Alpena names Athletes of the Year

As teammates on the Alpena High volleyball team, Taylor Genschaw and Logan Myers bookended the Wildcats’ front row and worked together to lead the team offensively.

So it seemed only fitting that the two of them were named Co-Female Athletes of the Year on Monday at Alpena’s annual athletic banquet.

Andy Marwede was named the Male Athlete of the Year.

Genschaw and Myers are the second pair of co-winners in the last three years. In 2012, Emily McAnsh and Taylor Stepanski shared the award.

“It feels great I’m really honored to get this award; not just for myself receiving it, but Logan Myers as well,” Genschaw said. “We played volleyball together, so I think being teammates, it’s really great to win this award together.”

Genschaw also ran track for Alpena as a long jumper and high jumper, but she’ll focus on volleyball next season with Alpena Community College. She finished her senior season as Alpena’s leader in kills (219) and had 274 digs and 30 aces. She finished her career eighth in career kills for the Wildcats.

Myers is headed to Cornerstone University in the fall to play softball. Before then she’ll finish out the rest of her senior softball season with the Wildcats in hopes of leading them on a long postseason run. Myers is the only senior on this year’s team and has been a leader on a squad that’s all but wrapped up the Big North Conference title.

Like Genschaw, Myers was thrilled to share the award with her close friend and teammate.

“It’s honestly such a big blessing and I couldn’t imagine winning it with anyone other than Taylor, because we’ve been teammates for so long and we’re so close and it’s so awesome,” Myers said.

Marwede will stay close to home too and play on the ACC men’s basketball team. This season Marwede established himself as a solid all-around player and led Alpena with 21.2 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. He helped the Wildcats win the Big North title and routinely made big shots with games on the line. He recorded a career-high 41 points in a game and was part of a team that nearly won a district title on its home floor.

For all three athletes, the award was a reminder of all the hard work they’ve put in to be successful in their respective sports.

“It means a lot, knowing all my hard work paid off. It means a great deal to me,” Marwede said. “My friends and family helped me get there and it’s quite an honor honestly.”

James Andersen can be reached via email at sports@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.