Five Area Athletes Earn MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has named five area student-athletes as recipients of its 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete Award program.

Mason County Central’s Rachel Allen, Precious Delos Santos of Inland Lakes, Roscommon’s Dane Smitz, Mackinaw City’s Samantha Somers and McBain Northern Michigan Christian’s Ryan Yahner are five of 10 student-athletes from Class C and D schools to receive scholarships.

Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, 32 individuals from Class A-D schools will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded to 12 student-athletes from Class A, eight from Class B, six from Class C and four from Class D.

Mason County Central’s Allen has earned all-state honors in girls basketball and track and field an all-league honors in cross country. Allen is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and student council and took part in in-the-field clinical rotation as part of Allied Health Technology course.

Allen will head to Calvin and study speech/language pathology.

Delos Santos is a four-year member of the girls basketball, cross country, softball and track and field programs at Inland Lakes, leading the Bulldogs to the 2017 MHSAA Division 4 softball state championship and a 2016 MHSAA Division 4 state runner-up finish. She is a member of NHS, robotics and serves as a peer mentor.

She will attend Saginaw Valley State and study neuroscience.

An all-state football honoree at Roscommon, Smitz has been a member of the football and boys basketball teams for three years and will play his fourth year of baseball this spring. Smitz has earned all-league honors in all three sports and won two district championships with the baseball program. He is a member of NHS, the Youth Advisory Council and quiz bowl.

Smitz will head to Aquinas to study pre-dental.

A four-year member of Mackinaw City’s cross country and softball teams and three-season member of the girls basketball program, Somers has received all-conference honors in all three sports. Somers has served on the Straits Area Youth Advisory, the Random Acts of Kindness Club and the school yearbook. She also has performed with jazz bands and the Science Olympiad team.

Somers plans to attend Wayne State and study health science.

A four-year member of NMC’s boys soccer and track and field program, Yahner has earned all-conference honors in both sports and led the Comets to a soccer district title in 2018. Yahner is also a member of the school’s praise team, NHS and student council.

Yahner will attend Grand Valley State and study general education.

To be eligible for the scholarship, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.50 and have previously won a varsity letter in at least one sport that has an MHSAA sponsored postseason tournament. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February, with winners being recognized during halftime of the Division 3 boys basketball final on March 16.


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