Pewamo-Westphalia senior Carter Thelen has been named to the Michigan High School Coaches’ Association (MHSFCA) West All-Star team, as announced by the organization on April 28.


Normally, an East-West all-star game is played, but what would have been the 38th annual all-star game was canceled this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The MHSFCA decided to still announce the rosters to honor the athletes.


“I’m really honored,” Thelen said. “I’ve been dreaming about this since freshman year. I was the last one to get in for football — I was on JV and the last one to get in, so from working all offseasons to push myself this far, it’s really amazing what life can come to if you push yourself super hard.”


The 6-foot, 220-pound Thelen , who is committed to play football at Siena Heights, played a key role in the Pirates’ Division 7 state championship run this past season. On defense, he recorded 56 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, one interception, and one forced fumble. On offense, he had 58 carries, 468 yards and nine touchdowns.


In the 14-0 state championship win over Jackson Lumen Christi, Thelen had five carries for 23 yards and a score.


“When he was a younger kid, you could see flashes of potential,” Pewamo-Westphalia coach Jeremy Miller said. “But what Carter did was he absolutely worked himself into being a great athlete and a great football player. He did that through the weight room and showing up to everything that we had, and just being really dedicated.”


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