Saline senior QB Tyler Palka earned special mention when the Associated Press named its Division 1-2 All-State football team.
The team is selected by Michigan sportswriters.
Palka completed 131 of 191 passes for 1,719 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed 90 times for 650 yards and six touchdowns.
Palka came to Saline from Toledo Whitmer when his father, Joe, was hired as Saline High School assistant principal, assistant athletic director and football coach. As a junior, he led Whitmer to the state championship game.
He said the transition to Saline went better than he could have imagined.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I came here and it wasn’t easy to leave (my teammates at Whitmer). But this has been a fantastic experience. Everyone was really accepting and made me feel like I belonged right away,” Palka said at the conclusion of the Hornets’ season in the regional championship game. “Everyone doubted us all year. They said we couldn’t beat Walled Lake Western. They said we couldn’t beat Pioneer. We came together as family and we proved everyone wrong.”
Palka also plays ice hockey and plans to run track for the Hornets.