Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email
High School Michael Belmonte
Position
Primary Position Defensive Tackle
Secondary Positions OT, OG, C, DE
Athlete
PYARDS PENALTIES FUM LOST FUM
Career 55 8 - -
Season 25 5 - -
defense
TDS TACKLES TACKLE ASSISTS SAF SACKS SACK YDS PUNTS BLKD PASS BLKD LNG INT INT YDS INT FUM REC FRC FUM FGS BLKD
Career - 35 21 - 2 8 - - - - - 1 2 -
Season - 32 20 - 2 8 - - - - - 1 2 -
team
Wins Losses
5 4
Physical Attributes
Bench Press (max) Vertical jump Wingspan
200 22 71
Football Honors

Senior Captain. Most Improved Player Award. Defensive Player of the Game vs Whitehall

Football Additional

Initiated and organized the football team to help help out and coach the young kids and adults for No More Sidelines.

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
SAT Score (Composite)
ACT Score (Composite)
High School
North Muskegon High School
School City
NORTH MUSKEGON
School State
MI
Guidance Counselor
Jon Tunney
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
65
School Size
900
TOEFL Score
Class Rank
40
School Division
Division 4
Major Category
Communications
Major
Radio and Television
Major Category
Undecided
Major
Undecided
Other Academic Information
Every year G.P.A. has gone up and grades have become better. Since junior year all semester G.P.A. has been 3.3 or higher
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Personal


First Name
Braxton
Last Name
Gerdes
Address
City
State
Zip
Country
Email
Phone
Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
M
Height
5'9"
Weight
170
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights

Been playing football for seven years, would like to continue to play. Plays with lots of heart and good technique. Has always played against bigger players and had success. Hard worker. Started working when I was fourteen years old.

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?
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Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

How I demonstrate leadership on the field is by showing to practice everyday on time and ready to rock and roll. I go out there do my job and do it right, I set an example for how leader should act and how a Norsemen football player should act. An example of my off the field leadership was when my best friend and I got some food after practice and was driving through town past the little baseball field we practiced on as kids for football we saw some elementary football players playing football. I looked at my buddy and said "You know what, I bet we would make those kids days if we went and played football with them". He looked at me and said "You sure" I said "Yeah" he replied back "alright lets do it" so we turned the car around and went and played football with the kids, it was really awesome too have the opportunity to play with them and give them opportunity to hangout with varsity football players.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

I pursue a healthy athletic performance by taking care of my homework first before anything. There has been nights where I'll come home from practice ready to eat, but I knock out some homework first. If I have tests I study for them. If there is extra credit I'm going after it. Our coach says you are student athletes not just athletes. You are students first and foremost. Sometimes if I have classes with some of my teammates we will work on after practice or one will do one part of homework and you will do another. During our senior meetings on Wednesdays after practice. I always made sure to remind our team to keep up with our academic performances so that we would not let our team by not being able to play on Friday nights. I have never been ineligible to play any of the sports I have participated in.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

I am involved with service in my community with No More Sidelines. This service is for young kids and adults whose disabilities whether they're physical or mental prohibit them for being able to play for schools sports teams. I called no more sidelines with the idea of having the varsity players of North Muskegon play a football game with the kids. We were the first school to ever offer them the chance to play football. So when the day came we got out the footballs and kicking tees and had fun. To start we did punt, pass, and kick activities, then we split the kids up and varsity players and started the game. It was the most fun I had in quite a long time and the experience was unforgettable. One of the best parts was we were allowed to bring them onto our game field where the games are held. It is important to me for the simple fact that I can play for a school sports team these kids can not. So I wanted to give them an opportunity to feel what it is like to play football as a team and people cheering for them. The coolest part was that one of young adults was actually the grandson of our all-state fullback in 1930's. So we decided during the game we would give him the ball and get him a touchdown. The look on his mothers face who was filming his run was one that I will never forget. The joy we could give these young kids and adults was amazing. Every one got along great and there was no winner or loser everyone was a winner in their eyes. It was the highlight of my football season.

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Blog Posts


Not Done Yet
January 18, 2015
I've been playing football for seven years and this last season, was my last as a North Muskegon Norsemen. As a senior I was elected by my team to lead them as a captain. We finished our season...