MAC names All-Conference baseball players

By: Thomas Franz | C&G Newspapers | Published June 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The depth of the Macomb Area Conference was on display in this spring’s MHSAA baseball state tournament.

Nine teams from the MAC won district titles, with two advancing past regional play. Grosse Pointe South, which finished second in the MAC Red, defeated city rival Grosse Pointe North, which took third in the MAC White, in a state quarterfinal.

Anchor Bay, which ended its regular season in a four-way tie for second in the MAC Blue, also turned in a notable postseason run by making it to a regional final. Utica Eisenhower, which took fourth in the MAC Red, played in its first-ever regional final.

While teams were participating in the postseason, coaches in the MAC were voting on conference accolades for players and coaches. Here is a breakdown of the awards in each division.

Sterling Heights Stevenson won its sixth straight Red Division title with a 12-3 mark against divisional opponents. Grosse Pointe South (11-4) finished one game back, while Macomb Dakota (10-5), Utica Eisenhower (6-9), L’Anse Creuse North (5-10) and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (1-14) followed.

Brandon Williams of Stevenson was the league MVP, and Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele was the Coach of the Year.

Earning All-Conference honors were Riley McCauley, Greg McDade and Tristen Jorah, Stevenson; Andrew Fabry and Ryan Liagre, Grosse Pointe South; Alex Pogasic, Cole Sanderson and Kam Markwardt, Macomb Dakota; Pete Zeimis and Andrew Szalkowski, Utica Eisenhower; Trevor Mackowiak and Brendan Peck, L’Anse Creuse North; and Danny Quinn, Chippewa Valley.

MAC White
Warren Cousino (13-2) took home the MAC White title by four games over L’Anse Creuse (9-6) and Grosse Pointe North (9-6). Romeo (6-9), Utica Ford (5-10) and Warren Mott (3-12) rounded out the field.

Grosse Pointe North’s Daniel Robinson took home the league MVP award, and Justin Newcomb from Cousino was named Coach of the Year.

All-Conference distinctions went to Adam Freiman, Chris Stewart, Nick Palmer and Jordan Torrento, Cousino; Aaron Gonzalez, Adam Redoute and Alex Dyke, L’Anse Creuse; Tommy Burke and Nick Mazzola, North; Jake Kulczycki and Tommy Schneider, Romeo; Pierce Banks and Kevin Large, Utica Ford; and John Young, Mott.

MAC Blue
Utica High won its first MAC division title since 1997 with a 10-5 mark in the Blue. Four teams tied for second, as St. Clair, Port Huron Northern, Port Huron and Anchor Bay all finished with 8-7 records. Marysville rounded out the field at 3-12.

Port Huron Northern’s Brett Manis earned MVP honors, while Mark Moehlig from Utica was named Coach of the Year.

Earning All-Conference nods were Paul Marble, Chris Kaschalk, Caden Ebeling and Justin Dewitt, Utica; Ian Janssen and Gehrig Anglin, St. Clair; Jason Schroeder, Marysville; Ravin Randall and Brett Wagner, Port Huron; and Luke Scahill, Port Huron Northern.

MAC Gold
Fraser High earned its first MAC division title since 1997 with an 11-4 record in the Gold. The Ramblers finished ahead of Warren Woods Tower (9-6), Marine City (8-7), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (7-8), St. Clair Shores Lakeview (6-9) and Madison Heights Lamphere (4-11).

Fraser’s Jason Querro earned the league MVP title. Querro’s skipper, Dave Kuppe, was named Coach of the Year.

All-Conference honors went to Dylan Walker, Zach Zombo and Mike Querro, Fraser; Hunter Brown and Steven Selleck, Lakeview; Andrew Capone, Max Hazelton and Travis Terrien, Tower; Alex Sudney and Brandon Wagner, Lake Shore; Jarrett Mathison, Tanner Ster and Rey Forest, Marine City; and Austin Frederick, Lamphere.

MAC Silver
Roseville High took home the Silver Division title with an 11-1 mark, while Clawson (7-5), Center Line (6-6), Sterling Heights (6-6) and East Detroit (0-12) followed.

Matt Fowler from Roseville was named league MVP, and Roseville coach Keith Marzec earned Coach of the Year honors.

All-Conference honors were given to Evan Gates, Austin Morrow, Austin Schafer and Joey Patrone, Roseville; Cam Campana, Colin McKnight and Tony Fantuzzi, Clawson; Troy Jones, Zachary Delise and Jared Ward, Center Line; Thomas Zulta and Joe Erickson, Sterling Heights; and Andrew Whitlow, East Detroit.

MAC Bronze
New Haven High won the MAC Bronze title at 12-3, two games ahead of St. Clair Shores South Lake (10-5). Clinton Township Clintondale (9-6), Warren Lincoln (7-8), Warren Fitzgerald (4-11) and Madison Heights Madison (3-12) rounded out the field.

Brandon Gonzales of New Haven was named league MVP, while New Haven coach Joel Schmitt earned the Coach of the Year title.

All-Conference nods went to Matt Podgurski, Lance Jackson and Marquis Perkins, New Haven; Devlin Ryan, Justin Baatz and Andy Butkovich, South Lake; Jerryl Thompson, Matt Frey and Alex Damer, Clintondale; Jack Sexton and Robert Lafrance, Lincoln; Mike Victory, Fitzgerald; and Ryan Crews and Trevor Barndollar, Madison.