postseason awards including All-State First Team, U.P. Defensive Player of the Year, All-U.P. “Dream Team”, Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-Great Northern Conference.

In February of this year, Peter signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University, where he will participate as a member of the Huskies football program. He plans to major in civil engineering.

2022-23 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Awards Announced; MacPhee and Jurmu Honored

2022-23 All-U.P. Boys Basketball Awards Announced; MacPhee and Jurmu Honored

Last Friday (April 7), the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (UPSSA) voted and released the 2022-23 All-Upper Peninsula boys basketball teams.  MSHS had two sophomore student-athletes honored as part of the announcement with Jacob MacPhee being named to the All-U.P. Frist Team and teammate Jaxon Jurmu selected to the All-U.P. Second Team for Divisions 1-3.  Click here for full story (courtesy of WJMN – UPMatters.com).

Major Awards:

  • Team of the Year (Divisions 1-2):  Kingsford
  • Teams of the Year (Division 3):  Iron Mountain and St. Ignace
  • Team of the Year (Division 4):  Munising
  • Mr. U.P. Basketball:  Kane Nebel – Munising
  • Player of the Year (Division 1-3):  Oskar Kangas – Iron Mountain
  • Coach of the Year (Division 1-3):  Kane Nebel – Munising

All-U.P. “Dream Team”:

  • Oskar Kangas – Iron Mountain
  • Jonny Ingalls – St. Ignace
  • Levi Frahm – Jeffers
  • Nic Nora – Kingsford
  • Kane Nebel – Munising

All-U.P. First Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Trevor Theuerkauf – Menominee
  • Casey Bray – Escanaba
  • Gavin Saunders – Negaunee
  • Gavin Grondin – Kingsford
  • Jacob MacPhee – Marquette

All-U.P. Second Team (Divisions 1-3):

  • Gerald Sampoll Torres – Iron Mountain
  • Jaxon Jurmu – Marquette
  • Andrew Niemi – Westwood
  • Shane Wallin – Escanaba
  • Mikko Salmi – Houghton
  • Mason Sager – Negaunee
  • Kaden Drossart – Bark River-Harris
  • Nate Koepp – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Joey Colavecchi – Iron Mountain
  • Caden Luoma – Ishpeming

All-U.P. Special Mention (Divisions 1-3):

  • Kevin Frazier – St. Ignace
  • Kaden Gibbs – Gladstone
  • Ty Jacobson – Negaunee
  • Drake Johnson – Gladstone
  • Jerzee Karki – Westwood
  • Ethan Marta – Westwood
  • Ethan McLean – St. Ignace
  • Bryce Blixt – Manistique

All-U.P. Honorable Mention (Divisions 1-3):

  • Griffin Argall – Ishpeming
  • Eli Beal – Menominee
  • Tyler Black – Calumet
  • Gavin Downey – Negaunee
  • Cole Myllyla – Kingsford
  • Brayden Nelson – Calumet
  • Elijah Oberlin – West Iron County
  • AJ Prosser – Ishpeming
  • Max Scott – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Hunter Smith – Ishpeming
  • Alex Sundberg – Ishpeming
  • Wyatt Demers – Manistique
Anna Grzelak and Jack Quinnell Selected As March Student-Athletes Of The Month

Anna Grzelak and Jack Quinnell Selected As March Student-Athletes Of The Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Anna Grzelak (girls alpine skiing) and Jack Quinnell (boys basketball) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for March 2023.

Anna Grzelak is an MSHS senior who has just wrapped-up a fourth year on the Girls Alpine Ski Team.

The 2022-2023 was another highly successful season for Anna as she captured the 2023 MHSAA Division 1 State Championship in Giant Slalom (GS). She also finished third at the event in Slalom. These finishes came after Anna earned an MHSAA Regional Championship in Slalom and finished as Regional Runner-Up in GS. To go along with these postseason finishes, Anna was named as the U.P. Girls Skier of the Year and selected to the All-State and All-U.P. Teams. Over the course of her career, Anna was a member of the 2020 MHSAA State Championship 2021 MHSAA State Runner-Up team.

A two-sport athlete at MSHS having also been a four-year member of the Varsity Girls Cross Country Team, Anna owns a 4.35 cumulative GPA which has her included on the MSHS Honor Roll and holding membership in the National Honor Society. Anna’s performance in the classroom has her ranked second in the Class of 2023 and among those receiving Excellence in Education scholarships this year. In addition, Anna earned the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA) both this season and as a junior in 2022.

Anna’s post graduation plans are to attend college and complete pre-requisites for nursing school. She is currently undecided on what institution she will attend but has been accepted into the Michigan State University Honors College and nursing program as well as Northern Michigan University’s nursing school.

Jack Quinnell is of junior class standing at MSHS this year and has just concluded his second season as a member of the MSHS Varsity Boys Basketball team.

Jack served as team captain of this year’s Varsity Boys Basketball team that finished 13-10 overall with a 4-4 mark in Great Northern Conference (GNC) play.  After having already spent his sophomore season as a member of the varsity team, Jack was able to utilize that experience to fill a leadership role in a young, but talented group of student-athletes.  On the court, he was a consistent contributor with averages of 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.  At season’s end he received All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades from GNC boys basketball coaches.

Jack is a multi-sport student-athlete at MSHS, where he also competes as a member of the Varsity Football team, has previously participated in the MSHS Baseball program and is looking forward to being part of the Boys Track & Field team this spring.

