Unveiling Our Boys Athlete Of The Year Finalists
These guys don’t make the Boys Athlete of the Year decision easy.
Nonetheless, here are the five seniors across the Blue Water Area that are finalists for Athlete of the Year. The following are sorted alphabetically by last name, and the winner will be unveiled online Saturday at thetimesherald.com and in Sunday’s print edition.
Jermaine Drake, Port Huron
Drake was a spark plug throughout his entire senior year, starting as a running back on the football field with his electrifying runs. Drake was also the court general in the basketball season, earning All-MAC Blue status as the go-to player for the Big Reds. The track season is where Drake shined the brightest, qualifying for the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the Division 1 state track meet.
Danny Hale, Sandusky
Hale kept himself remarkably busy last fall by qualifying for the tennis state tournament as the Redskins No. 1 singles player. On Friday nights, he was a key asset to the Redskins historic 11-1 season, also scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of the game to seal up Sandusky’s first football district title. In the winter, Hale was an All-GTC East basketball player, helping the Redskins to a district title in an action-packed final against Marlette. To cap off his senior year, Hale was a key player on the baseball team.
Paul Livermore, Capac
Livermore dominated low on the wrestling mats and high in the air during pole vault. In the winter, Livermore earned All-State status on the wrestling mats in the 152-pound division by placing seventh in the state. Once the snow melted and it was time to hit the track, Livermore qualified for states and placed 18th overall with a 12-foot clearing in the finals.
Mason Ruhlman, Algonac
Ruhlman was essentially Mr. Muskrat his entire senior season, starting with his All-BWAC and All-State honorable mention football season during Algonac’s tremendous 11-1 year. After locking down the football team’s defense down as linebacker, Ruhlman was amongst the go-to players on the basketball court. The spring was another successful string of months for Ruhlman as he earned All-BWAC status with his all-around play. He’s also not quite done playing baseball yet, carrying his career to Riverland Community College in Minnesota.
Andrew Storm, Marlette
Storm caused, well, a storm all year long in his final moments as a Red Raider. In the fall — his first season playing soccer — he obtained All-Region and All-GTC South status while helping Marlette share the conference title. On the basketball court, Storm was a threat to score inside and out and always had defenses on his their toes with his blistering speed. Oh, and that speed really came out in the track season, where he captured the Division 3 state titles in the 110 and 300 hurdles.