Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 18, 2010

Two area players make Class B All State

DETROIT (AP) -- Annalise Pickrel was sending text messages with the news that she had accepted a basketball scholarship from Michigan State.

One of the texts went to Madison Williams, her good friend from Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. Two weeks later, Williams let Pickrel know that she also was planning to join the MSU program.

They will be teammates in college next season. Now they have another bond.

Pickrel and Williams have been named co-players of the year on the Associated Press Class B all-state team chosen by a panel of writers from around the state.

Pickrel is a senior at Grand Rapids Catholic Central, which lost to Williams and Country Day in the 2009 Class B state championship game.

"Anna fell down and Madison helped her up. They became good friends," said Grand Rapids CC coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate.

Pickrel is 6-foot-3 and plays all five positions for Grand Rapids CC, which took a 23-1 record into the state quarterfinals.

"She can post up, she can play the point, she can shoot the three, she can do everything," Lamoreaux-Tate said.

Williams is 6-8 and her forte is rebounding and shot blocking for unbeaten Country Day, the state's top-ranked team. She averaged 15 rebounds, 10 blocks and nine points.

Joining Pickrel and Williams on the first team are Ariel Powers of Country Day, Nikki Arner of Ludington, Rose Savela of Manistee, Kerby Tamm of Petoskey, Kiara Kudron of New Boston Huron, Cyesha Goree of Wyoming Park, Megan Grimes of Richland Gull Lake, Dani Crandall of Eaton Rapids and Dena Droste of DeWitt.

Powers is just a sophomore but was an important part of Country Day's success. She averaged 16 points and four assists per game.

Arner is a four-year starter and a three-time all-state selection. She led Ludington in scoring all four years and topped the 1,400 mark for her career. She will continue her career at Ferris State.

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