On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, student athletes from Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties and their coaches were invited to the Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall to receive their certificates as weekly winners, and find out who walked away with Student Athlete and Coach of the Year honors. Congratulations to LMC Senior Lizzie Stolte, who won the WSJM Female Student Athlete of the Year award, and to Varsity Football Coach Toby Riley, who won the Coach of the Year award!
Lizzie Stolte – WSJM Female Student Athlete of the Year
Elizabeth earned varsity letters in golf all four years. She earned Medalist honors at the Regional Finals each of the past two years, qualifying her for the State Finals each year. Her junior year, she became the first female golfer in school history to qualify for the State Finals.
In cross country, Elizabeth was just a few places away from qualifying for the State Finals.
In track, Elizabeth qualified for the State Finals in each of the past three years. This past season, she finished 9th overall in the 200 Meter Dash. She won three BCS Conference White Division championships, and placed 2nd in the 200 Meter Dash and 3rd in the 100 Meter Dash at the Regional Finals.
Aside from being a three sports athlete, Elizabeth graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was Valedictorian of her class. She was also involved with National Honor Society, Drama Club, Key Club, Student Council, First Robotics, Interact Club, Band, Choir, The First Tee Program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
She will be attending the University of Michigan majoring in Chemical Engineering with the hope of a career as an officer in the United States Navy.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Arthur and Deborah Stolte of Stevensville.
Varsity Football Coach Toby Riley – WSJM Coach of the Year
Lake Michigan Catholic Football coach Toby Riley is the WSJM Sports Berrien County Coach of the Year.
In his first year guiding the Lakers, Coach Riley took a team that had finished 2-7 the year before and led them to an 8-1 regular season record and a spot in the MHSAA playoffs.
Before his arrival, Lake Michigan Catholic averaged just 16 points per game while giving up nearly 34 points per game. This past season, Coach Riley’s offense averaged over 22 points per game while allowing just 14.
In 2015, Lake Michigan Catholic finished 1-3 in BCS Blue Division play. This past season, Riley led the Lakers to a 4-0 division mark and the division championship.