Mason County Sports HOF Announces Student-Athlete of the Year Winners

LUDINGTON – The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame has named its 2016-17 Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

Mason County Central senior Jacob Shoop has been honored as the Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while Mason County Eastern senior Jordan Goodman and Ludington senior Lauren Briggs have been named Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year recipients.

A 12-time letterwinner, Shoop, a multi-sport athlete has earned letters in cross country, track and field and wrestling and became Mason County Central’s first individual state wrestling champion in 31 years and the county’s first in 20 years this past winter. A three-time individual state medalist, Shoop won four district championships, one regional title and two West Michigan Conference championships while concluding his career as the all-time winningest wrestler in program history with a 192-23 record.

Shoop, who will continue his wrestling career and education at six-time defending NAIA national champion Grand View (Iowa) University, is a two-time all-WMC honoree in cross country and won the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award this year.

A multi-time letterwinner in cross country, girls basketball and track and field, Goodman has won two state Division 4 state championships in the 100 and currently owns the program’s record in the 100, 200 and 400 while accumulating 14 Western Michigan D League titles and nine regional championships. Goodman led the Cardinals to a Western Michigan D League cross country championship in 2015 and plans to continue her career at Aquinas College in the fall, competing on the school’s women’s track and field program.

An eight-time letterwinner for Ludington in cross country and track and field, Briggs twice earned all-state honors at the Division 2 cross country and state finals and won an individual regional title in 2016. Briggs is also a three-time Lakes 8 Activities Conference cross country champion and owns the school record in the 400 and 800 runs for track and field.  

A member of the National Honor Society, Briggs, who graduated with a 4.213 grade point average, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and compete on the institution’s cross country and track and field programs. 

Categories: Cross Country, Track & Field, Wrestling