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Jonesville Fall Sports Review: student athletes recognized in annual awards banquet

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville High School staff and coaches recognized the achievements of their student athletes from the fall sports season with their annual awards banquet.

These are the highlight achievements and awards that student-athletes at Jonesville High School received this year for their efforts in the 2023 fall sports season from their peers, leagues and coaches associations.

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JHS Sportsmanship Award

The Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes, who through their action in the competitive arena, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.

This year's honorees were Hailey Russell - Sideline Cheer; Nicholas Fowler - Boys Cross Country; Kendahl Drake - Girls Cross Country; Blake Ryan - J.V. prep football; Tyler Milks - prep football; Marshall Baker - Soccer; Hannah Young - J.V. Volleyball and Morgan Wood - prep volleyball.

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Academic All-Conference Honorees

  • Sideline Cheer - Sarah Alspaugh, Alaina Barrett, Ariel Brandon, Emma Caldwell, Kylie Campbell, Victoria Jemes, Ashley Martin, Hailey Russell, Serenity Smiertka

  • Boys Cross Country - David Fowler, Jacob Norman, Carter Rounds, Gavin VanKampen

  • Football - Austin Bowers, Tyler Milks, Damon Newell, Fisher Potts, Isaac Shively, Brady Stanton, Connor VanBuskirk

  • Soccer - Carter Baker, Warrick Elder, Mytchal Morrison

  • Volleyball - Kylie Campbell, Alexis Ewing, Gracen Hager, Lyra Nichols, Mackenzie Plum, Brooke Sharp

Jonesville cross country earned team Academic All-State honors.
Jonesville cross country earned team Academic All-State honors.
Jonesville varsity volleyball earned team Academic All-State honors.
Jonesville varsity volleyball earned team Academic All-State honors.

Academic All-State and All-District

Two cross country runners - Gavin VanKampen and Nicholas Fowler - received individual Academic All-State honors this season. The Jonesville varsity boys cross country team also earned Academic All-State. Members include Caleb Blonde, Zachery Childress, David Fowler, Nicholas Fowler, Collin Fucile, Jacob Norman and Gavin Van Kampen.

The MIVCA announced their individual Academic All-State honorees, and Comet volleyball athletes Kylie Campbell, Alexis Ewing, Gracen Hager and Lyra Nichols all earned honors. The Comet varsity volleyball team also earned Academic All-State honors as a group. Members include Natalynn Beach, Kylie Campbell, Alexis Ewing, Carley Graves, Gracen Hager, Haley Mach, Lyra Nichols, Mackenzie Plum, Brooke Sharp and Morgan Wood.

The MIHSSCA named Carter Baker and Warrick Elder as Academic All-District honorees. The Comet boys varsity soccer team was named Academic All-District. Members of the team include Carter Baker, Donovan Baker, Marshall Baker, Wyatt Brooks, Logan Church, Bret Cole, Carsen Cornila, Kyle Covey, Warrick Elder, Ryan Marcavage, Cameron Moore, Talon Moore, Jeremiah Morrison, Mytchal Morrison, Caleb Morts, Austyn Strachan, Jaren Trujillo and Cole Trumper.

Jonesville junior Ryan Marcavage (17) competes for the Comets at the district semifinals.
Jonesville junior Ryan Marcavage (17) competes for the Comets at the district semifinals.

All-District and All-Region

The MIHSSCA named Warrick Elder and Ryan Marcavage as All-District soccer players for 2023.

After helping earn a boys regional championship, cross country runners Gavin VanKampen, Caleb Blonde and Nicholas Fowler placed in the top 15 to earn All-Region honors.

The MIVCA named senior volleyball player Gracen Hager an All-Region honoree for the 2023 season.

Jonesville senior Gavin VanKampen earned all-conference honors.
Jonesville senior Gavin VanKampen earned all-conference honors.

Cascades Cross Country All-Conference

After helping the Comets earn a co-share of the Cascades Conference title after winning the championship race, several boys runners earned All-Conference honors for their final results.

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Caleb Blonde, David Fowler, Nicholas Fowler and Gavin VanKampen all earned first-team honors. Collin Fucile and Jacob Norman both earned second-team honors.

For the girls cross country team, Karly Page earned second team All-Conference honors.

Austin Bowers - senior - was named a first team all-conference linebacker for the 2023 season.
Austin Bowers - senior - was named a first team all-conference linebacker for the 2023 season.

Cascades Football All-Conference

The Jonesville varsity football team received multiple All-Conference honorees for the 2023 season.

Junior Carson Playford earned honorable mention honors for linebacker. Senior Linebacker Austin Bowers earned first team All-Conference honors. Junior defensive lineman Scotty Aube earned first team All-Conference honors.

Offensively, senior Brady Stanton earned first team All-Conference honors for the center position. Junior Cooper Stevens earned first team All-Conference honors for offensive tackle.

Cascades Soccer All-Conference

The Jonesville varsity boys soccer team had four athletes named to the Cascades conference team for their first season in the league.

Carter Baker and Marshall Baker both received second team honors. Warrick Elder and Ryan Marcavage both earned first team honors.

Cascades Volleyball All-Conference

Two members of the Comet volleyball team received All-Conference honors for their first-ever season of Cascades Volleyball.

Senior Alexis Ewing received honorable mention honors. Senior Gracen Hager received first team honors.

Jonesville senior Gracen Hager (8) was a first team all-conference honoree.
Jonesville senior Gracen Hager (8) was a first team all-conference honoree.

JHS Most Valuable/Most Consistent Player Awards

  • Boys Cross Country – Gavin Van Kampen

  • Girls Cross Country – Karly Page

  • Varsity Football - Austin Bowers, Carson Playford

  • Soccer – Offensive Player of the Year - Warrick Elder, Defensive Player of the Year - Ryan Marcavage

  • JV Volleyball - Jayda Rathbun

  • Varsity Volleyball – Gracen Hager

JHS Coaches Awards

  • Cheerleading - Sideline - Aleecia Girdham

  • Boys Cross Country - Caleb Blonde

  • Girls Cross Country - Maria Mandrelle

  • JV Football - Ian Doyle, Kaleb Males

  • Varsity Football - Cooper Stevens

  • Soccer - Bret Cole

  • JV Volleyball - Jaclyn Henry

  • Varsity Volleyball - Best Teammate - Natalynn Beacher

JHS Most Improved Player Awards

  • Cheerleading - Sideline - Alaina Barrett

  • Boys Cross Country - Ryder Cornett

  • Girls Cross Country - Dana Woods

  • JV Football - Devan Herendeen

  • Varsity Football - Brady Stanton

  • Soccer - Jaren Trujillo

  • JV Volleyball - Bryn Rusk

  • Varsity Volleyball - Brooke Sharp

Warrick Elder scored six goals to set a new MHSAA record in the playoff win over Blissfield.
Warrick Elder scored six goals to set a new MHSAA record in the playoff win over Blissfield.

Fall Sports Highlighted Moments

In addition to winning their first playoff game since 2016, the Comet varsity boys soccer team captain - Senior Warrick Elder - set an MHSAA record for six goals in a game.

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Freshman Caleb Blonde set a school record for freshman cross country boys times with a 16:35.5. The previous record holder was Carson Laney, who set a time of 16:52 in 2016.

The boys cross country team finished the year with a Cascades Co-Conference championship, a regional championship and an eighth-place team finish at the State Finals.

This article originally appeared on Hillsdale Daily News: Jonesville student athletes recognized in annual Fall Sports Awards