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Two-way player Kishon Wilcher contributed mightily to Cass Tech’s 42-0 shutout victory against Southeastern last Friday and server Kayla Bryant helped Detroit International Academy for Young Women overcome a five-against-six player disadvantage in a 25-13, 25-16, 25-17 triumph Monday against Kettering.
For their outstanding play on the football field and volleyball court, respectively, Wilcher and Bryant are the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learners of the Week.
Wilcher, a 5-7, 165-pound senior, accounted for three touchdowns to help the Technicians (4-0) defeat the previously unbeaten Jungaleers (2-1). As a slot back, he ran the ball three times for 28 yards and two TDs and caught three passes for 89 yards, including a 58-yard TD reception. The son of Technicians’ coach Thomas Wilcher also made an impact as a kick returner and on defense, coming up from the secondary to record two sacks.
“We’ve got a lot a talent with a lot of (Division I college caliber) players on our team,” Wilcher said. “It’s very exciting being named player of the week. Every week, anybody on our team could be player of the week.”
Wilcher is the PSL’s reigning 100 and 200 meter sprint champion and a prep All-American in the 200 meter and 4×200 meter relay. A scholar-athlete with a 3.5 grade point average, he was recently named the first boys’ recipient of the Dave Bing Scholarship for Leadership and Achievement at the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame annual induction event.
Bryant, a 5-3 sophomore, is part of the fledgling volleyball program at DIA and hopes to be a mainstay in its growth. “I’ve been playing since the seventh grade and hopefully I’ll be able to help out the freshmen and sophomore players in the coming years,” she said.
The Pink Panthers found themselves a player short after a girl was injured in their match against Kettering. Bryant’s serving efficiency led them to victory despite the disadvantage.
“I knew we could do it, but we were missing that back person and had to use our brains to cover more floor,” she said. “I was kind of lost at first. But we figured it out as a team.”