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NORTHERN’S BRETT MANIS EARNS ALL-STATE BASEBALL HONORS

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NORTHERN’S BRETT MANIS EARNS ALL-STATE BASEBALL HONORS

Joseph Hayes, Times Herald, June 21, 2017

The 2017 high school baseball season will be remembered well into the future.

Not just because several local teams were successful, but also due to the overall talent in the area.

Recently the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association named their all-state team and it included several local talents.

In Division 1, Port Huron Northern senior Brett Manis was a first team all-state selection. Manis led Northern to its second consecutive Macomb Area Conference Blue Division championship. 

“Everyone knew him by name whether he’d faced them or not,” Northern coach Bob Kearns said. “He garnered a lot of respect from other coaches and ball clubs. He is truly a complete player, being above average in all five tools in addition to pitching.

“He finished his career at Port Huron Northern with 300 Ks, 50 walks and accumulated 24 wins. And off the field, he is just one of the guys. He is very modest, just goes hard, leads by example and has fun.” 

In Division 2, St. Clair senior Gehrig Anglin was a first team all-state selection. In addition, Cameron Hart of Armada made the first team and Luke Stephenson of Algonac made the second team.

“This is the best season he has had,” St. Clair coach Denny White said of Anglin. “He hit .484 and he played third base, shortstop and pitcher for three years. He’s a rock and for as talented as he is, he is an even greater person.

“I don’t think you can replace him. You bring up the young kids and hope they improve. He just has a burning desire to be the best he can be. He’s willing to work hard in the off-season and during the season he will do anything you ask him to do.”

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at jahayes@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joseph_Hayes11.

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