Because I can’t help myself, it’s time to look ahead at the 2015-16 prep sports season.
This past weekend, we crowned our male and female athletes of the year, Devin Skatzka and Megan Guitar. So who will be the two on top of the heap next year?
I have no idea. But here’s a look at five girls and five boys I could see making a run for it.
Rachel Bonner, Port Huron: Bonner is a threat to win a state title in cross country and track next season. That could be incredibly tough to compete with.
Taelor Frank, Marine City: Frank was one of the area’s top volleyball players in the fall, and was well on her way to the same thing in soccer before an injury cut her season short. She had four goals and five assists in eight games, though, and should be in line for a great senior season.
Payton Husson, Marysville: Husson is going to see an increased role in volleyball this coming season, thanks to the graduation of Player of the Year Alison Bastianelli, and will be the centerpiece of what should be a great basketball team.
Ally Swantek, Richmond: Swantek’s softball and basketball prowess would be enough to get her on this list, as she’s one of the area’s best returning players in each. But this year, she won’t be entering cross country season coming off a serious injury, which should help.
Devan Valko, Marysville: Valko will be one of the area’s top basketball and volleyball players next year. Heck, she was this year, as she was a First-Team All-Area selection in both sports.
Morgan Beadlescomb, Algonac: Beadlescomb is basically the male equivalent of Bonner. He’s actually going to be defending state titles in cross country and track.
Joe Duff, Croswell-Lexington: Duff will be one of the area’s top running backs next season, and could put up a season that makes him a front-runner. He’s also a very solid thrower during track and field season for the Pioneers.
Stefan Fenwick, Richmond: Fenwick might be Richmond’s best kept secret, although baseball season may have let it out of the bag a bit. He’ll be among the area’s best returning players in football and baseball, and expect his role on the basketball team to increase, too.
Aaron Gillespie, Memphis: He’s already been named First-Team All-State twice in baseball, and he’s shown he can be among the area’s best on the gridiron, as well.
Andrew Storm, Marlette: Storm is a dynamic track athlete, and was All-State in four events – the maximum – this past spring. He’s also one of the area’s top basketball players.
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