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Mio’s Mia McGregor Named Associated Press Player of the Year

MIO, MI – The McGregor family and Mio basketball seem to go hand in hand. Mia McGregor was counting down the days until she could wear that mighty Mio Thunderbolt jersey. Once that day finally arrived, she rose to the occasion and exceeded all expectations throughout her freshman season.

It didn’t take long for anyone to recognize that McGregor has taken the girls basketball scene by storm. Her motivation throughout the season never faltered averaging 41.2 points per game to earn the Michigan Associated Press Division 4 Player of the Year honors. “She puts in a lot of work and to get recognized for that,” Head Coach Kristi McGregor said. “More importantly, it was great to win a league title that we hadn’t done in 20 years.”

The freshman phenom was the story of the year. McGregor scored 47 points in her debut. Despite suffering a knee injury, she finished with 866 points, second most in state history. Additionally, McGregor’s freshman year numbers lands her on the MHSAA record book for 14 other categories. “I did it for my teammates and my school,” Mia McGregor said. “I didn’t want to let them down this year.”

McGregor is the daughter of two Mio basketball stars. Her father Ty led the Thunderbolts to the state title in 1989 and mother Kristi finished as a runner-up in 1993. It’s safe to say that basketball is in their blood. “Since they came here,” said Mia. “I just wanted to carry on wearing a mighty Bolt jersey and do it for our school.”

Her parents are now the head basketball coaches looking to restore Mio’s rich history. Ever since their daughter erupted on the scene, she singlehandedly put the Thunderbolts back on the map. “The accolades are great but the experience and the friendships are really great,” Kristi said. “That’s what I hope she really gets out of it.”