Chase Arendts ‘17: Adding on to a successful year of sports, Romeo closed the winter sports season with another state championship and more outstanding seasons.
“I put my everything into this game,” Nolan Kare ‘17 said. “To be able to come out on top was so sweet.”
Finishing number one in Division Two ice hockey, varsity hockey won the State Championship, beating Livonia Stevenson 6-4. Finishing the season with only two losses and one tie, the Bulldogs ended the season with an outstanding overall record of 27-2-1. This was Romeo’s first state championship in hockey, adding a third to the two other championships Romeo won in the last two years.
Earning all-state honors for Romeo was captain Nick Blankenberg ‘16, Logan Jenuwine ‘16, and goalie Nolan Kare ‘17.
“I had a lot of fun,” Paul Hurley ‘16 said. “Winning two playoffs games was awesome after our regular season. I hadn’t been on the team to see a playoff win in either of the last two seasons.”
Although only having a 8-15 overall record, varsity boys basketball finished the season strong, making it to the district finals. Advancing to their first district finals in the past three years, Romeo lost to the Dakota Cougars, ending their season. Romeo looks to further their success next season, hoping to pass the district finals next year.
“It is kind of surreal that we will never play a game together again,” Taylor Mueller ‘16 said. “I’m going to miss the memories and the bond I’ve made with my teammates over the years.”
Varsity girls basketball finished their season a game over .500, with a 12-11 record. The girls followed in the boy’s footsteps also making it the district finals game. Unfortunately, the girls finished with the same outcome as the boys, losing to Port Huron Northern to end the season. With strong freshmen and sophomores the Bulldogs should be able to further their success in upcoming seasons.
Continuing a strong program, wrestling once again finished with a successful season. Standouts in the wrestling were Austen Malczewski ‘17, Trevor Houghton ‘17, Bryan Carie ‘17, and Dominic Todaro ‘19. Malczewski, Houghton, and Carie all lost in the blood rounds of the regional meet. Freshman Dominic Todaro made it to states, but did not finish with all-state honors, going 0-2 in the state meet.
Enjoying success for the varsity boys swim team was Brandon Page ‘17, Cole Whitecap ‘16, and William Spencer ‘16. Each of these student athletes made it to the state finals meet finishing an outstanding year.
Boys and girls bowling also competed in the winter sports season. Only Krystal Radzikowski ‘17 made it to states for bowling, where she placed 23rd overall.
Although cheering for the football team in the fall, the competitive season of cheer started in the winter. Gathering some success throughout the competitive season, cheer placed 7h in their final competition of the year.
Continuing a tradition of dominance in sports, Romeo hopes to keep winning as the spring sports season approaches.