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Derec Fedewa Named September Student-Athlete of the Month


Derec Fedewa, a junior on the football team at St. Patrick School, has been chosen as the winner of the J-Dubbs Signature Subs/Portland Beacon Student-Athlete of the Month award for September 2020.

In his nomination, Shamrock Head Coach Patrick Russman said, “I nominate Derec Fedewa for his performances on offense and defense through the first two games of the season vs. Webberville and Vestaburg.”

Russman added, “He has really stepped up his offensive game and is again steady on the defensive side of the ball.”

Fedewa’s statistics through the first two games of the season:

Rushing 25 carries for 361 and 4 TDs

Receiving 3 for 96 yards and 3 TDs

Defense 11 tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must attend either Portland High School or St. Patrick School, and be a member of a varsity sports program or school-sponsored athletic club at his/her school. Nominations may be made by a member of their high school coaching staff, athletic director, principal, or a school recognized student government organization at his/her school. Nominations are also accepted from The Portland Beacon contributing writers.

The monthly winner is selected by a three-person panel.

Monthly winners are entered into the student-athlete of the year contest. The winner for the year receives a party platter from J-Dubbs Signature Subs.

Other talented local athletes receiving nominations for September were:

Carter Rosier – PHS Cross Country

Nominated by Beacon contributor Robert Lathers. Lathers said, “Carter Rosier is the only Senior and the only four-year Cross Country runner for the Portland Raiders Cross Country teams, including the girls team. He has had three head coaches during his High School career. Consequently, his training has been largely self-directed considering the lack of coaching continuity. Yet, he continues to improve and is moving up among the leaders of the CAAC White Conference this year.”

Lathers added, “In DeWitt two weeks ago he ran the best race of his career. In the process he cut 46 seconds off his previous personal best time, of 19 minutes 14 seconds, set the week before at Eaton Rapids. His time for the 5K (3.1 miles) at Dewitt was an amazing 18 minutes 28 seconds. Rosier has been an excellent example of athletic discipline and trying to improve his performance week after week.”

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Bos.

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