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Several local athletes nominated for Detroit Athletic Club athlete of the year award

  • Asia Doss, Birmingham Detroit Country Day - MIPrepZone file photo.
  • Alexandria Najarian, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood - MIPrepZone file photo.
  • Jason Alessi, Birmingham Brother Rice - MIPrepZone file photo.
  • Sammy Stevens, Birmingham Brother Rice - MIPrepZone file photo.
  • Taylor Timko, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep - MIPrepZone file photo.

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The Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) announced the 12 finalists - six boys and six girls - for the 2014 Michigan High School Athlete of the Year on Friday.

Of the six female finalists, four are from Oakland County. Birmingham Detroit Country Day's Asia Doss and Michelle Manning, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood's Alexandria Najarian and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Taylor Timko were joined by Forest Park's Alexis Gussert and Berrien Springs' Holly Toliver.

The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony at the DAC on May 12.

Also, a pair of Oakland County male athletes were among six finalists. Birmingham Brother Rice's Jason Alessi and Sammy Stevens were nominated. They join Kalamazoo Loy Norrix's Davis Crocker, St. Johns' Zac Hall, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist's Evan Kraatz and Dearborn's Bearooz Yacoobi as finalists. All finalists are seniors.

Doss (Ohio State) led Country Day to a 23-2 record this season and finished fourth in the Miss Basketball voting. Manning (Northwestern), a first-team all-state selection last spring, will be wrapping up her high school career this spring for the Yellowjackets.

Cranbrook's Najarian is a three-time undefeated state singles champion at No. 1 singles. Currently ranked as the No. 9 player in the country (in her class) according to TennisRecruiting.net, she's signed with the University of Michigan.

Timko, a senior for the Fighting Irish, is one of the preseason favorites to win the Miss Soccer award this spring. She scored 39 goals last year and led her team to the Division 3 state championship game. She was also the kicker for the varsity football team.

Alessi, who set the single-season record for field goals made in a season this past fall for the football team, is set to finish up his high school lacrosse career this spring. The All-American (lacrosse) player is committed to play football for Yale.

Stevens, a catcher for the Brother Rice baseball team, batted .486 last season and earned first-team all-state honors. He'll play his college ball at Georgetown.

Country Day's Kendall Baisden was the female recipient of the award in 2013.

Last Updated: 4/6/2014 8:31:15 PM EST

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