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Several Downriver-area male basketball players earn All-State honors – The News Herald

Michigan’s Associated Press recently announced its all-state selections for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season and several Downriver-area players were honored.

In Division 3, three players from Ecorse were selected to the all-state team along with two players from Riverview Gabriel Richard.

From Ecorse, junior Malik Olafioye earned first-team all-state honors while senior Derrick Kemp was named to second-team and junior Kenneth Morrast Jr. was an all-state honorable mention. The trio helped guide the Red Raiders to the D3 semi-finals.

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Riverview Gabriel Richard senior Michael Calhoun goes up for a shot during the February CHSL Semi-Final against Madison Heights Bishop Foley at Birmingham Marian. Calhoun earned second-team all-state D3 honors and teammate Nick Szczechowski earned an all-state honorable mention. (MATTHEW B. MOWERY — MediaNews Group)

Richard senior Michael Calhoun was named to the States second team in D3 while teammate and fellow 12th Nick Szczechowski received an honorable mention. The duo helped lead the Pioneers to a 19-1 overall record and a Catholic League championship.

In D2, Romulus Summit Academy had two players picked for the all-state team and Flat Rock had one selection.

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Romulus Summit Academy junior James Wright stops a ball going out of bounds during a D2 regional semi-final against Ida at Carleton Airport in March. Wright recently earned second-team all-state honors for 2021-22 and teammate Dontez Scott earned an honorable mention. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

Summit junior James Wright was a second-team all-state pick and second Dontez Scott earned an honorable mention. Wright and Scott helped the Dragons win a district title as well as an overall Charter School Conference championship and a 21-2 record.

From Flat Rock, freshman Graham Junge earned an all-state honorable mention. Additionally, Flat Rock head coach Rick Smith was among eight coaches recognized by the Michigan AP in D2. In 2021-22, the Rams won the Huron League championship, reached the district title game, and finished with a 17-5 overall record.

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Flat Rock freshman Graham Junge walks onto the field during the district championship game in March against host Romulus Summit Academy. Junge was an all-state honorable mention in D2 for the 2021-22 season while Rams coach Rick Smith was also recognized. (Rayvon Miles-Smith – For MediaNews Group)

In D1, two players from River Rouge and one from Woodhaven claimed a spot on the all-state team.

Rouge senior Tyler Hamilton and 12th grader Zion Cooper each received an all-state honorable mention. The pair helped lead the 2021-22 Panthers team to an overall record of 17-4.

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River Rouge senior Zion Cooper (1) charges to the basket during a game at Dearborn Advanced Tech in January. Cooper and teammate Tyler Hamilton each picked up an all-state honorable mention for the 2021-22 season. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

From Woodhaven, senior Elisha Warren earned an all-state honorable mention. Warren helped guide the Warriors to league and district championships with a 19-5 overall record.

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Woodhaven elder Elisha Warren dives the ball during a D1 regional semi-final in March against Lincoln Park at River Rouge. Warren recently received an honorable mention for all states. (Terry Jacoby – For MediaNews Group)