Westborough – Michael Kurlan, a graduating Middle School student at the Bancroft School in Worcester, was honored June 2 with the Blake Family Trophy.
The Blake Family Trophy is awarded to only one outstanding Bancroft Middle School male athlete to honor leadership, exemplary sportsmanship, and athletic achievement.
During Kurlan’s middle school career, he was been honored with numerous athletic achievement awards including the Leadership Award for cross country (2016), basketball (2016 and 2015), and baseball (2015). He was honored with the Coach’s Award for basketball in 2013 and 2014, and in 2014, he also received the Most Improved Award for basketball.
A Westborough resident and son of Deborah Penta and Dave Kurlan, Michael was called up to the Bancroft High School varsity baseball team as an eighth grader in 2016, and was presented with his varsity letter and baseball pin on June 1 for meeting the standards of excellence set for varsity ball. Michael started and finished in every game, played numerous positions, and on April 21, he hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning against school rival Beaver Country Day which sparked a six-run rally to send the Bulldogs into victory. Bancroft School finished the season winning the Independent League Championship in its Pool for Baseball.
Michael, who played Westborough Little League Baseball throughout his entire youth, was also an all-star player, and has played on AAU Club baseball for three continuous years. He holds positions of starting pitcher, third baseman, and catcher. He is a two-time Youth Baseball Hall of Fame inductee for having the opportunity to play for two summers in Cooperstown, N.Y. in a national tournament for a team which played against 104 of the most competitive 12 and under baseball in the country.
He is looking forward to playing on the varsity golf team for Bancroft in the fall.