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Tri-City Times selects All-Area girls' hoop lineup for 2007–08 campaign



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March 12, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — The 2007-08 season was one which saw Almont dominate the area basketball scene.

Not suprisingly, that well-taken point was reflected when it came time to determine The Tri-City Times All-Area hoop lineup.

Almont had four first team picks, Imlay City managed three and Dryden came away with two.

Here is a look at who earned those accolades and the numbers they amassed along the way:

Chanahl Putnam, Almont.

Putnam generated 376 points over 23 contests, an average of 16.3 points per game, during the 2007-08 campaign.

That placed Putnam tops on the Almont ballclub and out of those chosen to the Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

She also collected 175 assists, grabbed 100 rebounds, registered 83 steals and blocked 12 shots.

"Chanahl excels in all phases of the game," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "She not only is a reliable scorer, but plays solid defense and distributes the basketball well," he noted.

"It will be tough finding someone to fill her shoes. She is that good of a player."

The 5-6 senior guard wrapped up the 2007-08 campaign, her fourth on Almont's varsity, as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice (where she was named MVP) plus made the honorable mention portion of the Associated Press Class B All-State lineup.

Lindsey Yaklin, Almont.

Yaklin supplied 368 points in 23 games, an average of 16.0 points per contest, this season.

That ranked Yaklin second on the Almont ballclub and among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

She also pulled down 112 rebounds, notched 41 steals and handed off 28 assists.

"Lindsey was the perfect compliment to Chanahl out on the floor and visa versa," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "They seemed to know what each other were going to do at all times," he noted.

"Her ability to hit the clutch shot was her best asset She was who we wanted to shoot the ball when the game was on the line. She has helped put Almont basketball on the map."

The 5-4 senior guard ended her fourth season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection and an Associated Press Class B All-State honorable mention pick.

Sarah DeCeuninck, Dryden.

DeCeuninck provided 253 points over 20 games, an average of 12.7 points per contest, during the 2007-08 campaign.

That placed DeCeuninck first on the Dryden ballclub and third out of those chosen to The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

She also grabbed 214 rebounds, supplied 64 steals and handed off 27 assists.

"Sarah was often double-teamed this season," Dryden Coach Tony Anderson said. "Despite that obstacle she was able to put up good numbers for us," he noted.

She passes the ball well and has worked hard on her defense. That has allowed her to become a better all-around player."

This was the second season for DeCeuninck, a 5-10 junior forward/center, on Dryden's varsity.

Lindsey Van Dyk, Imlay City.

Van Dyk logged 254 points in 21 games, an average of 12.1 points per contest, this season.

That ranked Van Dyk first on the Imlay City ballclub and fourth among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

She also furnished 78 rebounds, generated 56 steals and registered 38 assists.

"Lindsey has proven an impact performer since she started playing at the varsity level," Imlay City Assistant Coach Hilary Jacobsen said. "This year she was called on to provide us with more offense than in the past and she stepped up to the challenge," she noted.

The 5-6 senior guard completed her second season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

April Warner, Dryden.

Warner netted 235 points over 20 games, an average of 11.8 points per contest, during the 2007-08 campaign.

That placed Warner second on the Dryden ballclub and fifth out of those chosen to The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

She also amassed 83 steals, handed off 54 assists and pulled down 42 rebounds.

"April stepped up and became a leader at point guard for us this season," Dryden Coach Tony Anderson said. "She also played some very good defense and frustrated many of the opposing point guards in our league," he added.

This was the second season for Warner, a 5-7 senior guard, on Dryden's varsity.

Nikki Heim, Almont.

Heim produced 233 points in 23 games, an average of 10.1 points per contest, this season.

That ranked Heim third on the Almont ballclub and sixth among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

She also grabbed 75 rebounds, recorded 49 steals, notched 28 assists and blocked 10 shots.

"Nikki had an outstanding debut season for us," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "When other teams concentrated their defensive attentions on Chanahl (Putnam) and Lindsey (Yaklin) we saw to it that we got the ball in her hands," he noted.

"That is when our opponents recognized we had more than two serious scoring threats. It will be great having her back for two more seasons."

The 5-7 sophomore guard concluded her first full season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice.

Josefine Egholm, Imlay City.

Egholm managed 196 points over 21 contests, an average of 9.3 points per game, during the 2007-08 campaign.

That placed Egholm second on the Imlay City ballclub and seventh out of those chosen to The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

She also grabbed 76 rebounds, made 30 steals and handed off 27 assists.

"Jo was a welcomed addition to our ballclub," Imlay City Assistant Coach Hilary Jacobsen said of the exchange student hailing from Denmark. "We will miss not having her on the team next year," she noted.

The 5-9 sophomore guard finished the 2007-08 campaign as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Alizabeth Caldwell, Imlay City.

Caldwell generated 144 points in 19 games, an average of 7.6 points per contest, this season.

That ranked Caldwell third on the Imlay City ballclub and eighth among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

She also pulled down 121 rebounds, registered 41 steals and handed off 25 assists.

"Beth was an unsung hero on this year's team," Imlay City Assistant Coach Hilary Jacobsen said. "She did everything we asked of her and then some," she emphasized.

This was the second season for Caldwell, a 5-8 senior forward, on Imlay City's varsity.

Brandy Ullom, Almont.

Ullom logged 129 points over 23 contests, an average of 5.6 points per game, during the 2007-08 campaign.

That placed Ullom fourth on the Almont ballclub and ninth out of those chosen to The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

She also grabbed 132 rebounds, blocked 49 shots, furnished 21 steals and contributed 13 assists to Almont's cause.

"Had Brandy played on another team there is no doubt her scoring average would have been much higher," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "She knew we counted on her for rebounding and strong defense and her contributions there were very much appreciated," he emphasized.

The 5-11 senior forward, who has signed with Madonna University, closed out her third campaign on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Second team - Lynsey Marchwinski, Dryden; Gloria Polzin, Capac; Caitlyn Crowel, Dryden; Taylor Sinda, Capac; and Jolie Wycinski, Almont.

Honorable mention - Hillary Mason, Dryden; Anne Pawlacyzk, Imlay City; and Brynn Bertram, Imlay City' and Cortney Lowney, Dryden.

Coach of the Year - Steve Edwards directed Almont to a spotless 14-0 Blue Water Area Conference showing, a 20-0 regular season mark; a Class B district title (the first-ever in school history) and a 22-1 overall showing.

For his accomplishments, Edwards earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year accolades.

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