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Isaac Honsowitz Named May Student-Athlete of the Month

Isaac Honsowitz, a senior at Portland High School, has been selected as the Portland Beacon and J-Dubb’s Signature Subs Student-Athlete of the month for May 2023.

Honsowitz is a standout on the Raider golf team.

In his nomination, Portland golf coach Jon Snellenberger said Honsowitz was a, “4-year letterman (including COVID lost season) 3 yrs. All-Conference CAAC White Division, three-time Team MVP; Two-time All-Ionia County (To be nominated for 2023 Ionia County Golfer of Year) and a Two-time LSJ All-Area Division 3 Golfer (To be nominated for 2023 honor as well).”

Snellenberger added, “At Wednesday's (5.31.23) eighteen-hole MHSAA D3 Regional #14 Tournament at The Falls at Barber Creek GC near Kent City County, Isaac shot an 83 to earned a seventh place finish out of 90 golfers to individually qualify for the 2023 MHSAA D3 State Finals to be played at MSU's Forest Akers West Golf Course on June 9th and 10th. Since 1992, he is just the fifth PHS golfer to have earned the opportunity to compete in two or more golf State Finals in their PHS golf career.”

Snellenberger also said, “For the third year in-a-row, Isaac claimed a Top 10 First Team All-Conference finish in the CAAC White Division. He has averaged a 41+ for eight-nine-hole matches and an 83+ for eight-eighteen-hole matches over the 2023 season.”

To be nominated for this award, 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 winner receives a free sub thanks to our sponsor, J-Dubb’s Signature Subs.

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

Other talented local athletes receiving nominations in May are:

Landon Simpson – St Patrick School Golf

Nominated by golf coach Aaron Thelen:

“I’d like to nominate Landon Simpson for last month. Landon earned first team all CMAC and finished 4th in the conference as a sophomore. I can send you some more in depth stats if you need.”

“At our home jamboree, Landon shot a 39 (9 holes) that finished second overall. Then at our league championship, he shot an 89 (18 holes) to finish 8th and secure 4th place in the overall league standings for the year.”

Noah Simpson - PHS Track

Nominated by Coach Bart Simpson.

“Noah has won the Discus at 14 of the 15 meets so far this year, including Regionals, CAAC, and Honor Roll, except Saline where he took 2nd with a 160' throw and States to come this weekend.

Noah broke the School Discus Record the 4th meet and has continued to break or stretch it farther multiple times. Noah won or medaled in the Shot Put in 14 of 15 meets. All-CAAC in Shot Put and Discus, Honorable Mention All-CAAC in 4x100.”

Sophie Schrauben – St Patrick School Track

Nominated by coach Dawn Fedewa

“We would like to nominate junior Sophie Schrauben from the St. Patrick Track & Field Team.

After an impressive sophomore season last year, Sophie's junior campaign has been even more amazing. During the month of May, she set four school records. At the CMAC League meet, she broke records in the 100 hurdles (16.24) and 300 hurdles (48.40), and she ran the 3rd leg of the record breaking 4x400 (4:10.48). She was also the 2nd leg on the 4x200 that reset the school record three times during the month, with a best time of 1:47.62. Besides breaking records, she finished as a four-time regional champion, winning the 100H, 300H, 4x200 and 4x400. Sophie was named to the All-CMAC team in each of her four events and participated in three events in the Greater Lansing Honor Roll Meet, where she was a medalist in each one (100H, 4x200 & 300H) and reset her 300H record (47.65).

Sophie is laser focused on improving her hurdle technique and becoming the best that she can be. But, what is even more impressive, is how she focuses on making sure her teammates are supported in their efforts to improve. Sophie spends a significant amount of time making sure that other varsity and middle school hurdlers are ready to compete at a high level. She works with them on technique and encourages them through each of their races.”

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