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August 13, 2012
By: Scott Keyes

Flame throwers

Pitchers dominate the 2012 Sports Scene Dream team



Sports Scene Softball Dream Team

Player of the Year

P Sam Willman, Breckenridge

Sam Willman, a standout athlete at Breckenridge the past four years, concluded her senior year for the Huskies in dominating fashion by by going 24-6 with a .39 earned run average in 195 1/3 innings. She also struck out 393 and pitched five perfect games, including a 27-strikeout game.

P Morgan Groom, Lowell

Lowell, which was led by Harvard-bound senior pitcher Morgan Groom, won the OK White Conference championship and completed the regular-season with an overall record of 32-6-1. But the Red Arrows had to sit out the post season because they played one too many regular season games.

P Mackenzie Boehler, Swan Valley

The Wayne State-bound Boehler led the Vikings to the Division 2 state title game, behind a 23-2 record with 306 strikeouts, only 16 walks, and an ERA of .4.

P Sarah Appold, Valley Lutheran

Appold finished her career as a Charger making all-state in softball, basketball, and volleyball. On the diamond this spring, she had a .56 ERA and a 23-5 record and struck out 334. The four-year varsity player had 12 career no-hitters and two perfect games, and she set the school's career wins and strikeouts records, among others. She will play softball at Saginaw Valley State University next year.

P Kelsey Poag, Sacred Heart Academy

Poag guided the Irish to the Division 4 state semifinals. She completed her season going 20-5 with six shutouts, a 1.66 ERA, and 167 strikeouts. Offensively, she finished with a .341 batting average along with a .401 on base percentage. She recorded 45 hits, 37 RBIs, four doubles, and five triples.

INF Jordyn McCann, Mt. Pleasant

A sparkplug at the top of the Oilers order, McCann accounted for 41 runs, 49 hits, 30 RBI, 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and a .383 batting average. She drew nine walks, had a .460 on base percentage, and .946 fielding percentage.

INF Hayley Cruthers, Swartz Creek

Only a junior, Cruthers helped lead the Dragons to the Division 1 quarterfinals. She hit .517 on the season with eight homeruns and a team-record 62 runs scored. She also recorded 20 stolen bases and 24 doubles.

INF Mary Berden, Swan Valley

Berden, a senior, compiled a .660 on base percentage, with 49 walks and a .390 batting average. She also stole 59 bases and scored 50 runs.

INF Sara Hansen, Sacred Heart Academy

The record-breaking sophomore shortstop for the Irish had a season to remember. She set three Michigan High School Athletic Association records. She had a hit in all 39 games the Irish played, notching 100 hits and scoring 82 runs. All three of those marks are new state records. She hit at a .633 clip for the year with a .653 on base percentage, six doubles, four triples, two home runs, 39 RBIs, and 33 stolen bases.

OF Sara Hartley, Birch Run

Hartley hit .456 with 33 singles, 14 doubles, 10 triples, and 23 RBI. She will play at Oakland University next year.

OF Lacy Tolfree, Heritage

Just a sophomore, Tolfree was a solid member of the Hawks team.  She recorded 82 hits and a .617 batting average, while scoring 70 runs and recording 17 assists from center field.

C Maison Kalina, Bullock Creek

Sophomore Kalina hit over .500 for much of the season before finishing at .484 and was rock solid behind the plate. She had an on base percentage of .525 with 60 hits, 33 runs scored, and 31 RBIs. She was also solid defensively behind the plate.

Coach of the Year

Amy Gaudard, Sacred Heart Academy

Gaudard led the Irish to a 31-8 record and only their second-ever appearance in the state semifinals.

