Chris Davis, Fowlerville boys cross country
Davis not only sliced more than 30 seconds off his person-record time — previously 16 minutes, 36 seconds, which he set in 2016 — but with his finish of 16:05.8, the Fowlerville senior took second out of 179 runners at the Lainsburg Early Burg Invitational last week. Only Ithaca’s Ransom Allen (15:56.1) ran faster. The silver medalist therefore helped the Gladiators finished fifth place as a team, ultimately losing to Pewamo-Westphalia. For Davis, it’s a heck of a start, and he seems primed for a huge 12th-grade campaign. At the same point last year, he ran a 17:35.4 at the Fowlerville Fox & Hounds Invitational, so he’s already about 1 minute and 30 seconds faster. For perspective, a 16:05 at the Division 2 state meet in 2016 would have left Davis with a 12th-place, All-State finish.
Heather Fortushniak, Brighton girls golf
Brighton coach Paul Parsell is singing the praises of this year’s girls golf team, calling it one of the best in the state, and perhaps Brighton’s best of all-time. After an opening first two weeks in which the Bulldogs won all three of their matches — including a tournament in Traverse City that Parsell called, “one of the biggest in the Midwest,” and another tri-match in record-breaking fashion — the Bulldogs coach appears to be onto something. Fortushniak, a First-Team All-County player in 2016 and runner-up to Girls Golfer of the Year, has expectedly had a huge hand in that. With Fortushnia and Annie Pietila leading the charge, the Brighton girls golfers broke the nine-hole school record on Thursday, shooting a collective 155 to beat Northville and Novi. Parsell said that with three potential Division I golfers, his team hopes to break 300 in an 18-hole outing this year, something only three teams in the history of Michigan girls high school golf have done.
Levi Collins, Pinckney football
At the start of last season, Collins was in a position battle with fellow running back Luke Rendell. Most know how that story goes, as Collins — picked as the starter early in the year — ended up injured, allowing for Rendell to step in and take over. Rendell rush for more than 1,000 yards en route to a First-Team All-County selection while Collins posted 184 yards on just 46 carries. Well, Rendell is gone now, and Collins has the job to himself. And what a debut it was Friday night in Pinckney’s 30-21 victory over Ypsilanti Lincoln, as Collins nearly matched his 2016 season total in one game. Collins gashed Lincoln’s defense for 175 yards on 15 carries, scoring the game-clinching touchdown on a 49-yard run in the four quarter with less than 2 minutes left.
Zach Trainor, Hartland football
If one had told Trainor he would begin his high school career as the varsity starter and lead his team to a come-from-behind overtime win in his first game, he probably wouldn’t have believed it. Well, that’s what happened Thursday night, as the Eagles’ freshman manufactured two scoring drives when his team absolutely needed them. He connected with Reece Potter late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, and then found tight end John Fewster in the end zone on the first possession in overtime to end it. Trainor looked like a season veteran handling the enormous pressure, tossing the two late scores for a season-opening 17-16 triumph over Westland John Glenn. On the night, Trainor had just three incompletions, going 18-for-21 with 157 yards and the two TDs.
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