# 2 - Makenzi Peterson
Makenzi Peterson
Ferris State

Big Rapids, Mich.

High School:
Big Rapids




High School: A four-time (2005-08) All-Central State Activities Association First-Team selection and Pioneer Dream First Teamer at Big Rapids (Mich.) High School under head coach Dawn Thompson . . . Graduated in 2008 . . . Received 2008 all-state plaudits as a senior . . . Holds Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) single-season record for most runs scored with 78 total set in senior year . . . . Member of 2008 academic all-state squad . . . Both a three-time (2006-08) all-district and all-region pick . . . Three-time (2006-08) Cardinals' Most Valuable Player and was a member of three BRHS conference championship teams . . . Garnered league all-academic accolades four years in a row (2005-08) . . . Hit for .525 average in 36 contests with 63 base hits in 120 at bats in senior year . . . Compiled 15 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 49 RBIs, 35 stolen bases, 78 runs scored, a .950 slugging percentage, and a .872 fielding percentage in senior season . . . Attained honorable mention all-state laurels as a junior after batting .450 with 54 base hits in 120 at bats to go with 53 runs scored, six doubles, six triples, and six roundtrippers . . . Batted in 32 runs and had 19 stolen bases in 2007 season while producing a .514 on-base percentage, a .750 slugging percentage, and a .906 fielding percentage . . . Garnered all-region, all-district and team offensive and defensive Most Valuable Player honors as the Cardinals claimed both a league championship and a district title in 2007 season . . . Helped guide BRHS to a Western Waterways Athletic Conference crown and a 31-11 mark in 2006 after hitting for a .438 average with 60 hits in 137 official plate appearances . . . Totaled 12 second-base hits while notching eight triples, two home runs, 27 RBIs, 27 stolen bases, 51 runs scored, and an .873 fielding percentage en route to receiving all-region, all-district, and squad MVP Offensive Player Award accolades . . . Hit for a .453 average on 67 hits in 148 at bats as a freshman in the 2005 campaign . . . Chalked up 20 RBIs, 28 stolen bases, five doubles, six triples, 54 runs scored, and an .865 fielding percentage as 2005 team finished at 28-13 overall for the season . . . Four-year (2004-08) letterwinner in volleyball . . . Earned 12 varsity letters in four-year prep career . . . Competed in basketball (2004-08), volleyball (2004-08), and cross country (2008) at the varsity level . . . Two-year member of the National Honor Society . . . Served as a multi-year member of school's SADD, Health Education Advisory Club, and Varsity Club chapters.

Personal: Born 6/22/90 in Big Rapids, Mich. . . . Daughter of Peter and Brendan Peterson . . . Father is a farmer and mother works as a clerk for UPS . . . Has an older sister and brother along with a younger brother . . . Nickname is "Kenzi" . . . Interests include athletics . . . Majoring in nursing.

Coach Becker on Peterson: "Her tenacity as a player is unrivaled. Makenzi's competitiveness puts her in a position to find a starting spot just about anywhere on the field. Offensively, her small stature packs a mean punch as she will fool opponents with her power. Look to see Peterson at the hot spots of the infield or even in the grass as she learns the ropes of the game at this level."

On Deck With Peterson:
My pre-game ritual: I don't have one
If I could meet anyone in history it would be: Tiger Woods
My first softball memory is: Although this isn't my first memory, I struck out and started crying. My mom told me to suck it up and I don't think I struck out anymore
The thing I like most about Ferris State Softball is: My teammates
Advice to youngsters: Stay confident and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something
My worst fear is: Snakes
My favorite movie is: Remember the Titans
The best professor I've had at FSU has been: Dr. Behlar
If I could change one thing about softball, I would: make some of the umpires more consistant in their calls
What has been the most thrilling moment of your life outside of sports?: Meeting Lloyd Carr
Something unusual about me is: When I eat cake and ice cream, I like to mix it all up before eating it
I chose Ferris State because: It has a good nursing program and it was close to home. Also get to play softball here
Favorite music group: Brooks and Dunn
The motto I live by is: Work hard and treat others the way you want to be treated

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