2016-12-29 / Sports

THE YEAR IN SPORTS

A look back at the top 10 Leelanau County sports stories of 2016


GLEN LAKE elementary students line the hallway to congratulate Nichole Cox on Oct. 17, two days after the senior golfer won her third straight Division 4 state championship. GLEN LAKE elementary students line the hallway to congratulate Nichole Cox on Oct. 17, two days after the senior golfer won her third straight Division 4 state championship. What a year.

Storybook seasons, standout performances and individual accolades made 2016 memorable for a variety of Leelanau County athletes and coaches.

Fans and parents had plenty to celebrate this year, whether it was a football team making an unexpected trip to the state final or a peninsula product shining in the international spotlight.

A comb through sports sections revealed a slew of memorable moments made in 2016, but we’ve done our best to whittle the list down to 10.

Starting on page 11 are the top 10 Leelanau County sports stories of 2016:



ALISHA GLASS leaves her feet to set a teammate during Team USA’s sweep of Japan on Aug. 16. Photo: FIVB ALISHA GLASS leaves her feet to set a teammate during Team USA’s sweep of Japan on Aug. 16. Photo: FIVB

LIBBY MUNOZ completes her hat trick against visiting Kingsley on May 2, breaking Jordan Newman’s MHSAA girls record for career goals with 196. LIBBY MUNOZ completes her hat trick against visiting Kingsley on May 2, breaking Jordan Newman’s MHSAA girls record for career goals with 196.

GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers lifts the Division 6 runner-up trophy on Nov. 25 following the team’s 26-14 loss to Jackson Lumen Christi in the state final at Ford Field in Detroit. Angers was later named “Coach of the Year” in Division 6. GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers lifts the Division 6 runner-up trophy on Nov. 25 following the team’s 26-14 loss to Jackson Lumen Christi in the state final at Ford Field in Detroit. Angers was later named “Coach of the Year” in Division 6.

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