Kenneth Borycz ‘18, Adam Sebastian ‘19, Justin McNulty ‘20, & Bryce Tinson ‘20:
The spring season begins for seven different teams, including Girls Soccer, Lacrosse, Boys Golf, Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, and Girls Tennis. Many of these teams bring back lots of experience and anticipate a long playoff run; hopefully resulting in a State Championship.
Kenneth Borycz ‘18:
Baseball: The varsity baseball team is looking to avenge their 17-15 record in 2017 and start the 2018 season off with a grand slam.The Bulldogs welcome seventeen members to this year’s team, with eight players returning. Seven seniors are returning to the team, including: Dario Bollini, Jack Durham, Alexander Randall, Nathan Rinke, Christian Smith, Matthew Staelgraeve, and Rhett Stahovec. The Bulldogs open their season on Thursday, March 22 against the Utica Chieftains. The game is going to be held at Utica due to Romeo’s snowy field.
“I am excited for the season because it is my senior year and I have a lot to prove,” Christian Smith ‘18 said. “The goal this year is to be district champs and I think we can accomplish that.”
Smith added the trust he has with his team” I think we have potential to be great.”
The Bulldog’s season includes playing their rival, Eisenhower High School, twice, as well as playing at Comerica Park on May 3 at against Bloomfield Hills High School.
Softball: With a 9-21 record in 2017, the Bulldogs are looking to extend the success of the 2014 MHSAA Division 1 regional champions in 2018. The varsity squad welcomes 12 new members to this year’s team with six returning players. Two of the returning players are seniors: Darcy Bieniek and Rachel Sweet. The softball team opens their season with an away game at Sterling Heights Stevenson on Wednesday, March 28.
“I am excited to just get out there and play the game,” Jordyn Chapman ‘19 said. “Our team is looking pretty good.”
The season includes rivalry games against both Eisenhower and Dakota High Schools and a tournament at home, Strikeout for Homelessness on May 19.
Adam Sebastian ‘19:
Girls Soccer: With springs sports getting underway, the girls soccer team begins their preparations for an exciting upcoming season. The team boasts plenty of experience; most of which comes from the eleven returning seniors from last year’s team. The team battles the likes of Dakota High School, Utica High School, and Fraser High School among others twice a year while competing in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. A team with a majority of seniors remains excited to play their last season together.
“[I am excited] to play my last season with all my friends,” Amber Flinn ‘18 said. “[We would like] to win the MAC White this year.”
The team began preparations for the long season wayback during the winter sports season. The team used various forms of conditioning and weeknight games in order to prepare for the season.
“We began in January,” Flinn said. “We played games on Wednesday nights and workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
The team begins their inaugural season at the newly renovated Barnabo Field by hosting Rochester High School Monday, March 26 at 7:00.
Justin McNulty ’20:
Lacrosse: Romeo Lacrosse kicks off the 2018 season on March 23rd, when they take on the Crusaders of L’anse Creuse North. The Bulldogs look to start off the season on a hot streak and hope to be victorious in all four of their games before spring break. Key players to keep an eye on for this season include Tyler Sienkiewicz ‘18, Wyatt Nedbal ‘18 as well as Eric Fraeyman ‘19.
“Our ultimate goal for this season should be to make maximize our potential and work towards winning a Regional Championship,” Logan Iafrate ‘20 stated. “If all the players click, we should have the talent to be a top team in the MAC and make a deep playoff run.”
Stay tuned for more lacrosse updates throughout the season and be sure to check out the team Friday, March 23 for their first game at Barnabo.
Golf: The boy’s Bulldog golf team gets their season underway on April 12 with a match against rival school, Eisenhower. The match takes place at Greystone Golf Club, which serves as Romeo’s home course for the upcoming season. The golf team is scheduled to have 11 matches and face Ike twice this season.
“The vision for this season is too obviously win as many matches as possible and hopefully come out on top of our division,” Benjamin Weber ‘20 said. “We also expect to have some individual team members qualify for states this season and hope to represent Romeo well.”
Romeo golf seems to be preparing for yet another successful season and focus all their attention on league play, which begins after Spring Break.
Bryce Tinson ‘20:
Track: This year’s track team has a lot to live up to. Last year’s team put a high jumper, a girls 4×800 team, a discus thrower, a shot putter, a 100m runner, and a guys 4×400 team in the state meet. They feel confident that they will have an even better year with a lot of returning experience. John Jackman ‘19 looks to repeat his state qualifier in the 100m. The guys 4×400 team returns Jacob Blanchard ‘20 and Bailey Kamego ‘18 who are looking even better this year. The girls 4×800 also returns two runners, in Maddy Malczewski ‘20 and Sydney Goodrich ‘20, who get better every year.
“We feel really good about this year’s team” Blanchard said. “We are able to have depth at a lot of events, and it gives us a lot of confidence.
Their first meet is Wednesday, April 11 where they look to start the season on the right note with a win against Stevenson.
Tennis: The girls tennis team is coming off a promising year. They return most of their team from last year looking to improve on last year record. The young core of players looks to show that they are here to stay and build a dynasty.
“The amount of experience we have this year is great,” Erika Verellen ‘20 said. “This is the year we hope to do a lot within the conference and state.”
The girls first game is Thursday, March 22 at home against Richmond.
Good luck to all teams this upcoming spring season! Stay tuned for updates throughout the season.