BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Plymouth Salem / Soccer
It is far too common for the top scorer, the player who racks up all the stats
and all the glory, to earn recognition as the state's best player. So when a
defender earns the honor, it truly means something. Cope, a senior, helped
Plymouth Salem become one of the stingiest teams in the state, allowing
just 12 goals in 27 games. He earned All-State honors three times and was
named Michigan's Mr. Soccer this year. Cope is a Michigan State recruit
and an NSCAA/adidas All-American.
Grandville / Swimming
No prep swimmer in Michigan is faster than Hoekstra, as the senior Michigan
recruit proved at the Division 1 swimming championships. Hoekstra won the
50 and 100 free and led the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams to titles.
Detroit Country Day / Basketball
The junior guard averaged 16.9 points per game this season while helping
the Yellow Jackets to the Class B quarterfinals. McCallum was named the
Gatorade State Player of the Year for his efforts.
Grand Blanc / Tennis
After losing in the Division 1 state championship match for two consecutive
seasons, Pfister made the third time the charm. The junior beat Joseph Dube
of Detroit Catholic Central, 7-5, 6-2, to claim the title.
GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Rochester / Cross Country
Goethals claimed an individual state title when she edged Waterford Mott
star Shannon Osika by seven seconds at the Division 1 state meet. But
Goethals was just getting warmed up. The junior harrier won the Foot Locker
Midwest Regional by one second, leading a contingent of three girls' runners
from Michigan to qualify for nationals. At the Foot Locker Cross Country
Championships, Goethals led the way again, finishing third in the country
and beating a former national champ — Kathy Kroeger of Tennessee.
Birmingham Marian / Volleyball
The 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter earned highest honorable mention All-
American honors by PrepVolleyball.com as well as All-State first team honors.
She recorded 726 kills while leading Marian to the Class A championship game.
Ann Arbor Pioneer / Field Hockey
Drake earned All-State first team honors for the second consecutive year while
helping the Pioneers win their fourth Division 1 state title in a row. The senior
Iowa recruit scored 18 goals and added 10 assists for the 19-0 Pioneers.
Saginaw Nouvel / Basketball
Michigan's Miss Basketball averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 assists per game, but
her contributions went far beyond stats. The senior Michigan recruit also led
her team to back-to-back Class C state championships.