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BURGER KING® Athlete of the Week
Nominate an athlete of your choice this 2018-19 sports season to be the BURGER KING® High School Athlete of the Week. Each week, we will select an athlete to be named the BURGER KING® Athlete of the Week. Each selected athlete will have a one minute vignette highlighting their accomplishments that airs throughout the week on 97LAV & The Ticket, plus they will receive a plaque and will be highlighted at their area Burger King Restaurant.
This week’s Burger King Athlete is
Isaiah Guenther, Senior at Thornapple Kellogg High School
Nominate your athlete today.
The LAV Morning Show Broadcast is brought to you by Burger King Athlete of the Week, with the voice of LAV’s sport announcer, Travis Gibbs!
Burger King Athletes of the Week
Isaiah Guenther is a senior at Thornapple Kellogg High School. He’s been on the basketball team for 4 years as a varsity player, 3 years as a starter, and was first team OK Gold as a Junior. Isaiah has also been a 4-year varsity player on the tennis team.
Aside from sports, Isaiah has also been in the honors choir, on the Youth Advisory council, the Business Professionals of America, the National Honor Society, the Student Council, Odyssey of the Mind, the Robotics club, and several musicals and plays while attending TKHS.
Isaiah has a 4.3 GPA, and has been accepted in the College of Engineering at Cornelle University, an Ivy League.
Congratulations, Isaiah, on being our Burger King Athlete of the Week!
Cory Ainsworth is in his senior year at Wayland and besides a great basketball player he is a even better student.
In the battle of 1-96 at Ottawa Hills he scored 29 points. And has a Grade point Average of 4.152. He has scored 20 points plus for the first 3 games.
Lauren Freeland is a senior at Kent City High School. Lauren earned all-state honors for the 4th time in cross country this year with her 3rd place finish in the Division 3 State Championship meet, plus helping guide team the team to 7th place. During her senior year, she set a new school record in the 5K which adds to her 4 track & field records. She added another academic all-state honor to her resume too. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
At the conclusion of the state cross country season, Lauren qualified for and represented Team Michigan in the Mid-East Meet of Champions in Ohio. There the seniors from Michigan won the 4-state all-star invitational.
Lauren also excels in track & field where she was all-state in the long jump and 800- and 1600-meter runs last year. She is a starter on the state ranked Eagle basketball team too.
2018 Michigan Apple Queen first runner-up.
Corey Gorgas is a Senior at Saugatuck High School with 3.782 GPA. Corey is the captain of the Cross Country team. He was the Division 4 State Champion individually and also lead Saugatuck to their 4th team State Title in the last 6 years. Corey qualified for the Nike Cross Country Nationals by placing 3rd at the Nike Midwest Regional meet in Terre Haute Indian on November 11th. The Nike Cross Country Nationals will be held this weekend, December 1st at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland Oregon. Corey has yet to make his college decision but has narrowed his choices to Norther Arizona, Michigan State University and The Univesity of Michigan. Corey is a leader in class room and on the athletic field. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Corey holds school records in the 5k, 3200m run and 1600 meter run. Last Spring he was State Champion in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and lead Saugatuck to a 4th place finish at the Division 3 State Finals. He is a 8 time all-state athlete.
Chase had an excellent season for the Crusaders varsity soccer team scoring 14 goals and 5 assist on the season, which was topped off with the team winning the Division 3 soccer state championship in overtime against the number one team in the state. During the run to the state championship Chase was selected to the All-District team. In the spring Chase runs on Crusaders track team in 110 and 300 meter hurdles.
He is an excellent student as well with a 3.79 grade point average and is a member of the advanced choral ensemble and musical cast for the school.
Chase has gone on three mission trips with his church.
Elise was undefeated this year, plus broke Rockford’s diving record that had been held for previous 18 years. She then bested her own 6 dive record during her senior year. Most recently, Elise shattered her 11 dive record at the conference meet by 21 points. She is a two time All American diver. Elise works extremely hard both in the pool, and in the classroom.
A result of her dedication to her studies, Elise has a 4.3 GPA, receiving academic honors in her first three years of high school.
She was in part of the Spanish immersion program and travelled abroad to Spain.
Adit is a freshman a City High, but runs for the Ottawa Hills girls cross country team, which she has made a huge impact in her first year on the team. She has been the medalist in every race this season up until the Division 1 regionals at Allendale where she placed second with a PR and school record time of 18:01, qualifying her for the state championships at MIS Speedway. Adit helped lead her team to an OK White conference championship, plus for the first time ever the Bengals girls cross country team are going to the state championships.
Adit excels in the classroom as well, which can be challenging since English is not her first language, being that she and her family are refugees from Sudan. She came to the US in the first grade. Adit also volunteers with the elementary cross country meets.
Jason is the goal keeper for the Mustang’s varsity soccer team. He has been outstanding for his team in goal with a 92% save percentage guiding his team to an 18-4-1 record and a district championship. He has received all-conference and all-district team honors. Jason also is a standout baseball player earning all-conference, all-district and all-regional team honors as a junior last year.
Jason excels in the classroom as well with a 3.79 grade point average.
Outside of school Jason volunteer at the Spectrum Health Neurological Rehab Center, playing games with patients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Brady is a three sport athlete participating in football, basketball and golf. As a junior, last year, he earned honorable mention in football. In basketball he was named the team’s MVP his sophomore and junior year, plus he’s earned all-conference honors those two years and was co-county player of the year last year. He was named to the Lansing State Journal Class B All Area Team.
Brady excels in the classroom as well with a current GPA of 4.056 and he is involved in National Honor Society, Youth Advisory Council, Interact, Link Crew, Ionia Athletic Advisory Council, and the Principal Advisory Council.
She is a senior on the girl’s golf team. On the season, she has been a medalist in every match, with a scoring average in the low 40s. She has received OK White All Conference honors 4 consecutive years and last year was selected to the Division 3 all-state team. She also plays basketball. Zoe is an excellent student in the classroom as well with a 3.57 grade point average, which she is a member of the National Honor Society.
She volunteers regularly throughout our school and community, including as a peer tutor.
Zoe hopes to play golf in college and pursue getting her PGA card.
He’s been a three year varsity member of the Lowell’s Cross Country team. This past Saturday, Lucas had a personal best times of 16:44 at the Allendale Falcon Invitation. He’s had 5 Top 10 finishes out of the 8 races this season. Lucas also serves his team as a captain and leads by example on a daily basis.
Off of the field Lucas is involved with the Lowell’s fusion rock orchestra, on student council, interact club, Flat River Outreach Ministry and does this while maintaining a 3.8 GPA. In the spring Lucas is on the track running in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races.
Indonesia is having a great season as a middle blocker for Kelloggsville varsity volleyball team. She is a great leader on and off the court for the team. She’s been a starter on the varsity basketball team since her freshman year, plus been part of the Kelloggsville marching band for 4 years.
She currently has a 3.4 grade point average and is part of the national honor society. She volunteers outside of school at Michigan Blood, her church and her grandmother’s senior citizen home. Indonesia is planning on attending Central Michigan Student after high school.
Eason is a quarterback on the varsity football team and plays baseball in the spring. After a tough loss in the opening game of the 2018 season, Eason has guided to a 3-1 record with wins over Zeeland West, Wyoming and West Catholic. Eason has completed over 70% of his passes for 774 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season.
Eason not only excels on the football field, but also in the classroom with over a 3.0 grade point average.