A broad look into the world of fall sports
By Kellen Porter, MITCHELL STERLITZ, & Mike Waltz
Women’s Swim and Dive
Dexter women’s swim and dive team has started off strong this year, promising another year of dominance. They have shown a lot of potential and are working on continuing to build their legacy.
“Our goal is to aim for 20 straight years of winning SECs” said sophomore Elizabeth Merz when asked about the district swim meet.
Merz also says the team chemistry is “really great”, which is manifested in all of the motivational posters the girls make for one another.ome may assume swimming is an individual sport, and they’d be right in most cases. But one look at the Dreads and it’s obvious that when one girl swims, the whole team is right there with her, cheering her on.
A look back at some memorable fall athletes along with a pair of winter athletes to keep an eye on.
By Jed Howell
Travon Reid, Football
Fan favorite and four-year Dexter football veteran, Travon Reid touched the field for the last time this fall. His cardboard cutout will no longer fly over the student section on Friday nights. Reid was a two-year starter on varsity both his junior and senior year, and he contributed to the team as an offensive and defensive lineman. Reid described his final game as “relieving” and “emotional.” He enjoyed his time playing football, but wishes there had been more players that came out each year.
Claire Ketzner, Cross Country
Inspired by her friend Dani Waidley, Claire Ketzner decided to run cross country. Ketzner quickly made her way onto varsity, crediting soccer for keeping her in shape and giving her a solid starting point for the cross country season. Eventually, she worked her way into the top spot on the team. At regionals, Ketzner was the lone qualifier for the state meet finishing 15th with an impressive time of19:15.6. At the state meet, Ketzner ran a 20:23.5, finishing151st out of 244 competitors. “It was fun, but it didn’t go quite as planned. I didn’t run as fast as I wanted to.”
Drew Bishop, Basketball
“I was super excited to be able to make an impact on our team.” Last season Drew Bishop was one of two underclassmen on the varsity basketball team. He received a generous amount of playing time, and will get even more time on the court this season. His goals include winning both the SEC title and districts. Bishop also hopes to win at least 15 games this winter. Look for Bishop to have an impressive second season on the court.
Sammi Corcoran, Basketball
“Intimidated, yet honored.” As a lone freshman on varsity, Sammi Corcoran quickly found out that she had a lot to learn. She was joining a group of girls who were very close and very skilled, but this didn’t stop her. Corcoran credits her success in her sophomore season to the girls she played with her freshman year. She learned how to be more confident on the court and how to trust her teammates. In Corcoran’s third varsity season, she hopes to win the SEC title and defeat Chelsea.
A quick overview of some of Dexter’s primary fall sports as the season winds down
By Nick LeBlanc and Alex Strang
This season, the Dreads have shown improvement through six games. What has been the constant downfall of the team is the lack of personnel, which has caused players to get tired as the games have progressed. The Dreads still have a positive outlook despite the 0-6 record: “Every week before a game we try and put together quality practices,” senior Seamus McCurren said. “We had a good week of practice before Tecumseh and managed to get into the redzone four times in the first half.”
The Boys Soccer team is a main contender for the SEC White division this year. With a record of 14-4-1 (7-2 in conference play), the Dreads like their odds to compete in districts and beyond. After defeating Chelsea 2-1, senior Austin Graham said, “I have confidence in my team this year. I think we can win states.”
The cross country team took 3rd in the most recent divisional meet and is looking to improve and win the the next one. “We are a very young team with a strong brotherhood,” senior Tyrus Wood said. “We are looking to bring home a big victory at the end of the season and do better than we did last year at the state meet in November.”
With only four seniors, the volleyball team is finding success with underclassmen stepping up to play big roles on the court. The Dreads (21-14) hope to end their season on a high note. “Our season is going a lot better than expected and I am excited to see how we do in districts later this season,” senior Captain Mary Gallagher said.
The field hockey team is once again a state championship caliber team, with an undefeated 10-0-2 record. “Right now, we are tied for first in the division,” junior Marin Waddington said. “We hope to win the state championship.”
So far this year, the Tennis team has been suffering from a lack of participants. Students who had never played competitive tennis were joining the team midseason. Despite this, the team is still winning. “We placed second in the SEC’s and managed to overcome some challenges we faced during the season,” senior Brandon Wiegers said.