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Nominations for the 2018 Detroit Athletic Club Athlete of the Year Award are now being accepted

By: Tom Markowski, January 23, 2018, 3:14 pm

Detroit – Michigan high school athletes like Shane Battier (Detroit Country Day) and Allison Schmitt (Canton) have enjoyed tremendous success in college and beyond.

Battier was National Player of the Year his senior season at Duke and later was part of NBA Championship teams with the Miami Heat. Schmidt has won eight Olympic medals including four gold in swimming.

Before they hit the national stage Battier and Schmitt were named Michigan High School Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club.

The DAC began its award program in 1996 and this year it will again sponsor the DAC Male and Female Athletic of the Year Award for the 23rd year.

The DAC is accepting nominations and applications can be obtained by going to its website,

Other past winners include swimmers Clay Youngquist (Battle Creek Lakeview) and Emily Boss (Holland), wrestlers Taylor Massa (St. Johns) and Adam Coon (Fowlerville), track athletes Kendall Baisden (Detroit Country Day) and Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc), and softball player Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville).  

More recently basketball players Kysre Gondrezick (Benton Harbor) and Cassius Winston (U-D Jesuit) were the 2016 winner and last year The DAC selected softball player Meghan Beaubien (Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central) and baseball player Steve Mann (Country Day).

From the nominations collected, 12 finalists are named, six females and six males. From those finalist the two winners will be announced at the DAC Athletic Awards ceremonies on May 14.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 15.