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July 13, 2012

MAC honors top local softball players

By Jon Malavolti
C & G Sports Writer

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MAC honors top local softball players
Lake Shore’s Andrea Rico was named to the MAC White All-Conference team.

Another competitive season of Macomb Area Conference softball is in the books

Here’s a look back at how each team fared in its division and the elite players who helped shape their team’s destiny.

Red Division
Utica Stevenson and Romeo High finished as co-champs at 10-2, while St. Clair High (7-5) was third, followed by Anchor Bay (6-6), Macomb Dakota (4-8) Marine City (3-9) and Chippewa Valley (2-10).

Stevenson’s Alyssa Huntley was named Most Valuable Player, while Stevenson’s Tony Misuraca was tabbed as Coach of the Year. Marine City won the Team Sportsmanship award.

Earning All-Conference honors are Huntley, Jessica Berner, Taylor Moceri, Andrewa Deneweth and Haley Knodell, Stevenson; Taylor Weaver, Rachel Gabrielson, Taylor Waters and Melissa Staelgraeve, Romeo; Lindsey Lawson, Brittany Schweiger and Bailey Dembinski, St. Clair; Kasey McKay and Rachel Podgolski, Anchor Bay; Erica Manduzzi and Megan Downey, Dakota; Jordan Mathison, Marine City; and Leah Fifer, Chippewa Valley.

White Division
Utica Ford II took the title after finishing 9-3, followed by Utica High (7-5), Utica Eisenhower (7-5), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (6-6), Port Huron Northern (6-6), St. Clair Shores Lakeview (4-8) and Grosse Pointe North (3-9).

North’s Amy Zaranek took home MVP honors, and Ford’s Matt Joseph was Coach of the Year. Utica won the Team Sportsmanship award.

All-Conference honorees are Gabby Schefka, Lindsay Dodson, Valerie Knight, Alex Sorgi and Jordyn Wojciechowski, Ford; Jenna Lucente, Sarah Mauser, Jessica Peddle, Samantha Zarins, Utica; Olivia Hrymak, Kayla Laquire, Ellie Kauten, Ike; Mackenzie Nemitz and Andrea Rico, Lake Shore; Morgan Thompson and Chelsea Koehn, Northern; Katelyn Taormina, Lakeview; and Zaranek, North.

Blue Division
Fraser High finished first after an 11-1 campaign, followed by Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (9-3), Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (8-4), Marysville High (7-5), Roseville High (3-9), Warren Cousino (3-9) and Warren Mott (1-11).

Fraser’s Bryana Opalewski and Matt Fishburn were honored as MVP and Coach of the Year, respectively.

All-Conference honorees are Lacey Trelfa, Kaitlyn Thayer, Kayla Belfiori, Faith Genova and Jenni Ochlsyki, Fraser; Megan Fedolik, Shannon Brown, Monica Hassig and Megan Hicks, L’Anse Creuse; Ashley Dunford, Courtney Dunford and Jordan Bennett, LCN; Emma Cook and Ashley Locke, Marysville; Lauren Croud and Aryana Nacker, Cousino; Amanda Schankin, Roseville; and Kristyn Bawol, Mott.

Gold Division
Warren Woods Tower went a perfect 12-0 to wrap up the title, followed by Port Huron (10-2), Center Line High (7-5), Grosse Pointe South (7-5), Madison Heights Lamphere (3-9), Sterling Heights High (3-9) and Clawson High (0-12).

Tower’s Shelby Weeks was named the MVP, while Port Huron’s Chris Kozlowski was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

All-Conference honorees are Weeks, Rachel Kopenick, Sara Asmar, Tori MacDermaid, Erica Wilson, Tower; Jennifer Reid, Bre Cates, Katie Neitzke and Kate Roester, Port Huron; Gretchen Shirar, Christy Tedi and Katie Kish, Center Line; Kayla Wilson and Jenna Mowinski, South; Meghan Versele and Chelsea Austin, Lamphere; Allison Erickson, Sterling Heights; and Alli Costine, Clawson.

Silver Division
Warren Fitzgerald won the crown with a 10-2 mark, edging Warren Lincoln (9-3), Clinton Township Clintondale (9-3), St. Clair Shores South Lake (8-4), Madison Heights Madison (3-8), New Haven High (1-10) and East Detroit (0-10).

Fitz’s Samantha Miloser and Rich Smith won MVP and Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

All-Conference honorees are Miloser, Tia Carter, Beth Michalski, Ashley Walker and Melinda West, Fitz; Jackie Brown, Elena Ramirez, Colleen Sharkin and Brittany Streetman, Lincoln; Sandra Simpson, Sarah Block and Morgan Dude, Clintondale; Sarah Nelson and Natalie Poirier, South Lake; Hailey Cason and Danielle O’Connor, Madison; and Toni Jomar, New Haven.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jon Malavolti at jmalavolti@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040. Twitter Follow Jon on Twitter.