All-league players chosen 6.18

Written by David Green.

One Morenci baseball player and three softball players were named to all-TCC honor team.

League coaches chose Morenci senior Anthony Barron as a first-team infielder. Senior Steven Pontious was given honorable mention as an infielder.

Other first-team choices were:

Sophomores Rylie Robinson, Jesse Sexton and Stephen Cooley, junior Travis Houghton and senior Tim Snell of Clinton; sophomore Nick Marr and juniors Garrett King and David Hilliard of Sand Creek; junior Jake Ritzenthaler and seniors Dave Gust, Kyle Lievens, Joel Bratt and Joel Bunge of Whiteford; senior Jason Case of Britton-Deerfield; juniors Taylor Glass and Tyler Glass of Summerfield; senior Chase Mann of Madison; and seniors Bill Ramey and Justin Ketzner of Whitmore Lake.

Eddie Cousino was Morenci’s all-sportsmanship nominee and Barron and Devin Martinez were named to the all-academic team.

Morenci senior Brooke Barrett and juniors Nicolette Swimmer and Jade Pfund made the all-league softball team.

Other team members are sophomores Kristin Espinoza and Kelcey Baker and seniors Laura Heinz, Colleen Zimmerman and Erin VanWasshnova of Clinton; sophomore Caitlin Blanchard and juniors Jordan Ratliff and Heather Carlson of Summerfield; seniors Catherine Herriman and Lizz Wilson of Sand Creek; juniors Kelsey Hutchison and Kim Lambert and senior Emily Rush of Whiteford; senior Elizabeth Perez of Madison; and junior Lauren Houghton of Whitmore Lake.

Rachel Rutkowski was named to the all-sportsmanship team. She, along with Barrett, Pfund and Megan Cox, made the all-academic team.

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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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