National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

2018 NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL draft has come and gone and now it’s time to take a look at teams that are sitting the best after 256 picks. One of the teams that performed the best in the draft was the New York Giants. GM Dave Gettleman picked up Penn State RB Saquon Barkley who will have a major impact on the team along with G Will Hernandez and an OLB Lorenzo Carter, combined will make for an impressive offensive line. The Atlanta Falcons were looking to double down on an already impressive roster with GM Thomas Dimitroff picking up WR Calvin Ridley and CB Isaiah Oliver will both have significant impacts on the team’s future. The Chicago Bears picked up some very talented players which includes possibly one of the draft’s best linebackers, Georgia’s Roquan Smith. Also nabbing a great center, Iowa’s James Daniels. All three of these teams are going to have great seasons next year and compete for a chance to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

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JV Strikes Out

Dexter softball starts the 2018 season with only a varsity team, making the program’s future a bit murky

By Evelyn Maxey and Bailey Welshans

More than two months after tryouts and as the season is winding down, people are still talking about the controversy surrounding the softball team.

Based on a variety of factors, softball Head Coach Tim Kimball’s decision to eliminate the junior varsity team for the 2018 season created quite the storm.

Having one softball team was not on the initial agenda, but as tryouts played out, it seemed that would end up being the result. Despite Athletic Director Mike Bavineau and Kimball’s efforts to recruit new players — even going as far as to ask students that play other spring sports to fill in if there was a player shortage — they did not end up with the results they wished for.

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Dexter Women’s Water Polo Seeding Tournament

Last weekend the Dexter women’s water polo team competed in the District 4 Seeding Tournament at Saline High School. Their first game was on Friday the 27th and they played against Walled Lake. The Dreads won this game with a score of  17-3. The next day the Dreads played Ann Arbor Huron and lost with a score of 5-11. Later in the day, Dexter competed against the Skyline eagles and suffered a tough loss of 2-12. This brought their record to 8 wins and 10 losses. “We put up a tough fight, but we just weren’t really on our game Saturday,” said junior Allison Wyka, one of the team’s main scorers. Dexter will next face Ann Arbor Pioneer tonight at home for another seeding game.

Dexter Women’s Water Polo Suffers a Loss to Pioneer

On May 3rd, The Dexter Women’s Water Polo team competed against Ann Arbor Pioneer at home. The Dreads put up a good fight, but they ended up losing to Pioneer with a score of 6-7 in a District seeding game. This brought the Dread’s record to 8 wins and 11 losses. “It was a really close game, we just couldn’t pull out the win,” said senior Hannah Quist. The team will next face off against Birmingham Seaholm at home next Tuesday. This will not be a district seeding game.

Baseball sits at .500 despite playing in frigid temps

The Dexter Men’s baseball team is 2-2 over its first four games, braving the rough weather and surviving four or five cancellations.

In the season opener on April 5, Dexter split a doubleheader at Canton. The Dreads lost the first game 9-1 before winning the second game 8-2.

“In the first game, we just couldn’t hit or field at all,” junior infielder David Kreske said. “In the second game, we jumped on them early and got two runs quick and just continued from there.”

On Tuesday, Dexter split a doubleheader against Bedford. The Dreads took the opening game 2-0 but lost the second game 8-6.

“[Ryan Schoch] threw a lot of strikes and kept the ball down in the zone in the first game,” Kreske said. “They didn’t get many hits. In the second game, we just didn’t do well pitching-wise. They got a bunch of dinkers and we had a bunch of errors. We gave it to them.”

Up Next: The Dreads have a doubleheader against Milford tonight beginning at 4 p.m.

Women’s Soccer outscores Lincoln and Chelsea by a combined score of 14-0

In the beginning of the week, the Dexter women’s soccer team played Lincoln. They won the first half by a mercy by scoring 8 goals – the other team scored zero. It was clear who was the better team, considering they only played one half. The girls stayed on their level and didn’t drop to the level of the other team.

On Wednesday, the Dreads played Chelsea, Dexter’s biggest rival. Dexter scored early in the game, which made they energetic — their morale was high. Through great teamwork, the girls beat Chelsea 6-0. Senior Sammy Corcoran had a hat trick, scoring half of the goals.

Next Up: Dexter (2-0) hosts Tecumseh at noon on Saturday.

Dexter Water Polo Falls to Saline

One day after beating Lake Orion on Tuesday in a sloppy game 7-6, the Dexter women’s water polo team lost to the Saline Hornets 11-4 at the Saline pool. Junior Allison Wyka led the Dreadnaughts with two goals, but the Hornets were the stronger team. The Dreads also committed a season-high 20 turnovers in the game.

Up Next: Dexter (6-6) takes part in the East Lansing Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Dexter opens with a 4 p.m. game against Mason.

Athletes in the Crowd

With the winter season coming to a close, Dexter’s spring athletes are prepared and ready to represent their school.

By Stephen Sterlitz
Photo by Stephen Sterlitz

Senior Skylar Waddington (Women’s Lacrosse): Skylar Waddington and her fellow seniors have some big shoes to fill, but are ready to overcome any challenges that may come their way. Waddington has been preparing for her last season as a Dreadnaught by practicing with A2 Lax and going to open gyms to keep her skills sharp. Waddington and her sisters plan to lead the team with confidence. She also has high hopes to inspire her fellow teammates to step up and contribute. Her goals this season involve beating Pioneer, and getting further in the playoffs. A few rivals the Lady Dreads face are Skyline and Huron. “It would feel good to beat them,” Waddington said. “We played in the past and lost, and I have friends on the teams.”

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National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

By Michael Waltz

Winter Olympics Results

As the 23rd Winter Olympic games have come to an end, there are many amazing moments to look back on. The U.S. finished the competition with 23 medals which put them in 4th place behind Canada (29), Germany (31), and Norway (39). In women’s snowboarding halfpipe, 17-year-old Chloe Kim took home the gold for the U.S.A. after landing back-to-back 1080s, a first in women’s Olympic history. Shaun White pulled off an amazing run in halfpipe to score his third Olympic gold medal. The U.S. women’s Hockey team beat longtime rival Canada in an overtime shootout to win gold, ending a 20-year medal drought. The biggest shocker of the Olympics was the first ever gold for the U.S. Men’s Curling team after beating top-ranked Sweden. Although this wasn’t one of the best Olympic Games for the U.S, it definitely had its fair share of memorable moments.

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Dexter bounced from playoffs by Huron

By Kellen Porter

The Dexter men’s basketball team season ended yesterday, falling to the Huron River Rats 43-28. It was a tough loss for the Dreads, as hard as they tried to get stops on defense they were not able to make a shot.

“I feel bad for the seniors,” sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said. “It was a tough loss, but we will be back next year.”