05-21-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma names most outstanding Comet Athletes; AD and coaches make special delivery

In an effort to try and find a unique way to honor our Coloma Comet seniors, and safely hand them their awards, Coloma athletic director Wendy Goodline came up with a unique and yet still personal way to honor these seniors who were most deserving of their recognition.

The normal end of the school year awards is done in the auditorium, with plenty of folks involved. But because of the unique circumstances under which we are currently living, Wendy decided, once all coaches who were on board were also completely healthy, and with no signs of the virus, set out by vehicular caravan to honor these Comet seniors in person. It was a great idea under the circumstances, and we can only hope it will never have to be repeated.

This group of 2020 graduates will most likely have this memory to keep as their own forever. It seemed to be met with a great deal of appreciation from the honorees and their families.

Megan Neubecker named winner of the Neil Peters’ Outstanding Academic / Athlete Award

Coloma’s caravan of coaches stopped at the home of Megan Neubecker, to hand her the plaque honoring her for excelling, both as an outstanding student and athlete. Megan is a very deserving recipient of the Neil Peters Award, and said receiving this award was a big achievement for her, and was the culmination of all the hard work she’s put in since entering Coloma High School as a freshman.

In her words, Megan states, “I’ve pushed myself hard to play three sports and maintain a 4.0 GPA, all four years. There were times where it got hard, but I pushed myself through it. Winning this award means a lot to me because it recognizes me for my hard work and dedication to both my academics and athletics.” Megan goes on to say she’s very thankful for her coaches and teachers who helped to push and challenge her.

Megan was an outstanding 3-sport star for the Comets, and excelled in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She also played her sports in traveling teams in the summer. Megan was all conference in all three sports, and was also named to the all state honorable mention team, as a center fielder, for Coach Goodline’s softball squad. One of Megan’s top memories as a Comet would have to be getting a lead off hit which started the winning rally that propelled Coloma on to win the softball state championship game in her sophomore year.

Megan also was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA thru high school and will be continuing her academic and athletic career as she moves on to the LMC campus, where she will compete on their volleyball team. There is no doubt she will continue to have scouts while playing at LMC checking out her talents, and with her dedication and work ethic she will certainly get offers to finish her collegiate career at a 4-year university. Steve Neubecker and Shannon Neubecker are Megan’s proud parents, who have been fully engaged and supporting in helping to get Megan to this point in her life.

Cole Alsup named as the Coloma Comet Male Athlete of the Year

Cole Alsup is another outstanding athlete and as one of his coaches expressed, he’s simply just a really great young man. Cole, who also competed in three sports throughout his Comet career, has accomplished something very few, if any, athletes have ever accomplished at Coloma. That is achieving all-state recognition in three different sports.