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.
Senior Trevor Lotz also has a lot to bring to the team. He’s the most confident player on the team. Lotz recently re-injured his knee, but this hasn’t slowed his energy or prevented him from being apart of the team.
“There are a lot of things I love about this team,” Lotz said. “With Kris in net, Logan Eggleston playing with us, and such a close group of guys, I really like our chances.”
The tight-knittedness of the team stems from one thing in particular, Lotz told The Squall: shower time. Yes, this may sound odd, but to the team it’s a weirdly bonding factor.
“You know, showering as a team brings us together as a family,” Lotz said. With new stars, showering hijinks, and high expectations, this team is hoping to turn heads this season.
Men’s Swim and Dive
The Men’s Swim and Dive team is prepared to win SECs, and possibly states, this upcoming season. They have started this 2017-18 season at 1-0, beating Milan 155-52. The majority of the team has prepared by participating in Club Wolverine, DCAC, water polo, and many morning and afternoon practices. Considering all of the effort the team has put in, this season should be the best one yet.
“I think that we have a good chance of winning states if more kids get state cuts,” junior Nik Eberly said.
Eberly plans to re-break the Dexter pool record for the 100 butterfly of 51 seconds. Also, he plans to break the varsity record for the 100 fly. Eberly’s goals will help advance the team closer to winning states and achieving their goals.
The wrestling team plans to rebuild their program this season by competing with mostly young players. They plan to begin this season by strengthening and bettering their younger wrestlers. With 11 underclassmen on varsity, the Dreads plan to compete the best they can. Dexter is 2-2 after two dual meets.
One of the sophomore stars is Jasper Howell. He is expecting to have a successful season this year, considering his experience on varsity from his freshman year.
“We have the makings of something special in the coming years,” Howell said. “Just watch. Dexter in two years will be right there for a state title.”
The team’s goal is to win the SEC conference. Without a doubt, many people are excited to see the how well the Dreadnaught wrestling program performs in 2017-18.
The Women’s Varsity Basketball team has a great season ahead of them. Last year, the team only had one senior and lost the first game in playoffs against Huron. This was an upset to the team, but also motivates them to go further this season. The Lady Dreads are off to a strong start at 3-2 on the year.
The team this year has many new varsity players, including some underclassmen. They see themselves having a successful season, considering all the effort and hard work they have put in. One of the ways the team has put in work is their summer practices that were held four times a week.
“I see the team going farther than last season. We have a lot of skilled players and have done a lot to prepare,” junior Kendall Roosevelt said.
Also, the team got new Nike uniforms and Jordan practice jerseys. This is the first time they have had maroon jerseys in a while. As a way of showing their unity, the team always buys the same pair of shoes.
The men’s basketball team has similar plans to the women’s team. This senior-led group with lots of varsity experience looks to finally make a big jump this season. This team is well-motivated, which stems from the strong coaching staff. Hours of work have been dedicated towards tough, good basketball.
“Coach knows exactly how to push us the next level,” junior Jake Avery said.
The next level for this team is that toughness needed to move the team. Coach Tim Cain, now in his third year at Dexter, practices a style of basketball based all around hustle. The key for this basketball team is doing the little things, like hustle plays and diving in the court. The Dreads (0-3) are off to a rough start, but they have been competitive in all three games, losing a pair of games by two points.