WHITMORE LAKE – Whitmore Lake prides itself on being a small town with big talent.
There have been athletes from Whitmore Lake that made a name for themselves in several sports, etching their names in the Trojan record books.
After finishing as one of the top two vote-getters in last week’s MLive fan poll with Milan, the best Trojan athletes will now get their moment to shine.
Whitmore Lake is next up in the weekly MLive project that features Ann Arbor-area high school’s Top 5 greatest athletes since 2000.
With the help of statistics, accolades and nominations from coaches, administrators and supporters of the athletic programs at Whitmore Lake, we have put together a list of the best Trojan athletes in the past 20 years.
Now, it’s time to see which athletes received recognition.
DEAN HAMLIN, CLASS OF 2007
Hamlin competed in three sports for the Trojans. He starred at quarterback where he was a three-time all-conference performer and holds the record for career passing yards, career and single-season touchdown passes as well as the record for longest field goal made. He was also a four-year starter on the baseball team where he was named all-conference as a catcher in 2007. Hamlin was also a contributor to the basketball team.
ZACH CARPENTER, CLASS OF 2010
Carpenter’s named is littered throughout the track and cross country record books at Whitmore Lake. He holds the school record for the 1,600-meter run (4-minutes, 21.29-seconds) and the 3,200 (9:36.26) in track along with the 3,200 (10:50) record and 4,800 (15:54) record in cross country. Carpenter was a four-time All-State and four-time all-conference honoree in cross country and helped the Trojans win four conference titles. He then attended Portland State where he competed in both sports, earning Rookie of the Year honors for the 2010-2011 season.
STEVEN MACHIN, CLASS OF 2010
Machin was as successful of an athlete as Whitmore Lake has had in the past 20 years. He won the Division 3 state title and set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles in 2010 with a time of 14.31-seconds. He also holds school records in the 100 (10.8), 200 (22.7), 60 hurdles (9.0) and 300 hurdles (39.3) and he’s also a member of the 800 relay record-setting team.
EVAN ROMEO, CLASS OF 2020
Romeo was one of the catalysts in restoring glory to Whitmore Lake’s football program last season. He finished his Whitmore Lake career ranked second all-time in rushing yards with 2,598 and ranked third all-time in rushing yards in a single season as he tallied 1,333 yards as a senior in 2019 to help the team win its first playoff game since 2006. He was a two-time all-conference performer and was named the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference MVP last season as well. He also competed in various events for the track and field team as a Trojan.
RACHEL SPECK, CLASS OF 2019
Speck is arguably the best volleyball player from Whitmore Lake in some time. A four-year letterwinner for the Trojans in volleyball, Speck earned all-state recognition in her junior and senior seasons. She led Whitmore Lake to a district title during her junior season and she set school records in hitting percentage and blocks. She was also an all-conference performer in track and field. She now plays volleyball at Division I program Valparaiso.