The first wave of Dexter athletics are coming to a close, and every team sure made the most of it
By Mitchell Sterlitz and kellen porter
There were high hopes for the volleyball team coming into this season with the talented junior and senior class. The team was led by junior Taylor Venuto and senior Alexa Bell, two strong role models for the volleyball program. Throughout the season, the team was dominant in tournaments and regular season games, finishing with an overall record of 33-12.
“We played hard until the very last point. I am so proud of my girls,” said sophomore Quinn LaFontaine.
The team expected to be district champs but things did not go as planned. They were unfortunately eliminated on the first day of districts by Skyline, getting reverse swept after being up two sets to none.
The men’s tennis team this year was able to accomplish more than expected with such a young team, led by sophomore captains Jared Enciso and Nate Kniesteadt.
“The season went pretty well overall, but there is still definitely room for improvement,” said sophomore Dane Wiegers.
During the season the team had a record of 5-6, which is very impressive given that this year was considered a learning experience for the young team. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep up with some of the more established high school tennis programs and ended up being eliminated on the first day of districts.
The Dexter Equestrian team made it to states for the first time in thirteen years. The team was led by seniors Jim Rodgers and Deirdre McCarter that pushed the team to this appearance at states. Overall the team placed tenth in the state, surpassing any goal they set for themselves this season.
“I think [the season] was pretty successful overall considering we made it to states which hasn’t been done in a while,” said sophomore Savannah Parpan.
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team finished their season on a high note placing 4th at regionals as a team, just one place short of taking the whole team to the state meet. Nathan Larson, placing 15th at regionals, was the only runner from Dexter to make it to states which is exceptionally impressive, even more so because he’s only a sophomore.
“It was a lot of fun to run with a great group of guys this season,” sophomore Austin Zeglis said. “We had one guy make it through to states this year and we’re definitely aiming to have more in the race next year.”
A new coach brought new ideals and real hope to the Dexter football program. People started to talk and many believed the football team would have been able to win a game this season. Unfortunately they were unable to complete this goal for many reasons.
“The season didn’t go as planned but to rebuild you have to tear it down first,” said junior Andy Durand.
The team was ailed by issues that included a struggling offense which was not able to carry Dexter to a victory, and a small pool of athletes to play for the team. On a high note, there was some progress as the team doubled their total points from last season. This was definitely a major progression for the team and the team is starting to show real promise.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country gave it their all this season and wrapped up their last race at regionals. The team came close to having runners make it to states, with senior Dani Waidley taking 20th in the regional meet. To qualify for states she would’ve had to place 15th or higher, leaving her just five places off the mark.
“Heat was a problem for us because most of the races were insanely hot. Because of that, we weren’t able to run our best times at the meets. Overall it was fun to run as a team,” said sophomore Kara O’Day.
Men’s Water Polo
After the loss of ten seniors going into this season, the men’s water polo team was left with a very young squad, consisting of only two seniors on the roster. Unfortunately, halfway through the season, senior Stephen Sterlitz’ water polo career was abruptly ended due to a severe injury.
After this deep loss of talent it was up to solo senior Drew Golin to lead the team. The water polo team ended up with a record of 18-20 and finished second in districts. They defeated Huron in the semi-finals only to be dominated in the finals by Skyline, the powerhouse of the district. The team’s season ended sooner than expected when Seaholm knocked them out in regionals.
The women’s swim team was an absolute powerhouse this year, blowing by all competition and blazing a path directly to states.
The swim team cruised through most regular season meets, blowing all opponents out of the water. They also reached a goal of theirs two decades in the making.
“We achieved a lot in our season including winning SEC’s for the 20th year in a row,” said sophomore Alyssa Frost. This just proves how utterly dominant the program is. Now they are setting their sights on winning a state title, and nothing will stand in their way.
Dexter Field Hockey has had the most successful season in the history of their program this past year. With the addition of two freshman, Kylee Niswonger and Abby Tamer, the team showed that they hardly felt the loss of eight seniors in last year’s class.
The team paved an easy road to the playoffs because of their high ranking they earned from their regular season record– they were ranked as the third best team in Division 1. After beating Chelsea, Skyline, and Pioneer in playoffs, Dexter Field Hockey was able to earn a spot in the state championship game. Beating Pioneer was a huge success for Dexter, considering Pioneer had won the Division 1 state title for four consecutive years.
In the state championship game, Dexter lost against Huron with a final score of 2-1. Many players were heartbroken after the loss, but the team plans to come back stronger next year with the goal of winning states taking top priority.
By Joe Ramey
Dexter Field Hockey’s Team 8 is on the Road to States
By Jillian Chesney
Dexter’s 2017 field hockey team is one like no other.
This team is coached by Trish Mackemer, and is assisted by Keely Tamer, Maggie Olson, and Amy Binder. All of the coaches played in college and have great experience to share. The team is the smallest it’s ever been and is made up of mostly underclassman. In total, there are only 30 players, meaning the Dreads have just enough players to make two teams along with some subs.
