A number of Petoskey High School athletes were honored with myriad awards Wednesday at the school’s 68th annual Varsity Awards Banquet.
— The U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Awards went to Louis Lamberti and Liz Fraser.
Fraser has earned 10 letters in her high school career including four in track and field and two each in girls’ basketball, soccer and volleyball.
She was a member of the Big North Conference champion basketball and girls’ soccer teams. Twice Fraser had earned the school’s Grand Slam Award, which goes to athletes who earn four varsity letters in a school year.
Fraser was also a regional medalist twice in the 100-meter hurdles and once in high jump.
Carrying a 3.9 grade point average, Fraser is also a recipient of the Presidential Academic Award and is a National Honor Society member.
Fraser will attend DePauw University in the fall where she plans to compete in soccer and track.
Lamberti has earned 12 varsity letters in his high school career including four in track and field, three in football and two each in soccer and basketball.
Lamberti is the defending Division II state champion in the high jump, where he finished at 6 feet, 8 inches last season.
A two-time Big North Conference and regional champion in the high jump, Lamberti holds the Petoskey High School school record in the event at 6-10, and was a member of last season’s regional winning 1600-meter relay team in 3 minutes, 27.2 seconds.
Lamberti was also a member of the 2012 state runner-up boys’ soccer team and was selected to the Division II All-State second-team.
Also carrying a 3.9 GPA, Lamberti will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to compete in track and field.
— The 20th annual Kelly Smith Award went to both Quinn Ameel and Jill Antonishen.
The award annually goes to a senior who performed beyond the call of duty both on and off the field. The award was named after Kelly Smith who ran both cross country and track throughout her high school career, Smith was not only known for her athletic and academic prowess, but also as a team player who exemplified sportsmanship both during and after competition.
Antonishen was a member of Petoskey’s Division II state championship girls’ ski team, where she earned three varsity letters, and was All-Conference and All-State. Antonishen also earned three letters in cross country and two more in soccer, helping the Northmen earn a Big North Conference championship last season.
Ameel was the quarterback for the football team and guard on the basketball team where he earned three letters in football and two more in basketball.
Ameel was a first-team All Big North selection in football, and in basketball helped the Northmen win the Big North Conference title in each of the past two seasons.
— Kelsey Ance and Ben Loomis were recognized as the Detroit Free Press Scholar-Athletes. Each scholar athlete must hold at least a 3.0 GPA.
Ance has earned a total of 14 varsity letters throughout her stellar high school career including four each in volleyball, basketball and soccer and two more in track.
Ance helped the Northmen volleyball team to a 36-5-4 record where she earned second-team All-Big North honors and was selected to the All-Regional team. In basketball, Ance was a first-team All-Conference selection, where she guided the Northmen to a 17-3 record and league title. Ance finished her career with 997 total points, fourth highest in Petoskey girls’ basketball history, and was also an academic All-State selection.
Ance also earned academic All-State in soccer and as a goalkeeper backstopped the Northmen to a league title in the previous three seasons.
Ance will attend Lake Superior State University in the fall to play basketball.
Loomis was a member of the Division II state championship boys ski team, where he was also named to the All-Conference team and All-State team.
Loomis also earned two letters in football.
— Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete nominees carrying at least a 3.5 GPA were Hannah Scholten and Lisa Dinon.
— Three athletes were recognized as the Grand Slam Award Winners for participation in four varsity sports. Those were Ance, volleyball, basketball, soccer and track; Fraser, volleyball, basketball, track and soccer and Lamberti, soccer, football, basketball and track.
— Another 11 athletes were recognized as the Triple Crown Award Winners for their participation in three varsity sports. They are Antonishen, cross country, skiing, soccer; Pat Antonides, football, wrestling, baseball; Claire Brummeler, cross country, skiing, track; Matt Dankert, soccer, skiing, track; Noah Honaker, soccer, skiing, track; Morgan Jons, cross country, soccer, track; Cam Ludlow, tennis, hockey, golf; Breanna Merriam, volleyball, hockey, softball; Nick Strobel, football, wrestling, baseball; Megan Tompkins, volleyball, basketball, track; and Alyssa VanWerden, volleyball, basketball and soccer.
— Four-year letterwinners were Ance in volleyball, basketball and track; Fraser, track; Lamberti, track; Honanker, skiing; Ludlow, tennis; Merriam, hockey; Tompkins, basketball; Danny Clancy, cross country; Kevin Hansen, hockey; Reilly Philliben, skiing; Logan Hensley, cross country, Loomis, skiing; Kathy Rajewski, track; Aaron Cook, hockey; Tanner Davis, hockey; Ken Forton, hockey; Brandon Myers, wrestling; Zach Phillips, tennis; Skye Pieffer, hockey; Derek Smith, hockey; Nick Trombley, hockey; and Rachel Wittenberg, tennis.
— A record 46 Northmen were honored by the Big North Conference for carrying a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Those athletes were Evan Altman, Ameel, Ance, Antonishen, Adam Bayer, Sam Blankenhagen, Ellie Chambers, Shannon Cosens, Ricki Coston, Chandler Cummings, Erik Davenport, Dinon, Fraser, Kayla Fryczynski, Honaker, Graham Hooley, Jonathan Ismond, Gabby Jensen, Jons, Lamberti, Loomis, Ludlow, Marissa Mazzoline, Trent McCullough, Nate McGann, Will McMasters, Brittany Murray, Mikayla Naybeck, Danielle Paquette, Cole Paul, Philliben, Brandon Pomranke, Rebecca Rash, Erin Rautio, Mitch Reynolds, Kaylyn Schiemann, Scholten, Sara Slack, Mitch Smielewski, Megan Tompkins, Nick Trombley, Liz Vangyi, VanWerden, Whitney Warner, Christian Wilder and Laurel Young.
Team members from each sport who gave season wrap up presentations were Fryczynski and Mazzoline, bowling; Ameel, Davenport, boys’ basketball; Ance, Scholten, girls’ basketball; Slack, Rajewski, girls’ track; Paul Winegard, boys’ track; Antonishen, Brummeler, girls’ cross country; Hensley, Clancy, boys’ cross country; Pomranke, boys’ tennis; Ellie Chambers, Jensen, girls’ tennis; Altman, AJ Hoffman, boys’ soccer; Dinon, VanWerden, girls’ soccer; Tony DeAgostino, football; Trombley, hockey; Tompkins, VanWerden, volleyball; Jordan Haggerty, Myers, wrestling; Loomis, boys’ skiing; Dinon, girls’ skiing; Paul, Smielewski, baseball; Annie Hansen, softball.
Student masters of ceremony were Lamberti and Fraser. Petoskey varsity football coach Kerry VanOrman introduced keynote speaker Chuck Gordon, while a special recognition went out to Petoskey boys’ basketball coach Dennis Starkey, who next month will receive a Beyond the Scoreboard Champions of Character coach of the year award.
Also, Kurt Boucher was awarded the Dwayne Swenor Football Scholarship on behalf of Swenor’s son, Eric Swenor. Dwayne Swenor was a 1958 Petoskey High School graduate and longtime teacher and coach in basketball, track and field and football spanning five decades.
The scholarship fund was built after his passing in February 2012.
The Petoskey High School football team also was honored with a sportsmanship award for the 2012 season by the U.S. Army’s Joe English. Also earning a lifetime pass to Petoskey and Big North Conference athletic events was Jack Waldvogel, a longtime Petoskey High School athletic supporter. Also recognized was Petoskey teacher and former coach Roy Harvey, who after 40 years will retire following this school year.