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#BestYearEver: Trojan Athletics

Guest Contributor: Brad McCormack, Athletic Director

Even though we have kicked off the winter season of Trojan athletics, we are still celebrating all our teams’ accomplishments from this fall. Below is a quick overview of the highlights as well as a preview of what we have to look forward to over the next few months with our Winter sports teams. Join me in congratulating our student-athletes and coaches. And we hope to see you in the stands cheering our Trojans on soon! 

Cross Country 

The cross country program put lots of feathers in their Trojan cap as they wrapped up the season! Our boys team captured the MIAC league title at Nankin Mills Park on October 18. The girls also had an amazing league season with a third-place finish. If that wasn’t enough, the next day we hosted the annual Larry Steeb Invitational where our girls earned the championship crown and the boys placed 2nd in the small school division!

The teams then headed to the Division 4 Regional at DeWitt high school later in the month.  The boys team qualified for the

Brooke Craven, WLHS Freshman, placed 28th overall earning her All-State recognition.

MHSAA State Finals while individual female runners Brooke Craven and Lauren Price qualified for the girls.  At the state meet, Brooke Craven placed 28th overall earning her All-State recognition as a freshman! 

Needless to say, the future looks bright for WLHS Cross Country. 

Individual Conference Recognition:

  • 2019 Girls MIAC 1st Team All-Conference
    • Brooke Craven
  • 2019 Girls MIAC 2nd Team All-Conference
    • Lauren Price
  • 2019 Boys MIAC 1st Team All-Conference
    • Clay Rinna
  • 2019 Boys MIAC 2nd Team All-Conference
    • Cole Rinna
    • Braylan Majesky
    • Bailey Adams
  • MIAC Coach of the YeaR
    • Casey Livingston

Football

After the 4-2 start, the boys were on a roll.  They defeated Southfield Christian 49-6 (homecoming) and Lutheran Northwest on the road 60-12 to set up a conference championship matchup with Livonia Clarenceville.  On Friday, October 25th, the varsity football team defeated Clarenceville 41-6 to clinch the first football conference championship since 2003.

On Sunday, November 2nd, the team gathered for “Selection Sunday” to find out they were getting a rematch with Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard.  This time around, our boys were ready. They flexed their muscles both offensively and defensively in a 45-28 victory. The win advanced the team to the first football District Championship since 2006. 

Unfortunately, the season came to an end in a hard-fought game vs. Dearborn Heights Robichaud.  After leading 22-14 at the half, the boys just ran out of steam falling 40-30 to end their season. 

After a victory over Clarenceville, Trojan football clinched their first conference championship since 2003.

Individual Recognition/Season Highlights:

  • 1st Team All-Conference
    • Alex Williams
    • Logan Kurth
    • Evan Romeo
    • Michael Corrie
  • 2nd Team All-Conference Sections
    • Zachary Brady
    • Cole Henning
    • Travis Lucas
    • Evan Vaughan
  • Ann Arbor Area Dream Team 
    • Offense: Kurth, Williams, Romeo, Henning, Zach Kobeck
    • Defense: Isaac Brady
    • Coach of the Year: Brian Boron
  • 1st Team All-State (defensive back)
      • Isaac Brady
  • All-State Honorable Mention (running back)
        • Kurth
  • MIAC Conference MVP
    • Evan Romeo
  • Two 1,000 yard rushers (Kurth and Romeo
  • School record for points in a game (62)
  • School record for points in a season (484)

Volleyball

The only loss in the conference came on the road at Huron Valley Lutheran in five sets.  After the Huron Valley loss, the girls were able to rebound by defeating Novi Christian, Inter-City Baptist and Roeper to clinch the MIAC Red Division Title.  This was the first volleyball league title since 2008. 

After ending the regular season on such a high note, the girls turned their attention to the district tournament.  They defeated Canton Prep at the opening round and Ann Arbor Greenhills in the semi-finals to set up a battle with state-ranked Charyl Stockwell.  Unfortunately, Charyl Stockwell was just too much as they ended the Trojans season in straight sets.

WLHS volleyball earned their first league title since 2008 by becoming MIAC Red Division champs.

