Athletes of the Year: Grace and Randy


Hughes, Pienta named Onekama athletes of the year

Posted by Brian Fogg, News Advocate June 8th, 2016

ONEKAMA — After one of the winningest years in Onekama athletic history there were plenty of worthy candidates to choose from for its male and female athletes of the year, but senior Randy Pienta and junior Grace Hughes earned the honors.

Pienta, who somehow had time to play football, basketball, track and baseball was a team leader in each one.

He played quarterback on a 9-2 football team, point guard with a team that won a second consecutive conference championship, pitched for a baseball team where he just earned first-team all-conference honors and placing third in the pole vault at the state finals.

“At first I didn’t think it would be that hard, but as the season went on it took a toll on my body and it was a lot more work than I thought it would be,” Pienta said. “It was fun though because I could have two different families to be with.”

Onekama’s Grace Hughes and Randy Pienta added their names to the school’s 
Athlete of the Year trophies at the recent senior athletic banquet. 

He says he and the rest of his teammates hoped to set an example for the younger athletes coming up the ranks. “We were hoping that we could go out on top and to make sure the guys know that they have to keep working to keep us up there,” Pienta said.

Pienta is looking to have an electricians apprenticeship and to eventually be an electrical lineman.

Hughes played volleyball, then basketball and ran track this school year, which just ended a few days ago.

“It’s pretty tough sometimes when you transition between sports and you don’t really have a break, but I really enjoy doing it all year round,” Hughes said.

She led the Portagers’ district-champion basketball team in scoring and took home a medal as a part of the 400-meter relay team that finished sixth in the state. She also just missed a medal in the 100-meter hurdles by finishing ninth.

“I think it’s pretty cool that we were able to do so much,” Hughes said. “We have a good group of girls in our class so that helps a lot.”