May Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Four MSHS Student-Athletes Make Commitments

May Athletics Signing Ceremony Has Four MSHS Student-Athletes Make Commitments

On Wednesday afternoon (5/22/24), four senior student-athletes from the MSHS Class of 2024 made their commitments to the institutions they will attend and compete for beginning with the Fall 2024 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.

Kyley Elmblad (women’s basketball – Ripon College)

  • Why Kyley Chose Ripon College“I chose Ripon College because of the opportunities provided both academically and athletically. Ripon allows me to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering while continuing my basketball career. The tradition, community support, success of the program, and teacher involvement at Ripon is beyond none other. Throughout the recruiting process both the team and coaching staff welcomed me. Within one visit, Coach Lauren was able to explain to both my parents and I, all of my strengths and weaknesses, and what I could bring to the team. After the meeting it was pretty clear that both the team’s goals and mine aligned. Without my parents and coaches supporting me and helping me strive to be the best I can be, I wouldn’t be fulfilling my dream of playing basketball in college. In conclusion I am thankful for every person who has helped me throughout my journey. I am excited to become a Red Hawk and continue growing as both a person and player.”

Ian Kangas (cycling – King University)

  • Why Ian Chose King University“I chose King University for many reasons. First, being the small school feel. With King having a smaller campus and student body, I won’t feel overwhelmed by the number of people I’ll be around. The cycling coaches at King, Coach Sparks and Coach Erin, saw my passion for the sport of cycling through my social media and reached out. After meeting with them and being offered a roster spot, I was told I’d be able to participate from day one, meaning I’d have my dream of racing bikes collegiately come true. Also, the cycling team has a strong bond and is close knitted as a family would be. I am very excited to move south and be part of King’s cycling team, reaching the next level in my cycling career.”


Nick Pantti (baseball – Lakeland University)

  • Why Nick Chose Lakeland University“I chose Lakeland University because the people and places on campus made it feel like I was already a great fit and already at home. Lakeland provides me with everything I’m looking for educationally and athletically. Continuing my baseball career at the college level is something I have wanted to do since I was a little kid. In addition to playing baseball I look forward to furthering my education, hopefully leading to a job through their amazing Sports Management and Leadership program. Overall, Lakeland will be a fresh start for me and I look forward to seeing what I can make of the opportunity I’ve been given and where it takes me. Thank you to my parents, coaches and teammates who have all supported me during this process and made it possible for me in the end.”                                                                                                                                                               

Isaac Sarles (baseball – St. Norbert College)

  • Why Isaac Chose St. Norbert College:  I chose St. Norbert College because of the beautiful school and thriving athletic program. I’ve always had an interest in attending St. Norbert while also having the goal of continuing my baseball career at the school. When I went to the campus visit, I knew that was where I wanted to spend the next four years. Along with the athletic aspect of college, I was very pleased with the professors and their willingness to help. This is a dream come true and I would like to thank my parents and coaches, teammates and the Marquette Baseball family who have helped me along the way to be able to achieve this opportunity. Go Green Knights!”
Kyley Elmblad and Sam Dehlin Selected As February Student-Athletes of the Month

Kyley Elmblad and Sam Dehlin Selected As February Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Kyley Elmblad (girls basketball) and Sam Dehlin (boys alpine skiing) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for February 2024.

Kyley Elmblad is a member of the graduating Class of 2024 and recently completed her fourth and final season as a member of the MSHS Girls Basketball program.

As one of just two seniors on this year’s Varsity Girls Basketball team, Kyley served as a team captain and assumed a leadership role within a young team that demonstrated significant development over the course of the 2023-2024 season.

Through 21 games this season, Kyley averaged 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.6% from the field to lead the team.  In the team’s regular season finale vs. Escanaba, Kyley had an outstanding performance and poured in 28 points during the Sentinels’ win on senior night.  Although postseason accolades are still in the process of being awarded, Kyley has already been named to the All-Great Northern Conference First Team as well as earning an invitation to play in the Kiwanis Border Bash (Northern Michigan All-Stars vs. Northern Wisconsin All-Stars) to be played in June 2024.

