Chippewa Hills football players earn league honors

Chippewa Hills receiver Koronte Lowery (8) races towards the end zone with Big Rapids’ Aaron Blackwell in pursuit. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

REMUS — Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose put together a team which was 5-5 overall and again qualified for the postseason playoffs.

But Jose’s team also finished 4-3 to tie for the third in the Central State Activities Association’s Gold Division.

First-team honorees for Chippewa Hills were seniors Mitchell Kuzma and Trevor Swix, juniors Koronte Lowery and Chayton Wiggins and sophomores Colby Roosa and Carl Whipple.

Senior Michael Kowallic earned honorable mention honors.

Lowery was a wide receiver with 32 catches for 590 yards and had 54 carries for 403 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Koronte was our big play weapon all year for us,” Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said. “He is a very smart and athletic football player and a captain as a junior.”

Kuzma is a tight end who had 31 catches for 419 yards and three touchdowns.

“Mitchell was a force for us as TE all year,” Jose said. “He had his biggest games against our best opponents. He played most of the year battling a knee injury that he battled through.”

Wiggins was a defensive end with 36 tackles and seven tackles for loss with four sacks and one fumble recovery.

“Chayton was the leader of our defensive front,” Jose said. “He moved from linebacker to defensive end to make us better and he flourished at that position.  He will be a true force next year.”

Roose is a defensive lineman, who had 35 tackles with six tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

“Colby was a solid force for us on the defensive interior all year.  He did a great job despite being a sophomore,” Jose said.

Whipple was an offensive lineman.

“He was a weakside tackle, that we ask to man block and protect the quarterback’s back side,” Jose said. “He did a very good job.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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