A few weeks ago I laid out the special seniors of the class of 2014
- Jay Banet
- Sam Coon
- Michael Barnett
- Michael Hendrickson
- Dom DiMelis
- Nader El-Awar
After taking a lot of extra time to mull this over I have finally figured it out
The final 3
Sam Coon was a senior on the girl’s basketball team that I was lucky enough to be an assistant coach this year under Jeff Waltz. A dynamic athlete with a nonstop motor, she was a pleasure to know and to coach.
Michael Barnett was a second year varsity baseball player (3 if you include he was brought up for the 2012 playoffs) that I had the pleasure to work with regularly. A very interesting character and a true blue (no pun) Michigan fan, Michael was a treasure to have discussions about athletics at all levels and teams.
Jay Banet was a senior that I met the summer before his freshman year through Randy Dunny. For 4 years we roamed the sidelines of Saline Football, over 40 games of doing stats together. Add in sharing duties working the clock, book or other duties at various athletic events. A bond that transcended the age difference which created the ability to be aware of the others next moves.
So as I further described and thought about the final 3 special seniors of 2014 it becomes increasingly more difficult to choose. So many conversations, discussions and even debates between these 3 and me make my position with Saline Athletics so much more special. So since I have been asked repeatedly since the first article about a group of 2014 seniors who is my favorite of the class of 2014. It appears I must make that decision and make it public.
The senior for 2014: