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MUSKEGON – Brady Rose led Mona Shores’ football program to an historic run. Kenzie Bowers did the same for Kent City basketball. In their respective communities, they’ve reached legendary status.
Athletic prowess and leadership are attributes shared by Rose and Bowers, but those traits only partially describe the well-rounded student-athletes, who are being recognized for achieving excellence across the board.
Rose and Bowers have been selected 2021 Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award winners. They will be recognized during a Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, June 12 at Mercy Health Arena in downtown Muskegon. Tickets cost $30 and they’re available online.
Last year’s MASHF Scholar-Athlete Award winners, Muskegon’s Cameron Martinez and Grand Haven’s Kathryn Ackerman, also will be invited to the ceremony as the 2020 banquet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Every spring, a MASHF Board of Directors subcommittee accepts one senior male nominee and one senior female nominee for the Scholar-Athlete Award from each area high school in the Muskegon area. Five finalists are selected from the pool of nominees for males and females, then a winner is chosen on each side.
Record-setting Fremont runner Nathan Walker, who joined Rose as finalists for the Detroit Athletic Club’s 2021 Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award, was a very strong consideration for the MASHF Scholar-Athlete Award. Other finalists for the Gary Ostrom Male Scholar-Athlete Award included Montague’s Drew Collins, Muskegon Catholic Central’s Tommy Kartes and Whitehall’s Evan Mikkelson.
Joining Bowers as finalists for the Dick Hedges Female Scholar-Athlete Award were North Muskegon’s Syann Fairfield, Holton’s Kylie Gould, Newaygo’s Jaylee Long and Mona Shores’ Bri Wade.
“It means a lot. There’s a lot of good athletes and a lot of good students in Muskegon, like Nathan Walker from Fremont and Drew Collins from Montague, and I know they’re all great guys also,” Rose said. “It just means a lot being up with all of them because I know they’re great people. It just means a lot for me to get this award.”
The son of Ken and Lisa Rose, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average, was instrumental in Mona Shores winning back-to-back Division 2 football state championships in 2019 and 2020. The quarterback, safety and all-around standout earned 2020 MLive Player of the Year and Associated Press Division 1-2 Player of the Year awards. He was first-team all-state both seasons in addition to various other accolades.
Rose also is a three-year varsity baseball player, although last season was wiped out by the pandemic. He was on Mona Shores’ powerlifting team, too.
Rose is a member of the National Honor Society and he earned first-team academic all-state in football. His numerous community service contributions include volunteer work with Kids Food Basket, Unity Christian Music Festival and NHS beach cleanup, reading to Mona Shores elementary students and wrapping Christmas gifts for Adopt A Family.
Rose signed to play football at Division II power Ferris State University. He intends on studying mathematics.
“(His Mona Shores football teams) kind of left a footprint for the teams behind us to follow and hopefully they do that same thing and hopefully they get a couple more (state titles) in the next couple years,” Rose said. “They know what it looks like, they know what it looks like to succeed, and hopefully they can just follow that blueprint and do the same thing.
“I’m just going to miss Mona Shores and being around the people at Mona Shores and the teachers and the community. I’ll miss the community a lot. They’ll still be there for us. Just the Norton Shores community is a little different than any other community. They’re really supportive to us and the football team and our school is really supportive.”
Bowers, the daughter of Doug and Danyle Bowers, carries a 3.989 GPA. She’s earned varsity letters in softball, track and field and cross country, but basketball is her No. 1 sport.
Bowers, a floor leader from her point guard spot, earned AP first-team all-state accolades all four years and she was a Miss Basketball candidate. She is Kent City’s all-time leading scorer, girl or boy, with 1,822 career points. The Eagles were 84-12 in her career, including a 21-1 record in her senior season when her team advanced to the Division 3 state finals and lost a 52-50 heartbreaker to Grass Lake.
Bowers will be playing basketball at Illinois State University, the first Kent City student-athlete to sign with a Division I basketball program. She plans to major in exercise science.
Her extracurricular and community service activities include playing AAU basketball and travel softball, coaching middle school basketball, running and volunteering for youth basketball camps, and giving of her time at track camp and field day.
Like Rose, Bowers has been a model student-athlete and reached legendary status in her community athletically.
“My parents just always got on me growing up, grades are just as important as sports or whatever else. A lot of that, but then just making sure I’m holding myself accountable to that and got good grades all the way through,” Bowers said.
“Obviously, (her basketball career) was a lot of fun. Not many teams can say they made it to the state finals. Like I had said during the interviews that day (of the state finals), even though we didn’t win, it was such a fun game, such a fun season and I wouldn’t trade it for anything especially since this year we didn’t even know if we’d have a season. It was a ton of fun. I loved that team more than any team I’ve ever played with.”
The 2021 Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame induction class is comprised of Robin Bouchard (hockey), Matt Brink (wrestling/football), Cheryl Day (basketball) and Johnny Mitchell (track and field). Jim Rudicil, executive director of the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, is the Gene Young Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame and banquet moving to Mercy Health Arena; tickets available