Macomb CountyDecember 04, 2013
MAC honors standout boys soccer players
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Staff Writer
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior Michael Swarthout has been named to the All-Conference squad in the MAC Blue Division, along with teammates Matthew Swarthout and Joey Podsiadly. Michael Swarthout is pictured during a 2013 match against L’Anse Creuse.
With the 2013 Macomb Area Conference boys soccer season complete, the MAC has named its top players, honoring standouts with All-Conference recognition.
The honor teams have been released for each division, along with Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and sportsmanship awards.
Here’s a division-by-division breakdown of the honors teams.
Sterling Heights Stevenson senior Neil Martorana earned league MVP honors; Utica High’s Bob Mondoux was named Coach of the Year. Anchor Bay received the Sportsmanship Award.
Joining Martorana on the All-League team are seniors Maciej Laskowski, Kevin Ulch, Joe Ahern and Jason Licata, Stevenson; seniors Grant Harrison, Olaf Szemraj, Greg Ognjanovski and Tyler Lewalski, Utica Eisenhower; senior Noah Brenizer, senior Austin Perry and junior Matt Wilkie, Utica High; junior James Solomon, senior Chris Johnson and sophomore Dane Haggarty, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; senior Brandon Troppens and sophomore Javier Steinwascher, Utica Ford II; and senior Devon Butler, Anchor Bay.
Stevenson went 8-0-2 in league play to capture a division title after Eisenhower had won the previous four MAC Red titles. Eisenhower finished second at 8-1-1, followed by Utica High (4-4-2), Chippewa Valley (3-5-2), Ford II (3-6-1) and Anchor Bay (0-10-0).
Fraser High senior Matt Lang was named league MVP, with his coach, Thaier Mukhtar, taking Coach of the Year honors. Grosse Pointe North received the Sportsmanship Award.
All-League honorees are Lang, senior Nate East, junior Alec Sharpe, junior Justin Piccolo and junior Matt Lentine, Fraser; juniors Robert Durand and Cam Kotas, and seniors Murray Sales and Andrew Cornwall, Grosse Pointe South; senior Nathan Peters, sophomore Ryan Boehm and senior Jeremy Wynes, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; seniors Eric Cass, Blake Talacko and Steven Gulino, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; juniors Chris Bahr and Nate Steinkampf, Grosse Pointe North; junior Christian Balmacedia and senior Bobby Weymouth, Romeo High; and senior Zack Nadolski, Warren Cousino.
Fraser went 11-0-1 in league play to earn its second straight MAC White title. Grosse Pointe South finished second at 7-2-3, followed by L’Anse Creuse North at 6-5-1, Lakeview (5-5-2), Grosse Pointe North (4-7-1), Romeo (2-7-3) and Cousino (1-10-1).
Macomb Dakota senior Pasquale Madonna earned league MVP honors, while his coach, Stefano Moraccini, was named Coach of the Year. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse earned the Sportsmanship Award.
All-League players are Madonna, seniors Alex Bozinovski and Sean Angelo Guevara, and juniors Marco DiStefano and Eddie Belker, Dakota; juniors Logan Ross, Sean Haddon and Luke Brady, and senior Devinn Rigley, Warren Mott; seniors Michael Swarthout, Matthew Swarthout and Joseph Podsiadly, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; seniors Anh Ho, Chuck Grade and Jacob Archie, Sterling Heights High; junior Joey Verbeke and senior Armin Gradascevic, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; seniors JR Cuthbertson and Clark Ayotte, Port Huron Northern; and Kevin Trip, Madison Heights Lamphere.
Dakota went 10-0-2 in divisional play to claim its second straight league title. Warren Mott finished second at 8-3-1, followed by Lake Shore (6-4-2), Sterling Heights High (6-5-1), L’Anse Creuse (5-5-2), Port Huron Northern (1-8-3) and Lamphere (0-11-1).
Marysville High senior Brandon Roeske took home league MVP honors, while Clawson’s Jared Kullman was named league Coach of the Year. St. Clair High received the Sportsmanship Award.
All-League honorees are Roeske and seniors Cory Gardner, Ethan McMahon and Pat Phillips, Marysville; seniors Andrew Halsey, David Harlukawicz and Jared Ocampo, and juniors Nathan Cote and Evan Deciantis, Clawson High; juniors Nick Ball and Scott Bradley, and seniors Brad Eisen and Brian Higgins, St. Clair; junior Devon Robinson and senior Jesse Vang, Center Line High; junior Eric Langolf and senior Amel Ljaljic, Port Huron High; seniors Jacob Berkley and Anthony Haskett, Warren Woods Tower; and senior Mark Koliba, Roseville High.
Clawson went 10-2-0 in divisional play to claim its third straight MAC Gold title. Marysville and St. Clair posted 7-1-4 records, followed by Port Huron (3-6-2), Warren Woods Tower (2-5-5), Center Line (1-6-4) and Roseville (0-9-1).
Marine City senior Kyle Lemanski was named league MVP, while Warren Fitzgerald’s Jason Mackay earned Coach of the Year honors. St. Clair Shores South Lake received the Sportsmanship Award.
All-League honorees are Lemanski, seniors Gaven McPhearson, Yannik Terney and Alvero Lorenzo, and sophomore Jacob Rhein, Marine City; juniors Dolan Bonkowski, Marquis Perkins, Brandyn Gonzales and Tristan Castiglione, and sophomore Alante Stevens, New Haven; seniors Joe Gargagliano and Michael Jaks, and sophomore Matt Millstein, South Lake; senior Cliff Vicente and junior Matt Grzelak, Fitzgerald; and sophomore Bryan Bienicwicz, East Detroit.
New Haven went 7-0-1 in league play to win its second straight MAC Silver title. Marine City was second at 6-1-1, followed by South Lake (3-5-0), Fitzgerald (3-5-0) and East Detroit (0-8-0).