MAC’s standout girls basketball players recognized

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published March 16, 2012

Another hard-fought girls basketball season in the Macomb Area Conference has come and gone, with teams in each division seeing varying results — in the regular season and the postseason.

Grosse Pointe South coach Kevin Richards, whose team was still alive in the state semifinals at press time, said competition faced within the MAC prepared his squad for a deep postseason run.

“We played a tough schedule, but I think we have a great team,” Richards said. “We have Warren Cousino in our league that we actually lost to this season. I thought we played a tough schedule, and our kids are believing.”

All-Conference teams have once again been chosen, along with league Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year in each division.

Red Division
Romeo (10-2), for the second straight year, won the White Division. Dakota finished second at 9-3, followed by Gross Pointe North (7-5), Chippewa Valley (5-7), Stevenson (4-8), Fraser (4-8) and Utica Ford II (3-9).

Romeo senior Sarah Kort won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, while her coach, Connie Hernden, took home Coach of the Year honors.

All-Conference selections are Kort, sophomore Lindsey Hernden and junior Lauren Bright, Romeo; junior Taryn Kiah and sophomore Maria Liddane, Grosse Pointe North; junior Tiffany Misch, Chippewa Valley; sophomore Rio Dudgeon and junior Kylie Townsley, Dakota; senior Heather Damman, Stevenson; junior Cris Harper, Ford II; and senior Brianna Paniccia, Fraser.

White Division
With identical 11-1 marks, Cousino and Grosse Pointe South shared the division title. Eisenhower finished in third at 7-5, followed by St. Clair (6-6), L’Anse Creuse (4-8), Fitzgerald (3-9) and Utica (0-12).

Cousino swept the league awards, with senior Elena Popkey being named league’s Most Valuable Player and Patriots coach Mike Lee winning Coach of the Year.

All-Conference selections are Popkey and junior Bethany McCord, Cousino; senior Caitlin Moore, junior Claire Deboer and freshman Cierra Rice, Grosse Pointe South; seniors Kayla Geffert and Lauren Wirth, Eisenhower; senior DaJourie Turner, Fitzgerald; junior Carly D’Almeida, L’Anse Creuse; and seniors Haley Rutledge and Rachel Kehoe, St. Clair.

Blue Division
Port Huron Northern won the league title with an 11-1 record. Port Huron High finished second at 9-3, followed by Warren Woods Tower (8-4), Lakeview (7-5), Anchor Bay (5-7), Roseville (1-11) and Marine City (1-11).

Port Huron senior Adriana Jordan was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while port Huron Northern coach Mark Dickinson took home Coach of the Year honors.

All-Conference selections are Jordan and senior Jazmine Brown, Port Huron; junior Casey Fealko, freshman Becca Richards and junior McKenzie Lance, Port Huron Northern; senior Shelby Weeks and freshman Bryanna Randolph, Warren Woods Tower; senior Megan McCain and sophomore Leah Charrette, Lakeview; and senior Mary Barber and junior Alexis Gainer, Anchor Bay.

Gold Division
L’Anse Creuse North won the division with a 10-2 record, finishing two games better than second-place Sterling Heights (8-4) and Mount Clemens (8-4). Lake Shore and Lincoln tied for third at 7-5, while Mott and Center Line finished with identical 1-11 marks.

Mount Clemens senior Sheyna Deans took home Most Valuable Player honors, while L’Anse Creuse North coach Bob Johnston was named Coach of the Year.

All-Conference selections are Deans; senior Brittany Streetman, Lincoln; senior Jazmine Brown, junior Marissa Oleksiak and senior Kayla King, Mount Clemens; sophomores Dayshia Vance and Julianna Trombley, Sterling Heights; junior Sydney Morgan, sophomore Carly Vargo and junior Jordan Morgan, Lake Shore; and sophomore Kristyn Bawol, Mott.

Silver Division
At 14-0, Marysville won the league by four full games. South Lake came in second at 10-4. Lamphere and Clawson at 9-5 finished tied for third. New Haven (7-7), Clintondale (5-9), East Detroit (2-12) and Madison (0-14) made up the rest of the division.

The Most Valuable Player Award went to Marysville sophomore Madison Valko, while Coach of the Year was awarded to Clawson’s Kelly Horne.

All-Conference selections are Valko, senior Andrea Curtiss, senior Jessica Fowler and junior Shelby Zeiser, Marysville; junior Destiny Rasche and sophomore DeAsia Clark, New Haven; seniors Alli Costine and Ryann May, Clawson; juniors Taylor Kelly and Erika Berger, Lamphere; senior Alyssa Bennetts; Madison; and junior Rolanda Petty, Clintondale.