MPA alumnus awarded prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor

Reprinted with permission from mgoblue.com  4/12/16                2016 Student-Athlete                           Recognition  Celebration The University of Michigan Athletic Department presented the Big Ten Medal of Honor to its 2015-16 recipients at its annual Student-Athlete Recognition Celebration on Tuesday evening (April 12), with seniors Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak) receiving the honor based on their proficiency in scholarship and athletics. The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In more than 100 years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction. Men's track and field member Ferlic is the male recipient of the prestigious award. He is the 20th men's track and field athlete at Michigan to receive the honor with the last being Jack Greenlee in 2013. Ferlic, an aerospace engineering master's student, was a USTFCCCA Academic All-American in 2014 and a Capital One Academic All-America second team (2015) and third team (2014) honoree. In 2015, he was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. He has earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the cross country (2014-15) and track and field seasons (2013-14-15) and has accumulated six total Academic All-Big Ten accolades. On the track, Ferlic is a four-time USTFCCCA All-American, including first team honors in 2016 as a member of Michigan's first All-America distance medley relay (DMR) team in nearly a decade (2007). Earlier this year, Ferlic ran the anchor leg of the DMR group that broke U-M's 12-year-old program record long held by the 2004 national champion relay team. He owns a pair of Big Ten titles in the indoor 5,000-meter run (2015-16) and another in the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (2015), to go with six Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards, one national Athlete of the Week accolade, three All-Great Lakes Region honors (2013-14-15) and three All-Big Ten recognitions (first team; 2014-15, second team; 2013). Last fall, he helped the team to its most successful season in nearly 20 years by leading the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Title since 1998 and the program's first Big Ten Regional title sweep since 1997, led by his individual title at the Great Lakes Regional. The female recipient of the award is Scavelli from field hockey. She is the first field hockey player to earn the award and joins her head coach Marcia Pankratz (Iowa, 1986) on the prestigious list. A team captain and four-year starter for the Wolverines, Scavelli is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and NFHCA Academic Squad honoree and two two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Scavelli will graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology this month and has earned a postgraduate scholarship. On the field, Scavelli ranked among U-M's leading scorers this season with a career-best nine goals, three assists and 22 assists. She boasted three game-winners, including the lone goal against No. 9 Stanford, as well as the late game-tying tally at No. 16 Northwestern. She was named to the NHFCA All-West Region first team, adding to her 2014 second team nod, and All-Big Ten first team. She played in 84 games over her four-year career, starting 71 on the forward line, and compiled 24 career goals, 10 assists and 58 points. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution.

Congrats Nordic Skiers

nordicCongratulations to sophomore Declan Dahlberg and freshman Matt Bourne for qualifying for the State Nordic Ski Meet. Declan finished 7th and Matt finished 14th at the Section 4A meet held on Thursday, February 4 at Hyland Hills. They will compete at State on Thursday, February 11 at Giant’s Ridge. Go Panthers!

Lansing Sports Center open Saturday mornings January and February

The Lansing Sports Center will be open Saturday mornings to MPA families and their friends from 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m. from January 9 through February 27. You are welcome to come and use the track, sports center, and fitness center. Remember to bring your friends! Lansing Sports Center open gym dates for 2016: January 9, 16, 23, and 30 February 6, 13, 20, and 27

Cross Country State Championship

CC Lukas and Declan.jpgDeclan and Lukas ran their best race of the year in the state cross country meet! Success in the state cross country meet requires precision and self control. The leaders start fast, tempting many runners to do foolish things. Declan and Lukas ran to perfection, earning personal best times and all state honors. Declan hit the first mile in 5:03 in 17th place, while Lukas was a few seconds behind in 5:07 in 27th place. That was fast enough to have room to run without getting jostled, but slow enough to have enough left to work the middle of the race. Both boys slowed the second mile, with Declan running 5:32, but moving up to 16th place, and Lukas running 5:33, moving up to 25th place. The last mile got faster, with Declan running 5:29 and Lukas running 5:25. Declan finished in 16:45, good enough for a personal best and 19th place. Lukas finished in 16:47, good for a personal best by 32 seconds, and 22nd place. Both boys earned all state honors for finishing in the top 25. With those results, Declan moves up to our 4th best all time, and Lukas moves up to our 5th best all time. Complete results for the boys class A race are at MTEC.

Fall 2015 Athletic Awards

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Keith Loukas Soccer
Dima Aunan Soccer
Nick Guiang Soccer
Sofie Netteberg Soccer
Abby Goodno Soccer
Declan Dahlberg Cross Country
Lukas Lindgren Cross Country
Emily Mudge Tennis
Rachel Lindrud Tennis
Ani Bailey Tennis
Maia Kelly Volleyball
  Honorable Mention
John Ogden Cross Country
JD Ogden Cross Country
Kian Dahlberg Cross Country
Nick Wroblewski Soccer
Sara Goodno Soccer
Mimi Lyons Tennis
Sofia Walker Tennis

Girls Tennis rolls to 4th in state rankings

DSC_0615 The girls tennis team is currently ranked 4th in the state in Class A tennis! The Panthers finished second in the highly competitive Pine City Invitational, finishing just behind State Class AA power Bemidji. They have also chalked up a number of early season wins over St. Paul Central, Simley, Highland Park and rival St. Paul Academy. Go Panthers!

Wolfpack Football wins first three games

MPA is part of a football cooperative including Hope Academy, Minnehaha Academy, St. Paul Academy and Blake School. The team is called the SMB Wolfpack. The co-op program opened the season winning their first three games with victories over St. Agnes, St. Paul Johnson and St. Paul Harding. The schools hold practices at Minnehaha Academy and play their games at Blake School. Players representing MPA are Charlie Kramer (11), Tony Kuba (10) and Will Kramer (9). The Wolfpack play again this Friday, 9/11, against New Life Academy/St. Croix Prep at Blake School – Hopkins at 7 p.m.

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