Multiple Teams · MCA Athletes Honored at Twins Game

Congratulations to Lily Fabienke who was awarded a $2500 scholarship from Delta. Lily along with Isaiah Coleman were selected and honored by Positive Athlete at the Twins games last night. MCA is proud of these accomplishments.


29 High School Student-Athlete Presented Most Positive Athlete Awards at Twins Game

 MINNEAPOLIS (June 26, 2019) – High school student-athletes representing 29 different boys’ and girls’ sports were honored on the field before the Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox game at Target Field.on Wednesday, June 19th by Positive Athlete Minnesota, an organization started by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.  Two coaches were also recognized as most positive, and two student-athletes were presented with $2,500 college scholarships from Delta Air Lines.

Hundreds of nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents were submitted by over 100 Minnesota high schools. In addition to the Delta scholarships, and on-field ceremony with the Twins, the Minnesota Vikings also gave the winners a behind-the-scenes tour of the TCO Performance Center.  All of the 2018-19 nominees were treated to a pair Minnesota Twins tickets.

In addition to excellence on the field, each participating Positive Athlete shares similar characteristics including an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.

“In the second year of this Minnesota program, the stories and number of the nominees blew me away,” said Ward.  “I was always credited with having a positive influence on my team during my days with the Steelers, but the stories I hear about these kids really inspire me to be a better person.”

Here is a list of this year’s winners:

Football                         Luke Bonte                   St. Francis

Volleyball                      Kali Wolf                       Waconia

Softball                         Emma Botker                Clinton Graceville Beardsley

Boys Cross Country       Deon Estebo                Redwood Valley

Girls XC                        Olivia Flack                   Lake Crystal

Cheerleading                 Annie Frank                  Northfield

Boys Basketball             Justin Holmes               Mountain Iron Buhl

Girls Basketball             Alexandra Larson          Pine Island

Wrestling                      Anthony Maher              BOLD

Boys Swimming             Grant Wambold             Eagan

Girls Swimming             Kallee Swenson             Mora

Gymnastics                   Cambryn Rubin             Triton

Boys Soccer                 Isaiah Coleman             Maranatha Christian Academy

Girls Soccer                  Lily Fabienke                 Maranatha Christian Academy

Boys Lacrosse              Luke Peterson               Farmington

Girls Lacrosse               Jessica Skelley             Mound Westonka

Boys Tennis                  Zach Muetzel                 Cretin-Derham Hall

Girls Tennis                   Perrin Thompson           Buffalo

Boys Track                    Myles Johnson              Lincoln (Thief River Falls)

Girls Track                    Rachel Black                 Minnesota Valley Lutheran

Boys Golf                     Gordon Skaar                Greenway

Girls Golf                      Ashton Hobza               St. Michael-Albertville

Baseball                       Cooper Severson          Fridley

Boys Skiing                  Andrew Deppe              Virginia

Girls Skiing                   Madeline Keran             Coon Rapids

Boys Hockey                Andrew Dondelinger      Bemidji

Girls Hockey                 Chantrelle Thayer          Brainerd

Alternative                     Brenna Mahoney           Frazee

Adaptive                       Chris Axelson               East Grand Forks

Boys Coach                  Gregg Preston              Hillcrest Lutheran Academy

Girls Coach                   Sarah Sinniger              Brooklyn Center


“We did not put out a search for the best athletes in Minnesota,” said Ward, “We put out a search for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets.  These kids were recognized for overcoming difficult circumstances or giving back to their schools and communities in a significant way.

Positive Athlete Minnesota, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. Positive Athlete has awarded over $250,000 in college scholarships and grants since its inception 8 years ago. The Minnesota program mirrors successful programs in Georgia, Western Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan (