Multiple Teams · Brown Named to 2015-16 All-Blue Water Area Girls Basketball Team


2015-16 All-Blue Water Area Girls Basketball Team

KARYSSA AUSTIN

SCHOOL: Marine City

YEAR: Junior

SEASON: All-MAC Gold, All-MAC Academic, Associated Press Class B All-State honorable mention and Class B BCAM’s Best honorable mention. Set Marine City program records with 3-pointers in a half (6), game (8), season (71) and career (156). Helped lead Marine City to a 16-4 overall season.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Karyssa had a great season shooting the ball from the distance and her leadership was key for our season,” Jeff Austin said.

BREE BAUER

SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern

YEAR: Junior

SEASON: All-MAC Red and helped Northern to its first conference title since 2012-13, beating Class A state champion Warren Cousino twice. Also helped Northern win its second Class A regional title in three years and third straight district title. Shot 54 percent from the field and grabbed 7.8 rebounds per game.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Bree had a huge impact on the inside on both ends of the court. She was a shot blocking presence on defense and a very good rebounder. She improved a lot this season and dominated inside using her body to score inside. Bree is very athletic and helped start the break with a rebound but also many times finished it with a layup because of her speed running the court,” Mark Dickinson said.

SYDNEY BROWN

SCHOOL: Port Huron

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: Three-year varsity player that earned All-MAC White honors this season. Was voted Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year by teammates while leading the Big Reds with 12 points per game. Committed to play at Jackson Community College.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Sydney was a key player for us this year with her consistent scoring each game and the defensive pressure that she could put on whoever she was assigned to guard. She was also great at reading passes on defense and getting to the basket on the offensive end. She worked in the offseason on her shooting which was a great addition to her game this season.”

HALEY CROSS

SCHOOL: Marlette

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: All-GTC East and Class C BCAM’s Best player, helping Marlette to a GTC East title with a 9-1 conference record. Averaged 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Haley had an outstanding season. She was a dominant post in our league. Her athleticism and fierce competitiveness made her tough to stop on offense. She also proved to be able to defend and slow down any post we faced this season. I am very excited to see Haley continue her career at the collegiate level,” Cathy Storm said.

KELSEY GUSTAFSON

SCHOOL: Armada

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: Named All-BWAC First Team as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Nearly averaged a double-double with 10 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Kelsey was our leading scorer, leading rebounder, and was rarely taken out of games. She was voted on Second Team Tier 2 schools for Macomb Township, also First Team for BWAC,” John Baerwolf said.

PAYTON HUSSON

SCHOOL: Marysville

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: Averaged a double-double and had two games with more than 20 points and 20 rebounds. Associated Press Class B All-State honorable mention and Class B BCAM’s Best honorable mention. Helped Marysville to its district title and fifth-straight MAC Gold title, going 12-0 in conference play. SUNY-Binghamton commit.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Payton was a total game changer for our team on both ends of the floor. She dominated the rebounds on both ends, patrolled the paint and scored against double and triple teams all while being so unselfish and an excellent passer,” Ryan Rathje said.

SAMI KLINK

SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern

YEAR: Sophomore

SEASON: Named All-MAC Red honorable mention and helped Northern to its first conference title since 2012-13, beating Class A state champion Warren Cousino twice. Also helped Northern win its second Class A regional title in three years – including a 20-point game in the regional semifinals against Waterford Kettering – and third straight district title.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Sami is a very good offensive player. She runs the court very well which creates fast break opportunities. She can also drive and finish inside with either hand. Sami can also hit clutch 3-point shots which she did many times the second half of the season. Sami has very good instincts on defense. She led the team in steals this year.”

BROOKE MAHN

SCHOOL: St. Clair

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: All-MAC Gold player that tallied nine double-doubles on the season for St. Clair. Nearly averaged a double-double with 9.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Brooke had a really nice year for us and had to play out of position a great deal when people pressured our guards. She hit the glass hard and was excellent finding shooters when she was doubled. She tallied nine double-doubles this season and was a joy to coach the past three years,” Brad Robbins said.

HALEY NELSON

SCHOOL: Sandusky

YEAR: Sophomore

SEASON: All-GTC East and Class C BCAM’s Best player that helped Sandusky to itsthird straight district title. Nearly averaged a double-double with 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Also averaged 2.8 steals and 2.6 blocks per game and shot 52 percent from the floor.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Haley really stepped up and had a big year for us. She was a very consistent good all-around player who we could count on every night. She plays hard every time she steps on the floor. Despite only being a sophomore she has emerged as one of the best players in the area,” Al DeMott said.

REBECCA ODEN

SCHOOL: Croswell-Lexington

YEAR: Junior

SEASON: Named All-BWAC First Team and came in second place for MVP voting behind Imlay City’s Ashton Combs. Helped Cros-Lex go unbeaten in BWAC play for the Pioneers fourth-straight conference title and helped lead the Pioneers to theirsixth-straight district title.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Rebecca was a force for us inside all season. Her ability to create her own space with great moves and footwork was something she brought to the court every night. Rebecca is a great person who is a pleasure to coach, she is a lot of fun to be around and brings joy and passion to the game. Already excited to see what she can accomplish next year,” Darren Bongard said.

RIANE PRESBEY

SCHOOL: Algonac

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: All-BWAC First Team player that played on varsity for three seasons. Averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and three steals per game for Algonac, who finished third in the BWAC.

COACH’S COMMENT: “She was our unquestioned leader and a huge reason we went from 3 wins a year ago to finishing 9-11 and in third place in the conference,” Nicholas Matzka said.

DEVAN VALKO

SCHOOL: Marysville

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: Earned All-MAC Gold, Associated Press Class B All-State honorable mention and Class B BCAM’s Best honors. Helped Marysville to its district title and fifth-straight MAC Gold title, going 12-0 in conference play. Rochester College commit.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Devan guarded every position on the floor, ran the point the second half of the season and could score from deep as well as driving. She was a phenomenal rebounder and passer, lights out from the free throw line and a terrific teammate,” Ryan Rathje said.

KIANA VOTAVA

SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern

YEAR: Senior

SEASON: Times Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year. All-MAC Red and helped Northern to its first conference title since 2012-13, beating Class A state champion Warren Cousino twice. Also helped Northern win its second Class A regional title in three years and third straight district title. Associated Press All-State honorable mention and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s Best for Class A.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Kiana is the definition of a complete basketball player. She is very athletic and uses that in the open court for fast break opportunities and steals on the defensive end. She is a great rebounder on both ends. Kiana can attack the basket and finish inside with either hand and also pull up and hit jump shots off the dribble. She is a very good outside shooter with range out to the three point line. She is an elite defender. Always took the other team’s best player and made them work to just catch the ball, let alone score points,” Mark Dickinson said.

SECOND TEAM

-Stephanie Abraham, Marine City

-Carley Barjaktarovich, Richmond

-Shannon Curley, Marysville

-Dyman Huss, Capac

-Madysen Jansen, Sandusky

-Nicole Mallory, Port Huron

-Kendal Muxlow, Brown City

-Emily Schaub, Marlette

-Madison Sokacz, Yale

-Rachel Soper, Croswell-Lexington

-Calli Townsend, Croswell-Lexington

-Paige Tranchida, Marine City

HONORABLE MENTION

ALGONAC — Amanda Jolet; ARMADA — Sara Lesnesky, Caitlin Rawlins; BROWN CITY — Taylor Pitts, Olivia Liebler; CAPAC – Megan Jamison; CROSWELL-LEXINGTON – Desiree Lerma, Allessa Calamita, Claire Knapp; DECKERVILLE — Mackenzie Bowerman, Madisyn Guza; MARINE CITY – Antonia Potvin, Erica Calu;MARLETTE – Caitlin Quade; MARYSVILLE — Kiara Kelley, Mya Rhodes, Lydia Sawdon, Hannah Delor, Hayley Delor; MEMPHIS — Jenna Lesch, Emily Merritt, Emily Richardson; PECK – Daleigh Bissett; PORT HURON — Madeline Trombly, Kelsie Chapman; PORT HURON NORTHERN – Jenna Koppinger, Kendyl Keyes, Kathleen O’Connor; RICHMOND – Allison Swantek; ST. CLAIR – Maddie Brosky; YALE — Sydney Kincaid, Mackenzie Desloover, Gabi Smith