In the classroom, Jack is a standout with a 4.06 cumulative GPA to put him in the Top 10 of his class and a regular member of the MSHS Honor Roll.  Outside of school, Jack volunteers time with the Marquette Junior Wildcats Basketball Program and also works as an on-field official for Marquette County Youth Football.

Upon completing high school as a member of the Class of 2024, Jack would like to attend the University of Michigan, to pursue a law degree with aspirations of one day becoming a lawyer. 

2022-23 Great Northern Conference Boys Basketball Teams Announced; MSHS Has Five Honored

2022-23 Great Northern Conference Boys Basketball Teams Announced; MSHS Has Five Honored

On Friday (3/3/23), boys basketball coaches within the Great Northern Conference (GNC) met to select awards recipients for the 2022-23 season.  Member schools within the GNC include Marquette, Escanaba, Gladstone, Kingsford and Menominee.

MSHS had five of it’s student-athletes honored.  Sophomores Jacob MacPhee and Jaxon Jurmu were selected to the All-GNC First Team with fellow sophomore Kyler Sager receiving All-GNC Special Mention honors.  Senior Easton Clements and junior Jack Quinnell were named All-GNC Honorable Mention.

Below are the All-GNC awards recipients from the 2022-23 boys basketball season:

GNC Player of the Year:

  • Nic Nora – Kingsford – Senior

GNC Defensive Player of the Year:

  • Gavin Grondin – Kingsford – Sophomore

GNC Coach of the Year:

  • Dan Olkkonen – Kingsford

All-GNC First Team:

  • Gavin Grondin – Kingsford – Sophomore
  • Trevor Theuerkauf – Menominee – Junior
  • Jacob MacPhee – Marquette – Sophomore
  • Casey Bray – Escanaba – Senior
  • Jaxon Jurmu – Marquette – Sophomore

All-GNC Second Team:

  • Cole Myllyla – Kingsford – Senior
  • Kaden Gibbs – Gladstone – Junior
  • Drake Johnson – Gladstone – Junior
  • Connor Coduti – Menominee – Junior
  • Shane Wallin – Escanaba – Junior

All-GNC Special Mention:

  • Kyler Sager – Marquette – Sophomore
  • Morgan Sleik – Kingsford – Sophomore
  • Tanner Theuerkauf – Menominee – Freshman
  • Elliot Vitito – Gladstone – Junior

All-GNC Honorable Mention:

  • Cody Noel – Escanaba – Sophomore
  • Easton Clements – Marquette – Senior
  • Jack Quinnell – Marquette – Junior
  • Nick Matthews – Gladstone – Junior
  • Eli Beal – Menominee – Junior
  • David Romps – Escanaba – Junior

2021-22 GNC Team Champions:

  • Varsity:  Kingsford (8-0)
  • JV:  Marquette (8-0)
  • Freshman:  Marquette (7-1)
Varsity Boys Basketball Closes Out Regular Season With 61-53 Senior Night Win Over Sault Ste. Marie

Varsity Boys Basketball Closes Out Regular Season With 61-53 Senior Night Win Over Sault Ste. Marie

Varsity Boys Basketball (13-9; 4-4 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 61, Sault Ste. Marie 53

Game Recap:

Senior Night:

Prior to the game, five members of the Class of 2023 were honored as they were introduced to the crowd and accompanied on the court by their parents/guardians.  Congratulations to these boys basketball student-athletes and the success that they have achieved and contributions made while playing for MSHS!

  • #10 – Easton Clements – Guard
  • #11 – Fanda Tupec – Guard
  • #22 – Logan Peterson – Guard
  • #30 – Peter Closner – Forward
  • #45 – Bodhi White – Guard

Subvarsity Scores:

  • JVMarquette 67, Sault Ste. Marie 38
  • FreshmanMarquette 68, Sault Ste. Marie 28

Next Up:

  • District rounds of the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Basketball Tournament will begin next week (3/6/23, 3/8/23, 3/10/23).  As #1 seed in the district, MSHS has a first round bye and will await the winner of Monday’s contest between Traverse City Central and Sault Ste. Marie in a district semifinal game on Wednesday, 3/8/23.
  • The location of that game will be determined based on the outcome of Monday’s match-up between Traverse City Central and Sault Ste. Marie.
Varsity Boys Basketball Defeated In GNC Finale At Gladstone, 66-61

Varsity Boys Basketball Defeated In GNC Finale At Gladstone, 66-61

Varsity Boys Basketball (12-9; 4-4 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 61, Gladstone 66

Game Recap:

Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:   Marquette 70, Gladstone 30
  • Freshman:   Marquette 69, Gladstone 31

Next Up:

  • All three levels of the MSHS Boys Basketball program return on Thursday, 3/2/23, for their final home game of the regular season when they host Sault Ste. Marie.  Start times for the Freshman/JV/Varsity contests are 4:00/5:30/7:00 p.m.
  • Prior to the start of the Varsity contest, five seniors from the Class of 2023 will be honored on the court as well as their parents/guardians.
Varsity Boys Basketball Downed By Kingsford, 72-63

Varsity Boys Basketball Downed By Kingsford, 72-63

Varsity Boys Basketball (12-8; 4-3 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 63, Kingsford 72

Game Recap:

Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:   Marquette 62, Kingsford 52
  • Freshman:   Marquette 70, Kingsford 37

Next Up:

  • All three levels of the MSHS Boys Basketball program return to action on Tuesday, 2/28/23, when they travel to Gladstone for the final GNC match-up of the season.
  • The Freshman contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be played at Gladstone Middle School.  The JV/Varsity contests will have respective start times of 5:45/7:15 p.m. from Gladstone High School.