2017-05-17 / Sports

Walled Lake Schools honor athletic, academic superstars

BY CHRIS WALL
STAFF WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER


Cody White, Mr. Football (Walled Lake Western); Julia Barrett, Miss Hockey (Walled Lake Western); and Ben Freeman, Mr. Wrestling (Walled Lake Central) are honored by the Walled Lake School Board of Education last month. 
(Photo submitted.) Cody White, Mr. Football (Walled Lake Western); Julia Barrett, Miss Hockey (Walled Lake Western); and Ben Freeman, Mr. Wrestling (Walled Lake Central) are honored by the Walled Lake School Board of Education last month. (Photo submitted.) It’s quite an honor for a student athlete to be named Mr. Football, Miss Hockey and Mr. Wrestling in each sport in the state of Michigan. It’s even more of an honor to have all three student athletes named from the same school district.

That’s the case this year for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Walled Lake Western had two superstars: Cody White was named Mr. Football in the fall, and Julia Barrett was named Miss Hockey in March. Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman was named Mr. Wrestling this winter.

White, a three-sport athlete who will play football at Michigan State University this fall, led the Warriors to the Division 1 state championship game in November at Ford Field. White caught nine touchdown passes, rushed for eight touchdowns and threw nine touchdown passes to lead the Warriors to a 12-2 record.

“It’s a great honor to receive the award and to represent the City of Walled Lake and all the people that support me,” said White. “It’s a great feeling to bring back the award and to be one of the three representatives from Walled Lake to be honored.”

Barrett turned in another remarkable season on the ice for the Walled Lake Wild women’s hockey team. After leading the Wild to the state championship as a sophomore, the three-time All-State player had 29 goals and 18 assists for a total of 47 points.

Barrett was almost speechless after winning the Miss Hockey award, saying, “It’s a big honor! It was a big thing for everyone on the team. My teammates always had my back. I owe it to my teammates and coaches for helping me every step of the way. They encouraged me throughout the whole season.”

Freeman, a four-time state champion from Walled Lake Central, won his fourth consecutive state championship this fall at the Palace of Auburn Hills. He completed his career with an undefeated record of 167-0. Freeman will be going to the University of Michigan to wrestle for the Wolverines next year.

“The thing about being undefeated was never really on my mind,” said Freeman. “I felt if I wrestled my best, I would win. You see the other guy on the other side of the mat and that’s all I tried to think about. You have to stay focused and try to do your best. Take it one day at a time by getting one percent better each day and remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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