Fisher a repeat winner
Over the past 30 years, Gatorade has named more than 13,000 high school athletes in 12 sports as state athletes of the year. Of those 13,000, 274 have been named national athlete of the year, and of those 274, only 10 have been repeat
Michigan now has two.
Grand Blanc’s Grant Fisher joined Rockford’s three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein as the state’s second repeat Gatorade National Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year on Thursday morning.
Ritzenhein, who is still competing and coaching at Grand Valley State, was part of the packed assembly in the Grand Blanc school auditorium.
Like Ritzenhein, Fisher won his second consecutive Division 1 state championship and repeated last month as the Foot Locker national champion in San Diego.
“I’d like to say something about my teammates,” Fisher said after accepting the trophy. “We’ve been working out together for about four years now. We’ve had morning practices at 5, midnight runs at midnight; we’ve been putting in a lot of work. That I could have something to show you guys, and say thank you, and that it’s all worth it, is pretty special for me.”
An honors student with a 4.11 grade-point average who scored 34 (36 is perfect) on the ACT, Fisher — who has signed with Stanford — also thanked his fellow students.
“When I go and race at the state level or maybe on the national level or maybe international, a lot of people will ask me where are you from,” he said. “I don’t say Detroit; I don’t say Flint. I tell them I’m from Grand Blanc. They might have no idea where Grand Blanc is and they probably don’t, but I’m proud to be from here. You guys mean a lot to me.”
Big game for Brown
From this moment on, she is now known as “Downtown” Margo Brown.
That is what happens when you hit 11 three-point shots in a game, which Brown accomplished Tuesday in St. Ignace’s 80-26 victory over Rudyard.
Brown, a 5-foot-7 senior guard who scored 41 points, not only broke Kelley Wright’s school record of nine triples, she also bested Lexi Gussert’s U.P. record of 10 in a game.
Ironically, Brown was coming off her first scoreless game since she was in the seventh grade.
“I wasn’t that upset,” she said. “I had seven assists, and Abbey (Ostman) had a great game. She had 30 points that game, and I was trying to set her up.”
On Monday, Brown committed to play at Ferris State.
“I got a lot off my mind,” she said. “I decided where I was going to college, so I was relieved of quite a bit of stress.”
Big quarter for Houghton
A lot of high school players would be thrilled with a career high of 18 points. Grand Ledge’s JT Houghton accomplished that in a quarter.
Houghton’s 18 came in the fourth quarter last week and allowed Grand Ledge to come from behind to beat a good Lansing Everett team, 65-62.
“I’ve never done anything like that in a quarter,” said Houghton, a 6-1 senior guard who averages 12 points. “I caught fire and couldn’t miss.”
Houghton thought nothing of it when he began the quarter by hitting a three-point shot. He then scored on a lay-up before hitting another trey.
Houghton put the finishing touches on Grand Ledge’s win with four free throws in the final 2 minutes.
“When I’m hot, free throws seem like nothing, really,” he said. “I usually hit a good percentage.”
— Mick McCabe
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