In Summer 2023, Kyley played for Team 1848 17-U AAU girls basketball team in Wisconsin where she was named as the team’s Most Improved Player.  Outside of the basketball season, Kyley has been a three-year member of the MSHS Volleyball program and also contributes time as one of the editors of the 2023-2024 MSHS Yearbook.

In the classroom, Kyley owns a 3.70 cumulative GPA to make her a regular fixture on the honor roll.  Kyley’s post-graduation plans are to plan to attend Ripon College in the Fall of 2024 where she will continue her basketball career playing on the Redhawks women’s basketball team while pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy.

Sam Dehlin is a junior at MSHS and the 2023-2024 winter season marked his third as a member of the boys alpine skiing team.

In three seasons spent as a member of the ski team, Sam already has accumulated a long list of championships and accolades.  At the 2024 MHSAA Division 1 State Finals, Sam earned his first individual state title by placing first in the Slalom.  He was also the state runner-up in the Giant Slalom (GS).  Those finishes earned Sam All-State honors in each discipline to go along with All-Region accolades (after placing second in both Slalom and GS at the 2024 MHSAA Regional Meet) and Upper Peninsula championships in Slalom and GS for the 2023-2024 season.  He was also named to this year’s Academic All-State Team by the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA).

This season’s results make Sam a six-time All-State honoree (one state title, two runner-up finishes), six-time All-Region honoree and a four-time U.P. champion.  In addition, he was also the individual champion at the 2023 Eastern High School Championships in Mittershill, NH.

In addition to skiing, Sam has been a three-year member of the football program, two-year member of the boys tennis team and participated on the boys track & field team in his freshman year.  Academically, he holds a 4.08 cumulative GPA and is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society.

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.”
Julia Ott & Max Dawson Named 2022-23 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

Julia Ott & Max Dawson Named 2022-23 MSHS “Athletes of the Year”

On Thursday morning (6/1/23), the 19 student-athletes honored during the 2022-23 academic year as “Athletes of the Month” were invited to again celebrate their collective and individual accomplishments.  Each year, Marquette Senior High School is fortunate to have Superiorland Kiwanis sponsor these monthly events to provide its deserving student-athletes with “Athlete of the Month” awards at recognition ceremonies taking place throughout the academic year.

Although student-athletes are recognized for their accomplishments within one sport during the monthly ceremonies, many go on to participate in subsequent sport seasons and accumulate additional athletics honors.  From the group of honorees, two student-athletes were selected as the 2022-23.

MSHS Athletics, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Julia Ott (girls basketball; girls track & field) and Max Dawson (boys soccer; boys bowling) have been named as the 2022-23 Student-Athletes of the Year.

2022-23 MSHS Female Athlete of the Year – Julia Ott

  • Sports Participated InGirls Basketball, Girls Track & Field
  • Accolades – Team2023 GNC Girls Track & Field Champions; 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Track & Field Champions
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • Girls Basketball2022-2023 All-U.P. Honorable Mention; 2022-2023 All-GNC Second Team
    • Girls Track & FieldSchool Record Holder – High Jump (5’5″); 2023 MHSAA Regional Champion (400M Relay, 200M); 2023 GNC Champion (100M, 400M Relay, 200M, High Jump) 


2022-23 MSHS Male Athlete of the Year – Max Dawson

  • Sports Participated InBoys Soccer, Boys Bowling
  • Accolades – Team2023 U.P. Boys Soccer Champions (15th consecutive)
  • Accolades – Individual:
    • Boys SoccerTeam Captain; School Record Holder – “Goals – Season” (39); School Record Holder – “Goals – Career” (102)
    • Boys Bowling2023 U.P. Champion – Boys Singles



