The Flint Metro League has announced the All-League Teams for the 2019 spring season. Those athletes in bold have also earned status as Scholar-Athletes by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Scholar-athletes must also be sophomores thru seniors and have earned a varsity letter.
Varsity athletes who achieved Scholar-Athlete status for the recently completed spring sports season have been named by Flint Metro League schools. Varsity letter winners in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who played an official league sport and have maintained a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average achieve Flint Metro League Scholar-Athlete awards. Award winners for each school are linked below; in addition, each sport's all-league team list has been updated to show which all-league athletes also achieved Scholar-Athlete status.
Brandon HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Clio HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Fenton HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Flushing HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Holly HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Kearsley HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Linden HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Owosso HS Spring Scholar Athletes
Swartz Creek HS Spring Scholar Athletes
The Flint Metro League proudly announces MacKenzie Ramey of Flint Kearsley and Nolan Day of Fenton as Athletes of the Month for May.
MacKenzie is a three sport athlete lettering in volleyball, basketball and track and field in each of her 4 years at Kearsley. In volleyball, she was a 2nd team All Metro player as a senior and a 1st team All Metro selection as both a junior and senior in basketball for the Hornets. In track, MacKenzie has been a two time state qualifier in track and earned 1st Team All State honors last year, placing 3rd in the shot put. She also achieved 1st Team All Metro honors in the shot put as a junior. MacKenzie has a 3.4 GPA and will attend Saginaw Valley State University next year on a track scholarship.
Nolan Day of Fenton has been a standout member of both the cross-country and track teams for all 4 years at Fenton HS. He was named to the 1st Team All Metro cross country team three times and helped the Tigers to 3 Metro championships, 3 state qualifying appearances and a Regional championship. In Track, Nolan was named 1st team All league in the 4x800 relay and was a state qualifier as a freshman. He has been a member of the 2-time Metro League champs as a sophomore and junior. Nolan has a 4.079 GPA and plans to study International Business at the University of Michigan or Indiana University.
Erin Carter has been a stellar three sport athlete for Fenton in softball, volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, she was a two year starter and helped the Tigers to a Regional final appearance as a senior and a quarter-finalist as a junior. In basketball, Erin was named as an Outstanding Student Athlete, earned 2nd Team All District and helped Fenton to a Metro title as a senior. A four year member of the softball team, Erin was named captain as a junior and senior. In her junior season, she was the Tri-County Player of the Year, All-District, All Regional and HM All State. This scholar athlete maintains a 3.839 gpa and will continue her playing career at the University of Iowa where she has earned a softball scholarship and will major in psychology in pursuit of a degree in social work.
Garrett VanGilder of Holly is a rare 4 sport athlete lettering in football, tennis, baseball and wrestling. Garrett has earned 4 varsity letters in tennis helping the Bronchos to two Regional championships. He earned First Team All Metro honors in 3 seasons and once as 2nd Team All Metro. Garrett was the kicker for the football team as a junior and senior and also lettered his senior year in wrestling. In baseball, he has been a 4 year player and named Metro League Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior. Also excelling in the classroom, Garrett has a 4.0 gpa and was named to the Academic All-State baseball team as a junior. The scholar athlete plans to continue his baseball and academic careers at a major university where he will major in electrical and computer engineering.
Varsity athletes who achieved Scholar-Athlete status for the recently completed winter sports season have been named by Flint Metro League schools. Varsity letter winners in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who played an official league sport and have maintained a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average achieve Flint Metro League Scholar-Athlete awards. Award winners for each school are linked below; in addition, each sport's all-league team list has been updated to show which all-league athletes also achieved Scholar-Athlete status.
Brandon HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Clio HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Fenton HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Flushing HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Holly HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Kearsley HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Linden HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Owosso HS Winter Scholar Athletes
Swartz Creek HS Winter Scholar Athletes
The Kearsley Hornets have earned the most points in the winter season with 46 to lead the Flint Metro League, topping 2nd place Flushing by 7 points. Winning a title in girls' bowling and placing 2nd in girls' basketball, competitive cheer and boys' bowl, the Hornets had a strong winter season. After the conclusion of the fall and winter season, Fenton continues to lead the league with 104 points, 9 points ahead of second place Flushing. Fenton has won the last 3 all-sports championships and 15 of the last 16 races.
For each varsity sport, a school receives one point for each team it finishes ahead of in the final standings, with the league champion receiving a bonus point. Fenton won league championships in girls' golf, girls', boys' and girls' cross country, boys' soccer and boys' and girls' swim so far this year. Flushing has 93 total all-sports points going into the spring season with titles in volleyball, boys' tennis, football and boys' bowling. Holly is in 3rd place with 71.50 points followed by Swartz Creek with 70, Clio with 67, Kearsley with 62, Linden with 60, Owosso with 49 and Brandon with 48.50.
