Rochester, Iwanicki named Kiwanis MSHS 2012-13 Athletes of the Year

MARQUETTE – The Superiorland Kiwanis recently honored all the Marquette Senior High School Athletes of the Month for the 2012-13 school year and named its MSHS Athletes of the Year – seniors Avery Rochester and Joe Iwanicki.

The banquet was held at Northern Michigan University and also honored coaches and parents of these honor students.

Rochester, the daughter of Glen and Julie Rochester, earned 10 varsity letters in high school, four each in gymnastics and golf and one apiece in cheer and soccer.

Her coaches included Cari Detmers in cheer, Dan LeBert in soccer, Kris Lakenen in gymnastics and Ben Smith in golf.

She has been the Upper Peninsula Division 1 girls golf champion the past two springs along with capturing the Great Northern Conference girls title those two years. Just a few weeks ago, she set a U.P. finals record by shooting 69.

Rochester also qualified for the MHSAA gymnastics regionals for three straight years and was a member of the 2012 U.P. girls soccer championship team.

She also enjoys snowboarding, outdoor hockey and camping, and has volunteered at a number of golf-related events, including the Northern Michigan University Golf Course summer camp, Marquette County Junior Golf program and Blueberry Classic golf outing.

Rochester accumulated a 3.95 grade-point average to help secure admission to Columbia, Mo., College, where she has received a 75 percent scholarship to play golf and major in premedicine.

Iwanicki, the son of Jim and Kim Iwanicki, earned seven varsity letters at MSHS, four in wrestling and three in football. He was coached in football by David L’Huillier and in wrestling by Charlie and Tony Gentz.

He helped lead the Redmen football team to a 5-3 regular-season record and second straight berth in the MHSAA Division 2 playoffs last fall.

Individually as a senior, he was named to the U.P. Dream Team as a guard and earned several GNC honors – Lineman of the Year and All-Conference as a guard and defensive end. As a junior, he was All-U.P. in Class ABC and All-Conference as a guard.

In his senior season as a wrestler, he was U.P. champion at 215 pounds and won an MHSAA individual district title. He has also been a captain on the team for two years.

Compiling a 3.7 GPA, he was on the honor roll for all four years of high school and is a National Honor Society member.

He enjoys lifting weights, camping and hunting, while also volunteering at youth football camps.

Iwanicki plans to attend Michigan Tech University to study electrical engineering and play football.