December 2018 Issue if Varsity Monthly Thumb Magazine

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December 2018 Issue if Varsity Monthly Thumb Magazine

Rockets

Hoops

Take

Flight

We’ve got the Thumb Covered

Cagers, Grapplers and Gymnasts


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Publisher Gary Koelzer

Editor Phoebe Moore

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Contributing Photographers

Gary Koelzer

Jason Parmenter • Kaitlin Gunsell

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Inside

What’s

6 VG's Players of the Month

7 Advertiser of the Month

8 Caro

14 Cass City

18 Reese

22 Frankenmuth

24 Sandusky

26 Vassar

28 Harbor Beach

29 Kingston

30 Millington

32 Mayville

34 Carsonville Port Sanilac

35 Akron Fairgrove

36 Lakers

38 Bad Axe

40 Deckerville

41 Ubly

42 Unionville Sebewaing

46 Marlette

Mission Statement

Varsity Monthly Thumb Area (“VMTA”) is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of high

school athletics in Michigan’s Thumb region. VMTA, created in 2014, is a monthly sports magazine,

which displays achievements of local high school athletes, primarily through high quality photography.

At the heart of the Varsity Monthly mission is the support of local students, and our high school athletic

departments, in an effort to preserve physical health, competition through sport, and the development of

strong, well-rounded future leaders. Our various professional photographers attend games and/or events

in each of the 17 communities that we cover, each month. We then display these photographs of as many

athletes as possible, through our monthly publication, website and facebook page. VTMA highlights a

male and female standout athlete each month on our “Players of the Month” page. We are joined in this

awesome mission by a wealth of local businesses who support our youth by advertising in our publication,

on the page/s of their selected locality. The magazine would not be possible without these great

supporters and ask that you keep our advertising customers in mind for your local business needs. We

display the advertisements in the magazine, on our website and on our facebook page to provide them

with maximum exposure. We also award a customer each month with our “Advertiser of the Month,”

providing local business owners with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of high school athletics in

their lives and businesses, and the reason they support youth athletics in the Thumb. Thanks for visiting

varsitymonthlythumb.com and for your continued support of high school athletics. Go Thumb Teams!

We are available FREE

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Players Of The Month

Varsity Monthly Thumb is proud to announce our new sponsor for the Players

of the Month, VG’s Grocery of Caro. Now, not only will the players of

the month be featured in the magazine and recieve a stunning Player of the

Month T-Shirt, VG’s will also provide each athlete with a $25 gift Card!!

Sean Quade has long been counted on to distribute the basketball to Marlette’s

big men. But this year the senior point guard is being asked to handle more of the

scoring load.

The Red Raiders have seen their share of big, high-scoring post players in recent

years – guys like 2017 graduates Barrett George (6-foot-5), Isaac Dale (6-foot-

5) and Ethan McKenney (6-foot-4) and recent transfer Bryce George (6-foot-6).

Quade has responded by leading the Red Raiders in scoring, averaging over 18

points per game after Marlette’s first five contests. He scored a career-high 31

points Nov. 30 in an overtime win at Caro.

Quade, who also plays baseball and soccer for the Red Raiders, was an all-

Thumb basketball selection as a junior. Way to go Sean!

Sean Quade

It seems like Taylor Findlay has been bringing the ball up the court for the Reese girls’ basketball team

forever. But in reality, it’s only been four years. Findlay burst onto the scene as a freshman, taking over the

ever-important point guard duties for a Reese team that battles each season for regional and conference

titles. During her four-year tenor, expectations might be highest this year.

Although state rankings won’t be published until after the new year, the Rockets are sure to be listed

among the state’s elite teams as they have started the season with four consecutive

wins – and have the talent and pedigree to earn a spot. Reese has captured

a Greater Thumb West championship in each of Findlay’s first three seasons,

and the last 10 titles overall. Findlay has done her part, and has the postseason

accolades to show for it.

As a freshman, she was named honorable mention all-Thumb. As a sophomore

she made the all-Thumb second team and was honored as an honorable

mention selection to the Class C AP All-State team. And last year, Findlay

earned first-team all-Thumb honors while capturing a second honorable mention

all-state award. Findlay, who also plays volleyball, has narrowed her list of

college choices to Alma College and Adrian College. She said she looks forward

to playing basketball at the next level and attributes her success to her coaches,

parents, teammates and trainer. We wish Taylor the best of luck!

Taylor Findlay

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CARO

Photography by Kaitlin Gunsell

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Ph: 989-553-2428 Fax: 989-672-6052

Associate Broker, Real Estate One-Caro

kristinachapelo@realestateone.net

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25 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS SERVICE

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Photography by Gary Koelzer


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Ca


o

Photography by Kaitlin Gunsell

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Photography by Brittany Stilson

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CASS CITY

Hills And Dales General Hospital

4675 Hill Street

Cass City MI 48726

989 872 2121 www.hdghmi.org

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Local Athletics!

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

Photography by Tim Sheridan

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CASS CITY

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REESE

Photography by Brittany Stilson

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REESE

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Frankenmuth

Regional Finals Football

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Sandusky

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Our Redskins!

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Vassar

Photography by Gary Koelzer

Gary Koelzer Photography

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H arbor Beach

Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Kingston

Photography by Gary Koelzer

Photography by Jason Parmenter

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

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M i l l i n gto n

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Mayville

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Photography by Kristie Bauer

Pt. Sanilac

Carsonville

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

Akron

Fairgrove

Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Photography by Jason Parmenter

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The Corner Beverage

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Lakers

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Bad Axe

Photography by Jason Parmenter

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

Bad Axe Schools

Go Hatchets!

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Deckerville

Photography by Gary Koelzer

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Photography by Kaitlin Gunsell

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USA

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Your local agent insures your

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Caro

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Photography by Gary Koelzer

Go Patriots!

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Marlette

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