Robbins, Pizii earn Petoskey Scholar Athlete Awards
Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf (center) poses Wednesday at the 67th annual Petoskey High School Varsity Awards Banquet at Petoskey High School. Award winners included (from left) Zak Lewis, Detroit Free Press Scholar-Athlete; Joe Robbins, U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award; Olivia Pizii, U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award; and Katie Kidd, Kelly Smith Award. (Steve Foley/News-Review / May 31, 2012)
— The U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Awards went to Joe Robbins and Olivia Pizii.
Pizii, who was a four-year letterwinner on the Northmen girls’ golf team, will play next season at Ferris State University and will join the college’s Professional Golf Management program. Pizii, who holds a 3.2 grade point average, was a four-time All-Big North selection, and was a four-time academic All-Stater.
Pizii finished second in the Big North Conference girls golf standings during her senior season, and was a first-team All-State selection after leading the Northmen to their first-ever appearance in the Division II state finals. A team captain, Pizii holds the school nine- and 18-hole records, and the school standard for low-putt average.
Pizii also earned two letters in basketball, where she also served as team captain her senior year and helped the Northmen win their first Class A district championship.
Robbins was a three-year starter and letterwinner on the Petoskey football team, earning first-team All-State honors from the Detroit Free Press and Special Mention from the Associated Press.
He will play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game this summer, and has signed with Grand Valley State University.
Robbins, who carries a 3.78 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, holds six Petoskey football records including career and season rushing yards, career and season touchdowns, career interceptions, and touchdowns in a single game.
In baseball, Robbins is a a three-year starter who earned All-District honors his sophomore and junior seasons, and was second-team All-Big North as a junior. In basketball, Robbins was a first-team All-Big North selection as a senior.
— The 19th annual Kelly Smith Award went to Katie Kidd, who earned three letters in volleyball and two in softball.
Kidd played a key role on the Northmen volleyball team during the 2011 season, helping lead the Northmen to a 40-9-1 record and earning second-team All-Big North Conference honors as a defensive and serving specialist.
In softball, Kidd plays centerfield and bats second in the order on a 22-12 team that finished second in the Big North. The award annually goes to a senior who performed beyond the call of duty both on and off the field.
— Zak Lewis was recognized as the Detroit Free Press Scholar-Athlete. Lewis, who has signed to play basketball at Madonna University, has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Lewis, a three-year letter winner in basketball and two-year letter winner in football, earned sixth-team Class B All-State honors after leading the Northmen basketball team to a third consecutive Big North championship.
He was twice named All-Big North first-team in basketball and last fall was named to the all-league first-team in football, helping lead the Northmen to their first outright Big North gridiron championship. He captained both the football and basketball teams.
— Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete nominees carrying at least a 3.5 GPA were Nick Godfrey and Tori Thompson.
— Three athletes were recognized as the Grand Slam Award Winners for participation in four varsity sports. They are Kelsey Ance, volleyball, basketball, soccer and track; Liz Fraser, volleyball, basketball, track and soccer; and Louis Lamberti, soccer, football, basketball and track.
— Eleven athletes were recognized as Triple Crown Award Winners for their participation in three varsity sports. They are Patrick Antonides, Claire Brummeler, Katelyn Crittenden, Noah Honaker, Breanna Merriam, Pizii, Robbins, Shane Severn, Hunter Stinger, Megan Tompkins and Alyssa VanWerden.
— Four-year letterwinners were Crittenden in girls basketball and track; Pizii girls golf; Stinger, Patrick Gitre and Ian Morrison, hockey; Hunter Pulaski boys golf; Jack Touran, cross country; Maire Carmody, girls soccer; Travis Lucier, wrestling; Cam Muller and Tyler Rasmussen, boys tennis; Samantha Rajewski, track; Luke Robbins, cross country; Kelly Siegrist, girls tennis; and Gabbi Vandenbrink, girls soccer.
— Thirty-two Northmen were honored by the Big North Conference for carrying a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Theya re Maire Carmody, Elise Chapdelaine, Alex Crouse, Chase Donakowski, Caleb Dann, Quinn Faylor, Hayley Fettig, Brian Gammon, Nick Godfrey, Anna Godzik, Andrew Hamlin, Mackenzie Kelbel, Katie Kidd, Zak Lewis, Freddie Liederbach, Ellen Loper, Ian Morrison, Cam Muller, Jake Mullin, Zola Murray, Spencer Nemecek, Kaitlyn Ostrander, Keegan Reynolds, Joe Robbins, Luke Robbins, Shane Severn, Liz Slater, Brett Taylor, Tori Thompson, Jack Touran, Gabbi Vandenbrink and Jenna Wood.
Team members from each sport who gave season wrapup presentations were Lewis and Robbins, boys basketball; Crittenden, girls basketball; Crittenden, Cindy Adams, girls track; Touran, Nemecek and Paul Winegard, boys track; Liederbach, boys cross country; Faylor, Brummeler, girls cross country; Muller, Adam Blachut, boys tennis; Rachel Wittenberg, Gabby Jensen, girls tennis; Godfrey, John Bowers, boys soccer; Vandenbrink, Faylor, Fettig, girls soccer; Pulaski, boys golf; Pizii, Alex Crouse, girls golf; Reynolds, football; Morrison, hockey; Kidd, volleyball; Severn, Lucier, wrestling; Gunnar Lundteigen, boys skiing; Lisa Dinon, girls skiing; Jordon Smith, Robbins, baseball; Thompson, softball.
Student masters of ceremony were Pizii and Robbins. Petoskey junior varsity boys basketball coach and radio play-by-play announcer Bryan Shaw introduced keynote speaker Dan Dierdorf, while a special recognition went out to Petoskey High School football coach Kerry VanOrman, who next month will receive a Beyond the Scoreboard Champions of Character coach of the year award.
Also earning lifetime passes to Petoskey athletic events as implemented by the Big North Conference were Jim and Carol Helmer and Scott Batchelor.