There are seven spring sports yet to compete for in the 2018-19 league sports year so expect a lot of movement in the all-sports competition between now and June.
Coach Rob Ploof led the Kearsley girls' bowling team to an unprecedented 6th consecutive D2 State Championship.....and their 7th in the past 8 years!
The Hornets finished the team qualifying rounds seeded in 1st place and proceeded to knock off Coldwater 1315-1135. Kearsley then defeated Charlotte in the semi-finals 1332-1264 to set up the showdown between the #1 and #2 seeds for the title. Kearsley squared off against Tecumseh, a team they had beat soundly last year in the finals, and walked away with a 1352-1239 victory and a D2 State Championship.
In the boys' D2 action, Flint Kearsley qualified in 7th but lost to New Boston Huron 1277-1359. Owosso boys finished in 13th place in the qualifying round.
In the singles portion of the State Finals, the Metro League again had bowlers contending for titles. In D1, Evelyn Cano from Flushing qualified in 12th place but lost in the quarterfinals. In D2, Kearsley's Evelyn Eible (14th) and Imari Blond (1st) both qualified with Blond advancing to the quarters before losing. In the boys' division, Owosso's Tom Trecha qualified in 3rd but did not advance.
The Fenton Tigers have captured their 9th straight Metro League Championship finishing the league season with an undefeated 5-0 dual season record and a 1st place finish at the Metro League meet. The Tigers, led by Coach of the Year Brad Jones, finished 242 points over 2nd place Swartz Creek.
The league meet was exciting with 3 new records established. Fenton's Evan Bartow set 2 individual records breaking his own previous records in both the 200 Yd. IM at 2:02.80 and the 500 Yd Freestyle at 4:50:90. Swartz Creek/Flushing set a new record in the 200 Yd. Freestyle Relay at 1:31.58 by Jacob Macinnis, Ian Barbour, Andrew Domanik, Peter Adams.
In post-season tournament action, the following Metro League swimmers and divers advanced to the State Finals:
Fenton: 200 Yd Medley Relay: Joel Diccion, Noah Maier, Evan Bartow, Gavin Crews
200 Yd. Ind. Medley: Evan Bartow
Diving: Jack Killian
500 Free: Evan Bartow
200 Free Relay: Gavin Crews, Spencer Gabler, Alec Maddock, Anthony Barnett
400 Free Relay: Josh Kippe, Zac Jump, Alec Maddock, Evan Bartow
Hollly: 100 Back: Logan Molzahn
Kearsley: Diving Daniel Martinez
Brandon: Diving Megan Shay
Owosso: Diving Brandon Steinley
The Athletic Directors of the Flint Metro League have selected Holly's Rebecca Fugate and Kearsley's Kyle Langworthy as the Athletes of the Month for March.
Rebecca Fugate is a standout basketball player for Holly HS. A three year captain for the Bronchos, Rebecca has broken numerous school records and has been a 1st Team All Metro player for the past three seasons, and a BCAM Honorable Mention All State player as both a sophomore and junior. A prolific scorer, Rebecca is now listed as 2nd in all-time scoring in the Flint Metro League. As a junior, Rebecca was named to the BCAM Academic All State team and currently has a 3.770 gpa. Rebecca will continue her academic and basketball career at Wayne State University where she will major in Nursing.
Kyle Langworthy is a three sport athlete at Kearsley HS lettering in bowling, baseball and tennis. Kyle has helped the Hornets to two MHSAA Regional team championships in bowling. In his senior season, Kyle qualified for the singles State Finals and earned a berth on the First team All-Metro team. An exceptional student with a 4.062 gpa, Kyle has earned an academic scholarship to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he will major in bio-medical engineering.
The Flint Metro League was well represented at MHSAA Regional competitions this past weekend. Kearsley boys' team and Kearsley girls' team each won Regional Championships for the 6th time.
In the girls division, Kearsley finished a whopping 518 pins ahead of their nearest competitor to capture their 6th straight title and advance to the state tournament where they will defend their 5th consecutive state championship.
Also advancing to the State finals will be the girls teams from Flushing (2nd), Owosso (3rd) and Clio (3rd). Flushing will compete in Division 1 to be held at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. Kearsley, Owosso and Clio will compete in Division 2, held at Century Bowl in Waterford.
