• James Townsend

Natalee Teachworth Named October Student-Athlete of the Month


Natalee Teachworth, a member of the St. Patrick School Volleyball team has been selected as the Portland Beacon and J-Dubb’s Signature Subs Student-Athlete of the month for October 2022.


In her nomination of Teachworth, St. Patrick’s Coach Nicole Easlick said, “She is a starter on the St. Patrick varsity volleyball team. She leads our team in kills and blocks. Recently she broke two school records. At our first district match she had 32 kills for the night, breaking the school record. Then at the next district match she broke the school record for most kills in a season. She currently has 400 kills this season and 55 blocks. She is a great asset for our team and a hard worker.”


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 athletes receiving nominations for October are:


Alivia Huhn – SPS Volleyball

Coach Nicole Easlick said, “I would like to nominate Alivia Huhn from St. Patrick school. She is a second year varsity volleyball starter and this year's co-captain for the team. She plays the setter position and Right side hitter. Alivia is a strong player and leads the team in difficult games. She leads the team in assists with 331, she is second on the team for kills with 139 and she is one of the top servers with 51 aces this season so far. Alivia is a hard worker and very dedicated to the team.”


Lily Buckland – PHS Cheer

Coach Mindy Blaschka said, “Senior. 2 sport athlete. Sideline cheer and Cross Country!”


Cozette Brown – SPS Cross Country

Coach Dan Lawless said, “I would like to nominate Cozette Brown, Portland St. Patrick cross country for athlete of the month. In October Cozette began by placing 15th in the second CMAC jamboree, she finished in 10th place at the Apples2apples invitational, earning a medal, at the Greater Lansing Invitational which includes division 1-4 she placed a team high at 74th place, at the third CMAC jamboree she placed 17th earning honorable mention all CMAC, at the Class D Invitational she finished a team high of 39th place and at regionals she placed 9th, earning a PR and earning the right to run states for the 4th time in 4 years of varsity cross country. She was the first girl in school history to run states, she accomplished this as a freshman. She also was the first girl in school history to run states in all 4 of her high school seasons. As a freshman she set the school record. In addition to this she has been the varsity girls captain for 3 years and has been a strong leader, cheerleader and enthusiastic supporter of her teams.” At the state finals meet on November 5th, Cozie was also ranked 74th in the state.



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