Category: Athlete of the Week

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Girls Junior Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · Vote Maddie Mince for Livingston Daily Athlete of the Week.

Maddie Mince, Hartland girls swimming

Mince just missed the All-State cut in the 100-yard butterfly a season ago, coming in as the 11th-fastest girl at the Division 1 state meet. If Saturday’s KLAA Championship meet is any sign, it appears the Eagles’ senior is primed to best her finish last year in two weeks. Mince took second in two events, completing the butterfly in 57.93 seconds and the 50-yard freestyle in 24.58.

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Boys Junior Varsity Cross Country, Boys Varsity Cross Country · Vote LD Athlete of the Week (Oct. 22-29)

Ethan Stover, Hartland boys cross country

Stover had never reached the Division 1 state finals, the closest the senior came being a 20th-place finish last season. Well, he changed that this past weekend, completing his run in 16:18.7 — a personal-record time for the 12th-grader — to take 10th and earn a trip to the state meet.

Jack Wurzer, Pinckney football

It was no doubt a disappointing end to a second straight fantastic season, the Pinckney football team falling, 24-23, to Livonia Churchill in the first round of the playoffs last week, thus ending its season. But Wurzer had one last phenomenal performance to keep the Pirates in it. He was 17-of-22 passing with 206 yards and two passing touchdowns while rushing an additional 13 times for 47 yards and a third score. For the season, Wurzer threw for 1,749 yards and 18 TDs, attempting 162 passes without allowing an interception. On the ground, he ran for 410 yards and eight TDs.

Lindsey Witte, Brighton girls cross country

A state-meet-qualifying swimmer and runner-up to the girls cross country individual regional title last season, Witte is continuing to make strides in both sports during her sophomore campaign. This past week, it was in the latter sport, where Witte led the Bulldogs to a team regional championship with her fourth-place finish at the meet. Witte clocked an 18:50.7, leading the charge in Brighton edging Pinckney for the team title. Witte will run at the state meet, and will also be swimming as well, having long ago hit the state cut times in her events.

Nick Cain, Pinckney football

The season didn’t end the way Cain or his teammates wanted, a 24-23 loss to Livonia Churchill on Friday night in the first round of districts. That said, Cain gave everything he had, using his versatility as a defensive back, wide receiver and returner to keep the score close and give the Pirates a chance. The senior had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 13 for the season, nine more than any other Livingston County player.

Chris Davis, Fowlerville boys cross country

Davis excelled in his Division 2 regional meet last weekend, racing his way to a third-place finish to advance to the D2 state finals. Davis held first for much of the race, before two passed him and he ultimately secured the bronze with a time of 16:38.3. Davis became Fowlerville’s first three-time state qualifier in 22 years since the cross country state finals have been held at Michigan International Speedway.

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Eagles News · State Bank Athletes of the Week October 16-22



Gabrielle Skinner(Junior) Gabrielle Skinner, from our Varsity Volleyball team.  Gabi is a junior middle hitter who had 6 kills, 1 block solo and 4 blocking assists against Plymouth on Tuesday. She also had 17 kills, 3 block solos, 3 blocking assists and 5 aces in the KLAA tournament over the weekend.

 Violet Sinishtaj

 (Freshman) Violet Sinishtaj, from our Varsity Girls’ Golf team.  Violet shot a 94 and 98 at the state finals to help place our team in the top 10. She has been our number 3 or 4 golfer all season.

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Eagles News · State Bank Athletes of the Week October 9-15


Seth Buff

(Junior) Seth Buff, from our Varsity Boys’ Soccer team.  The Junior center back let the Eagles to shutout victories over #9 Northville and #14 Salem last week.  The Eagles have 4 shutouts in their last 5 games.


Audrey Brown

(Freshman) Audrey Brown, from our Varsity Girls’ Golf team.  At the MHSAA Regionals this week, freshman Audrey Brown shot an 86 at Oak Pointe Golf Course to help us qualify for the State Finals.

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Amanda maga (1)(Senior) Amanda Maga, from our Varisty Volleyball team. Amanda is a senior libero and defensive specialist.  This week against John Glenn Amanda had 13 digs, and 3 aces.  She also had 16 digs against Stevenson in addition to 2 aces. 

 Jordan Piatek
(Junior) Jordan Piatek, from our Varsity Girls Golf team.  In our only event this week, Jordan shot a 91 in our KLAA Conference Tournament this week at Salem Hills Golf Course.

 Nick Errer
(Sophomore) Nick Errer, from our Varsity Boys’ Cross Country team.  Nick Tied his personal best while finishing second for Hartland at the Portage Invite in a time of17:39

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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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Girls Junior Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Golf · State Bank Athlete of the Week for September 4, 2017



Savannah Grabowski (1)(Sophomore) Savannah Grabowski, from our Varsity Girls’ Golf Team.  Savannah shot a 44 on Wednesday at our tri-match at Fox Hills Golf Course.  On Friday, she recorded an 83 to help us to a 4th place finish out of 24 teams at the Farmington Invitational held at Glen Oaks Country Club.

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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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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.

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Multiple Teams · Vote Emily Beazley and Max Hendricks for Livingston Daily Athlete of the Week!

Emily Beazley, Hartland girls lacrosse

Beazley essentially was the No. 3 Hartland girls lacrosse team’s offense on Wednesday night, as the junior forward added to her already-gaudy goal total with eight more scores in the Eagles’ 13-11 overtime loss to the Birmingham-Seaholm in the Division 1 state semifinals. During a three-minute stretch with less than 10 minutes left in the game and Hartland trailing by three (11-8), Beazley helped lead a charge that would knot the game at 11 and force overtime. The Eagles would eventually fall in the extra period, however. Beazley would conclude the season with more than 100 points and a ridiculous 83 goals, herself accounting for 26 percent of Hartland’s total offense.



Max Hendricks, Hartland baseball

As the player who emerged into the team’s ace on the mound late in the year, Hendricks was faced with a lot of responsibility entering Saturday’s regionals at Novi. Hartland needed him to be exceptional on the mound, where he would be up against the No. 8 team in Division 1, Livonia Stevenson, in the regional semifinals. Well, considering he’s on the list of Athlete of the Week nominations, it’s safe to say he rose to the occasion. Although the Eagles would not win a third consecutive regional title, they would advance past Stevenson and ultimately fall, 6-3, to Northville. Hendricks fired seven innings of one-run ball, giving up just one earned run on six hits and a walk. He closed out the Spartans on 91 pitches and recorded seven strikeouts en route to the victory. The one run was the lowest Stevenson had been held to in almost a month, when Plymouth beat it, 6-1, on May 15.


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Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Boys Varsity Lacrosse · VOTE Reece Potter for Livingston Daily Athlete of the Week

Reece Potter, Hartland boys lacrosse

Potter has had quite the exciting sophomore year at Hartland, becoming one of the area’s most exciting young football prospects, and now leading his lacrosse team to the Division 1 state semifinals for the first time in school history. Recently named an All-American in Michigan by US Lacrosse, Potter was accountable for five of Hartland’s 20 goals in its 20-11 victory Saturday over Clarkston in the quarterfinals. The No. 3-ranked team in D1, and No. 6 team in the nation according to Stateline Sports Network’s rankings the Eagles (21-0) next have a date with No. 2 Detroit Catholic Central at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Troy Athens High School.


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