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Based on their gutsy performances — Brian Blackburn with the accuracy of his right arm and Vorri Zanders with the stamina of her legs—the Crockett High quarterback and Mumford High cross country runner are the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learners of the Week.
Blackburn, a 6-5, 195-pound junior, completed 27 of 36 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Rockets to a 24-20 down-to-wire victory against Cody last Friday night in the PSL football Game of the Week at Osborn High School.
“It was exciting,” said Blackburn. “It was probably the best game I’ve been involved in so far.”
The victory lifted Crockett’s record to 3-0 overall and the game was indicative of the tough football Blackburn is finding each week in the PSL. The 16-year-old transferred last January from Warren Cousino, looking to the league and Crockett specifically to advance his football future.
“I decided I needed to go to a good program that has a history of helping kids get into college,” Blackburn said. “They’ve had a lot of Division I athletes come out of this school and I plan to be one of them.”
Zanders, also a junior, has already distinguished herself as a PSL track star. Last spring, she doubled as league champion in the 1600 (6:01.24) and 3200 (14:58.54). She opened this fall’s PSL cross country season Tuesday by blowing away the field, covering the 5000-meter course in 20:08.
“Mumford has a good track program and cross country is a great sport to get you ready for track and field,” Zanders said. “When I’m running, I like to get out to a nice comfortable pace, build as I go along and try to have a nice finish.”
Zanders is a 4.0 student whose favorite subject is English. She’s hoping for a career as an obstetrician, but wants to excel in running for as long as she can.
“It’s an honor,” she said of being named the first girls’ PSLer of the Week. “But I like to stay humble, so I keep working hard everyday.”