The best athletes of the fall sports season

Joseph Hayes,  Port Huron Times Herald USA TODAY NETWORK — MICHIGAN


It was a great fall sports season in the Blue Water Area.

Several local programs won conference championships while individual athletes across the area also displayed impressive talent.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the fall sports season and the accomplishments of the area’s best athletes.

1. Molly Likins, St. Clair: It was hard not to be impressed with Likins and what she accomplished during her senior swim season. Likins won the Division 3 state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke and recorded an All-American time in the process.

2. Dawson Haney, Marine City: The running back was downright dominant throughout the season. He led Marine City to another successful season that ended with a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title and became the school’s all-time leading rusher.

3. Brendan Parr, St. Clair: There weren’t many athletes that was more dominating this fall in their respective sports. Parr was rarely challenged locally in any cross country competition and he went on to finish 10th in Division 2 at the state meet.

4. Luke Stephenson, Algonac: The fullback/linebacker is known for his leadership and outstanding play-making ability. Behind Stephenson, Algonac found its way back in the Division 5 regional finals, with a Blue Water Area Conference championship and a district title to celebrate.

5. Hallie Roman, Port Huron Northern: Roman went untouched locally in every diving competition she was a part of. A former gymnast, Roman started high school without any previous experience as a diver. She ends her senior season as the area’s best after competing at the Division 1 finals.

6. Hannah Delor, Marysville: The Vikings outside hitter was one of the most dynamic talents in the state. Delor was named first team all-state after a stellar senior season in which Marysville was one of the area’s top teams.

7 . Ashley Defrain, Port Huron Northern: Like Parr, Defrain was in a league of her own during the cross country season. She led all local runners and went on to place 25th at the Division 1 state finals.

8 . Theo Ellis, Port Huron Northern: The sophomore was one of the most dynamic playmakers of the recently concluded football season. Behind Ellis and his big plays, Port Huron Northern enjoyed its best season in three decades.

9. Halle Shell, Port Huron Northern:  The Huskies middle hitter was the MVP of the Macomb Area Conference White Division and one of the best volleyball players in the area. She was one of the main reasons Northern won a MAC White Division championship.

10. Hayley Delor, Marysville: The Vikings setter was named second team all-state in volleyball after becoming one of the best setters in the state. Delor was impressive in hitting as well, and became an overall versatile player with great ability.

11. Brett Robinson, Marysville: The Marysville soccer goalkeeper has been the area’s best for several years. This season, he took his play to another level while leading the Vikings to a conference championship.

12. Lexie Davidson, Croswell-Lexington: The senior outside hitter was easily one of the best athletes in the area this fall. Not only was Davidson an active offensive player, she was also an allaround athlete that could play several positions on the court.

13. Travis Miracle, Yale: The Bulldogs linebacker/defensive lineman is being recruited all around the country because of his vast ability. This season he took another step forward as a leader.

14. Steven Mason, Port Huron Northern: Mason proved to be a jack of all trades player for the record-setting Port Huron Northern football team. Mason could play on a host of positions on each side of the ball and proved instrumental in the team’s success.

15. Marshal DiGiovanni, Marysville: The Vikings forward and midfielder became one of the area’s best players due to his goal-scoring prowess, and also because of his ability to set up teammates. The Vikings won the conference title with DiGiovanni powering the offense.

16. Joey Johnston, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers quarterback became a dynamic playmaker in only his first season as a starter. He was potent on the ground and through the air while leading the Pioneers to another solid season.

17. Nick Folkerts, Algonac: The Muskrats’ No. 1 receiver was also the top receiving threat in the area. Behind Folkerts, Stephenson and others, Algonac won its first straight district title and claimed the outright BWAC championship.

18. John Betrus, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies’ No. 1 singles player was highly successful among local competition and advanced all the way to the state finals.

19. Hunter Delor, Marysville: The Vikings tailback was simply a joy to watch. Delor’s style was simple: he put his head down, and ran past and through defenders. Delor comes from a seriously athletic family and is the third member of his family on this list.

20. Chase Churchill, Richmond: The senior quarterback had another great season that fell just short of a BWAC title. But Churchill left his mark on the school with his consistency and knack for the big play.

21. Megan McCulloch, Marysville: The Vikings cross country runner came on strong at the conclusion of the regular season. She won her Division 2 regional title and went on to place at the state meet.

22. Donis Harris, St. Clair: The Saints’ No. 2 runner had a great season. Last year, Harris was the No. 7 runner, but improved and kept the No. 2 position all season for the record-setting Saints. He was third in his regional and competed at the state finals.

23. Ben Davidson, St. Clair: Davidson was the Saints’ top wide receiver and enjoyed an impressive overall season on defense as well. Davidson is also one of the area’s best basketball players and will be in action as the winter sports season begins.

24. Kendal Muxlow, Brown CityThe Brown City volleyball player is one of the best hitters in the area. She has become a part of the winning tradition at Brown City and helped lead the team to the regional finals.

25. Eli Pinnoo, St. Clair: The Saints’ No. 1 singles tennis player had another outstanding senior. He led the Saints back into the state finals.

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