Teams of the Year Greater Detroit

Updated: May 13, 2009, 3:26 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

PERSHING
Basketball
The best team in Class A never stumbled, never fell, and earned a state championship as a result. Led by Michigan Mr. Basketball winner Derrick Nix, a senior Michigan State recruit, Pershing finished the season 26-1 and claimed the Class A title with a 90-73 win over Kalamazoo Central. Junior guard Keith Appling set a state record in points scored with 49 in the championship game. Senior Dennis Perry, who had 12 in the state final, was also one of the pivotal members of the Doughboys' state championship team.

OTHER FINALISTS

ANN ARBOR HURON
Tennis
Junior Ethan Cohen helped lead the River Rats to the Division 1 title with a seven-point advantage over Ann Arbor Pioneer. Cohen was joined by senior Stefan Larson and junior David Yang on the All-State first team.

ANN ARBOR PIONEER
Swimming
The Pioneers blew away the competition at the Division 1 state meet, besting second place Huron by 138 points. Sophomore Nick Nemetz and senior Robert Nichols were the only swimmers to claim individual state titles.

DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL
Ice Hockey
The state final was supposed to be a tightly contested matchup. Instead, the Shamrocks outshot Howell by a 35-5 advantage and won the title, 7-0, led by junior Brad Wilhelm's two goals and one assist.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

DETROIT COUNTRY DAY
Basketball
The Yellow Jackets won their second consecutive Class B title while only dropping one game all season. Led by 6-foot-6 junior Madison Williams, who recorded a triple-double in the title game, Detroit Country Day beat Grand Rapids Central Catholic, 50-40. Senior guards Amber Moore and Sharena Taylor earned All-Class B honors from The Detroit Free Press for their efforts. The Yellow Jackets beat their opponents in the state tournament by an average of 19.4 points per game.

OTHER FINALISTS

ANN ARBOR PIONEER
Swimming
The Pioneer girls capped the boys' and girls' sweep of the swimming events with the ladies winning by an even larger amount  184.5 points. The team had winners in nine of the 12 events at the Division 1 state meet.

GRAND LEDGE
Gymnastics
No team in the state could match the depth and talent of Grand Ledge this season. Senior Meaghan McWhorter's titles on vault and bars helped, as did freshman Alexis Byington's all-around victory.

ROCHESTER
Golf
The Meier sisters led the charge to the Division 1 state golf title with a 54- stroke margin of victory over Grosse Pointe North. Senior Amy Meier won individual medalist honors while junior Christine Meier tied for third.