Athlete of the Year, Male. Cole Daniels. Daniels was the starting QB for the SEC Red champion football team and the ace of SEC Red and district champion pitching staff. The lefthander will continue his baseball career at Kentucky.
Athlete of the Year, Female. Madison Whitfield. Whitfield was a dominant player at the net for the Saline volleyball team. She led the Hornets in hits and blocks and forced opposing coaches to gameplan around her.
Fighting Hornet Award. Emmett Turner. Nobody out-battles Emmett Turner. They might be bigger or faster. Or even stronger. But in a one-on-one battle, you can't outwork Turner. He was the heart and soul of Saline basketball. He'll play football next year at Johns Hopkins University.
Fighting Hornet Award. Kelsey Alexander. She was the best centerfielder in the SEC, crashing into walls to make catches and gunning down runners at home plate. And then they moved her to catcher, where she stood up to bigger girls sliding into her at full speed. In basketball, she plays tough as nails defense.
Leadership Award. Dmitri Douglas. The MSU-bound Hornet was a leader on and off the football field, where he was an All-SEC lineman. Even after the season, Douglas commanded the respect of his peers. During a basketball game at Lincoln, one member of the Saline student section began popping off loudly with some ugly racial stereotypes. A quick word and glance from Douglas shut it down.
Leadership Award. Sarah Brannan. A general on the field, where she played defense for the varsity soccer team. She was credited for keeping her teammates focused and motivated. Brannan shared thoughts and words of encouragement with teammates in post-game meetings.
All Around Athlete Award. Eric Harris. Sure, track and field counts as one sport. But Harris was state champ in the pole vault. He was on All-State relay teams. He was SEC champ in the long jump.
All Around Athlete. Erin Reilly. She's an all-state field hockey star. She's a starter for the varsity basketball team. She's a big-time goal scorer for the varsity soccer team. She's strong, speedy and she's a competitor. One imagines she'd star in virtually anything she tried.
Classy Competitor Award. Anthony DeKraker. He ran four years of varsity cross country and track and field, and piled up an enormous amount of accolades. All the while, he competed with class and respect for his teammates, his competitors and his sport.
Classy Competitor Award; Grace Livsey. The senior led by example on the Saline field hockey and Saline LAX teams. She played tough but clean and ensured her teammates were part of the team.
Perseverance Award. Danny Weidmayer. Weidmayer suffered a knee injury that was supposed end his Saline High School Athletics career. But he worked hard and battled back. And there he was, pitching a beauty of a game - maybe his best ever -- in the regional final Saturday.
Perseverance Award. Jessi Larson. Larson's running days appeared numbered after a brilliant start. But she battled back and regained her place among Michigan's elite high school runners and she'll run with Michigan next year.
Junior Award. Tanyr Krummenacher. A speedy, ultra-competitive forward who starred for Saline LAX. He also competed for the Saline-Chelsea ski team.
Junior Award. Kelsey Alexander. Alexander is tracking toward toward college softball. Always a speedy, smart player, she's developed power in her swing. She's also a fierce competitor in basketball and powder puff football.
Sophomore Award. Alex Morrison. Emerged as an import bat in the Saline baseball lineup. He's got tremendous speed and he's strong. He was also a key player in the secondary for the football team.
Sophomore Award. Erin Reilly. She's an all-state field hockey athlete and was a key contributor to the basketball and soccer teams.
Freshman Award. Brayden Stavros. Stavros showed great speed and skill and was an important offensive player for the varsity soccer team.
Freshman Award. Ella Stemmer. It's been a long time since a freshman made such an impact on a Saline basketball team. Stemmer was a star in almost every game in which she played. She's quick, smart, skilled and competitive. She'll be an SEC Red star for years to come.
Team of the Year. Saline Boys Track and Field. Living up to a legacy isn't easy. But the Hornets found a way to get it done and they won the regional trophy by taking the last event of the meet, proving, yet again, that track and field is a team sport.
Team of the Year. Saline Girls Golf. Led by seniors Catherine Loftus, Molly Pribble, Sydney Page and Stephanie Schick, Saline won the SEC, won the regional and was third at the state tournament.
Coach of the Year. Al Leslie. Leslie is head coach of the track team and also coaches for the football team. He coached the team to yet another SEC and regional title. Leslie is friendly, positive and upbeat as he pushes his athletes to bigger and better things.
Coach of the Year. Dana Rosselot. Coach Rosselot coached her varsity soccer team to an SEC Red and district championship. Rosselot, who built this program into a state powerhouse, is stepping away from her post to focus on her growing family.