Pioneer's Travis Maezes signs with Michigan baseball and more local recruits
Pioneer High School senior Travis Maezes has been committed to the University of Michigan baseball team since he was offered a scholarship before his junior season.
That commitment became official last week when he signed his National Letter of Intent.
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The NCAA early signing period ended today.
Maezes (6-0, 190) was one of seven players to sign with Michigan. He helped Pioneer to a Division 1 state title as a sophomore and was selected to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Dream Team last year. His summer team, the Ann Arbor Travelers, qualified for the Connie Mack World Series.
Maezes would be the fourth Ann Arbor high school player on the Wolverines roster, joining redshirt junior Bobby Brosnahan (Pioneer) and freshmen James Borque (Huron) and Donnie Eaton (Father Gabriel Richard).
“(Maezes) could have attended any number of schools and decided to stay home, which is great for us,” Michigan coach Rich Maloney said in a statement.
Maloney spoke highly of the recruiting class.
“Only time will tell how good any recruiting class is, but on paper this one appears to be like our 2005 class that featured Zach Putnam, Jason Christian, Adam Abraham, Mike Wilson and Kevin Cislo to name a few,” Maloney said.
That class won three straight Big Ten titles and Putnam, Christian and Abraham were all selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Being drafted this June is a very real possibility for Maezes -- the state’s top-rated prospect according to MichiganBaseballProspects.org.
“I haven’t put too much thought into (being drafted) That’d be something I’d have to sit down with my family and talk about,” Maezes said. For now, Maezes said, “I’m going to Michigan and valuing that degree highly.”
Maezes has mostly played shortstop in high school and for the Travelers. He is projected as an infielder or outfielder at the college level because of his combination of speed, quickness, arm strength and power at the plate.
Maezes said it doesn’t matter to him much where he ends up in the lineup, just that he hopes to come in and contribute immediately.
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Anna DeMonte, Huron: DeMonte will continue her swimming career at the University of Tennessee. DeMonte has won four individual state titles at Huron and was the state swimmer of the year as a sophomore. DeMonte has exceeded the All-American standard in multiple events many times and has an Olympic Trial-qualifying time in the 200-meter backstroke. She will compete in the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., this July in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The Tennessee assistant coach who recruited DeMonte, Jennifer Woodruff, swam with Huron coach Jenni Wilkening at the University of Michigan
Nikki Flynn, Saline: Flynn will swim at Oakland University. The Hornets swimming and diving team has won two team state titles in Flynn's career and she has been all-state eight times.
Logan Sims, Huron: Sims, a 6-0 center/forward can play the post and step to the outside to shoot 3-pointers, which Huron coach Steve Vinson drew the attention of Missouri-St. Louis.
“From what I understand they needed somebody that could help them down low and so they looked at Logan and in addition to that Logan can step out to the 3-point line,” said Vinson. “That diversity helped he get looked at.”
Sims said she’s happy to get the decision behind her.
“Now I can focus on the team in general and know that I have a place to go after high school,” Sims said.
Adraya "Dray" Garrett, Milan: Garrett will play at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Garrett -- a catcher -- will be the third Big Reds player to join the Titans, along with former teammates Kat Hoffman and Vanessa Garcia, who are currently freshmen with the team.
Cheyenne Brierly, Milan: Brierly will continue her play at Eastern Michigan as a catcher/utility player.
Dylan Swanson, Pioneer: Swanson will play at Detroit-Mercy. There are currently two former Pioneer players playing for the Titans, Adam Nolan and Max Zwolan.
Ty Wellik, Huron/Community: Wellik will continue her rowing career at Michigan. Wellik, who attends Community High, is a four-year letter-winner for the Huron rowing team. She took a silver medal in the women's high school single scull at the 2010 Michigan Club Championships and in 2010 won the gold medal and state title at the 2010 Michigan State Scholastic Championship.