Multiple Teams · Meet the Chemics – Senior Boys Track Spotlight


Each week for the remainder of the school year, MHS Athletics will feature Seniors from our spring sports teams who are missing out on their last chance to wear a Chemic jersey this season.   This series looks to honor their commitment to their sport, their team, and to Midland High School for the last four years.  Thank you, Class of 2020 for being Chemics!

Meet the Chemics – Senior Boys Track Spotlight

 

Bryce Albrecht   (Pole Vault, 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Football and Basketball 

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I wanted to make It to states again and set a new PR.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Making it to states my sophomore year. I got to hangout with a really cool senior on my team who I had really high respect for and I learned a lot from him.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

My pole vault coach, Butch. He is someone who I could always go to and he has taught me everything I know about pole vault and wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I accomplished without him.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Try to find a passion for something and put in all the hard work to be successful because you never know when it could be your last time doing it.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Setting the sophomore record in pole vault. I hope it influences some of the upcoming kids to try out something new because it’s exactly what I did and I fell in love with it.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan on continuing my track career by competing in the decathlon and I plan on studying to become a physician’s assistant.

 

Kollin Bartz (Shot Put, Discus)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Chess club

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Throwing PR’s

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Throwing PR’s during Track

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mr. Criner, he mentored Chess Club

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Try your hardest

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Throwing a lot of PR’s

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Get a degree in computer Science

 

 

Andrew Chatman (200m, 300m H, 4x100m Relay, 4x200m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Bible Club, Student Body/ Student Council President, Cross Country, Commencement Committee, Ultimate Frisbee, Drama Club, Homecoming King

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was looking forward to our sprint relays the most because this year we had a very solid line up against very solid competitors. 

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

During my junior year I was playing super smash bros with the former Student body president, Jack Schulz. I had beaten him in this game a lot that day and that year, however, this day he managed to pull off the victory and call me ” little brother” from then on it was an inside joke that I was Jacks little brother because I lost to him

What is your advice for your younger teammates? 

Don’t wait until your senior year to put it all on the line or go all out, start now. You only have a little bit of time left and by the time you get to your senior year you are going to want to be good at what you do. So instead of waiting until the after junior year to train hard and stay healthy start those habits now. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I finished my senior year strong. I became dedicated to becoming faster by doing ridiculous things like eating healthy and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. I pushed myself hard at practice and in the weight room.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan to go to college and become an ordained minister.

 

Maxx Fisher (400m, 800m, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Varsity football, Business Professionals of America, Kiva Club, National Honor Society

What were you most looking forward to this spring season? 

Breaking my PR’s, placing at regionals, and having fun with the boys.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Making it to the state semi-finals in football junior year.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mrs. Jozwiak. She has always been in my corner no matter what the situation is and has helped me grow as both a student and as an individual.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you don’t put yourself in situations where you’re unsure if you can do something or are too scared to try it, this is where you will grow the most and create more self-confidence which a lot of us lack. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

The relationships that I have made with my teammates, I have gained so many friendships that will last a very long time because of the sports I’ve played in high school.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I will be attending Wayne State University to continue my football career and study either Global Supply Chain Management, or go into the Pre-PA program.

 

 

 

 

Zachary Green (800m, 1600m, 3200m)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

NHS, Wireless Communications Club, Cross Country, DECA

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Expanding my running knowledge and getting better at the 2 mile and 800, my weaker races.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

My first cross country practice, we played a tag game and I remember the camaraderie and realising that I truly loved running. 

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Nathan Streitmatter, he was a great mentor and I learned so much about the sport of running and the team aspect from him. He helped with off season training in my first season.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Off season training is the single best thing. Learn about the science of building an aerobic base and you will go so much further. There are many great examples on our team. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

My improvement over such a short time. Starting my running career as a junior, I tried to see how much I could improve. I dropped over 5 minutes from my first 5k race to my last.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Study Pre Veterinary Med at CMU, and then Veterinary Medicine at state while continuing to run road 10ks and halfs.

