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9 Braves earn senior athlete awards

Courtesy photo Cam Ballard (left) and Megan Crow (right) pose with Gladstone Athletic Director Dave Lindbeck (center) and their Top Athlete awards recently in Gladstone.

GLADSTONE — Nine Gladstone Braves senior athletes earned honors at the Gladstone High School Senior Athlete Awards recently.

Cameron Ballard was named the recipient of the Senior Athletic Award, the Eldon R. Keil Award, which is presented each year to the top senior male athlete as selected by head varsity coaches.

Ballard earned seven varsity letters in his time at GHS, with two apiece for football and basketball and three for golf.

For football, Ballard accomplished the following: Great Northern Conference First Team as a wide receiver, All-U.P. First Team Offense, Detroit Free Press All-State Honorable Mention Receiver and Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Region.

In basketball, he had the following accolades: Mid-Peninsula All-Conference First and Second Team, was a two-time GNC First Team member, All-U.P.Second Team, All-State honorable Mention and Detroit Free Press All-State First Team.

Ballard was also awarded the 2021 David Stade Award — which is given annually to a top Gladstone golfer — and the Marvin and Teresa Pouliot Golf Memorial Award and Scholarship — which goes to a golf player who has earned a minimum of two varsity letters and has maintained a GPA of at least 3.0.

Megan Crow was the recipient of the Senior Female Award that is awarded yearly to the top female senior athlete as selected by varsity coaches.

Crow has nine varsity letters to her name with four for both basketball and volleyball and one for track.

She earned GNC Second Team as well as Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Academic All-State for volleyball.

Crow — who collected 1,078 points in her high school career — collected a number of honors in her time as a part of Gladstone’s basketball program, including three-time All-Conference for both the GNC and MPC, three-time All-U.P. First Team, two-time Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Best All-State as well as honorable mentions from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press.

Peter Noblet was awarded the Peter Chouinard Memorial Award — presented annually in memory of Peter Chouinard. It is presented to a senior wrestler who has demonstrated hard work, dedication and pride during their wrestling career — and the 2021 Michael Marmalick Memorial Award — presented annually to a football player who demonstrates excellent work ethic on and off the field.

Receiving the Robert Young “Heart Award” was Zachary Brazeau. The annual award in memory of Bob Young is awarded to a football player who puts the team first, gives everything he has for the good of the team, works hard to improve his skills, and has a passion to play the game of football.

Marnnea LaFave was awarded the Buchmiller Memorial Award and Scholarship given annually to a senior female athlete who puts their team first, always has a positive attitude and demonstrates leadership, work ethics and pride.

There were two students — Calvin Thibault and Blake Servant — named for the Irving C. Houle Track Award. The award is given to a male senior track athlete who has demonstrated a passion and love for track. They must have participated in track for all four years of high school and earned at least two varsity letters.

Ahan Larson received the Chelsea Hewitt Memorial Scholarship Award in memory of Chelsea Hewitt. The award is given to the person who emulates who Chelsea was.

A kind, loving person who puts others first, was active in her school and community and had a passion for life.

The Norman Peterson Memorial Award — presented annually to the top male or female tennis player — was awarded to Alaina Trudeau.

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