2016-12-01 / Sports

10 Lakers named to Fall Sports Dream Team

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

For all but two weeks of the 2016 campaign, Glen Lake boasted the lone football team in Leelanau County.

And the Lakers didn’t disappoint.

Fueled by an explosive offense and a hard-hitting defense, the Lakers won district and regional championships this fall en route to their first state finals appearance in two decades.

The 11-3 season was more than good for five spots on our 2016 Fall Sports Dream Team.

The Fall Sports Dream Team is a hodgepodge of the county’s top athletes in cross country, football, golf and tennis. Players are nominated by their respective coaches then selected by the Enterprise sports staff.

The five football players chosen for this year’s team are senior linebacker Duke Angers, senior lineman Ryan Nadlicki, senior lineman Jake Palmer, junior quarterback Cade Peterson and senior cornerback Josh Zientek.

Peterson provided a spark for Glen Lake’s offense this season, filling the stat sheet both through the air and on the ground. He threw for 2,178 yards, 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions while rushing for 658 yards and seven scores on 127 carries.

“Best quarterback that I’ve ever been associated with,” said coach Jerry Angers.

Glen Lake’s lethal offense also featured big-play ability on the ground as the Lakers rushed for nearly 200 yards per game this season.

Nadlicki and Palmer, three-year starters on the offensive line, had a lot to do with it. Both were contributors on the defensive side of the ball, as well.

Duke Angers, another three-year starter, led the defense with a teamhigh 134 tackles, including 22 for loss.

He had plenty of help, especially from reliable starters like Zientek.

“Pound for pound, toughest kid on our football team,” Jerry Angers said.

The team’s pursuit of a state title fell short this fall, but the school was able to celebrate a state championship.

Nichole Cox, a senior golfer, took home her third straight state title in October after carding a two-day 150 at Forest Akers West in East Lansing.

Cox, an MIGCA Super Team honoree, has since signed her national letter of intent to golf at Bowling Green.

“I am going to miss that powerful swing,” Glen Lake coach Paul Christiansen said.

Meanwhile, a pair of Glen Lake cross country runners, senior Sunny Charpentier and junior Drake Parker, competed in the Division 4 state meet at Michigan International Speedway.

Charpentier and Parker, both all-academic all-state honorees, qualified for states after finishing sixth and 12th in the regional race, respectively.

The St. Mary girls also competed at states after placing third as a team at regionals. Dream Team honorees are eighth-grader Ciara Glynn, junior Hanna Grant and junior Lexi Schaub.

The Lady Eagles are expected to return all runners next season.

“This was really a maturation year,” coach Nick Papes said. “When we see what happens as it unfolds next year, as these kids turn into seniors and one of these girls becomes an official high schooler, it’s going to be interesting to watch. We’ll go from chasing the target to having the target on our backs.”

Last but certainly not least on this year’s Fall Sports Dream Team is the Leelanau tennis program’s No. 1 doubles duo, sophomore Xander Okerlund and senior Cathy Daniel.

The tennis tandem finished 17-3 in 2016, won four tournaments and advanced to the regional semifinals.

DUKE ANGERS

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Football, Grade: Senior, Position: Fullback, linebacker, punter, Parents: Jerry and Kathy Angers, Memorable moment: Playing at Ford Field in the state championship on Nov. 25, Game day ritual: Loosening up before every game with a resistance band, Sports influence: Jerry Angers, Eric Gordon and Darren Keyton, Rival: Frankfort and St. Francis, By the numbers: Rushed for 258 yards on 56 carries and 3 touchdowns … hauled in 7 passes for 49 yards (7.0) and 1 touchdown … tallied a team-high 134 tackles, including 22 for loss … picked off 1 pass … forced 2 fumbles … recovered 2 fumbles … punted 19 times for 778 yards (41.0) Coach’s comment: “Tremendous leader. Great teammate and extremely great football player.” —Jerry Angers

SUNNY CHARPENTIER

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Cross country, Grade: Senior, Parents: Paul and Tracey Charpentier, Memorable moment: Finishing sixth at the regional race in Benzie on Oct. 29, Game day ritual: Eating pasta the night before, Sports influence: Kaitlin Grigg, Rival: Frankfort, By the numbers: Hit a PR of 21:02 at the regional race … named all-conference honorable mention and academic all-state Coach’s comment: “Every time Sunny put her spikes on she got better. Sunny exemplifies that the purpose of running is to test one’s limits of the heart, to achieve self-satisfaction and just simply enjoy the run. She’s been an outstanding runner and will be missed.” —Ryan Schut

NICHOLE COX

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Golf, Grade: Senior, Parents: Duane and Kristen Cox, Memorable moment: Winning a third consecutive state championship at Forest Akers West on Oct. 15, Game day ritual: Listening to music, Sports influence: Duane and Kristen Cox, Rival: Anika Dy of Traverse City West, By the numbers: Sported a scoring average of 74 … finished first or second in every 2016 appearance Coach’s comment: “Nichole has had a dream high school career. She is only the third girl in MHSAA golf history to win three titles. She has really grown as a player and a person over these four seasons. Nichole has become much more consistent as a player and really improved in course management. I am going to miss that powerful swing and I am so excited for her future at Bowling Green.” —Paul Christiansen

