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List of the top 10 female athletes of the last 50 years at St. Philip High School from the Battle Creek Enquirer. Vote for your choice for No. 1

BATTLE CREEK – Who is the GOAT? Who is the greatest of all time at each of the traditional city schools in Battle Creek? Or more specifically, who is the greatest athlete of all time at each school?

Here at the Enquirer, we've asked this question in recent years in relation to a specific sport, such as the “top 10” football or volleyball players of all time at a particular school. But now we're going beyond that. Who is the GOAT in terms of an all-around athlete? These could be athletes in an individual sport who didn't appear on our lists of team sports like baseball and softball. These could also be high school stars who may have played multiple sports. They weren't just great at one sport, they were great at everything they did.

MORE: Who are the 2024 male and female athletes of the year according to the Battle Creek Enquirer?

This is the “biggest” list of all time.

The candidates are graduates of the traditional high schools in the city of Battle Creek. All have demonstrated outstanding achievement throughout their high school years and beyond.

We limit our list to the last 50 years – 1974–2024.

We will provide a brief bio on why each of the athletes belongs on the list. Once we finalize the top 10 list in alphabetical order, it will be up to the Battle Creek region to vote for their best athlete. There will be people missing from these lists that some of you feel shouldn't be there. Our poll will also include opportunities to add names and it will be interesting to see who makes that list as well.

We'll start with the smallest school in town and work our way up from there, creating a “Top 10” list of male athletes and a “Top 10” list of female athletes.

The 10 greatest female athletes of all time in St. Philip:

Angela Albrecht – graduating class of 1983

A star in three sports – volleyball, basketball and track – Angela Albrecht was named Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year in 1983. She excelled most on the volleyball court, where she helped St. Philip to the state title. She then played at the University of Texas and was instrumental in helping the Longhorns reach the Final Four of the NCAA tournament in both her junior and senior seasons. She also qualified for the state championship in track and field and was a standout on the basketball team.

Allyson Doyle – Class of 2007

Allyson Doyle was a four-time All-State selection in volleyball and helped St. Philip to the state finals in all four years of her career and to a state championship twice. She was runner-up in the Miss Volleyball pageant and finished as the school's top player in kills and blocks. Doyle played at the next level at Western Michigan University and was an All-League selection. Doyle is a standout athlete in multiple sports and finished her career as the school's top scorer in girls basketball. She was twice named the Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year.

Brooke Formsma – Class of 1997

Brooke Formsma made an early splash when she was named Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year in 1995 as a sophomore. That year, she helped the Tigers to a state championship in volleyball and won three state titles in track and field, placing first in the long jump, 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay. In all, Formsma led St. Philip to three state championships in volleyball and was named All-State as a senior. She went on to play volleyball at Lansing Community College. She was also a two-time All-City selection in girls' basketball.

Vicky Guerra – Class of 1985

In her senior year, Vicky Guerra earned All-City honors in basketball, volleyball and softball and was named Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year in 1985. She reached the top by helping the volleyball team win the state championship in volleyball three straight times and earned All-State honors. She also helped the basketball team to an All-City crown and a league championship. Guerra was a standout on the track team for three years before switching to softball in her senior year in the first season the school offered the sport. She then played basketball and volleyball at Kellogg Community College.

Alex Kersten – Class of 2022

In total, Alex Kersten earned 18 varsity letters at St. Philip, competing in volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country and track and field. Kersten qualified for the state championship in cross country four times and helped the St. Philip team win a regional championship in 2018. And she qualified for the state championship in track and field three times. She competed in two consecutive state championships in volleyball. She was also a three-time All-City basketball player and a starter on the girls soccer team. She was named the 2022 Enquirer Athlete of the Year.

Mary Lantinga – Class of 1990

Mary Lantinga, one of St. Philip's all-time best distance runners, was named Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year in 1990. Lantinga won two consecutive Class D state titles in track and field in the 1,600 meters. As a senior, she also won the 3,200-meter run in the state finals and the mile. She was a two-time All-City track and field meet champion and was named Outstanding Female Athlete. She won the Class D state title in cross country as a senior. She went on to run track and cross country at Michigan State University.

Amanda McKinzie – Class of 2012

Amanda McKinzie was a four-time state champion in volleyball. Her best year at St. Philip was as a senior in 2012. That senior year, she helped set the then-program record for wins in a season with 73 – the 10th most in state history. She was a three-time All-State selection and was the second St. Philip player to be named a Miss Volleyball award winner. She was one of the most decorated volleyball players at a school known for volleyball, was an All-American in high school and was recruited by some of the top Division I schools in the country and played at the next level at Virginia Tech University.

Lena Oliver – graduating class of 2010

A star in volleyball and basketball, Lena Oliver made her mark at the next level when she became an all-conference player for the Western Michigan University volleyball team. She was a three-time all-state selection as a libero in volleyball, placed fourth in the Miss Volleyball pageant and was involved in four state titles. She finished as the school's all-time leading point guard in basketball and earned all-state honors. She helped the team to an undefeated regular season her senior year. She was named Enquirer's Female Athlete of the Year in 2010.

Cathie Petrucco – Class of 1979

Cathie Petrucco, the first winner of the Enquirer Female Athlete of the Year award, was a three-sport star at St. Philip, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track. Her senior year, she helped St. Philip to a state championship title in volleyball. She earned All-City honors in volleyball and set a then-city record in the 440-meter run at the All-City track meet. She also helped St. Philip to a state championship title in track and field in the mile relay. In basketball, she helped the Tigers to a total of four district titles and a regional title her senior year. When she graduated, she was the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder and earned All-State honors. She went on to play volleyball at the University of Alabama.

Allyson Riley – Class of 2003

Allyson Riley was one of the best athletes St. Philip's has ever had, excelling in both volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, she was named All-State three times and helped the Tigers reach the state finals twice. In basketball, she helped the Tigers reach the semifinals for the first time in school history and was also named All-State. She graduated as the school's all-time best basketball player. She was also nominated for the Miss Volleyball Award and went on to play volleyball at Grand Valley State University. She was named the Enquirer Athlete of the Year in 2003.

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