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Annie Pietila, Brighton girls golf

The reigning Livingston Daily Girls Golfer of the Year and a returning All-Stater, Pietila had a huge week for the Brighton girls golf team, which — thanks to Pietila and teammate Heather Fortushniak — won the KLAA championship for the first time. The Bulldogs did it with a KLAA record 309 team score, besting the former record of 316 strokes. Pietila also won the East Lansing Invitational with a score of 73. The No. 2-ranked team in Division 1, Brighton looks to be in excellent shape with regionals approaching.

Brady Walker, Hartland soccer

A Third-Team All-State selection after scoring 33 goals last season, Walker has continued his outstanding performance into his senior campaign. The Hartland forward notched three goals in an 8-0 victory over Westland John Glenn on Thursday, which happened to be senior night. He also tallied a hat trick in a 10-2 triumph over Howell on Tuesday. The county’s No. 2-ranked player in the preseason, Walker has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, leading the Eagles to an 11-7-1 overall record.

Levi Collins, Pinckney football

If Collins ends up being Livingston Daily’s Offensive Player of the Year, credit what he did in Week 7 to put him above the pack. With Pinckney’s first division championship since 1955 on the line, Collins raced for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, helping Pinckney go from a 14-7 deficit to eventual 42-14 victory. On the season, Collins has now run for 884 yards and 13 rushing TDs. With at least three game still to go, it’s probably a safe bet, assuming he stays healthy, that Collins will soon be a 1,000-yard rusher.

Tommy Lappin, Hartland football

Lappin did pretty much every thing in his power on Friday night to lead the Hartland football team to a win over Livonia Stevenson and extend its season for at least another week. At 2-4 entering contest, it was a must-win for the Eagles, who were up against a Spartans squad that stood 4-2. Lappin rushed for three first-half touchdowns, racking up 132 yards on 21 carries to spearhead the eventual 21-13 victory. He was also the team’s leading receiver with three catches for 72 yards, and the leading tackler, making 16 stops.

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