Athletics

larry rudnicki

Mr. Larry Rudnicki

Athletic Director

We’re building a “culture of athletic excellence” at St. Michael Academy!

Through year-round opportunities to train and compete in a variety of sports, we’re increasing strength and fitness while instilling essential Christian virtues. We believe Athletics, properly and vigorously pursued, meshes seamlessly with our mission at SMA!

At SMA, our coaches are considered teachers, and for many students the life lessons of Athletics, such as teamwork, fair-play, and perseverance in the face of adversity, have more immediate relevance than the more abstract insights of the classroom.  As with all fields of endeavor, we strive to place Athletics in its proper context, resisting the contemporary impulse to worship at the altar of “Ball.”

We strive to model the fortitude of the saints and martyrs who endured trials and tribulations on behalf of the Gospel.  We embrace Paul’s words (from 2 Timothy 4:7) that life is essentially an endurance contest: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Our Boys Cross Country team just concluded a spectacular season, finishing 5th at the Division 4 State Championship! The team recorded its first ever invitational wins this year, taking firsts at Cheboygan, in the small-school division at Mackinaw City, and at Ogemaw Heights – while also placing a close second at its Regional. With maturity, dedication, and leadership, the Boys XC team has poured the foundation for a championship program and is leading our Athletic Department forward!

Our Boys Basketball team is poised for its second year of Varsity competition following its 4-7 campaign last season, featuring wins over Grace Baptist, Vanderbilt, and NMCA.

Our Boys & Girls Track teams will look to build upon our successful first season last year, aiming to send more athletes to compete in the Division 4 State Finals in Grand Rapids.

We hope to field a Boys Golf team (open to ladies too!) in the spring and we’ve started an Intramural Volleyball program, intended to spur interest and develop skills toward restarting a Varsity team next year.

Our Athletic Co-ops are successful and expanding! SMA students participate with:

  • Hockey at Petoskey HS – Regional Champs!
  • Baseball & Softball at Harbor Light HS
  • Girls Tennis at Harbor Springs HS

New for Spring 2020… Lacrosse at Petoskey HS!  More Athletic Co-ops are planned – we welcome your input!

For more information on SMA Athletics, please contact me at lrudnicki@stmichaelpetoskey.org.

Blessings!… Larry Rudnicki, Athletic Director

Our Teams

SMA Sponsored Teams

Co-op Teams

  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Girls Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse