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Updated: March 26, 2009, 3:17 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

Boys' Golf - Northville


One day made all the difference for the Northville boys' golf team. Pessimists might say that the team's first day, where just about nothing went right, was the reason the team finished third instead of first at the Division 1 state meet. Optimists would say the team's second day, in which the team outscored everyone handily, was proof that Northville can play with anyone in the state. Either way, the end result leaves plenty of intrigue for this year, where many of the team's best golfers are back for another shot at a state title. "Our expectation is to get ourselves back to play at the state tournament," says head coach Matt Stetson. For a team that won its conference, its district and its region, handing Saline its first loss in two years, there is plenty to build on. Senior Wes Gates, who will head to Bowling Green in the fall on a golf scholarship, was the team's No. 1 player last year. "He's always been a very mature golfer for us," Stetson says. "He seems to get better every year." Senior Dan Kozerski has lettered all four years for Northville. "He's very consistent," Stetson says. "I know he can give me a solid number every time out."Senior long hitter Tim Kelly and junior Trevor Grigg, last year's team MVP, are capable of shooting low numbers on any given day, as can junior Alex Bernstein. The Mustangs return 13 of their 14 golfers from last year, making them one of the deepest and most dangerous teams in the state.

Girls' Tennis - West Bloomfield


There are undoubtedly great expectations for the Lady Lakers this season after returning the team's two best players. Sophomore Taylor Pinchoff, who earned All-State singles honors in Division 1, and junior Samantha Pinchoff, who was an All-State honorable mention selection, have West Bloomfield on pace to earn a second consecutive top-three finish at state. Sophomore Morgan Taylor is another outstanding singles competitor.

Boys' Track - Albion


Last year, Albion needed every point it could get to claim the Division 3 state boys' track championship  literally  as the team edged Allendale by just one point. A repeat of that title certainly won't come easy, but some of the team's best athletes return. Senior Ryan Hopson will contend for top honors in the high jump and long jump. Junior distance runner Paul Lewis is also a threat to score points.

Girls' Track - Renaissance


There's no such thing as a rebuilding year for Renaissance  or at least it seems that way. The Phoenix are always loaded with talent, and this year should be no exception. Rising stars to watch include senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham, who finished third in the 200 at state last year, and senior Chelsey Hall, who was among the state's top competitors in the 100 hurdles. The Renaissance relay teams are always formidable as well.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

BASEBALL  GOODRICH Senior third baseman Caleb Jones, an All-State selection, leads the Martians. SOFTBALL  WHITE LAKE LAKELAND Senior outfielder Andie Dawson and junior pitcher Carlee Meek, both All-State picks, return. BOYS' LACROSSE  UNIVERSITY LIGGETT Stellar junior netminder Rory Deane will keep the Knights in the hunt for a title. GIRLS' LACROSSE  BRIGHTON Senior attacker Kelly LaChance hopes to lead the Bulldogs past the D-1 regionals.