MSHS had a total of 19 student-athletes honored through the “Athlete of the Month” program in 2022-23.  The full list of honorees can be found below:

  • September 2022 – Kaia Miller (girls tennis) & Peter Closner (football)
  • October 2022 – Monet Argeropoulos (girls cross country) & Braden Ketzenberger (boys cross country)
  • November 2022 – Cora Anderson (volleyball) & Max Dawson (boys soccer) 
  • December 2022 – Meghan MacPhee (girls basketball) & Joe  DeMattia (hockey)
  • January 2023 – Helana Sharp (gymnastics) & Luke Mead (wrestling)
  • February 2023 – Grace Sobczak (girls swim & dive) & Andrew King (boys swim & dive)
  • March 2023 – Anna Grzelak (girls alpine skiing) & Jack Quinnell (boys basketball)
  • April 2023 – Julia Ott (girls track & field), Baux Truckey (girls track & field)  & Logan Peterson (baseball)
  • May 2023 – Sydney Osborne (girls soccer) & Nate Benninger (boys track & field)


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. Girls Basketball Awards Released; MacPhee and Ott Receive Accolades

2022-23 All-U.P. Girls Basketball Awards Released; MacPhee and Ott Receive Accolades

Last Friday (March 31), the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (UPSSA) voted and released the 2022-23 All-Upper Peninsula girls basketball teams.  MSHS had two student-athletes honored as part of the awards with senior Meghan MacPhee being named to the All-U.P. Second Team and senior Julia Ott receiving All-U.P. Honorable Mention accolades for Divisions 1-3.  Click here for full story (courtesy of WJMN –

Major Awards:

  • Team of the Year (Divisions 1-2):  Sault Ste. Marie
  • Team of the Year (Division 3):  Hancock
  • Team of the Year (Division 4):  Baraga
  • Ms. U.P. Basketball:  Isabella Hebert – Hancock
  • Player of the Year (Division 1-3):  Isabella Hebert – Hancock
  • Coach of the Year (Division 1-3):  Mike O’Donnell – Negaunee

All-U.P. “Dream Team”:

  • Isabella Hebert – Hancock – Senior
  • Ella Mason – Negaunee – Junior
  • Kate Borseth – Ewen-Trout Creek – Senior
  • Leah French – Engadine – Senior
  • Keira Maki – Escanaba – Junior

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

  • Jenna Maki – Ishpeming – Junior
  • Claire Erickson – Sault Ste. Marie – Senior
  • Danica Shamion – West Iron County – Junior
  • Lauren Zawada – Bark River-Harris – Junior
  • Mari Bink – Escanaba – Senior

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

  • Meghan Trewhella – Houghton – Senior
  • Lena Pleaugh – Gwinn – Senior
  • Megan Marta – Westwood – Junior
  • Stella Wickstrom – Houghton – Junior
  • Lillie Johnson – Gladstone – Freshman
  • Anna Axtell – Menominee – Junior
  • Meghan MacPhee – Marquette – Senior
  • Kenzie Bell – Sault Ste. Marie – Senior
  • Nina Bower – Bark River-Harris – Sophomore
  • Anja Kleiman – Iron Mountain – Senior

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

  • Jenessa Eagle – Ishpeming – Freshman
  • McKenzie Hoffmeyer – Bark River-Harris – Junior
  • Laura Innerebner – Sault Ste. Marie – Senior
  • Aubrey Johnson – Negaunee – Sophomore
  • Laina Kariniemi – Calumet – Junior
  • Alaina Kowalski – Kingsford – Junior
  • Annika Peterson – Houghton – Senior

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

  • Laura Bracket – Kingsford – Senior
  • Gianna Coduti – Menominee – Freshman
  • Hanna Drifka – Menominee – Junior
  • Emma Ellis – Iron Mountain – Senior
  • Julia Ott – Marquette – Senior
  • Tia Schone – Gladstone – Sophomore
2022-23 Great Northern Conference Girls Basketball Awards Announced; Five Redettes Receive Accolades

2022-23 Great Northern Conference Girls Basketball Awards Announced; Five Redettes Receive Accolades

On Wednesday (3/8/23), girls 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.

