By: Butch Harmon
Young Shiawassee peak performers for October
The Eric Birchmeier file
The New Lothrop football team is ranked third in the state in Division 7, and Birchmeier has been a big part of that success. The Hornets’ quarterback, Birchmeier has passed for 649 yards and 10 touchdowns. Birchmeier is also a threat as a runner, as he has rushed for 800 yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns.
The Kevin Koenig file
The Laingsburg quarterback has been a dynamic two-way threat for the Wolfpack. As a passer, Koening has passed for 432 yards and six touchdowns. As a runner, he has rushed for 582 yards and seven touchdowns. Koening passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns against Dansville and totaled 276 running and passing yards against Saranac.
The Madelyn Irelan file
A senior swimmer for Owosso, Irelan qualified for the state meet in the 100 butterfly, when she turned in a time of 1:04.06 in Owosso’s match with Mason. The time broke the school record and helped Owosso defeat Mason 120-66.
The Jarod Fattal file
A junior quarterback for Corunna, Fattal has been a key player in Corunna’s run to a state playoff berth. He is completing 67% of his passes this season, has passed for 1,052 yards and 12 touchdowns, and has added 245 yards and five touchdowns rushing.
The Kelsi Allen file
A senior on the Perry girls golf team, Allen finished third out of 72 players as an individual at the Division 4 regional at Glenbrier Golf Course. She carded an 87, which qualified for the Division 4 state tournament as an individual. Allen also placed second individually at the Greater Lansing Activities Conference tournament with a round of 89.
The Mirranda Libbey file
This talented young runner has been making a big splash in her freshman season with the Owosso cross country team. Libbey turned in a season-best time of 20:08 to finish 32nd at the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships. She also placed 11th at both the CAAC Red postseason meet and at the Chesaning Invitational and placed 18th to lead the Trojans at the Greater Flint Cross Country Championship.