ONE LAST HIGH SCHOOL GAME… Former Watervliet football standout Bryant Kieft poses with the championship trophy after the West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars June 23 at Saginaw Valley State University. Kieft, formerly a wide receiver on the Panther squad, caught two passes in the victory.
Watervliet athletes receive awards
High school spring sports for 2018 may be in the record books, but the awards continue to pile up for local student athletes. Watervliet High School has plenty of good news to share as they recently announced conference, district, and team awards.
In Southwest Athletic Conference baseball action, Garrett Matthews, Jakob Aldrich, Ryan Chisek, and Bryant Kieft were named First Team All-Conference honorees.
Ben Myas earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention award.
Earning All District nods were: Chisek as catcher; Kieft as a shortstop; Aldrich as a pitcher; and Matthews as an outfielder. The four also were selected for the All Region roster.
Chisek, Kieft, Aldrich, and Matthews also received Academic All-District and All Region nods. Chisek was honored as Academic All-State.
For the team awards, Kieft won “Big Stick” honors for his work at the plate. The Ace pitching award was given to Matthews and Aldrich. Chisek secured the Dirtball award for his fielding prowess, while Myas took home the coveted Panther award which honored all-around play.
Members of the varsity soccer squad collected awards as well. Victoria Smith was named First Team All-Conference. Teammates Emma Armstrong, Emma Kraklau, and Trinity Cain were named All Conference Honorable Mention.
Armstrong, Kraklau, and Smith also received All District recognition.
Smith was selected as the Watervliet girls’ varsity soccer team’s Most Valuable Player, while Cain earned Most Improved Player recognition.
Armstrong, Smith, and Kraklau shared team captain honors.
Three Panther softball players were selected for All-Conference awards. Ariana Rowe, Kara Liles, and Taylor Shafer received First Team honors in the Southwest Athletic Conference. Mikalah Clay was selected for an All-Conference Honorable Mention award.
Liles, for her work in the outfield, Rowe, as a pitcher, and Clay, as a catcher were named to the All District team. Liles also earned an All Region award; she paired that with an All Region Academic Honors award.
Rowe was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Madalyn Hutchins was selected as the Most Improved Player.
Clay was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Shafer won Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Watervliet duffer Isaac Workman was selected to the SAC All Division First Team. He was also the team’s Most Valuable Player. Brennan Dygert earned Most Improved Player recognition.
In track and field, Lamarrius Smith was the lone Panther state qualifier and he did not disappoint in the June competition. He earned All State recognition after finishing third in the MHSAA state finals’ long jump event. His 20’11” leap landed him the award. He also finished 13th in the high jump and ninth in the 200 meters.