Five Redettes were honored as part of the announcement with senior Meghan MacPhee (1st Team), senior Julia Ott (2nd Team), junior Siena Lingle (Defensive Team; Honorable Mention), senior Brooke Logan (Honorable Mention) and senior Cora Anderson (Honorable Mention) making up the group from MSHS receiving accolades.

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

GNC Offensive Player of the Year:

  • Keira Maki – Escanaba

GNC Defensive Player of the Year:

  • Lillie Johnson – Gladstone

GNC Coach of the Year:

  • Tracy Hudson – Escanaba

All-GNC First Team:

  • Mari Bink – Escanaba
  • Alaina Kowalski – Kingsford
  • Meghan MacPhee – Marquette
  • Lillie Johnson – Gladstone
  • Anna Axtell – Menominee

All-GNC Second Team:

  • Carney Salo – Escanaba
  • Julia Ott – Marquette
  • Hanna Drifka – Menominee
  • Tia Shone – Gladstone
  • Laura Bracket – Kingsford

GNC All-Defensive Team:

  • Mari Bink – Escanaba
  • Erika Malone – Kingsford
  • Anna Axtell – Menominee
  • Siena Lingle – Marquette
  • Morgan Maki – Escanaba

All-GNC Honorable Mention:

  • Grayson LaMarche – Escanaba
  • Siena Lingle – Marquette
  • Elaina Bortolina – Kingsford
  • Elaina Martinez – Gladstone
  • Brooke Logan – Marquette
  • Cora Anderson – Marquette
  • Gianna Cudoti – Menominee
  • Kamryn Olson – Menominee
  • Saylor Henderson – Escanaba

2022-2023 GNC Girls Basketball Standings:

  1. Escanaba (7-0)
  2. Marquette (5-3)
  3. Menominee (3-4)
  4. Kingsford (3-5)
  5. Gladstone (1-7)
Varsity Girls Basketball Defeated By Houghton, 68-42

Varsity Girls Basketball Defeated By Houghton, 68-42

Varsity Girls Basketball (9-11; 5-3 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 42, Houghton 68

Game Recap:

Subvarsity Scores:

  • JV:   Marquette 24, Houghton 39
  • Freshman:   Marquette 18, Houghton 40

Next Up:

  • All three levels of the MSHS Girls Basketball program begin next week when they travel to Negaunee on Tuesday, 2/21/23.  Start times include a 5:30 p.m. tip-off for the Freshman game (at Negaunee Middle School) and 5:45/7:15 p.m. starts for the JV/Varsity games (from Lakeview Memorial Gym).
Varsity Girls Basketball Defeats Kingsford In GNC Finale, 39-31

Varsity Girls Basketball Defeats Kingsford In GNC Finale, 39-31

Varsity Girls Basketball (9-10; 5-3 Great Northern Conference)

Marquette 39, Kingsford 31

Game Recap:

Subvarsity Scores:

  • JVMarquette 0, Kingsford 0

Great Northern Conference Standings:

With yesterday’s victory in Kingsford, MSHS has solidifed a second place finish in the Great Northern Conference for the 2022-23 girls basketball season.  Below are the current GNC standings:

  1. Escanaba (6-0; two games remaining)
  2. Marquette (5-3)
  3. Kingsford (2-4; two games remaining)
  4. Menominee (2-4; two games remaining)
  5. Gladstone (1-5; two games remaining)

Next Up:

  • After a busy three-game week, the MSHS Girls Basketball Teams will have six days to rest, practice and prepare for the final stretch of the regular season.
  • The program will next host Houghton on Thursday, 2/16/23, in a home tripleheader.  Respective game times for the Freshman, JV and Varsity contests are 4:00/5:30/7:00 p.m.