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MAC’s elite boys basketball players honored

By: Jon Malavolti | C&G Newspapers | Published April 6, 2011

 Chippewa Valley senior Nick Gregory was named the MAC Red MVP.

Chippewa Valley senior Nick Gregory was named the MAC Red MVP.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Now that the blood, sweat and tears of another Macomb Area Conference boys basketball season have dried, it’s time to look back on the year that was and recognize the players and coaches who received All-Conference honors in their respective divisions. Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year honors were also awarded.

The MAC was loaded with talent this year, and it showed in the postseason. Eastpointe East Detroit became the first team from the conference to reach the quarterfinal round since Grosse Pointe North did it in 2005.

“There’s a lot of good basketball teams out there right now,” Clinton Township Chippewa Valley coach Kevin Voss said during the district playoffs. “I think the talent pool across this county is very equal. On any given night, anybody beats anybody. You’ve got to respect them all.”

Red Division
Chippewa Valley returned to the top of the tough league, taking the title with an 11-1 record. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, Utica Ford II and Romeo High all tied for second at 7-5, followed by Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (5-7), Macomb Dakota (3-9) and Utica
Eisenhower (2-10).

The Most Valuable Player award went to Chippewa senior Nick Gregory, while Coach of the Year was awarded to Chippewa’s Kevin Voss.

All-Conference selections are Gregory, senior Sam Bunkley and junior Trent Jax, Chippewa; seniors Giovanni Gordon and Terrell Wright, L’Anse Creuse; seniors Nick Boguth and Aaron Cox, Ford II; senior Nate Fraeman, Romeo; senior Craig Smelley, L’Anse Creuse North; senior Mark Morris, Dakota; and senior Brandon Bartneck, Eisenhower.

White Division
East Detroit finished first with an 11-1 mark. Port Huron Northern ended up in second at 8-4, followed by Utica High (7-5), Warren Cousino (5-7), Roseville High (5-7), Grosse Pointe South (4-8) and Grosse Pointe North (2-10)

East Detroit senior Ethan Blackwell took home MVP honors, while East Detroit’s Dave Zauner won Coach of the Year.

All-Conference selections are Blackwell, seniors Johnnie Mills and Charles Baskin, East Detroit; senior Austin Shell, Northern; senior Traye Williams, Roseville; seniors Kyle Kent and Kevin Dunaj, Cousino; juniors Mighael Hollingsworth and Andrew Thompson, Utica; and seniors Brandon Barkley and Corbet Conroy, South.

Blue Division
Fair Haven Anchor Bay won the crown after going 11-1. Madison Heights Madison was next in the standings at 9-3, followed by Warren Mott (6-6), Utica Stevenson (6-6), Warren Fitzgerald (5-7), Fraser High (4-8) and Port Huron High (1-11).

The MVP award went to Anchor Bay senior Taiwan Jones. Anchor Bay’s Todd Green got the nod as Coach of the Year.

All-Conference selections are Jones and senior Branden Padgett, Anchor Bay; senior Tony Lowry and junior Damon Bozeman, Madison; juniors Tommie Bell and Victor Sharpe, Mott; seniors Eugene Pratt and Jon Sulek, Stevenson; seniors Matthew Kopicki and Keith Houston, Fitzgerald; and junior Isaac Williams, Fraser.

Gold Division
Mount Clemens High and St. Clair High split the title after tying at the top of the league with 8-4 records. The competition was close behind, as Sterling Heights High and New Haven High were next in the standings at 7-5, followed by Warren Lincoln (6-6), Warren Woods-Tower (5-7) and St. Clair Shores South Lake (1-11).

Mount Clemens senior Thomas Hannah was named the MVP, while St. Clair’s Shawn Sharrow won Coach of the Year honors.

All-Conference selections are Hannah and senior Darius Wilson, Mount Clemens; seniors Robert Farr and Tyler Smith, New Haven; senior Joel Seddon and junior Jeremy Carrell, St. Clair; senior Lavell McKnight, Lincoln; senior Johnny Johnson, Tower; senior Abel Sullivan and junior Stacey Miller, Sterling Heights; and senior Sidney Jackson, South Lake.

Silver Division
Clawson High and Marysville High shared the league crown after finishing even at 11-3. Center Line High was next at 9-5, followed by Clinton Township Clintondale (8-6), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (7-7), St. Clair Shores Lakeview (5-9), Marine City High (5-9)
and Madison Heights Lamphere (0-14).

MVP honors went to Center Line senior Brett McArthur, while Coach of the Year honors were shared by Clawson’s Billy Shellenbarger and Marysville’s Ryan Biewer.

All-Conference selections are McArthur and senior Devin Salyers, Center Line; seniors Nate Russell and Kevin Archer, Marysville; seniors Tyler Marwin and Eric Thompson, Clawson; senior Cody Archibald, Marine City; senior Ben Jones, Clintondale; senior Dewayne Cook, Lake Shore; seniors Zach Carr and Bryce Holcombe, Lakeview; and junior Jay Junkin, Lamphere.