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Lansing, Michigan
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Thursday, June 15, 1989
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Bob Gross Prep Coordinator 377-1070 Lansing State Journal D Thursday, June 1 5, 1 989 O Page4E Durrett. REP P0MT item! Davison lead way Lansing State Journal . - 2 "Bob Gast has been associated with high school baseball in Greater Lansing and the mid-Michigan area for 15 years. He has been the head coach at Sexton High two seasons, and is the J coach of the 3 successful East Lansing American Legion Post 205 team. In the years Gast has been involved with young players, he feels The Lansine State Gast Journal's 1989 All-Area Team is perhaps the best group he has seen. "I don't think there's been a finer group of young men in the years I've followed baseball around here," said Gast, named "All-Area Coach of the Year." , . It sure would be nice to take this team on our summer travels," he added. "There's so much talent, but I think even more than the ability, is the fact they're great young people." Gast saw his Sexton team set a school record by winning 28 games and losing six, tie Grand Ledge for the Capital Area Conference and win the school's first Class A district championship. - The panel of coaches selecting the All-Area and First Teams was comprised of Gast, Pat O'Keefe of Grand Ledge, Phil Booth of Lansing Catholic Central and Frank Deak of DeWitt. Combined, their teams posted a record of 109 wins, 23 losses and one tie. There are two repeaters on the All-Area Team Paul Davison of Grand Ledge and Stuart Hirsch-man of Howell, both outfielders. Davison and Sexton outfielder Scott Durrett, were named co-captains of the All-Area Team. Hirschman was voted MVP in last week's Diamond Classic at Municipal Park, after his team beat Grand Ledge for the championship. The four All-Area pitchers had a combined record of 43-4, led by Pewamo-Westphalia's Bill Schafer (12-1). Jason Broyles (10-0) of DeWitt, Chad VanDerBos (10-1) of Grand Ledge and Sexton's Steve Basch (11-2), round out the staff. . This season proved to be a banner one for several schools. - DeWitt had a 29-5 record and won the Ingham County League aim a iass r uisu ui aim Leuge - was 29-6, tied for the CAC crown ; and reached the finals of the Diamond Classic; Sexton tied for the CAC title and won the school's first ; Class A district championship; Lansing Catholic was 23-6 and won the Capital Circuit and Carson - ' 'ft :WS:$:::$:::;SiSS mmmmmmmmmmm Lansing State JournalROD SANFORD Scott Durrett, co-captain of the All-Area Team, specialized both in defense and offense this season at Sexton High. PM - - ' 1 Lansing State JournalROD SANFORD Paul Davison of Grand Ledge hit 14 home runs this season and batted .552. He was picked co-captain of the All-Area Team. ALL-AREA TEAM D INFIELD: Matt Wilcox, Sr., St. Johns; Scott Finley, Sr., Grand Ledge; Mike Mattis, Jr., Grand Ledge; Dan Deak, Jr., DeWitt. OUTFIELD: Paul Davison, Sr., Grand Ledge; Scott Durrett, Sr., Sexton; Stuart Hirschman, Sr., Howell; Marty Castellon, Jr., Lansing Catholic. PITCHERS: Steve Basch, Sr., Sexton; Bill Schafer, Sr., Pewamo-Westphalia; Chad VanDerBos, Sr., Grand Ledge; Jason Broyles, Sr., DeWitt. CATCHER: Dan McLean, Sr., Holt. DESIGNATED HITTER: Mike Young, Sr., Sexton. COACH OF THE YEAR: Bob Gast, Sexton. ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM INFIELD: Bryan Johnson, Sr., DeWitt; Chad Janz, Sr., Grand Ledge; Danny Hadley, So., Waverly; Chris Hornberger, So., Lansing Catholic; Mario Villarreal, Sr., Lansing Catholic. Fifth infielder added because of a tie. OUTFIELD: Jason McCreery, Sr., Ovid-Elsie; Wayne Harris, Sr., Sexton; Robert Villarreal, Jr., Sexton; Mark Sheurer, Sr., Portland St. Patrick. PITCHERS: Jon Laing, Sr., Sexton; Erick Mazur, Sr., Eaton Rapids; Joe Cranson, Jr., Grand Ledge; Joe Kazamer, Jr., Lansing Catholic. CATCHER: Travis Robinson, Jr., Waverly. DESIGNATED HITTER: Arik Brown, Sr., Lansing Catholic. SPECIAL MENTION I Infield: Gene Dlebler, Perry; Andy Wozniok, Okemos; Don Korienek, Ovid-Elsie; Scott LaHoine, Eaton Rapids; Jeff Woubray, St. Johns; Rich Bolcom, Alma; Jon Schneider, Fowler; Bill Durfee, Leslie; Chris Trier-weiler, Portland; Chris Ruble, Everett; Tom Brandell, Lansing Catholic; Gregg Richardson, Carson City-Crystal. Outfield: Mike Cowdrey, DeWitt; Paul Kosloski, Hott; Maurice Harris, Everett; Eric Weaver, Webberville; Charlie Howes, Ashley. Pitchers: Brian Gavenda, Ashley; Mike Severy, DeWitt; Steve Hirschman, Howell; Mike Jones, St. Johns. Catchers: John Miller, Potterville; Bill McConn, Howell; Terry Morrison, Laingsburg; Tom Long, Sexton; Mike Woodbury, DeWitt. Designated Hitters: Greg Gray, Grand Ledge; John Telford, DeWitt. City-Crystal wound up 23-8 and won the Central State Activities Association crown. Eaton Rapids and Ovid-Elsie also posted excellent records Eaton Rapids at 28-11 and Ovid- Elsie 21-10. Eaton Rapids qualified for the Class B district tournament as did O-E which also tied for the Mid-Michigan B League title. Here is the All-Area Team: SCOTT FINLEY, Grand ledge: Hit .457, had 55 hits, three home runs, scored 54 times and drove in 33 runs as a leadoff batter. Named AU-CAC and All-District. MIKE MATTIS, Grand Ledge: Hit .429, had 48 hits, eight home runs, lu doubles, scored 37 runs, drove in 45 and was named A11-CAC,A11-District and All-Regional. DAN DEAK, DeWitt: Batted See BASEBALL, Page 5E LA Wilcox Finley Pi Mattis Deak Hirschman Castellon Basch Schafer ?3 VanDerBos Broyles V 4 I'. fc McLean Young All-League teams, Page 5E oftball sims skimiq example of local talent Okemos dominates All-Area team Zack Stout Doyle Castillo Pearsall Choban Atkinson Bouck if. Si Bupp Sworden Caswell By TOM LANG Lansing State Journal Start with a solid infield, mix in a quick and sure-handed outfield, add strong hurlers and a mechanically sound catcher. Then combine hitters, and you have the recipe for an outstanding softball team. That's one description for the players selected to this year's Lan sing State Journal All-Area Softball Team. "There are so many good players, regardless of Class A or B, etc." Grand Ledge coach Jill Elliott said. "It's very difficult as Stolz a player to get on this team." Okemos dominated the team as well as most of its opponents this season with four of the Chieftains Amy Zack and Ann Castillo landing infield positions, Kerri Eaton chosen for the outfield and Jenny Sworden. as a pitcher. Eaton is the only junior selected. Grand Ledge and DeWitt each placed two players on the team Heather Bouck of Grand Ledge and Mandy Atkinson of DeWitt as outfielders, while Carrie Doyle played shortstop for Grand Ledge and Jessica Bupp was DeWitt's starting pitcher. Holt's Cindy Choban, Webber- X I ALL-AREA TEAM INFIELD: Amy Zack, Sr., Okemos; Kim Stout, Sr., Webberville; Carrie Doyle, Sr., Grand Ledge; Ann Castillo, Sr., Okemos; Jennifer Pearsall, Sr., St. Johns. OUTFIELD: Cindy Choban, Sr. Holt; Mandy Atkinson, Sr., DeWitt; Heather Bouck, Sr., Grand Ledge; Kerri Eaton, Jr., Okemos. PITCHERS: Jessica Bupp, Sr., DeWitt; Jenny Sworden, Sr., Okemos. CATCHER: Meshia Caswell, Sr., Laingsburg. COACH OF THE YEAR: Dan Stolz, Okemos. ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM INFIELD: Denice Twitchell, Sr., DeWitt; Peggy Darmer, So., Everett; Trina Richey, Sr., Portland; Jenny Wagner, Sr., Mason; Jennifer Rositas, Sr., St. Johns. OUTFIELD: Krista Holscher, Sr., Eaton Rapids; Tammie Beard, Jr., Everett; Tonya Harrington, Sr., Perry. PITCHERS: Robyn Kihn, Sr., Portland; Julie Buda, Sr., Lansing Catholic. CATCHER: Cathy Przygocki, Sr., Grand Ledge. SPECIAL MENTION Infield: Lisa LaForest, Jr, St. Johns; Kim Kistler, Sr., Holt; Mord Murphy, Jr, Everett; Cherl Hendershot, Sr., Leslie; Jene Fletcher, Jr., Stockbridge; Shelly St. Charles, Sr, Fowlerville. Pitcher Margaret Antcliff, So., Laingaburg. Catchers: Charlotte Klefer, Sr, Okemos; Annette Hopkins, Jr, Corson City-Crystal; Carey Darnell, Sr, St. Johns; Kelly McGonigal, Sr, Bath; Ann Marie Fobus, Jr, Ashley. ville's Kim Stout, St John's Jennifer Pearsall and Meshia Caswell of Laingsburg, round out the team. "The strength of the outline schools compared to the city schools shows a big difference from the past," Eastern coach Jean Clum said. "Players are coming up from the strong little league and middle school programs in the outline areas." Dan Stolz of Okemos was chosen Coach of the Year, directing the Chieftains to a school record 32 wins and its first Class A District title. Stolz had great respect for all the players selected. "It's a very prestigious team," he said, "yet the second team has some athletes that are probably the best players their school has ever had. The second team also had many All-League picks, which just shows the high caliber of the All-Area players selected." The All-Area Team was selected by the following panel of coaches: Larry Baird, DeWitt; Jill Elliott, Grand Ledge; Dan Stolz, Okemos; Paul Sternburgh, St. Johns; Rod Borchard, Webberville; Jean Clum, Eastern; Eric Hartley and Jeff Cheadle, Everett. Here is The Lansing State Journal's 1989 All-Area Team: CINDY CHOBAN, Holt: She was her team's leader on offense and defense, batting .544 with a .721 on-base percentage, commiting only one error in centerfield with 67 put outs. She scored 48 runs, hit 41 RBI and nine home runs. MANDY ATKINSON, DeWitt: Set a school record with 51 RBI, had 49 hits and a team-leading .430 batting average. She made only two errors in centerfield and had a .944 fielding percentage. HEATHER BOUCK, Grand Ledge: Had 52 hits as her team's lead off hitter, scored 60 times, drove in 35 runs and was never caught stealing in 35 attempts. She had a .906 fielding percentage in the outfield. KERRI EATON, Okemos: A junior, she led Okemos in runs with 62, and 20 stolen bases, had 44 hits and 17 RBI with a .367 batting average. AMY ZACK, Okemos: She set an Okemos school record with 56 hits, batted .463 and drove in 30 runs. She made the All-District team for three consecutive years. Her career batting' average was .419. KIM STOUT, Webberville: Set Webberville school records with 62 hits, 54 singles, 58 stolen bases, 59 runs and a .568 batting average. Had a .953 fielding percentage at second base, and had a 5-3 record as a pitcher. See SOFTBALL. Page 5E Eaton

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