Southeastern Michigan’s best high school student-athletes are being recognized in the Free Press and will be the stars of an upcoming show.
The 2021 Detroit High School Sports Awards honors the top competitors in the Detroit metro. Despite the coronavirus interrupting or delaying meet and games, local teens in nearly a dozen sports were named to the area team — one of six in the state. These young stars will be recognized in a June 30 show, where winners will move on to the national show, and a chance to be named the player of the year in their sport.
Softball honorees have been announced. You can find out the finalists and winners June 30 by watching here:
Novi High School, sophomore RHP/1B
Bennett should be one of the top players in the Midwest and possibly the nation over the next two years given how she dominated during her sophomore year this spring. Bennett hit .521 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI at the plate, and in the circle had a 1.57 ERA and 262 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings.
Hartland, senior LHP
Another player who got it done both at the plate and in the circle, Everett compiled a 17-1 record with a .552 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched going into regionals. Offensively, she batted .343 with 14 RBI. She will play in college at South Alabama.
South Lyon East, senior 3B/SS
Hollo batted .495 with 11 home runs, 42 RBI and 46 runs in East’s potent lineup. She also had a slugging percentage of 1.271 and an on-base percentage of .534. Those who follow college softball in the state should see plenty of her in the coming years since she has signed with Central Michigan.
Warren Regina, senior RHP/1B
The latest star to come through Regina’s championship program, Konyvka batted .412 with four home runs, 24 RBI and an on-base percentage of .538. Pitching-wise, she went 11-5 with a 2.60 ERA. She will play for George Mason.
Farmington Hills Mercy, senior SS
Murphy (through 33 games) batted .467 with 14 home runs, 62 RBI and 45 runs. She also had a slugging percentage of 1.103. For her career, Murphy had a .481 batting average with 26 home runs and 151 RBI. She has signed to play for Miami (Ohio).
Farmington Hills Mercy, senior SS
Nieto didn’t bat below .549 in her high school career, this year through 33 games batting .567 with a home run, 18 RBI and 56 runs. She struck out just once and had a .615 on-base percentage. Nieto has signed with Northwestern.
Macomb Dakota, sophomore RHP/RF
Nuechterlein compiled 203 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA in 116 1/3 innings for the Cougars, who advanced to the Division 1 state quarterfinals. She was also a threat at the plate, batting .394 with three home runs and 28 RBI.
Allen Park, junior SS/OF
One of the favorites for the Miss Softball award next year, Ramey has committed to Michigan and showed why with a terrific junior season. Rami hit .449 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases for the Jaguars.
South Lyon East, senior 3B/C
Sciborski had a .587 batting average, 57 RBI and flirted with the state’s single-season hom rune record, slugging 22. She will play for Northwestern.
Monroe, senior OF
Through 36 games, Sieler had a .654 batting average with 21 doubles, six triples, three home runs, 39 RBI and 73 runs scored. She had 31 stolen bases and struck out just once. She also had a .986 fielding percentage. Sieler has signed to play in college for Michigan and leaves with the second-longest hitting streak in state history.
Trenton, junior C/3B
Vallimont was one of the hardest outs in the state, batting .567 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI. She also had 25 stolen bases and had an on-base percentage of .649.
A Miss Softball candidate for next season, she has committed to Northwestern
Howell, senior P/1B
As good of a two-way player as there was in the state, Wolverton went 24-2 with a .61 earned-run average in the circle this year. She also batted .373 with nine home runs and 48 RBI and will play in college at Furman.
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