• James Townsend

Lydia Meredith Named December Student-Athlete of the Month


Lydia Meredith, a senior on the St. Patrick School basketball team has been selected as the Portland Beacon and J-Dubb’s Signature Subs Student-Athlete of the month for December 2021.


Shamrock assistant coach Michelle Smith said, “Al (Schrauben) and I would like to nominate Lydia Meredith for the Student of the Month award.”


Smith said, “Lydia is a leader on the court and the classroom, she is a 4 year varsity starter that holds a GPA over 4.0. She has been instrumental in the Shamrock's early season success (6-0), with key conference wins over PW and reigning state champion, Fowler. The Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) commit, leads the team with an impressive 19 points, 6.4 steals, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. The point guard holds the school record for career steals (365) and is just 3 steals shy of landing on the MHSAA individual career steals record book.”


Smith added, “Lydia is also a member of the Shamrock Quiz Bowl, Softball, and Cross Country teams.”


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 monthly winner is selected by a panel of Beacon contributors. 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 for December are:


Alivia Densmore – PHS Basketball

Coach Jason Haid said, “Alivia's all-around game play has been instrumental to our 4-0 start. She is averaging 11 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 steals per game in the month of December. She is playing with a high level of confidence and is getting better each game. Liv can score in transition, on the perimeter or in the post. She is a tough matchup for opposing teams.”


Drew Miller – PHS Wrestling

PHS wrestling coach Andy Pulling said, “Drew currently has a 3.98 GPA, is an award winning running back for the Raider Football Team, was a 2021 MHSAA wrestling state qualifier and is currently 16-2 for the Raider Wrestling Team. Drew is known for his ability to be a good leader, supportive teammate and quality person in and out of the classroom. It is clear that Drew is dedicated to improving morally, mentally and physically. It is common to hear positive remarks not only from his teachers and coaches, but in the community and from other parents and coaches.”


Photo by Lindsey Bos.






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