DANIEL & OKERLUND

Names: Cathy Daniel and Xander Okerlund, School: Glen Lake, Sport: Tennis, Grades: Senior, sophomore, Position: No. 1 doubles, Parents: Russ and Cindy Daniel; Scott and Melissa Okerlund, Memorable moment: Advancing to the regional semifinals on Oct. 7, Game day ritual: Spinning a racket before each match, Sports influence: Tim Sutherland, Rival: Traverse City West, By the numbers: Finished 17-3 … won four tournaments … added one runner-up finish Coach’s comment: “I will miss Cathy dearly. She was a great leader and team captain, and one of the best doubles players male or female in Glen Lake tennis history. She has the ability to play college-level tennis. Xander is an amazing athlete, and as a sophomore is just scratching the surface of his talent” —Tim Sutherland

CIARA GLYNN

School: St. Mary, Sport: Cross country, Grade: Eighth, Parents: Brian and Megan Glynn, Memorable moment: Running with the team all season, Game day ritual: None, Sports influence: Brian and Megan Glynn, Rival: Anyone ahead of her in a race, By the numbers: Finished seventh with a 21:06 at the regional race in Benzie on Oct. 29 … medaled in five of nine races Coach’s comment: “Apparently age is just a number for Ciara, her size but an inconvenience. I chose to limit her miles this year like a pitch count on a rookie, but next year the leash comes off.” —Nick Papes

HANNA GRANT

School: St. Mary, Sport: Cross country, Grade: Junior, Parents: Becky and Steve Grant, Memorable moment: Running with teammates all season, Game day ritual: Drinking cherry juice, Sports influence: Becky Grant, Rival: Manton, By the numbers: Finished third with a 20:08 at the regional race in Benzie on Oct. 29 … won two races … medaled in 10 of 11 races … set school record with a 19:50 in Manistee on Oct. 22 Coach’s comment: “Amidst all of the success in her first season, I most admire how grounded Hanna has remained. Hanna has an indomitable work ethic combined with unparalleled humility that makes her a joy to coach.” —Nick Papes

RYAN NADLICKI

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Football, Grade: Senior, Position: Guard, nose guard, Parents: Steve and Lisa Nadlicki, Memorable moment: Winning the regional title against Pine River in the snow at Thirlby Field on Nov. 19, Game day ritual: Walking the field with teammates before every home game, Sports influence: Shane Morris, Rival: Frankfort, By the numbers: Contributed to a rushing attack that averaged 198.2 yards per game … tallied 39 tackles, including 3 for loss … forced 1 fumble Coach’s comment: “Ryan has a great work ethic and is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached in the trenches.” —Jerry Angers

JAKE PALMER

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Football, Grade: Senior, Position: Offensive tackle, defensive end, Parents: Mike and Denise Palmer, Memorable moment: Walking through the tunnel at Ford Field before the state championship game on Nov. 25, Game day ritual: Talking for 20 minutes with linemen in the locker room, Sports influence: Dan Rosenberg, Rival: Frankfort, By the numbers: Contributed to a rushing attack that averaged 198.2 yards per game … finished with 25 tackles, including 3 for loss … recovered 1 fumble Coach’s comment: “Very knowledgeable kid who uses his skill and intelligence to defeat his opponent.” —Jerry Angers

DRAKE PARKER

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Cross country, Grade: Junior, Parents: Brandon and Jennifer Parker, Memorable moment: Finishing 12th at the regional race in Benzie on Oct. 29, Game day ritual: Warming up with teammates, Sports influence: Steve Prefontaine, Rival: Benzie Central, By the numbers: Hit a PR of 17:35 at the regional race … medaled in every race leading up to state final … racked up six top-10 finishes … secured all-conference first-team honors and academic all-state laurels Coach’s comment: “His commitment to the sport paid off this year and I am beyond thrilled to have him as a runner. Drake has a runner’s drive and understands what it takes to be successful.” —Ryan Schut

CADE PETERSON

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Football, Grade: Junior, Position: Quarterback, Parents: Tim and Michelle Peterson, Memorable moment: Winning the regional title against Pine River in the snow at Thirlby Field on Nov. 19 and playing at Ford Field in the state championship on Nov. 25, Game day ritual: Eating at Qdoba every Wednesday and at Jared Jackson’s house every Thursday, Sports influence: All coaches, Michelle Peterson, Rival: Frankfort, By the numbers: Completed 119 of 222 throws for 2,178 yards, 22 touchdowns and 3 interceptions … rushed for 658 yards on 127 carries and 7 touchdowns Coach’s comment: “Best quarterback that I’ve ever been associated with — with great things to come.” —Jerry Angers

LEXI SCHAUB

School: St. Mary, Sport: Cross country, Grade: Junior, Parents: Chris and Andrea Schaub, Memorable moment: Placing third as a team at the regional race in Benzie on Oct. 29, Game day ritual: Eating oatmeal and braiding teammates’ hair, Sports influence: Andrea Schaub, Rival: Frankfort, By the numbers: Finished 17th with a 21:31 at the regional race … medaled in six of 11 races Coach’s comment: “Adversity gravitates towards leaders and reveals them to others. Lexi had a brilliant season grinding through adverse moments and she continues to be a driving force behind the success of this team.” —Nick Papes

JOSH ZIENTEK

School: Glen Lake, Sport: Football, Grade: Senior, Position: Running back, cornerback, Parents: John and Krista Zientek, Memorable moment: Spending time with teammates on long bus rides to Calumet and Detroit, Game day ritual: None, Sports influence: John Zientek, Rival: Frankfort and St. Francis, By the numbers: Rushed for 226 yards on 27 carries and 3 touchdowns … tacked on 54 tackles, including 3 for loss Coach’s comment: “Pound for pound, toughest kid on our football team.” —Jerry Angers

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