A Disappointing NBA Playoffs

By Riley Gore


The 2015-16 season has been a season of change for the NBA. The Golden State Warriors went 73-9, Kobe Bryant played his final NBA season, and new stars are beginning to emerge.

Being a big NBA fan (Pistons especially), I had a great time following the NBA season. I thought All-Star weekend was well put together, my two favorite teams had great seasons that weren’t expected, and everything seemed to be shaping up to make a great month of playoffs. I couldn’t be more ready.

I bought my Pistons tickets for game three and game four a month in advance, the day they were released to the public. All I wanted to see was the Pistons get one home win, and to see LeBron lose. Being the eighth seed, I wasn’t expecting a series win, all I asked for was one game.

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DEXSWIM Strikes Again

The Dexter Men’s Swim and Dive team captures a state title to join the Women’s team as 2015-16 champions
By Lizzy Merriman

It’s 3:42 p.m. The next three minutes will decide how Dexter leaves the pool: champions, or runner-ups. Bending down to grip the block just seconds before the gun, adrenaline pumps through the veins of everyone in the room. One false move will end you, one negative thought could destroy you.

“Take your mark… BEEP!” Suddenly shouts and whistles fill the natatorium. For some, this race completes a swimming career, for others it decides their future. The pressure under each and every athlete to win the title for the team, their coach, and themselves is unimaginable and enough to overload their already-exhausted bodies and brains.

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March Madness 2016

By Nick LeBlanc

March is the season for madness.  Especially with teams hitting buzzer beaters to advance to the next round, like Wisconsin and Northern Iowa, or teams completely breaking down to end their journey to the title, also like Northern Iowa. The madness also resides with this year’s upsets, which have created busted brackets and a busted morale.  Just talk to any Michigan State fan.

The biggest upset of this year’s March Madness, which I briefly mentioned already, was when No. 2 seed Michigan State lost to No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State. MSU was the co-favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans’ loss led to busted brackets and busted dreams of thousands of people hoping to finally win a March Madness pool.

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3-Sport Athlete: A Rapid Decline

By Nick LeBlanc

The years of not caring about grades are over. In turn, the years of three sport athletes are over.

Being accepted into college has become so competitive that sports have began taking a back seat. Due to the rigor of many student’s schedules, and the commitment required from playing a sport, students are forced to give up playing sports they love to make sure they get the best grades possible to stay competitive in the hunt for college.

Junior Rylee Kim, who used to play three sports but had to quit basketball to manage the workload of academics, is a prime example on how heavy the era of competitiveness has hit Dexter High School.

“Sometimes I had multiple sports going on at one time, so I had to drop a sport to spend more time on academics so I wouldn’t feel as overwhelmed,” Kim said.

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‘WE ARE’ Dreadnaught Basketball

Women’s varsity basketball team looks to relive 2013 run to the Breslin Center
By Caden Koenig & Lizzy Merriman

In 2013, the women’s varsity basketball team fought their way to the Breslin Center in East Lansing to compete in the state’s Final Four.

It has been three years since this accomplishment and the Dreads have continued to be a formidable squad. This season, Dexter has an impressive 18-1 record, turning the typical far-fetched goal of state championship into a realistic possibility.

Since freshman year, current seniors have made it a personal goal to go back to the Breslin Center. Being on that final four team, senior guard Taylor Olson knows what it takes to get back.

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Curling Club founders make most of obscure sport, hope to leave lasting legacy at DHS

By Riley Gore & Conor Van Dusen

Curling has an interesting history. The peculiar sport was initially conceived in medieval Scotland, and has only been an Olympic Winter Sport since 1998. Curling’s obscurity and uniqueness has enabled it to develop a sort of cult following, particularly in Canada and Scandinavian countries. The distinct nature of Curling is also what inspired a group of inventive students to create the Dexter High School Curling Club (DHSCC).

“To me, curling is a very unique sport,” said Seth Greenfield, one of the founders of the DHSCC. “It seemed very fun for us to get out there and do it, as well inform other people about it.”

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Competitive Cheer

Dreads record a season-high score at Gibralter Carlson District, excited for future of the sport
By Jesse Linton

For the first time in Dexter High School history there is a competitive cheerleading team.

Competitive cheer is a sport that is often over- looked, and although some may say that it looks easy, participants disagree.

“The variation of cheer is a lot more intense and takes way more dedication, commitment, and tireless hours of practice,” sophomore Emily O’Keefe said.

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