BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
The best team in Class A never stumbled, never fell, and earned a state championship
as a result. Led by Michigan Mr. Basketball winner Derrick Nix, a senior
Michigan State recruit, Pershing finished the season 26-1 and claimed the
Class A title with a 90-73 win over Kalamazoo Central. Junior guard Keith
Appling set a state record in points scored with 49 in the championship
game. Senior Dennis Perry, who had 12 in the state final, was also one of the
pivotal members of the Doughboys' state championship team.
ANN ARBOR HURON
Junior Ethan Cohen helped lead the River Rats to the Division 1 title with a
seven-point advantage over Ann Arbor Pioneer. Cohen was joined by senior
Stefan Larson and junior David Yang on the All-State first team.
ANN ARBOR PIONEER
The Pioneers blew away the competition at the Division 1 state meet, besting
second place Huron by 138 points. Sophomore Nick Nemetz and senior
Robert Nichols were the only swimmers to claim individual state titles.
DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL
The state final was supposed to be a tightly contested matchup. Instead, the
Shamrocks outshot Howell by a 35-5 advantage and won the title, 7-0, led by
junior Brad Wilhelm's two goals and one assist.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
DETROIT COUNTRY DAY
The Yellow Jackets won their second consecutive Class B title while only
dropping one game all season. Led by 6-foot-6 junior Madison Williams,
who recorded a triple-double in the title game, Detroit Country Day beat
Grand Rapids Central Catholic, 50-40. Senior guards Amber Moore and
Sharena Taylor earned All-Class B honors from The Detroit Free Press for
their efforts. The Yellow Jackets beat their opponents in the state tournament
by an average of 19.4 points per game.
ANN ARBOR PIONEER
The Pioneer girls capped the boys' and girls' sweep of the swimming events
with the ladies winning by an even larger amount — 184.5 points. The team
had winners in nine of the 12 events at the Division 1 state meet.
No team in the state could match the depth and talent of Grand Ledge this
season. Senior Meaghan McWhorter's titles on vault and bars helped, as did
freshman Alexis Byington's all-around victory.
The Meier sisters led the charge to the Division 1 state golf title with a 54-
stroke margin of victory over Grosse Pointe North. Senior Amy Meier won
individual medalist honors while junior Christine Meier tied for third.