Dexter field hockey refers to their team in numbers; this year is Team 8.
By Squall Staff
The Dexter field hockey team defeated Ann Arbor Huron 2-1 in overtime on Thursday to advance to Saturday’s Division 1 title game.
Thanks to @bcheezit, we have video of Emma Tamer’s game-winning goal.
Dexter will play Ann Arbor Pioneer in the championship game. Dexter lost to Pioneer in last year’s semifinals.
Pioneer is looking to win its third straight Division 1 championship. Dexter is looking to win its second in theee years (Dexter won the 2014 Division 2 championship).
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.
With a more experienced and talented team than the 2014 Division II title squad, the Dreads have lofty expectations
By: Ben Daugherty
The whistle blew and the Dexter Varsity Field Hockey team took the field for their first game of the 2016 season.
Freshman goalkeeper, Maggie Jones, arrived with something to prove as this was her first game in a Dexter uniform.
If I’m thinking about being nervous, then it’s hard to focus on the game and the shots that are coming at me,” Jones said. “…my teammates have made it really easy to not feel nervous.”
This was also the first game that Trish Machemer took the field as Dexter’s head coach after being an assistant coach for several years.
Machemer was joined by assistant coach Tori Westhead, a recent graduate of Saint Louis University where she was the goalkeeper for four years. Growing up in Ann Arbor and playing field hockey at Huron High School, Westhead was excited to find a coaching position near home where she could continue to work with the field hockey community.
Dexter took control of the game from the start and showcased their talent with a commanding 6-0 win over East Grand Rapids, proving that their freshman keeper and new coaches had earned their spots on the team.
I feel a lot of pressure when I’m playing,” Jones said. “I remind myself I’m just here to play because I love it and I’m going to do my absolute best in goal.”
Expectations for the season are very high. The coaches and players feel that they have an even stronger and more experienced team than the 2014 Division II state champion team. With such a veteran team, they’re dead set on winning another state championship.
“We’re looking forward to the season,” senior midfielder Sam Labadie said. “We have a lot of talent and coaches that know how to win.”
Labadie and the rest of the team have their minds set on winning a Division I State Championship. The veteran team is almost entirely made up of upperclassmen with the exception of its freshman goalkeeper.
Led by 11 seniors, the varsity team understands what it takes to be victorious after winning the Division II State Championship two seasons ago.
“We are looking to capitalize on the fact that we have such an experienced group, and are eager to end our last season at DHS on a high note,” Labadie said.
Here are some key athletes of their respective teams who you should keep an eye on this season
By Jed Howell
It’s hard to talk about the last decade of Dexter football without mentioning the Hiser name. Hiser is the youngest of three brothers who have all played for Dexter. Both of his brothers went on to play at the collegiate level. This fall, Hiser is returning to the quarterback position after playing receiver the past three seasons. He played quarterback from the time he started tackle football in fourth grade all the way through middle school. “I’m really excited to be moving back to QB.”
Emma Tamer/Field Hockey:
Ever since her freshman year, Emma Tamer has been dominant on the field. With a state championship her sophomore year and a commitment to play at the University of Michigan coming soon after, Tamer is no stranger to success. However, last season came as a bit of a disappointment as the girls lost in the state semifinals to Ann Arbor Pioneer in a close game, 2-0. Tamer and the rest of the seniors are expected to make a push for a second state title. “I felt like our season had been cut short.”
Rylee Kim/Girls Golf:
As one of the most experienced golfers on the team, Rylee Kim is both a leader and role model for the rest of her teammates. Kim has been golfing since her freshman year. She began golfing in hopes of meeting new people and ended up falling in love with the sport. Kim wants to focus more on having fun this fall rather than winning. As the team’s No. 1 golfer, Kim likely will have a big impact on this team’s success throughout the year. “I’d also like to score a hole-in-one sometime soon.”
Marc Lopez/Boys Cross-country:
Throughout his high school career ,Marc Lopez has made his name as one of the fastest members on the cross country team. After a successful junior season ending in a team win at the regional meet and a chance to run in the state meet, Lopez has big goals for his senior year. He is looking to break the school record in the 5K and earn a spot for his name on the cross country wall. He would also like to see the team finish in the top two at the state meet. Lopez expects his senior season to be his best yet. “Individually, I would like to break the school record.”
Taylor Venuto stood as the only freshman on the varsity volleyball team last season. Even though she was the youngest player and the new girl on the team, Venuto was able to make a major contribution as a middle and outside hitter. Now that she has a full season under her belt she can focus more on her game and less on getting to know everyone. Many are expecting Venuto’s sophomore season to be a big one with an even larger presence the court. “Now that Coach Dunn has seen me play a whole season, she has high expectations for me.”