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Cranbrook's Najarian, Brother Rice's Alessi take home prestigious awards WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood's Alexandria Najarian (second from right) and Birmingham Brother Rice's Jason Alessi (right) were winners of the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award Monday night. The college winners were (left) Connor Jaeger of Michigan and Kristen Kelsay of Michigan State (second from left). (Photo contributed)
  • Cranbrook's Alexandria Najarian won the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award Monday night. She is a three-time defending state tennis champion for the Cranes. She will begin her quest for a fourth-straight title Thursday when regional play begins. (Photo contributed)
  • Asia Doss of Birmingham Detroit Country Day was a finalists for the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Athletic Club)
  • Michelle Manning of Birmingham Detroit Country Day was a finalists for the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Athletic Club)
  • Sammie Stevens of Birmingham Brother Rice was a finalists for the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Athletic Club)
  • Taylor Timko of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep was a finalists for the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Athletic Club)
Call it a clean sweep.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood's Alexandria Najarian and Birmingham Brother Rice's Jason Alessi each took home the 2014 High School Athlete of the Year Award Monday night in downtown Detroit.

The award, sponsored by the Detroit Athletic Club, honors the top senior male and female student-athlete based on merits in athletics, academics and recognized citizenship.

Najarian and Alessi were among 12 finalists for the annual award - six male and six female - from across the state. Four other Oakland County athletes were also nominated: Asia Doss (Country Day), Michelle Manning (Country Day), Sammie Stevens (Brother Rice) and Taylor Timko (Notre Dame Prep).

It marks the third straight year the award was won by an Oakland County female athlete. Last year, Country Day's Kendall Baisden took home the award. In 2012, Stoney Creek's Gabby Yurik was honored.

Najarian is a four-year letter-winner for the Cranes' tennis team. She is an unbeaten three-time state champion (going for No. 4 this year) who has led her team to three-consecutive Division 3 state titles as well. The senior is the top-ranked player in Michigan and currently ranked among the top-10 in the country in her class. She will attend and play tennis for the University of Michigan.

Alessi is a two-sport star for Brother Rice. An All-American lacrosse player for the Warriors, Alessi will play football for Yale University. His Warrior teams are three-time state football and lacrosse state champions. He'll be going for lacrosse title No. 4 this spring.



Last Updated: 5/14/2014 12:45:43 PM EST

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