Athletes of the Year Greater Detroit

Updated: May 13, 2009, 11:55 AM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

KEVIN COPE
Plymouth Salem / Soccer
It is far too common for the top scorer, the player who racks up all the stats and all the glory, to earn recognition as the state's best player. So when a defender earns the honor, it truly means something. Cope, a senior, helped Plymouth Salem become one of the stingiest teams in the state, allowing just 12 goals in 27 games. He earned All-State honors three times and was named Michigan's Mr. Soccer this year. Cope is a Michigan State recruit and an NSCAA/adidas All-American.

OTHER FINALISTS

SAM HOEKSTRA
Grandville / Swimming
No prep swimmer in Michigan is faster than Hoekstra, as the senior Michigan recruit proved at the Division 1 swimming championships. Hoekstra won the 50 and 100 free and led the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams to titles.

RAY McCALLUM
Detroit Country Day / Basketball
The junior guard averaged 16.9 points per game this season while helping the Yellow Jackets to the Class B quarterfinals. McCallum was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for his efforts.

AARON PFISTER
Grand Blanc / Tennis
After losing in the Division 1 state championship match for two consecutive seasons, Pfister made the third time the charm. The junior beat Joseph Dube of Detroit Catholic Central, 7-5, 6-2, to claim the title.

GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MEGAN GOETHALS
Rochester / Cross Country
Goethals claimed an individual state title when she edged Waterford Mott star Shannon Osika by seven seconds at the Division 1 state meet. But Goethals was just getting warmed up. The junior harrier won the Foot Locker Midwest Regional by one second, leading a contingent of three girls' runners from Michigan to qualify for nationals. At the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, Goethals led the way again, finishing third in the country and beating a former national champ  Kathy Kroeger of Tennessee.

OTHER FINALISTS

ALEX COCKLIN
Birmingham Marian / Volleyball
The 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter earned highest honorable mention All- American honors by PrepVolleyball.com as well as All-State first team honors. She recorded 726 kills while leading Marian to the Class A championship game.

SARAH DRAKE
Ann Arbor Pioneer / Field Hockey
Drake earned All-State first team honors for the second consecutive year while helping the Pioneers win their fourth Division 1 state title in a row. The senior Iowa recruit scored 18 goals and added 10 assists for the 19-0 Pioneers.

JENNY RYAN
Saginaw Nouvel / Basketball
Michigan's Miss Basketball averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 assists per game, but her contributions went far beyond stats. The senior Michigan recruit also led her team to back-to-back Class C state championships.