From the best of the best, these freshmen have excelled on varsity teams
By Bailey Welshans
Rachel Dunklee – Dance
Since Rachel Dunklee was two years old, she’s had a passion for dancing. Other than making it onto the Varsity Dance team, one of Dunklee’s biggest accomplishments is going to National’s with her dance studio, Dancer’s edge, last year. She is an excellent student, keeping her grades up, and turning assignments in on time. Being one of two freshmen on the varsity dance team, Dunklee has a lot to live up to. However, it doesn’t seem to faze her.
“She does a very good job of learning routines quickly, and hitting all of the steps correctly,” senior dancer Evelyn Hawley said.
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.
An inside look into a few of the varsity athletes playing their sport this winter
By Caden Koenig
Starting possibly his last season of basketball that could end a career that started way back in second grade, senior Tony Seidl expects to be a leader on the boys varsity basketball team. “I’d like to impact my team by being a leader, being loud, and talking during the games,” Seidl said. “I am most excited for Chelsea week because it will be two good teams, and the rivalry makes it even more fun.” This year’s team is very experienced with multiple seniors and juniors returning with playing experience. This season’s expectations are to continue Dexter basketball’s winning tradition.
Coming off a state championship last year, junior Drew Golin and the rest of the men’s swim team fully expect to be in contention for a state title once again. Despite being ill right before states last year, Golin still gained six points for the Dreads and wants to get more this year. “This year, I need to move up from that; I got sick last year so I expect to get more points,” he said. The swim team expects to have another long run that starts with a SEC title and ends with a repeat championship.
Brandon Wright is the leading scorer on this year’s hockey team, which currently sports a 2-5 record near the season’s midpoint. As the senior captain, Wright aims to get the underclassmen on the team more involved. “As the captain I try to create a better atmosphere for the younger kids,” he said. Finishing off a full 12-year career of hockey, Wright has multiple goals. “For the team, I expect to at least go .500 this year; a lot of teams are bigger and faster than us, so we have to be smarter. For myself, I need to step up in scoring and help spreading the puck,” he said.
Head Coach Mike Bavineau and assistant coach Lauren Thompson have called upon some younger players to join the girls varsity basketball team this season. One of these underclassmen is sophomore Mckenna Graham. “I am most excited for the season because it will be a good experience to be on varsity,” Graham said. “And it will help us grow and develop for next year.” Despite losing a heavy senior class, there is optimism for a solid season with the younger team.