Issue 5 AITC

Nearing the postseason, here is a close look into some Dreadnaught athletes and their hard work

By Stephen Sterlitz
Senior Brady Rosen going for a block against Brighton. Photo by Taylor Wilson.

Rosen is no stranger to the varsity basketball environment, contributing to the team since his sophomore year. The Dexter men’s basketball team is currently 8-4, a superb record only half way into the season. Rosen is a big contributor to his team’s success with 12 points and 8 rebounds a game. Rosen hopes to pursue a college basketball career in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at the Division III level. On Thursday, Rosen received his first official college offer from Defiance College, a D3 school in Ohio. The team’s goal this year is to win the Southeastern Conference White Division. “It would be the first time in a long time,” Rosen said. “It would feel great.”

Photo by Stephen Sterlitz

Aceves has been wrestling for six years, making him one of the more experienced athletes on Dexter’s wrestling team. The Dreadnaughts have suffered only a few losses in their season, making them a dominant force in their league. Aceves is currently 20-4, a stupendous record for his senior year. Aceves has no current plans to continue wrestling at the college level, but still hasn’t ruled it out and is maintaining the potential to walk-on. The team goal the wrestling team has their sights set on is a district title, a remarkable feat in a competitive conference. Aceves’ personal goal is to make it past regionals. “It would mean that I took a bigger step forward than last year and it would feel great,” Aceves said.

Junior Niklas Eberly swimming the 100 butterfly. Photo by Beckie Sterlitz.

Eberly, a third-year varsity athlete has had an incredibly successful season, breaking pool records at Birmingham Seaholm and Pinkney among others. His year-round commitment to swimming has made him one of the top swimmers in the state for the 100 butterfly. His time is highly competitive, consistently being under 51.5 seconds, with a season best of 50.36. Eberly’s goals include going a 48 in the 100 butterfly and placing first in both the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle at states.  “I would be very happy with it, since it’s all adding up to a bigger goal,” Eberly said.

Senior Katy McWilliams bringing the ball up the court. Photo courtesy of Katy McWilliams.

McWilliams has been contributing to the women’s varsity basketball team since her junior year and has become a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. McWilliams has helped light the way to victory with her 100% free-throw percentage. The Lady Dreads are currently 7-6, an on-par record when compared to their 11-10 season last year. McWilliams doesn’t plan on continuing her career in college, but would enjoy playing in a rec league or just for fun. The Lady Dreads have a goal of winning Districts this year. “It would mean a lot that we were able to work together for something great,” McWilliams said.