Nick Blankenburg ‘6 Kade Messner’17 – As the fall sports of football, soccer, volleyball, girls swimming, and tennis are winding down, winter sports come along with the cold. Winter sports include boys and girls basketball, hockey, boys swim, and wrestling.
The Varsity Basketball team, coached by Marvin Cushingberry, has high expectations to live up to from the past years success. Last year they went 16-5-0 with a state ranking of 63rd. Although being Mac Red champions, they lost in the first round of districts to a strong Eisenhower team. This year the team is going to rely heavily on Senior guard Brad Sorenson. He is a knock down shooter and a solid ball handler. There will be many younger players complimenting a few important seniors. The team is playing against Utica in their first game of the year at Romeo High school on December 16th at 7:00 p.m.
“This is the type of season where we are rebuilding off of last year and are trying to improve our team on and off the court, I am excited to see how we do,” Junior basketball player, Paul Hurley said.
Led by coach Connie Herndan, the girls’ team is also looking to rebound off of a very good year last season. The girls varsity basketball team went 18-4-0 with a state rank of 33rd. Being in the Mac Red ensures the lady bulldogs schedule will be a competitive one. The girls’ first game of the year is home on December 9th at 7:00 p.m, against Sterling Heights. The girls are looking to have another good season this year after losing in a State playoff game to Port Huron Northern by a score of 45-44.
“We are practicing hard and pushing each other every day because we know that’s the only way we are going to improve,” junior basketball player Taylor Mueller stated. “We have a very tough schedule this season, but I’m looking forward to seeing how much we accomplish by the end of the year.”
Having a new head coach this year, the hockey team is looking to improve to an ever better record than the season before. Last year the team went 22-5-5, winning the Mac White and eventually losing in the district finals to De La Salle. After a lot of change this offseason, including a new coach, new conference, and new captains, they are looking to build off a stellar past year. Last year the hockey team was in the MAC white, but because of their performance, they were moved up to the MAC Red.
“Im looking forward to playing my first High School hockey season this year, I hope I can make a difference and contribute to the team this year,” Sophomore hockey player, Noah Winters stated.
The boys varsity swim team is also in the MAC Red. They are looking to have a successful season this year, emphasizing hard work and determination. It will be exciting to see how they compete in the MAC red this year. The head swim coach is Kendall Peake and the head diving coach is John Pearson. Other coaches are Coach Frederick Fisch and Coach Benjamin Thomson. The boys varsity swim team competes against Brother Rice on December 13th at Waterford Kettering in a Warrior Relay. Last year they had record of 4-2-0. They are looking to build off their recent successes, and do even better this year.
“We’re going to have a good team this year, a small team, but a good team,” Swimmer, Jarrod Nevitt ‘17 admitted. “Everyone swam all year round except for two people on the team, I am very excited.”
Wrestling has started up too, the coaches are Coach Cali and Coach Stably. The wrestling program is a very prestigious program and have a reputation for winning. They have won districts 13 times, County Champs 4 times, MAC Conference Champs 11 times, and Regional Champs 6 times. It will be very exciting to see how they perform in the very challenging Mac Red.
“I am really excited to contribute this year to a team that has a lot of history behind it, now that football is over I am ready to devote myself to wrestling this year and have a good season,” Sophomore wrestler, Austen Malczewski stated.
Winter Sports have a lot to live up too after the incredible past fall sports season, it will be exciting to see how these sports live up too these expectations.