All-State Softball Selections


OF Chelsea Horvath, East Kentwood

OF Stacy Thompson, Mattawan

OF Myranda Barnes, Belleville

OF Samantha Bellovary, Garden City

OF Megan Downey, Dakota

OF Jennifer Buckingham, Northville

INF Hayley Cruthers, Swartz Creek

INF Danielle Freeman, Hudsonville

INF Allie Havers, Mattawan

INF Kasey McKay, Anchor Bay

INF Brooke Agers, Hudsonville

INF Sarah Johnson, Mattawan

INF Kamryn LaCarter, Troy

INF Jessica Webster, Canton

INF Bryana Opalewski, Fraser

INF Rachel Gabrielson, Romeo

INF Katie Creighton, North Farmington

INF Gabby Deering, Swartz Creek

INF Abby Stoner, Mattawan

INF Jessica Berner, Utica Stevenson

C Bethaney Murphey, Hudsonville

C Sarah Schneidenbach, Portage Central

C Sydney Hasselbach, Clarkston

P Morgan Groom, Lowell

P Morgan VanderBor, Portage Central

P Kelsey Susalla, Garden City

P Alyssa Huntley, Utica Stevenson

P Taylor Weaver, Romeo

P Kayce Nieto, Mercy

P Madeline Maday, Clarkston

U Whitney Denton, Caledonia

U Laura Vaccaro, Saline

U Sammi Cowger, Fenton

DP Ellie Adams, Hudsonville

DP Gina Verduzco, Portage Central


OF Sara Hartley, Birch Run

OF Autumn Anderson, Wayland Union

OF Evie Lorimer, Spring Lake

OF Megan Hojara, South Haven

OF Courtney LaVoy, Tecumseh

OF Olivia Richvalsky, South Lyon East

INF Jordyn McCann, Mt .Pleasant

INF Sierra Mutschler, Wayland Union

INF Heather Gusse, Lakeshore

INF Mary Berden, Swan Valley

INF Celeste Fridge, Ladywood

INF Kaitlyn Roose, Notre Dame Prep

INF Tori Thompson, Petoskey

INF Alexa Summers, Coloma

INF Carli San Millan, Ladywood

INF Marlee Wilson, South Haven

INF Andria Gietl, Ladywood

INF Kim Boyd, Richmond

C Maison Kalina, Bullock Creek

C Kayla Merice, Wayland Union

C TJ Bindus, Airport

C Noelle Scheuer, Richmond

P McKenze Supernaw, Fremont

P Mackenzie Boehler, Swan Valley

P Alysa Eastman, South Haven

P Briana Combs, Ladywood

P Brittany Schweiger, St. Clair

P Courtney Reinhold, Swan Valley

P Emily Najacht, Coloma

P Megan Hiler, Lakeshore

U Katlin Laverty, Eaton Rapids

U Haley Thibeault, Lakeshore

U Andrea LaPlace, Edwardsburg

DP Carrie Chamberlain, Bullock Creek

DP Rachel Knapp, St. Joseph


OF Katie Becker, Gladstone

OF Kayla Balzer, Beaverton

OF Rae Zink, Frankenmuth

OF Maria Rodriquez, Cabrini

OF Kellyn Herendeen, Grass Lake

OF Erin Glavin, Buchanan

INF Ivy Schaaf, Tawas City

INF Taylor Smith, Meridian

INF Hannah Rachor, Dundee

INF Haley Mercy, Clinton

INF Andi Dragonetti, Lumen Christi

INF Brandi Butler, Beaverton

INF Colleen Szakacs, Bishop Foley

INF Kris Forest, Clinton

INF Sarah Lagendyk, Morley Stanwood

INF Stephanie Newman, Unionville-Sebewaing Area

INF Keely Quiring, Clinton

INF Kara Engelhardt, Valley Lutheran

INF Kristen Goodall, Meridian

INF Erika Underwood, Addison

INF Jessica Gremel, Unionville-Sebewaing Area

C Alix Price, Beaverton

C Jordan Skiba, Frankenmuth

C Brianna Surma, Cabrini

C Abi Clark, Clinton

P Sarah Appold, Valley Lutheran

P Cassidy Benderm, Frankenmuth

P Paige Altherr, Cabrini

P Tierney Nelson, Clinton

P Skyler Sobeski, Bronson

P Sam Bates, Springport

U Melissa Benchley, Clare

U Amanda Steig, Reed City

DP Tessa Dinsmore, Unionville-Sebewaing Area

DP Cami Prater, Clinton


OF Nikki Jo LaLonde, Rogers City

OF Paige Picard, Glen Lake

OF Taylor Swarts, Parkway Christian

OF Rachael Mayes, Hillman

INF Ashleigh Monticello, Rapid River

INF Sara Hansen, Sacred Heart Academy

INF Janae Langs, Climax-Scotts

INF Olivia Ostrosky, Summerfield

INF Anna Couture, Posen

INF Logan Fleming, Rogers City

INF Tess Gailhouse, Decatur

INF Shelby Bruckner, Summerfield

INF Megan Rozeveld, Kalamazoo Christian

INF Averi Kanyuh, Rapid River

INF Lauren Bissell, Vestaburg

INF Megan Estep, Onaway

INF Neena Brockway, Rapid River

INF Ashley Russell, Mason County Eastern

INF Evy Lobdell, Dansville

C Taylor Fris, North Muskegon

C Lydia Gildea, Gobles

C Taylor Goodin, Summerfield

C Rebekah Guy, Dansville

C Rachel Muscat, Inter-City Baptist

P Heather Sanderson, Rapid River

P Alex Chumura, Arenac Eastern

P Sam Willman, Breckenridge

P Erika Southworth, Decatur

P Emily Puterbaugh, Summerfield

P Meagan Kelley, Dansville

P Melissa Pomranke, Rogers City

P Kelsey Poag, Sacred Heart Academy

U Mackenzie Gibson, Rudyard

U Jannelle Rons, Vestaburg

U Isabelle Labadie, Marcellus