2010-06-27 / Sports

Lapeer East coach leads Gold squad at All-Star event

BY ERIK HOHENTHANER
810-452-2641 • ehohenthaner@ mihomepaper.com

Lapeer East coach Dan Purvis led the Gold team in the Bruin Club All-Star Classic volleyball game Tuesday. Photo by DAN NILSEN Lapeer East coach Dan Purvis led the Gold team in the Bruin Club All-Star Classic volleyball game Tuesday. Photo by DAN NILSEN FLINT — Lapeer East varsity volleyball coach Dan Purvis was selected to lead the Gold squad in the Bruin Classic All-Star volleyball game held at Mott Community College on June 22. The Grey team won all five games against the Gold squad, 25-12, 25-23, 25-14, 25-22, and 25-15, in the annual competition at Ballenger Fieldhouse. The game benefits Mott Community College through the booster club.

“It was a good experience for the girls to play with some of the girls that they compete against all season long,” Purvis said. “I was surprised how many fans were in attendance and how it was ran so well.”

No individual statistics were kept on the match, but the Most Valuable Player for the Grey team was Sara Hayes of Grand Blanc. She has committed to play for Kellogg CC next year.

Her Grey teammates included Stephanie Coates and Emily Armstrong of Goodrich, Brooke Friesen of Davison, Indi Eneix of Bentley, Kelsey Schempf of Mt. Morris, Hannah Taylor of Fenton, Mackinzie Prince of Linden, Whitney Heeres and Emily Ribant of Flushing, and Champagne Caldwell of Beecher. They were coached by Karly Cocke of Byron.

Heeres has signed to play at Ball State University, while Ribant is headed to Adrian. Lindsey Thams, a Lapeer West graduate who will play for St. Clair County CC next year, was on the roster but did not make the game.

Chris Burt of Swartz Creek was MVP for the Gold team. She played with Lauren Mora of Grand Blanc, Chelsey Garner of Bendle, Retha Horton of Atherton, Emily Peel and Mary Hollis of Mt. Morris, Brooke Hitchings of Durand, Joselyn Pethers of Genesee, Rachelle Kviz of New Lothrop, Katie Kortas of Armada and Raylynn Coghlan of Rochester. Mora is headed to Madonna to continue her career. Peel, Kortas, Burt and Coghlan will play at Mott next year.

“I enjoyed the experience and thank the Mott coaches who put the whole event together,” said Purvis. “It’s tough because it is a one day thing where you meet the girls, introduce yourself and go but it was a good experience for all.”

BASKETBALL

No area players competed in the Bruin Club All-Star Classic women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Brittany Graves of Grand Blanc was on the original roster but did not make the game.

Few players did show up for the 7 p.m. tipoff, and the contest was delayed more than 30 minutes while coaches scrambled to fill out the starting lineups.

The game eventually got under way with 10 players, and the Gold team beat the Black squad, 33-25.

The men’s basketball game was scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, after deadline for today’s paper. Players from Flint were to suit up against the area’s best-ofthe best from the Flint Metro League, Big Nine, Genesee Area Conference- Red and Kensington Lakes Activities Association.

Choosing to mix things up a bit this year, Mott split the rosters into City vs Suburbs. From the burbs, Lapeer West’s Anthony Sisson joined Grand Blanc’s Patrick Haggin and Marcus Tucker, Goodrich’s Andrew Patrick and Mitchell Vallie, Genesee’s Thomas Jean, New Lothrop’s DeAndre Johnson, Montrose’s Will Sams, a former Grand Blanc player, Bentley’s Joey Jerisk, Flushing’s Zach Treib, Clio’s Luke Sorenson, Swartz Creek’s Cody Campbell, and Holly’s Justin Fowler and Thomas Lovachis. Swartz Creek skipper Jeremy Trent, formerly at Bentley, was to lead the Suburban squad.

The City squad includes Travon Mitchell, Gerald Williams-Taylor and Darrell Williams of Flint Northwestern, Jojuan Graham, Chuck McLauren and Josh Young of Southwestern Academy, Roy Jackson and Darryll Dixon of Flint Hamady, D’Marius Houston of Flint Beecher, Glenn Closey, Demondre Chapman and Jaylen Larry of Flint Carman-Ainsworth and Patrick O’Brien and Demarco Sanders of Flint Powers Catholic. Beecher’s Mike Williams was to lead the City squad.

Last winter’s hotbed of talent provided colleges with plenty of recruits with many going to top-notch college programs.

Sisson just signed last week with Henry Ford Community College, Cosey inked with Columbus State, Chapman is headed to D1 Prairie View A&M, Larry is unsigned as of now, Haggin signed with Depauw University, Tucker remains unsigned, Patrick heads to Concordia, Vallie to Calvin College and Jerisk to Alma College and Campbell heads to Hope College.

Friday’s tilt gave the area kids a chance to play with many of their arch nemeses, with Haggin as Grand Blanc’s leading scorer, Patrick and Vallie as the heart and soul of the Goodrich team, while Jerisk, an All-Stater, notched more than 20 points per game for the Bulldogs. Sisson of West is another hot shooter, who routinely scored in double figures for the Panthers.

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