October 2017 Issue of Varsity Monthly Thumb Magazine

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October 2017 Issue of Varsity Monthly Thumb Magazine

Girls Rule

In this Issue:

Volleyball Coverage

Players of the Month


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Publisher Gary Koelzer

Editor Phoebe Moore

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Contributing Photographers

Gary Koelzer • Kevin Gregory

Jason Parmenter • Kaitlin Gunsell

Tim Sheridan

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Inside

What’s

6 Players of the Month

7 Advertiser of the Month

8 Caro

14 Cass City

18 Reese

22 Kingston

24 Sandusky

28 Ubly

29 Deckerville

30 Millington

32 Harbor Beach

33 Mayville

34 Frankenmuth

36 Vassar

38 Bad Axe

40 Unionville Sebewaing

42 Croswell-Lexington

43 North Huron

44 Akron Fairgrove

45 Carsonville Port Sanilac

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!

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Players Of The Month

Zach Jacobs had some big shoes to fill this year after becoming the go-to offensive

option for the Frankenmuth football team. Even though he was asked to switch positions,

the senior has proven he is up to the task. Jacobs, who made the move from running back

to quarterback, has led the Eagles on the stat sheet, and more importantly,

on the field. Jacobs leads ‘muth in rushing yards, touchdowns,

and recently led the Eagles to a Tri-Valley Conference East

championship – their sixth in a row.

With a 55-0 win over Caro on Friday, Oct. 13, Frankenmuth improved

to 6-0 in league play and 8-0 overall. In the most recent AP

rankings before the October issue of Varsity Monthly Thumb Edition

went to print, the Eagles were ranked No. 2 in Division 5.

With stars like Jared Davis, Grant Bronner and Kris Roche providing

big plays all year, Jacobs wasn’t the first option for Frankenmuth

a year ago. But he put in his time and is now the focal point of

the team’s offense. After Week 8 of the season, Jacobs was leading

the Eagles with 783 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. He also has

thrown for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those totals could be a lot Zach Jacobs

higher, but with Frankenmuth winning its games by an average of 25 points, most starters

only play three quarters. Last year, the Eagles advanced all the way to the semifinals of

the state playoffs, so Jacobs and his teammates hope there is a lot more season left in 2017.

Zach is hoping to play at the next level for a GLIAC school. Best of luck Zach!

For years, Cameryn Brown has been a familiar site in Caro’s Don Stamats Gymnasium.

Now a senior, Brown is taking steps to insure she will be remembered. With her booming

spikes, Brown, who is also a standout in basketball, is helping the Caro volleyball team to

one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Caro front line has been manned by a pair of

athletic seniors, Brown and McKenzie Smith. And with big hitters, come big wins. The Tigers

are 17-13-5 as of Oct. 13, and 2-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference East.

Brown has 191 kills, to Smith’s team-leading 203, but has

connected on 37.7 percent of her attempts, double the rate of

any of her teammates with at least 20 attempts. The middle hitter

also leads the team in blocks, with 60.

With state-power North Branch, and always-tough Frankenmuth

in the league, TVC-East titles can be difficult to come by

for the remainder of the conference. But Brown and teammates

are making sure the 2017 season lays a foundation for future

Caro volleyballers.

Cam plans on playing volleyball at the next level, but has

yet to decide which college she will attend. She will join her

Cameryn Brown

elite travel squad for this winter season as well. Cam is

interested in a career in the medical field.

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Advertiser Of The Month

Varsity Monthly is proud to award our October, 2017 Advertiser of the Month

to Carter Lumber. You can trust the Carter Lumber family to meet your building supply

needs. Carter Lumber has been serving professional builders since 1932, opening a store in

Caro in 2004.

Store Manager, Andrew Dargis says, “they truly are a family at Carter, the employees

have an unmatched level of appreciation for each other. Most companies say they care

about and provide excellent customer service, Carter Lives It!” Andrew is a sports fan,

having played basketball, baseball and soccer while growing up. He is a huge fan of college

football, his favorite sports memory is the last second victory for MSU over Michigan

in 2015.

At Carter Lumber they see the value that involvement in athletics can have on a student’s

life. They see that kids involved in sports get into less trouble and often get better

grades. Carter Lumber has caught the vision we have here at Varsity Monthly Thumb

Magazine to encourage and support athletes and athletics in the Thumb. Thank you for

being a loyal advertiser. in Varsity

Monthly and showing your

support for youth sports. Please

support the Carter Lumber family

by choosing them for all your

building supply needs.

Photography by Jason Parmenter

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Caro

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