Grandville Hockey’s Mitchell Parsons Named High School Athlete of the Week
A senior center for the 15-3-2 Bulldogs, Parsons has 10 goals and 26 assists this season.
An all-state hockey nominee, he is a primary cog for the Bulldogs and is a regular on their power-play and penalty-killing units, said Joel Breazeale, who coaches the Grandville squad -- a co-op with Byron Center and Calvin Christian high schools.
"I have had the privilege to coach some fantastic young men over the years, yet Mitchell will forever stand apart," Breazeale said. "Mitchell's commitment and dedication to self-improvement and his sheer competitive spirit has not only improved his personal athletic abilities, his self-driven nature has raised the efforts and abilities of our varsity hockey team over the past three years -- as well as the years when Mitchell was a youth player for me."
A "quiet, humble" leader, Breazeale said Parsons has improved through "perseverance, self-determination and persistence."
By the time he graduates, he will have earned 10 varsity letters at Grandville and will have been named first team and/or honorable mention all-conference in lacrosse and hockey for the past three years, Breazeale points out.
In the classroom, he carries a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale at Grandville High, where he is a part of the student leadership team. He is the son of Tory Parsons, a guidance counselor at Lowell High School, and Brian Parsons, Grandville High's athletic director.
Even though Parsons played in the inaugural Ryan Fischer Legacy Classic on Saturday at Van Andel Arena -- a 4-1 Detroit Catholic Central win over Grandville, he still managed to help out elsewhere over the weekend. He volunteered with the Grand Rapids Griffins' Great Skate at Rosa Parks Circle.
His other community service includes volunteering the past two summers with Camp Sunshine, a developmental disabilities program in Holland, and the Michigan Victory Games, an annual sports competition for developmentally disabled athletes. In addition, he also volunteers with hockey and lacrosse camps and local Punt, Pass & Kick competitions.