In the boys division, the Kearsley team finished 97 pins ahead of the second place team to also capture a Regional title and advance to the state finals. The Owosso boys team also won a Regional title advancing with a 68 pin win. Both of these teams will bowl at Century Bowl for the MHSAA State Championship on March 1.
In the individual portion of the Regional Championship, Kearsley's Imari Blond was the Regional Champion for the 3rd straight year with a 44 pin victory over teammate Allison Eible who finished in 2nd. Freshman Connor Letter from Flushing rolled a perfect 300 game and finished in 3rd place in the boys individual tournament at Richfield Lanes to also advance to the finals.
Also advancing individually from Regionals and on to the State Finals:
D1 Evelyn Cano (4th) Flushing
Rose Rietz (9th) Flushing
Josiah Wallace (10th) Flushing
D2 Angela Hanners (4th) Fenton
Emilea Sturk (8th) Kearsley
Kyle Langworth (8th) Kearsley
Marissa Spalding (7th) Owosso
Shelby Gokee (10th) Owosso
Braden Triggs (3rd) Owosso
Brendan Coffman (6th) Owosso
Thomas Trecha (7th) Owosso
Jacob Turner (8th) Brandon
The girls bowling team from Kearsley HS continues their dominance completing their 10th straight undefeated season. This brings their winning streak to an amazing 120 Metro League matches. The Hornets finished the Metro season with a 16-0 dual record. Flushing put up a tough fight to finish in second at 14-2 with their only loses coming from Kearsley.
Dessie Sudberry from Clio HS was selected as the girls Coach of the Year. Fenton led the sportsmanship votes with nominations from 3 league opponents, Holly had 2 votes and Kearsley, Brandon and Linden each had one.
The Flushing boys team won their first league title in a tight race with a 14-2 dual record. Kearsley and Owosso were close behind in second place with dual records of 13-3. This marks the first year that Flushing has won the Metro title.
Fred Walz from Holly HS was selected as the boys Coach of the Year and Holly led the sportsmanship voting with 3 nominations from opponents, Fenton had 2 and Clio, Kearsley and Swartz Creek each had one.
League bowlers will now move on to MHSAA Regional competition on Saturday. Flushing and Swartz Creek will compete in Division I at Richfield Lanes. Fenton, Holly, Linden, Brandon and Owosso will compete in Division 2 at Cherry Hill Lanes. Also in Division 2, Kearsley and Clio will bowl at Monitor Lanes in Bay City. Teams and individuals who advance will compete at the State Finals which will be held on March 1-2.
Swartz Creek captured a MHSAA District Title to lead a group of four Metro League teams on to Regional competition for a state title.
The Dragons scored 762.42 points to very narrowly defeat Kearsley with 262.40 points for second place. Clio finished in 4th place with 729.56 points to also advance. These three teams will compete at Fenton HS on Saturday February 23 at 10:00 am.
Owosso placed 4th in their District which was held in Mt. Pleasant with 691.90 points. The Trojans will compete at GR Kenowa Hills on Saturday February 23 at 10:00 am.
In a tight battle for this year's title, Swartz Creek won the final league jamboree to finish two points ahead of second place Flint Kearsley to win the championship for 2019. This is the first Metro Championship for the Dragons since Competitive Cheer became a league sport in 2004.
23 individual wrestlers from all nine Flint Metro League schools will compete at the MHSAA Individual wrestling finals March 1-2 at Ford Field. Among the top-four finishers at regional competition, the league, and Holly HS, had two regional champions. Jacob Gonzales from Holly was the Regional Champion at 135, and Cade Dallwitz was the Regional Champion at 189.
Qualifiers for the state finals and their regional finishes were:
Brandon: Brendan McClusky 140 (4th), Mike Nicaj 171 (4th)
Clio: Jacob Smith 145 (4th), Tristan Vance 160 (Runner Up), Tristan Vance 160 (Runner Up), Alex Yocum 215 (Runner Up), Blake Amy 285 (3rd), Trenton Idalski 103 (3rd)
Fenton: Jayden Rittenbury 145 (Runner Up)
Flushing: Jeremy Parker 215 (4th)
Holly: Nate Young 130 (3rd), Jacob Gonzales 135 (Champion), Cade Dallwitz 189 (Champion), Kolten Steele 215 (4th), Blake Querio 285 (Runner Up), Andrew Kolman 112 (Runner Up).
Kearsley: La'Ron Ruffin 130 (3rd), John Brown 171 (Runner-up), Jason Judd 112 (3rd)
Linden: Caleb White 130 (4th), Jimmy Roti 152 (3rd), Colton Powell 189 (3rd)
Owosso: Colton Blaha 152 (Runner-Up)
Swartz Creek: Joe Carpenter 140 (4th)
Swartz Creek and Flushing are Division 1 schools in MHSAA wrestling competition; all other FML schools are Division 2.
Fenton's Chloe Idoni and Holly's Blake Querio have been selected by the Athletic Directors of the Flint Metro League as Athletes of the Month for February.
Chloe Idoni is a two sport All-State player as well as All State Academic in both basketball and volleyball. A 4 year starter in both sports, Chloe has been selected unanimously as a 1st Team All Metro player in volleyball as a sophomore, junior and senior and as a freshman, sophomore and junior in basketball. In volleyball, she was All-State Hon. Mention as both a junior and senior while leading the Tigers to 3 league titles, 3 District titles, 2 Regional titles and a state semi appearance. In basketball, Chloe has been named All State HM as a sophomore and junior. Fenton has won 2 district championships and a league title this year. Also excelling in the classroom, Chloe's 3.9 gpa has earned her All State academic accolades in her sophomore, junior and senior years. Next year, she will continue her basketball career at Ferris State where she will major in Marketing and Business.
Blake Querio is a two sport athlete at Holly lettering in both football and wrestling. In football, Blake started every game for the Brochos as both a junior and senior and was voted the best offensive lineman by his teammates. Wrestling has been Blake's strongest sport with All-Conference honors since his sophomore year capped off by a Metro League championship and an Oakland County championship as a senior. A state qualifier as a sophomore, junior and senior, Blake earned All State honors last season placing 6th. He will be headed back to the state finals again this year after earning a District Championship and was a Regional runner-up with a 52-2 season record at 285. Blake is also an excellent student with a 3.865 gpa. After high school, Blake intends to wrestle for a Division I school, compete in at least one NCAA Championship and attend law school.
Both Chloe and Blake were also selected by a committee of area athletic directors as the Flint Kiwanis Athletes of the Month and will now be in consideration for the Kiwanis Athletes of the Year.
Flushing, Brandon, and Kearsley each won wrestling team districts and will now advance to MHSAA Regional competition. All matches will be held on Wednesday February 13. The winners will advance to the quarterfinal round, which will be held at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on February 22-23rd.
Flushing, a D1 District champion will wrestle against Midland at Midland HS at 6:00pm.
D2 Brandon will travel to Croswell-Lexington for a 5:30 match vs Farmington. Kearsley will make the hike to Gaylord to square off against St. John's at 6pm.
Every Flint Metro League school has at least one wrestler moving on to the MHSAA Individual Regional round, the final step before qualifying for the state individual wrestling finals held on March 1-2 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Linden leads the way with 8 individual qualifiers from the district round of competition, followed by Fenton with 7, Holly with 6, Clio with 5 and Kearsley with 4. Brandon and Flushing each qualified 3 wrestlers for Regionals, and Swartz Creek and Owosso had 2.
The league boasts 13 District champions:
Clio: Jacob Smith (145), Tristan Vance (160) and Alex Yocum (215)
Fenton: Trey Hale (119)
Flushing: Jeremy Parker (215)
Holly:Nate Young (130), Jacob Gonzales (135), Cade Dallwitz (189), Blake Quiro (285), Andrew Kolman (112)
Kearsley: John Brown (171)
Linden: Jimmy Roti (152)
Swartz Creek: Joe Carpenter (140)
The league's regional qualifiers include:
Brandon: 2nd Mike Nicaj (171), 4th Jack Culvey (135), 4th Brendan McClusky (140)
Clio: 1st Alex Yocum (215), 1st Jacob Smith (145), 1st Tristan Vance (160), 2nd Blake Amy (285), 2nd Trenton Idalski (103)
Fenton: 1st Trey Hale (119), 2nd Jayden Rittenbury (145), 3rd Luke Thornton (125), 3rd Dalton Wagner (171), Kendra Ryan (103), 4th Mason Church (145) 4th Lukas Zywicki (189)
Flushing: 1st Jeremy Parker (215), 2nd Luke Maurer (135), 4th Brennen Herr (125)
Holly: 1st Nate Young (130), 1st Jacob Gonzales (135), 1st Cade Dallwitz (189), 1st Blake Quiro (285), 1st Andrew Kolman (112), 2nd Kolten Steele (215)
Kearsley: 1st John Brown (171), 2nd Le'Ron Ruffin (125), 2nd Trenton DiGenova (145), 2nd Jason Judd (112)
Linden: 1st Jimmy Roti (152), 2nd Caleb White (130), 2nd Mitchell Kerr (140), 2nd Colton Powell (189), 3rd Uzziah Delgado (160), 4th Wyatt Gocha (171), 4th Preston Parker (285), 4th Michael Lescelius ((103)
Owosso: 2nd Colton Blaha (145)
Swartz Creek: 1st Joe Carpenter (140), 4th Brennon Larion (160)
For the second year in a row, Coach Don Pluta led Holly HS to an undefeated dual season in the league, finishing at 8-0. The Bronchos also finished in first place in the league tournament by 15.5 points over second place Clio.
Holly also was nominated by the most opponents as demonstrating the best sportsmanship with nominations by 3 Metro opponents while Owosso had two nominations and Swartz Creek, Fenton, Flushing and Brandon each had one.
Holly's Don Pluta was selected by his fellow Metro coaches as the 18-19 Coach of the Year also for the second year in a row. This years championship marks the 9th time Pluta's teams have won the title over his 40 years of coaching.
Flint Metro League Championship Results
2018-19 All-League Team
The Athletic Directors of the Flint Metro League have voted bowler Alexis Roof of Kearsley and wrestler Cade Dallwitz of Holly as the Athletes of the Month. Both students are two-time first team All-State athletes.
Alexis is in the midst of a stellar Bowling career at Kearsley High School. She is a three-time first team All-Metro League selection. Alexis has finished as the individual MHSAA Regional runner-up the past two seasons along with a Top Eight finish at the State Finals her Sophomore Year in 2017 and a Top Sixteen finish last year as a Junior in 2018. She is a two time Division 2 First Team All-State selection entering her senior season and one of the State’s leading candidates for Miss Bowling 2019. All of the individual success that Alexis has achieved has helped to spearhead a program that this spring will attempt to win an unprecedented 6th straight State Title. Also a stand-out in the classroom with a 3.549, Alexis has signed her letter of intent to attend Valparaiso University this fall on a Bowling scholarship where she will pursue a degree in nursing.
Alexis has also been selected as the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month which qualifies her for the Athlete of the Year.
Cade Dallwitz, is a two-time All State wrestler for Holly HS with a 3.860 GPA. Impressively, Cade has been a four year member of both the football and wrestling teams, serving as team captain in both sports. Dallwitz has been named to the First Team All-Metro football team as a punter as a senior and a 2 time All-Metro Champion in wrestling. Cade has been the Oakland County Champion as a sophomore, junior and senior, a MHSAA Regional champion as a junior, and a First Team All-State wrestler as a junior and senior. Cade has qualified for the MHSAA State Finals all three years prior to his senior season and posted 155 wins. He currently is ranked #1 in the state at #189 by the Michigan Grappler and is undefeated at 20-0 this season.
Cade has accepted a wrestling scholarship at Central Michigan University where he plans to major in pre-Medicine.
Previous Metro League Athletes of the Month for 2018-19 are:
Taylor Barrett*, Holly, and Logan Welch, Fenton(September)
Madeline Morrison, Flushing, and Chase Poulson, Fenton (October)
Caitlyn Dailey, Fenton, and Matt Hill, Brandon (November)
Sabrina Hall, Fenton, and Justin Schlaack, Swartz Creek (December)
* - also Flint Area Athlete of the Month
Sabrina Hall from Fenton HS and Justin Schlaack from Swartz Creek HS have been named as the December Athletes of the Month by the Flint Metro League.
Sabrina is a standout swimmer for the accomplished Tiger swim team. She has been a 4 year member of the team serving as team captain in her senior season. Sabrina has competed at the Division 2 State Finals qualifying in the top 16 with 3 relay teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. Hall also qualified for the D2 MISCA meet each year of HS. The 6 time Flint Metro League champion has also been a part of the record breaking 200 IM Relay team in both the Metro League and the Genesee County meet in 2018. Sabrina also excels in the classroom with a 4.07 GPA. She has been a 3 time member on the Academic All State swim team with the Tigers and qualified this year for Individual Academic All State. Sabrina will pursue her undergrad degree in either history, law or political science and may also continue her swim career at the collegiate level.
Jusin Schlaack is a two sport athlete for Swartz Creek and a two time MHSFCA All-Stater in football. The unanimous First Team Flint Metro League offensive lineman served as the team captain this season for the play-off bound Dragons. The Football Coaches Association named Schlaack to the D2 First Team as a Sr and was HM as an offensive lineman as a Jr. Schlaack earned 2nd Team All Metro honors in both the discus and the shot put as a junior for the Creek. Ha also holds a state record from Mid Michigan Powerlifting. Justin plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy and hopes to continue with either track or football in college.