Ninth-ranked Okemos has qualified six individuals in 11 events as well as three relays for the Division 2 state finals on Friday and Saturday at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
St. Johns, which tied Okemos for the CAAC Blue title, has qualified four individuals in six events plus three relays.
In Division 3 at the Holland Aquatics Center, honorable mention Alma qualified four individuals in five events plus three relays, honorable mention DeWitt three individuals in five events plus three relays, CAAC Red champion Mason four individuals in seven events plus one relay, Haslett two individuals in four events, and Williamston/Lansing Christian one individual in two events.
In Division 1 at Oakland University in Rochester, Grand Ledge senior Rachael Charlow in the 100-yard backstroke is the only area state meet qualifier.
To see a complete list of area qualifiers and their seeds in each event, see page 5B.
Okemos freshman Freyja Garbaccio is seeded second in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 backstroke, Okemos senior Katie Dudley fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 200 individual medley, and DeWitt senior Rosalie Yockey fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 free.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eaton Rapids senior Allie Dittmer signed with NCAA Division II Hillsdale earlier this week. Dittmer averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game last season while making all-state and helping the Greyhounds to a CAAC Gold title and an 18-3 record.
GIRLS TENNIS: Haslett senior Shea Donahue has joined Grand Ledge senior Lauren Sharp by signing with NCAA Division II Saginaw Valley State. Donahue has compiled a 63-9 career record at No. 2 and 3 singles while advancing to the Division 3 state semifinals three times and state finals once. The honorable mention all-stater is a three-time CAAC Gold and regional champion, and has been named to the LSJ all-area team three times.
BOYS TENNIS: Lansing Catholic junior Matt Heeder has earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association as a singles player in Division 4, along with Okemos senior Elan Dantus in Division 2 and Charlotte sophomore Alex Reinbold in Division 3. In doubles, Okemos seniors Steven Wu and Ritwik Biswas earned all-state in Division 2, as did Lansing Catholic seniors Emmett Lehmen and Chris Castellani and Portland seniors Colin Gensterblum and Alex Hoppes in Division 4. Attaining honorable mention status in singles were DeWitt senior Sam Shuster in Division 3, and Lansing Catholic senior Anthony Davis and Portland senior Zach Platte in Division 4.
CROSS COUNTRY: Haslett senior Alex McCormick finished 23rd in a 5K time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds and was the Michigan team’s fifth runner at the MidEast Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Kettering, Ohio. East Lansing’s Dietrich Hittner (16:33) took 33rd as Michigan’s seventh runner while Okemos’ Daniel Kroth (16:41) came in 40th as Michigan’s 11th man. St. Johns senior Kayla Kraft, who took 13th at the Michigan meet in Mount Pleasant a week earlier and was first alternate for Saturday’s event, wound up competing and finishing 43rd in 20:10 as the Michigan team’s 11th runner.
FOOTBALL: Morrice is considering joining fellow GAC Blue members Webberville and Dryden in the ranks of the 37 schools who compete in 8-man football rather than 11-man football. A meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. today in the Morrice High School library to discuss the possibility.
FOOTBALL: The Grand Rapids West Catholic team that has eliminated Portland, Lansing Catholic and Olivet the past three weeks only got into the playoffs with a 5-4 record because of a 21-20 victory over Ada Forest Hills Eastern in its last regular season game. FHE finished 4-5 under former Charlotte coach Eddie Ostipow, a three-win improvement over a 1-8 record from 2012.