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Rutherford's Michael Lee- Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Rutherford senior Michael Lee doesn't ever slow down. From football, to wrestling, to track, and weightlifting, he's done all four sports all four years of high school, and he has no plans of flowing down in the last few months of his Senior year.

"I just keep plugging at it!" he laughed.

Right now, Michael's plugging away at track and field, where he competes in the discus and shot put, as well as runs the 800 and mile for the Rams. He's not just running laps, as he's also pumping iron on the weightlifting team.

"He's a true team player. He's conscientious about the choices the he makes," said head coach Anthony Collier. "It's because he's conscientious that he's developed a knack for knowing how to use his time wisely."

Out of all the choices that he's made, wrestling is at the top of the list, and it shows, as Michael was named County Champ at the 170 weight class this year, and finished 2nd in districts before making his 3rd straight appearance at Regionals.

"They're all very motivating but I think wrestling would have to be one of my favorites," said Michael. "I like the competitiveness of it, and just getting after it and the physicality of it."

"The only thing that could have topped it is getting him to State his Senior year," said coach Collier. "To get out of our district is great and to get as far as he did at Regionals. He definitely did not get there because of lack of effort."

Michael's effort when it comes to the classroom is just as intense, as he sits in the top 12% of his class with a 3.8 GPA.

"Been a busy year, it has been," he said. "It helps with my academics and my athletics as well, just keeping me busy."

"You very seldom see it," said coach Collier of Michael's success. It's hard enough for a kid to maintain those type of grades and put the time in. To do it in four sports, it's a monumental task, but he has done stellar in his performance."

"I just want to finish out this year," said Michael. "Help the team out and do whatever I can."

Help the team out. Two sports down, two to go. Michael said he wants to be a Marine Systems Engineer, and while nothing's concrete yet, he does want to wrestle at the collegiate level.