BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — On Thursday March 26, 2020, the coaches selections for the Tigers Athletic Awards were published. Each coach selected their ‘Player of the Year’ for boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball narrowing our choices for ‘Athlete of the Year’ down to three outstanding athletes. Now this week you have a chance to join our online poll and decide who is the Battle Creek Tigers 2019-2020 Athlete of the Year.
Make sure to vote early and vote often for your choice of Athlete of the Year. Share this article with your friends to increase the voting. Voting will be open until 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 5, 2020. There will be an article published next week featuring our Athlete of the Year.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
#31 Isaiah Stein, Sophomore
“By definition, the Player of the Year must be someone who makes a positive impact on the game as a whole. In practice, Isaiah always worked hard and stayed focused on the task at hand. During games, he was intense and competitive, yet never lost control or showed disrespect for teammates, opponents or officials. Isaiah is dependable, focused, highly skilled, and relentless in reaching his objectives, yet he always stayed within our BCA values. Isaiah is an inspirational leader who leads by example. His passion for basketball and strong work ethic helped him to develop into a dominating force at both ends of the floor. I look forward to watching Isaiah continue to grow and advance his skills even further. I believe that Isaiah’s drive for excellence is going to pay off someday in gaining an opportunity to play at the college level. I’m very proud of Isaiah, especially for the manner in which he conducted himself, both on and off the court.” – Coach Mike Howard
Isaiah now ranks 2nd all time in boys basketball program history for blocked shots in a game (7) and blocked shots in a season (46). Isaiah scored his career/season high in back to back games with 26 points against both Andrews Academy on 2-22-20 and Covert High School on 2-25-20.
GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
#11 Eliza Lake, Freshman
“Last season the coaching staff decided to give the ‘Player of the Year Award’ to the whole team for a great first season. This year the coaching staff has decided that Eliza Lake was our Player of the Year. Eliza made a consistent positive impact on the court and took leadership in practices to help her teammates learn new team concepts. Eliza showed outstanding intensity in games while displaying great sportsmanship. Eliza also was committed to the team and dependable. Eliza led our team statistically in girls high school basketball competition in points (6.8 per game), rebounds (12.2 per game), assists (1.5 per game) and steals (3.4 per game). Eliza also set the girls basketball program record for rebounds in a game (24) and rebounds in a season (134). I look forward to seeing Eliza’s continued success on and off the court.” – Coach Shadrach Grentz
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
#19 Aleeyah Miller, Sophomore
Our girls varsity volleyball ‘Player of the Year Award’ goes to Aleeyah Miller for her consistent drive and giving 110% of herself at
every single game and practice, even if it means a few bumps and bruises! She is always looking for ways to improve practices and games. She is always willing to help her teammates. – Coach Cheridah Miller