Individual Player Recognition:

  • MIAC Red Division MVP
    • Linsey Hula
  • 2019 Girls MIAC 1st Team All-Conference
    • Linsey Hula 
    • Catherine Romine
    • Kristina Peach
  • 2019 Girls MIAC 2nd Team All-Conference
    • Paige Everard, 
    • Laine Thomas 
  • MIVCA All-Region
    • Linsey Hula
  • Individual Academic All-State
    • Linsey Hula
    • Paige Everard
    • Catherine Romine
    • Annabella Tetreau
  • All-State honors academically

WINTER PREVIEW

Boys Basketball

The boys have a good mix of young and returning players. We have seven seniors, three juniors, one sophomore, and one freshman. All will be stepping into new roles this year as we graduated our top statistical players from the 2018 team.  We are looking forward to seeing this team come together and compete at a high level. 

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team heads into the season with high expectations.  For the first time in three seasons, we will field a junior varsity team.  This will allow us to develop more players for future seasons. Our varsity team is filled with talented kids. The team has a lot of upperclassmen leadership mixed in with young, talented and hungry underclassmen.  

Currently, the team sits at 2-1.  To open the season, the girls defeated Melvindale on the road 51-19.  In the home opener, the team defeated the new conference opponent Parkway Christian 42-28.  In the third game, the girls lost a battle with a tough Ann Arbor Greenhills team. In the loss, the team showed incredible toughness.  

Expectations are high for the girls. Their season will be one to watch. 

Bowling

The 2019-20 Bowling Team is creating its own path for this year’s program with a group of solid returners and a few new highlights.

The boys Varsity bowling team will be lead by returning seniors Aidan Jaski-Kuehnel and Kohl Majesky. The spotlight will be on seniors Cole Henning and Sebastian Adams as their athletic ability on the basketball court and the bowling alley will help our team averages. Juniors Aidan Chamberlain and Drew Zolenski will add some depth to the boys team, as the freshman Jackson Medina will clinch the top seven bowlers.

The girls Varsity bowling team is filled with returning youngsters. The sophomore bowlers who will guide the team with their experience from last year are Kayla Bachman, Elizabeth Foote, Donna Duncan, Emily Driver, and Jade Phillips. Fortunately, juniors Madalyn Cryer and Juliana Hasty are bringing years of league experience to the team this year and have the highest average thus far. 

We start the season on Tuesday, December 17th, at home against Clarenceville as our new league welcomes the Trojans.

Competitive Cheer

Varsity competitive cheer has an immense amount of talent this season. Led by upperclassmen Abbi Fraga and Sam Ogden, the team welcomes almost everyone from last year’s team and looks to build off a successful 2019 season. The team is continuously working hard and pushing themselves to reach their goals. Cheer will be hosting three competitions this season on, January 25th, 30th, and the MHSAA Districts meet on February 21st.

Ice Hockey

New to Whitmore Lake, is our Ice Hockey cooperative with Ann Arbor Huron.  As our 2019-2020 season begins to really get going our hockey team has made great strides over the last few weeks and grown as a team. A big part of that has been the addition of players from Whitmore Lake and Milan High Schools. Considering the team has student-athletes from three different schools, they have become one cohesive unit quite quickly. Everyone wears their team gear with pride, and they are all working to be the best team that they can be. We look forward to watching this team grow this winter. 

Wrestling 

The WLHS wrestling team will look to continue to grow and build toward becoming a contender in MHSAA Division 4. We have more than doubled our numbers from last year and will quickly reap the rewards of that team growth. Not only do we have a large growth in numbers, but we also have more than doubled our talent pool. Every wrestler on the team this year has previous experience in the sport whereas last year about 60% of the team had never stepped on the mat before. We currently have no seniors on our squad, so this young team will have the unique opportunity to set the standard that we want to establish. There are big things coming for Whitmore Lake wrestling, and it will all start this year.

Swimming

This team comprised of students from Father Gabriel Richard, Greenhills, and Whitmore Lake is building upon the foundation put in place last year and expanding their program beginning with the addition of divers for the first time in team history. Having started off the season winning their first two meets, the FGR/GH/WL Varsity Swim and Dive team is looking forward to an exciting season.

We are looking forward to a successful winter athletic season! Go Trojans!

For Trojan pictures, schedules, scores and more, visit www.WhitmoreLakeAthletics.com.  For league information, visit www.MIACsports.net.  You can also follow athletics on social media at @WL_AThletics (Twitter), @wl_athletics (Instagram), @Whitmorelakeathletics (Facebook).

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