Senior athletes at Harrison High School who will continue in their sports at the next level include two baseball players, three soccer players and one swimmer.
From the baseball team, pitcher Trevor Friday is headed to Saginaw Valley State University, and catcher Nick Bell signed his letter of intent with Adrian College.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Friday pitched 31 innings last season and allowed just eight earned runs for a 1.81 ERA. He appeared in nine games and had a 2-1 record.
“I really look forward to Trevor’s 2015 season at Harrison,” coach Pete Lamerato said. “I expect big things out of the big fella. He has a plus fastball and a pretty good curve and changeup.
“I believe Trevor has a great opportunity to succeed at the next level. He has a pitcher’s body. He can definitely be a power pitcher if he puts in the work that is needed, running and working on his lower half.
“Trevor has grown stronger mentally in the past year as well, and that will not only help him this season on the mound but also at Saginaw Valley.”
Bell’s forte is his defense. He made just two errors last season at a demanding position and threw out eight of 11 runners attempting to steal.
Bell, who drove in seven runs and scored 11, also did some pitching. He was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 27 innings over seven games.
“Nick is one of the most fundamentally sound catchers in the region,” Lamerato said, adding Bell has a cannon for an arm and an excellent work ethic. “He is probably the top defensive catcher in Harrison’s recent history.
“He is a true student of the game, constantly looking for ways to improve. He has a natural ability to lead, and I think that will help him at Adrian.
“I look forward to watching Nick continue to improve and be one of the absolute best defensive catchers in southeastern Michigan.”
Maya Jamison, the goalie on the girls soccer team and a member of the all-Observer second team, will take her talents to the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Midfielder Maggie Leever will play soccer at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.
A two-sport standout for the Hawks, Leever also was asked to be a member of the swim team, but she will likely concentrate on soccer.
Dan Kagan of the boys soccer team will play locally for Lawrence Tech University as the Southfield-based institution re-establishes its sports program.
“I’m excited that Dan will have a chance to play at the next level,” coach Tim Russell said. “He truly loves the game. He is very passionate and hard-working. His biggest assets are his athleticism and his skill level.
“He is the kind of player who prepares on his own time during the off season, so he can come back better than he was. In both his junior and senior years, he was a key talent for us, helping us to some very successful seasons.
“I wish him the best of luck as he moves forward. Dan also was in my English class and showed himself to be a very good student. I enjoyed working with him.”
From the swim team, all-stater Emily Brunett accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan State University. Leever was a four-year swimmer, too.
Brunett, who made the all-Observer first team, was third in the 500-yard freestyle and sixth in the 200 at the Division 2 state meet.
She and Leever also were on the 200 freestyle relay team with Katie Romero and Grace Xu that finished seventh and earned all-state recognition.
Leever, who qualified individually in the 200 freestyle, also anchored the medley relay team that included Julia Borri, Xu and Romero and placed 13th at the state meet.