The 2012-13 high school sports season is officially over following a thrilling series of championship games on Saturday. While it wasn't as many championships brought home by Oakland County teams as Kosmo thought, the Troy girls soccer team and the Madison Heights Bishop Foley team sure did the area proud by winning state championships to cap off incredible seasons. There were a ton of great individual performances, but Kosmo is here to narrow it down a bit. Koz usually takes 3 stars, but today he'll name 5 stars
Alex Kleckner, Lakeland golf - Man, does Kleckner and the Eagles program have a lot to be proud about. Klecker shot a 69 at a brutal Forest Akers West course on Saturday to finish in a tie for medalist honors at the Division 1 state tournament. Even though he lost the playoff, Kleckner shooting that score and getting that far was a terrific performance. Since he's only a junior, there could be more next year.
Billy Malak, Bishop Foley baseball - A senior rock for the Ventures at the plate offensively and behind the plate at catcher, Malak saved his best for last on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and a huge bases-loaded double for the Ventures in a 12-5 win over Grandville Calvin Christian in the Division 3 state final.
Dalton Greyerbiehl, Brother Rice baseball - What a horrible fate for Greyerbiehl that he was the losing pitcher in Saturday's 1-0 Division 1 state final loss to Bay City Western, because he pitched his heart and did an outstanding job. He only allowed two hits in almost five innings of relief, but unfortunately one of them produced the only run of the game. Still, he is a winner in Kosmo's book forever for such a terrific performance. It was major case of bad luck.
Kayla Porter, Troy soccer - Porter forever made herself an answer to a big trivia question in the history of Troy athletics. She scored the game-winning goal in the second half to lead Troy to a 2-1 win over Grandville in the Division 1 final, bringing the Colts their first state title since 2003 and helping them avenge losses the previous two years in the state championship game.
Garrett Schilling, Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball - First on Friday, Schilling tossed a three-hit shutout in a semifinal win over Bridgman. Then on Saturday, he had two hits, two RBI and two runs in the win over Calvin Christian that helped Bishop Foley become the first team in state history to win three straight state baseball titles. By the way, he is an incredible 31-0 as a starter in his career and could go into the record books next year.