Coaches pick the best
Change is coming in the Oakland Activities Association softball divisions in 2014.
But before those moves are official— six realignments in all — coaches in the league picked the best of the best, handing out All-Association honors for the recently completed 2013 season.
Lake Orion High was the top dog, or Dragon, if you will, in the Red Division this season. Coach of the Year Joe Woityra led his team to a perfect 10-0 mark and division title. Troy High (8-2), Clarkston High (4-6), North Farmington (4-6), Troy Athens (3-7) and Farmington High (1-9) rounded out the group.
All-Association honors go to Alex Carpenter, Rachel Dolland, Kayla Knoblock, Kennedi Thomas and Sierra Gonzales, Lake Orion; Ashley Messina, Cori Mittelbrun, Sydney Heath and Katy Krajenta, Troy; Rachel Viera, Sydney Hasselbach and Candice Kitchen, Clarkston; Megan Keller, Alexa Cherney and Nikki Wald, North Farmington; Haley Zemmer and Erica Siismets, Athens; and Sarah Gutknecht, Farmington.
Beverly Hills Groves took home the White title with a 9-1 mark. Skipper Ryan Minarik earned Coach of the Year honors. The Falcons were followed by Rochester Adams (8-2), Oxford High (6-4), Farmington Hills Harrison (4-6), Rochester High (4-6) and West Bloomfield High (0-10).
All-Association goes to Zoe Schmerin, Mamie Talfy, Andrea MacMichael, Carli Cosenza and Savannah Tatum, Groves; Breanna Polcyn, Madeline Phelps, Kelly McCasland and Kristen Noack, Adams; Autumn Cervantez, Jessica Palumbo and Cherilyn Banas, Oxford; Samantha Lalonde and Sydnee Bland, Harrison; Emily Ellis and Emily Smith, Rochester; and Brooklynn Powers, West Bloomfield.
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek was the other unbeaten division champ in 2013. Coach of the Year Jerry Price guided his squad to a 12-0 mark in the Blue. Birmingham Seaholm (7-5), Auburn Hills Avondale (6-6), Berkley High (6-6), Bloomfield Hills Andover (6-6), Royal Oak High (5-7) and Hazel Park High (1-11) round out the division.
All-Association honors include Jen Semaan, Casey Cribbs, Sara Beyer, Karlee Bednarowski and Brittany Gadigian, Stoney Creek; Riley Miller, Maddy Cormier, Jordan Lenington and Lexie Hamilton, Seaholm; Mackenzie Blomberg, Hannah Susick and Caroline Riley, Avondale; Jessica Steele, Madalyn Morrissey and Hannah Mulcahy, Berkley; Macy Olesnavich and Liz Snyder, Andover; Faith Sulich and Kendall Clary, Royal Oak; and Kyla Lynn, Hazel Park.
In the Gold, it was a two-team race that ended with a tie atop the standings. Ferndale High (8-2) and Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup (8-2) shared the title, while Bloomfield Hills Lahser (7-3), Southfield High (4-6), Oak Park High (4-6) and Pontiac High (0-10) rounded out the division.
All-Association honors go to Hannah Reiter, Shelby Slabiak, Shelby Simpson, Emily Kulick and Espacia Fotiu, Ferndale; Kat Thurman, Bianca McNeil, Diamond Garrett, Latera Cleveland and Cydney Rogers, Lathrup; Madeline Kramer, Katie Simon and Corrine Staub, Lahser; Nikol Lyons and Brittany Hill, Southfield; Cydney Rogers and Rayven Sheppard, Oak Park; and Jennifer Helton; Pontiac.
Time for change
Things will look vastly different next season, as coaches approved on a 21-0 vote to the following changes.
Groves moves to the Red.
Stoney Creek moves to the White.
Andover and Lahser are scheduled to become Bloomfield Hills High and will play in the Blue.
Farmington moves to the White.
West Bloomfield moves to the Blue, and Hazel Park moves to the Gold.