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Cole, Mulcahy win Sluka Award

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM
mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 232

Matthew Mulcahy and Abby Cole were named the Steve Sluka Award winners during the school’s senior athletic awards banquet on Thursday.

The pair of racked up impressive lists of accomplishments over the past several years.

Cole was an all-state performer on both the basketball and the volleyball court. She led the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team to back-to-back Class A state titles as a junior and senior, and guided the Bucs’ volleyball team to the Class A state semifinals her senior year.

Cole was a finalist for both the Miss Basketball and Miss Volleyball awards, and was named to countless all-state teams in both sports.

Cole also played tennis at Grand Haven.

Mulcahy was a standout on the football field, the wrestling mat and the lacrosse field for the Bucs.

He worked his way into the starting linup on coach Mike Farley’s varsity football team as a sophomore, and was a steadying force on the Bucs’ offensive line the past three years.

On the wrestling mat, Mulcahy reached the state meet both his junior and senior years while winning conference and regional titles along the way. As a junior, Mulcahy helped guide the Bucs to the state finals for the first time in school history.

Mulcahy his currently starring for Grand Haven’s varsity boys lacrosse team, which hosts a regional game tonight at Buccaneer Stadium.

Other awards and their winners are:

Todd Chittenden Award: Lauren Hamberg and Kevin LaCroix

Ken Ranta Sportsmanship Award: Lindy Vallier and Justin Pippel

O-K Conference Athlete of the Year Award: Grace Kendra and Connor Moynihan

William Louiselle Award: Kyra Glass and Patrick Ferris

U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete: Courtney Springer and Ty VanWieren

U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete: Lydia Weykamp and Tom Zelenka

Muskegon Hall of Fame Nominees: Abby Cole and Matthew Mulcahy

Coach of the Year: Dan Gadbois and Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer (high school); Shannon Mitchell and Scott Przystas (middle schoo)

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