With high expectations for many teams, the Dreadnaughts
have sights set on various titles
By Jacoby Haley & Jillian Chesney
The 2017-18 winter sports season is going to be something to watch for Dexter, with young star athletes in the sports, talented coaching staff looking to make improvements, and a men’s swim program poised to make a consecutive state title run. All in all, the Dreads are something to be excited about in the coming months.
Following last year when they ended their season early by losing in the first rounds of playoffs. This was disappointing for the boys, but this motivates them to move even further this year. Starting off this season 6-2, with their only losses were against Skyline and Chelsea, the Dreads are looking more solid now than ever. Their success starts with their freshman goalie, Kris Eberly. Eberly is strong and able to bring a new level of confidence to the team because of his previous experience on high-level teams. Continue reading “Winter Sports Briefs”
By Michael Bradshaw
Experience. Focus. Chemistry.
These are all ingredients the Dexter Women’s Swim and Dive team had. Now the Dreads can call themselves Division 2 State Champions.
Coaches: Tim Fortescue and Mike Kedroske
Record last year: 11-10, Lost in district semi-final
Key returning players: Seniors Derek Seidl, Brandon Bednarz, London Truman and Kyle Van Dusen, juniors Brian Condron, Adam Sikorski and Ben Kill
Key additions: Juniors Zac Sharp and Noah Mellifont
The team will be looking to build off its winning season from a year ago as they have an experienced group returning this season.“I expect a winning season and hopefully to go far in districts,” junior Ben Kill said. The most significant difference for the team this year will be their new coach Tim Fortescue who took over for long-time coach Randy Swoverland just two weeks prior to the season. “I like him, I think he will do a great job,” junior Brian Condron said of Fortescue. The team opens the season on the road against Brighton on Dec.10, with the home opener being Saturday, Dec. 14 against Brooklyn Columbia Central.
Coaches: Mike Bavineau and Lauren Thompson
Record last year: 23-4, Lost in final four
Key returning players: Seniors Morgan Van Hoof and sophomore Taylor Olson
Additions: Sophomores Hannah Wing, Shelbea James, Cayla Schlaff, Katie Tewksbury, Anna Love and Amanda Felicia
The team enters this season coming off its best season in program history. Last year’s senior-heavy squad made a run all the way to the final four before falling to Grosse Pointe South. With only three of the 10 players from the team returning, the expectations have to be tampered. “We expect to win most of our games but we probably won’t go as far as last year,” sophomore Taylor Olson said. In regard to the young team senior Morgan Van Hoof said, “It’s a fresh start with a lot of new girls and there is a lot of learning to be done. We still have a target on our back and an expectation to carry on from last year.” The team opens its season at home against Plymouth on Dec. 3.
Coach: Brian Sippits
Record last year: 10-12-1, Lost in districts
Key returners: Ben Grover, Tristin Rojeck, Bryan Tuzinowski, Freddy Burke
Key additions: Sophomores Wes Gilbert and EJ Gilbert
The team is coming into this season off an up-and-down season a year ago and hope to have a more consistent season led by their experienced senior captains Ben Grover, Tristin Rojeck and Bryan Tuzinowski. Grover said, “My expectations are pretty high because we have a lot of talent and most of the guys want to win as much as we need to want to win. The hockey team opened its season on Nov. 20 with a home victory against Pinckney, 6-3. The play again on Nov. 22 and 23 in the Dreadnaught Classic at Vetts.
Boys swim and dive
Coach: Mike Mchugh
Finish last year: Won SEC, fourth in state
Key returners: Seniors Jack Donovan, Jake Killian, Andrew Watson, Junior Andrew Pek and sophomores Jimmy Morgan, Robby Zofchak and David Merz
The team is coming off a fourth place finish in the state a year ago. Despite the loss of a successful senior class, the expectations are not being lowered at all according to senior Jack Donovan: “I expect to win SECs and go top four in states again.” Outside of the team success over the past few years (including a state title in 2012), there have been some top personal performances and that is expected to continue into this season as well. Junior Andrew Pek, for instance, said, “I’m hoping to be top eight in the state in butterfly and backstroke. This team works really hard, and if we do, we can do great things.” The team opens the season with the Midland Dow Invite on Dec. 10.
Coaches: Kurt Phelps and Jeff Oesch
Finish last year: Lost in districts
Key returners: Senior Zeke Breuninger, junior Larry Gotcher
Key additions: Sophomore Daniel Colon
The team comes into this season hoping to build off its season last year. The team is lead by senior Zeke Breuninger who said, “We’re hoping to win districts as a team this year because we definitely had a chance to last year.” One of the key performers for this season is expected to be junior Larry Gotcher who said, “We have a good base to build off and we are looking to work hard and get better as the season goes on.” Breuninger said he hopes to build off a good season last year in which he finished eighth in the state in his weight class. He said, “I’m hoping to finish in the top three in the state meet this season.” The wrestling team begins the season on Dec. 7 at Howell.