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OAA coaches pick best players after parity-filled 2015-16 season

By: Mike Moore | C&G Newspapers | Published March 31, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — There were a number of ways to look at the 2015-16 hockey season in the Oakland Activities Association this past winter.

But above all else, the league’s parity was front and center, from start to finish.

Both the Red and White division races came down to the final days of the regular season, and both ended up with multiple teams sharing the top spot.

“It was another great year for our league,” Berkley Unified coach Jeff Fleming said. “We had some very good teams, some new coaches and some new aspects, like Troy (High) and (Troy) Athens merging. It was an exciting year for us.”

Shortly after the March 12 state finals, the Oakland Activities Association coaches convened to honor the league’s top players.

Here’s a look at the final standings and those named All-Association.

 

Red Division
Farmington High, Rochester United and Berkley Unified shared the top spot in the Red Division with 9-3-0 records. Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (7-5-0), Lake Orion High (5-7-0), Farmington United (2-10-0) and Clarkston High (1-11-0) rounded out the group.

All-Association honors went to Matt Hawke, Ethan Fuller, Michael Rittner, Drew Dishinger and Trevor Szafran, Rochester United; Ian Melrose, Zach Leonard, Ryan Austin, Michael Schwanke and Kevin Jurvis, Berkley; Jason Petras, Joe Majoros, Jordan Hoke, Can Noseworthy and Brian Jonik, Farmington; Michael Sisilia, Evan Cherhark, James Burtka and Brock Johnson, Stoney Creek; Jake Chapie, Drew Casey and Joe Briskey, Lake Orion; Andrew Nathan and Tyler Masdich, Farmington United; and Jared Harper and Justin Stasevich, Clarkston.

 

White Division
The race in the White Division also came down to the end, with Troy Unified and Royal Oak High sharing the top spot with identical 9-1-0 records. Bloomfield Hills High (5-4-1), Birmingham Unified (3-6-1), West Bloomfield High (3-7-0) and Oxford-Avondale (0-10-0) rounded out the standings.

All-Association accolades went to Blake Best, Lawrence Rowe, Cameron Mercer, Jacob Smith and Adam Goodes, Troy; Henry Gabriel, Wade Herbert, Brendan Murphy, Gilbert Ybarra and Palmer Kokesh, Royal Oak; Dominic Cappello, Jordan Stone, Ari Sternberg and Geoff Orsini, Bloomfield Hills; Rory White, Daniel Rebock and Ricky Gibbs, Birmingham Unified; Andrew McDonald and Cam Dickinson, West Bloomfield; and Tyler Majewski and Brendan Embrey, Oxford-Avondale.

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