Taylor Moton played a vital role in the trenches to help No. 13 Western Michigan to a perfect regular season.
And the Okemos graduate was recognized Wednesday when he was named first-team All-Mid-American Conference as an offensive lineman.
Moton, a 6-foot-5, 328-pound senior, has been a fixture on the Broncos’ starting offensive line since his redshirt freshman season in 2013. He’s paved the way for a Western offense that is averaging 504.4 yards per contest entering Friday’s MAC title game against Ohio.
Moton was one of two Lansing-area graduates to earn All-MAC recognition. Central Michigan senior quarterback Cooper Rush (Lansing Catholic) was named third team All-MAC.
Rush has thrown for 3,299 yards and 23 touchdowns this fall and ranks second in the league with an average of 247.3 yards per game, The Charlotte native has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for the Chippewas, who ended the regular season with a 6-6 record.
OLIVET COLLEGE: Comet senior punter Ryan Anderson (DeWitt) was voted the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division III football. Anderson has a 4.0 grade-point average as a business administration major and also is a fellow for the President’s Leadership Institute.
On the field, Anderson repeated as a first-team All-MIAA selection after averaging 46.2 yards per punt, which is tied for the Division III single-season record. He had 18 punts longer than 50 yards and 15 that landed inside the 20-yard line while helping Olivet to an MIAA title and a 9-2 record.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Lions junior guard Steven Haney Jr., who played at East Lansing and Eastern, was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches Allstate Good Works Nominee on Wednesday for his efforts in community service and leadership. Haney was an all-league academic selection last season. He’s started four games and is averaging 8.8 points and shooting 60 percent from beyond the 3-point arc for Loyola Marymount (2-2) this season.
SAGINAW VALLEY: Middle hitter Kaylee Schmitt (DeWitt) was named honorable mention All-Mideast Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday. Schmitt earned first team All-GLIAC honors this fall and ranked fourth in the conference in hitting percentage (.331). She also has a team-high 339 kills and 109 blocks for Saginaw Valley, which plays in the NCAA Division II tournament on Thursday.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Sophomore forward Breanna Mobley (Waverly) was named to the all-tournament team of the UMKC Plaza Lights Classic last week. She had nine points and 10 points in a win over Eastern Kentucky and 17 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over host UMKC.
SIENA HEIGHTS: Senior safety Cha’Quan Love (Everett) was recently named honorable mention Mid-States Football Association Mideast League. He had 30 tackles and three interceptions for the Saints (5-5) this fall.
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