Dexter Athletes Tackle the Next Level

More than a dozen Dexter athletes are playing sports in college. Here is a sneak peek of 12 Dreads who are taking their talents to the next level.

by Squall staff

Senior Tony Seidl, after excelling on the hardwood at DHS, is taking his basketball talents to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  After his four years, he has one memory that stands out from the rest.  “One thing that I will always remember is the buzzer-beater three that I made to win the game on senior night,” he said. “Having people rush the court is something I will never forget.”

Ryan Clements started wrestling in seventh grade in which he continued throughout his time at DHS. Clements will be attending Muskegon Community College where he’s eager to continue his career as a wrestler. Clements said one of the memories he’ll never forget was being the final match dictating the winner of the duel and of course winning for the team. “Making it to States and going to the Palace [this year] was pretty exciting,” Clements said.

After a successful water polo and swimming career at DHS,  Alex Janosi plans on pursuing both sports at the California Institute of Technology.  Janosi was a key swimmer in helping the Dreads win the state championship two years in a row (2015-16 and 2016-17). “The best feeling at high school was winning states two years in a row,” Janosi said, “but I also will remember being the captain of the water polo team.”

Seamus McCurren has suited up for the Dreads varsity team since his sophomore year and has played football since sixth grade.  His impact on the game is seen by all who has watched him play and has earned much respect from his teammates to his peers.  He will be continuing to play football at Kenyon College. “My favorite memory is scoring a 65-yard touchdown against Ypsilanti,” McCurren said. “Next year I’m really excited to play with guys across the country and actually win games.”

Will Feldkamp has had a successful high school wrestling career his senior year placing second in the state finals. The wrestling team captain and state runner-up is committed to wrestle at Northern Illinois University. Winning the SEC title against an opponent who had beat him earlier his sophomore year is Feldkamp’s favorite wrestling memory. Feldkamp amassed more than 100 victories and looks forward to the future.  “I’m looking forward to being challenged, and pushing my limits at the next level.”

Mary Gallagher, a senior on the varsity volleyball team, plans on attending Northwood University and continuing her volleyball career. She has been playing volleyball for 7 years, and throughout those years, her most memorable memory is winning the SEC. “I’m really looking forward to just being a college athlete and taking my game to the next level.”

Megan Niswonger has committed to playing field hockey with Wittenberg University. She has been playing with Dexter since she was in fourth grade. Niswonger’s favorite memory is winning the Division II State Championship against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett her sophomore year. “I’m most looking forward to being apart of a new team and continuing what I love to do,”  Niswonger said.

Emma Tamer is going to the University of Michigan to continue her field hockey career next year. She started her career in fifth grade and is excited to keep playing for the next four years. Looking back at her career in Dexter, she mentioned the state semifinals game, this year, as one of her favorites. “Playing at the next level is something I’m definitely looking forward to and excited about,” she said.

Emily Zeitunian is continuing her soccer career at Michigan Tech. She’s been playing since she was four when she started on the Hamburg rec-ed team. Her best memory was during regionals her junior year when the Lady Dreads crushed the three-time state champs, Richland Gull Lake, 3-0. “I’m really looking forward to playing against my old teammates who also used to play at Dexter,” she said.

Joey Hiser is continuing his football career at Eastern Michigan University. Hiser is excited to play at the next level and has been playing football since first grade. He is looking forward to playing Division I football, which has been a goal of his since he was young. He is excited to make new friends and many more memories. Looking back at his football career he said, “Scoring a 99-yard touchdown against Chelsea is something I’ll never forget.”

The Hope College baseball team gained another young athlete from DHS as Caden Koenig has committed to play baseball at Hope College. Koenig started off playing t-ball when he was four years old. His favorite memory during his 14 years was his junior year when the Dreads won the SEC and also beat Saline, the then-No. 1 team in the state. “I’m excited to play with a bunch of guys I used to play with growing up,” Koenig said.

is excited to play softball at Wittenberg University as well as working on becoming a nurse. She has played softball for eight years. “One of my most memorable moments from softball was during a district game,” she said. “We got delayed and everyone was sliding in the mud and enjoying themselves. I will never forget that.” She is looking forward to the great experiences she will have from getting the opportunity to play at the next level.