Boys' Golf - Northville
One day made all the difference for the Northville boys'
golf team. Pessimists might say that the team's first day,
where just about nothing went right, was the reason the
team finished third instead of first at the Division 1 state
meet. Optimists would say the team's second day, in which
the team outscored everyone handily, was proof that
Northville can play with anyone in the state. Either way, the
end result leaves plenty of intrigue for this year, where many
of the team's best golfers are back for another shot at a state
title. "Our expectation is to get ourselves back to play at the
state tournament," says head coach Matt Stetson. For a team
that won its conference, its district and its region, handing
Saline its first loss in two years, there is plenty to build on.
Senior Wes Gates, who will head to Bowling Green in the fall
on a golf scholarship, was the team's No. 1 player last year.
"He's always been a very mature golfer for us," Stetson says.
"He seems to get better every year." Senior Dan Kozerski has
lettered all four years for Northville. "He's very consistent,"
Stetson says. "I know he can give me a solid number every
time out."Senior long hitter Tim Kelly and junior Trevor Grigg,
last year's team MVP, are capable of shooting low numbers on
any given day, as can junior Alex Bernstein. The Mustangs
return 13 of their 14 golfers from last year, making them one
of the deepest and most dangerous teams in the state.
Girls' Tennis - West Bloomfield
There are undoubtedly great expectations for the Lady Lakers this season after returning the team's two best players.
Sophomore Taylor Pinchoff, who earned All-State singles honors in Division 1, and junior Samantha Pinchoff, who
was an All-State honorable mention selection, have West Bloomfield on pace to earn a second consecutive top-three finish
at state. Sophomore Morgan Taylor is another outstanding singles competitor.
Boys' Track - Albion
Last year, Albion needed every point it could get to claim the Division 3 state boys' track championship — literally
— as the team edged Allendale by just one point. A repeat of that title certainly won't come easy, but some of the team's
best athletes return. Senior Ryan Hopson will contend for top honors in the high jump and long jump. Junior distance
runner Paul Lewis is also a threat to score points.
Girls' Track - Renaissance
There's no such thing as a rebuilding year for Renaissance — or at least it seems that way. The Phoenix are always
loaded with talent, and this year should be no exception. Rising stars to watch include senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham,
who finished third in the 200 at state last year, and senior Chelsey Hall, who was among the state's top competitors in
the 100 hurdles. The Renaissance relay teams are always formidable as well.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
BASEBALL – GOODRICH
Senior third baseman Caleb Jones, an All-State selection, leads the Martians.
SOFTBALL – WHITE LAKE LAKELAND
Senior outfielder Andie Dawson and junior pitcher Carlee Meek, both All-State picks, return.
BOYS' LACROSSE – UNIVERSITY LIGGETT
Stellar junior netminder Rory Deane will keep the Knights in the hunt for a title.
GIRLS' LACROSSE – BRIGHTON
Senior attacker Kelly LaChance hopes to lead the Bulldogs past the D-1 regionals.