 

 

Kevin Hoefer (800m, 1600m, 3200m)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Swim, Cross Country, Band, National Honors Society

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Getting a chance to compete in one last season for Midland High and having the attempt to break five minutes in the 1600.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Doing the dune climb Freshman year at Cross Country camp .

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

All of the upperclassmen that I got to be teammates with.  I learned a lot from them and they helped me improve both as a student-athlete and as a person.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Make sure to have a good balance between working hard and having fun. You have to maintain a focused mentality, but you also need to take time to enjoy the process and the ability to compete with your teammates.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I’m most proud of being a three-sport athlete for all four years of high school. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan on majoring in Management Information Systems at Michigan Tech University

 

Tommy Johnstone   (100m, 200m, 4×100 Relay, 4×200 Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Football, Business Professionals of America

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Invitational meets with the boys 

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Beating Mount Pleasant this year in football

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mr. Criner, I had him for 2 years and he was always really understanding and wanted his students to be comfortable with everything. 

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Don’t take any workouts for granted. You never will get to your full potential if you don’t work hard.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

AP Honorable mention for football 

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I am attending Alma College to study something in the business area. I am also playing football there.

 

Eric Kalishek (Shot Put, Discus)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Football, Bowling

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

To go break both my PR in shot and discus. 

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Hanging out with my friends and having fun.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Coach Pennington. He is a great coach, and he has taught me many life lessons, and he was fun to be around.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

To listen to your coaches, work hard and have fun with what you are doing. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

That I was able to be on the honor roll for all 4 years while being in 3 sports.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan on going to college to study New Media Studies,

 

 

Garrett Kuhn (800m, 1600m)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Boy’s Swim and The Focus

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Running 400m, 800m, and Long Jump. As well taking photos and spending time with the team.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Being able to take photos during the football games and get right up close to the players and see the smiles of everyone face in the student section.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

My friends (Paul, Abby, Jenna, Talon, Quinn, and Amelia).They all made high school a memorable experience especially when we are all together.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Life moves on faster than you think. So when it comes to giving 100% give 100% and whatever you got left. As well, don’t be afraid to meet new people and make new experiences, it all helps to learn who you are and become the best you, you can be. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Being able to do things the Boy’s Swim team hasn’t done is 40+ years. Though most importantly making friends and being able to teach others what I’ve learned to see them grow.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Pursue majoring in Financial Risk & Management, continue my passion for photography and run track & field at Northern Michigan.

 

Tyler Pritchett (800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Varsity hockey, cross country, and tennis

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was most looking forward to the opportunity to compete at states for a chance at an all-state run and possibly breaking the school record in the 3200m run if I worked hard enough.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

My favorite memory at Midland High School was definitely Midland High vs Wod high hockey games. Even though it didn’t go our way, the atmosphere and the excitement was always insane and playing in front of a packed house was awesome. 

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Coach Hollenbeck is one person that impacted me a lot amongst many other amazing coaches and teammates. He doesn’t just focus on only sports, he is an amazing coach, but what makes him impact me, and all of his athletes, so much is his life lessons. He teaches all his athletes about being the best person they can be, trying new things, and most importantly, leaving a legacy, whatever type of legacy that may be. He taught me to try and be the best person that I can be. 

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

If you want to succeed and be the best athlete you can be in any sport, you need to be very consistent. No matter what sport, you can’t just show up to tryouts or the first day of practice and work hard during the season and expect to see major improvements. You have to be consistent year round in whatever you do to see real impactful improvements. But most of all, have fun with your teammates, some of the best friendships I made throughout high school were through sports so enjoy it and have fun. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I am most proud of the runner that I have become throughout the 4 years of high school, especially getting 12th in the state in cross country junior year and winning the regional and SVL titles.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan to attend Michigan State and study engineering and run track and cross country. Go green!

