TRAVERSE CITY — The Aquinas College volleyball team's loss was the lacrosse team's gain.
A volleyball, basketball and softball standout at Harbor Springs who planned on joining the Saints' volleyball program as a walk-on, Hannah Brogger hurt her left knee as a senior for the Rams. Seeking something else to play, she tried out for the school's fledgling lacrosse team, which was just starting up as a club sport and would become a full-fledged varsity team the following season.
"What stands out about Hannah is her leadership and work ethic," Saints coach Frank Rogers. "Especially never playing the game before, she spent a lot of time on the field to pick it up."
And did she ever.
Brogger worked her way up to team captain and led Aquinas to fifth place in the National Women's Lacrosse League (NAIA) Nationals with six goals and two assists in a 16-13 victory over Reinhardt in Rome, Ga. on Saturday.
Brogger finished the season needing a half-dozen goals in the Saints' last game to finish with an even 100 for the year.
She ended up with 100 goals, 38 assists, 199 shots and 138 points — all tops on Aquinas' team.
For her three-year career, Brogger has 220 goals and 76 assists — good for second all-time in points behind Kati Rogers (351).
"I saw it as a challenge," Brogger said. "I like trying new things. It was a challenge that worked out pretty well."
It helped that the Saints were a club sports for her freshman year, giving her a season to catch up before the team was elevated to varsity status.
"I had a little room for error," Brogger said.
Stick work was the biggest learning aspect of picking up the new sport.
"The whole cradling aspect and trying to keep the ball on the stick — which is kind of a big aspect of the sport," Brogger said. "Just learning how to use your hands and not have the ball directly in your hands, which is what I was used to from high school sports."
The Saints posted a 56-9 record in Brogger's last three seasons.
The psychology major was an honorable mention All-American last year. Those awards have yet to be announced for the 2012 season.
- Jake Fisher (TC West) was listed as Oregon's starting left guard on spring depth charts, although he reportedly also played some left tackle in the Ducks' spring game.
- Elk Rapids soccer standout Greg Manning has committed to play at Siena Heights University.
- Area players are dominating the pitching staff at Alma College.
Kevin Thompson (Petoskey), Richard Schreiber (Grayling) and Anthony Derrer (Mancelona) are all in the Scots' rotation, and Dan Johnson (Mancelona) is the team's closer and ERA leader (1.98 in 10 appearances).
Thompson has a 2-2 record and 3.80 ERA in six starts, while Schreiber also has two wins in seven starts and a 4.48 ERA, while leading the team in strikeouts (31 in 45 innings). Johnson has put up a 1-0 record and two saves. Derrer has struck out 18 in 31 innings and has one win in six starts.
Senior Micah Parshall (Benzie Central) is the team's starting first baseman, and is hitting .250 in 23 games and is fifth on the team with eight RBIs. Freshman Dustin Derrer (Mancelona) has seen action in seven games, going 4 for 9 with an RBI. Schreiber has three RBIs in limited time in the field.
- Alma College's Payton Lupu (Onaway) was third in the hammer throw at the Emory University Classic with a heave of 37.85 meters. She was also sixth in the shot put.
- Sophomore outfielder Grace Westerman (Gaylord St. Mary) is fifth on Alma's team in runs scored through 30 games, crossing the plate 14 times. She's hitting .227 in 44 at-bats and is a perfect 6 for 6 in stolen base attempts. Allie Nave (Onaway) has appeared in 17 games — mostly as a pinch runner — and has scored a half dozen runs with two steals.
- Manistee's Ryan Helminiak won the high jump for Aquinas College at the Saints' own Ernie Mouseeau Invitational, clearing 1.93 meters. Jim Janisse (Elk Rapids) was fifth in the 1,500 meters (4:13.23). Alina Dhaseleer (Charlevoix) was third in the 1,500 (4:56.89).
- Griffin Benson (TC St. Francis) is the second-leading scorer on Davenport's rugby team. He has 37 points this season. Angus MacLellan (St. Francis), has 20 points, all on tries. Benson has one try, 10 conversions and four penalty kicks.
- Adam Duerksen (Mancelona) was second in the 400-meter hurdles (55.04), as the Golden Eagles swept the event's top three spots at Grand Valley's Al Owens Classic.
- Davenport's Korinne Diss (TC West) was 13th overall in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships with a two-day total of 182 (85-97).
- Jamie Chapman (TC Central) was part of Dartmouth's second-place first varsity eight team that beat Penn, but fell to Princeton.
- Detroit-Mercy senior soccer player Alyssa Korson (Suttons Bay) won the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award, given to a student-athlete who best exemplifies the essence of sportsmanship and ethical conduct. A defender, Korson had two goals and two assists for the Titans this season, including one game-winning goal.
- Julia Maksym (Manistee) leads Detroit-Mercy in wins (five) and ERA (5.16) through 46 games. Her five victories are half of the team's total.
- Joey Garber (Petoskey) shot a 75 to help Georgia to fourth place in the Southeastern Conference championship Sunday. Garber — a transfer from Michigan — was the Bulldogs' fourth counter.
- Ryan Manning (Suttons Bay) has started his collegiate baseball career with a bang, hitting .415 in his first 20 games with Grand Rapids Community College. He has one home run, 12 RBIs, 10 runs and nine walks for a .500 on-base percentage. Jared Orban (Suttons Bay) has appeared in 11 games so far as a freshman, hitting .250 with six RBIs, six runs and seven walks for a .448 on-base percentage.
- Collin Casey (TC Central) has put up a 3-3 record early in his freshman season with Hillsdale College. He's struck out 12 in 26.2 innings of work in nine appearances, including two starts.
- Brandon Vizina (Inland Lakes) shot 77-81--158 to tie for 32nd at the Ashland Invitational as Lake Superior State placed 10th.
- Zac Zoellner (TC Central) is hitting .222 with a .344 on-base percentage for Northwood University. He had eight runs, five RBIs and four steals in 25 games.
- Senior Rachel Cook (TC Central) has six of Olivet College's nine victories on the mound, sporting an ERA of 2.79.
- Kyle Zimmerman (Frankfort) has scored 11 runs and stolen all four bases he's attempted as a freshman for Wayne State. On the mound, he has a 4.74 ERA and one save for the Tartars, allowing only a .243 average.
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