 

Mathias Remy (400m, 800m, 1600m)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Cross Country 

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

To see my physical limitations 

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Dow vs Midland games were the best 

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

My teachers were there every time when I needed them 

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Work hard at all times and support your teammates

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I’m so proud to have made it through the season and meeting new people from the school 

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Going to study in education, CMU

 

 

Jack Shay (400m, 800m, 1600m)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Swim Team

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Getting to meet new people & staying in shape.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School? 

Freshman Biology.

What is your advice for your younger teammates? 

You only meet your goals with hard work

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Making Varsity Swim Team

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School? 

Enlist in the Marine Corps

 

 

Mason Tacey (400m, 800m, 1600m, 4x800m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

Basketball and Track

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Breaking 2:10 in the 800 and breaking 5 minutes in the 1600 meter.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

The first day of school.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Yes the workouts will hurt, yes you’re going to want to quit, but all the times you feel like giving up you have to realize you’re getting stronger and stronger every time you fall, and when its said and done you’ll be proud that you didn’t give up because you were too tired. You must follow through with CONSISTENCY to be successful. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Having 2 relay records at my old high school that still stand today.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Go into the U.S. Marine Corps and continue my track and field career along with becoming an aviation mechanic.

 

Paul Volesky (100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay, 4x200m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

At MHS I was a part of the Midland High football team. I was the defensive team leader and received the Captain award and Oscar Outstanding grub award. I was a sprinter for the Midland High track team for three years, starting my sophomore year. I was a team captain for track. I was a part of the National Honor society where I volunteered for the community. I volunteered for a Vietnam veteran and the shelter house in Midland. I was a part of the dissection club and dissected a squid and a mink.  

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was determined to get under 25 seconds for my 200 meter dash and under 12 seconds for my 100 meter dash. 

 What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

My favorite memory from Midland High must be during Junior year football when we beat Dow twice. 

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

It would have to be Cam White. He was such an athlete. He was strong, fast, and big. He motivated me to become a better athlete, that I would have to work hard if I wanted to be others his size during football games. 

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

You only have four years to make every year count because they will go faster than you think. 

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I am proud that I was able to do football and track while also being an IB candidate, an NHS member, and have a job. That I was able to do so much, but be able to do it all. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I am going to Albion College to get a Major in Neuroscience and get a minor in biochemistry or organic chemistry.

 

 

 

 

Sam Yoder (800m,1600m, 3200m, 4x800m Relay)

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS? 

I am a member of the chess club and ultimate frisbee club. I also am a part of the National Honor Society and perform in both band and choir.

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Breaking 4:40 in the 1 mile and 2:05 in the 800 m. I was also looking forward to helping the underclassman learn how to motivate themselves and become a team player in a seemingly individual sport.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

One of my favorite track memories at MHS was when I got spiked in the middle of a race sophomore year. The pain came later, and I still have a scar, but during the race that adrenaline rush allowed me to get a significant personal record in the mile and taught me to push to the finish no matter what happens in the race.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

There are a lot of people who have helped me throughout high school, but the person that I believe had the most impact on me was Jacob Maschino. He was a senior captain on the cross country and track teams my junior year, and he was the one who taught me how to be a true leader on the team. He never ordered people around, but he commanded respect, and he was willing to put in the work for everyone’s improvement. Sometimes he was even willing to sacrifice his own workouts to support people on the team who were struggling. I believe that that selflessness is an important part of being a leader and what made him the most memorable captain in my time at MHS.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

My running advice is to train through the off season. It has a dramatic impact on how you do during the season itself. Another piece of advice I’d like to give is that you should find teammates to compete both with and against. It’s important to motivate each other so that everyone can improve.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I am most proud of being a captain on both the cross country and track teams my senior year. Even though track was cut short, having the opportunity to lead people allowed me to set a higher standard for myself so that I could not only help myself improve, but support the whole team.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I will be going to MSU to pursue either Material Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering.