Derek Jambor ’20, News Editor & Troy Brinkel ’20, Sports Editor
Winter Sports is always a fun time at South Lyon High School. All of our teams always compete and never fail to disappoint the fans. Here’s a look at how all our teams did this season.
The boys basketball team has definitely bounced back from last season. They achieved a 9-8 record and will play South Lyon East in their first round of districts. Senior Connor McCollum said, “I hope we can make a splash in the playoffs this year. I think we can come together and shock some people.”
This year’s girls basketball team had a tough go around. Although their record did not show for it they all worked very hard in practice and in the games. They faced several tough opponents throughout the season, but they never lost hope and earned a huge victory over Lakeland. Senior Taylor Plummer said, “It was a tough season full of ups and downs but we all loved being with each other on the court.”
The bowling team made history this after winning regionals for the first time in four years. Our bowling team led by senior Drew Sawicki put up great numbers this season averaging 196 pins per game. “I’ve been bowling my whole life and I am really glad we won the region. This was a great senior season for the boys.”
The cheer team put in countless hours of work and they have been since last summer. It was a great run for the ladies and they were disappointed at the end to their hard working season. Senior Bella DeMay said, “I loved these past few years with the team. Although it was a lot of work it was all worth it when we won our competitions.”
The pom team once again did not disappoint. They placed sixth in division one at the state tournament at Eastern Michigan University. “It was a great senior season with all of my girls” said senior Morgan Rende. “We have been doing this since freshman year and it was hard to say goodbye to it.”
The South Lyon Unified hockey team did not disappoint this season. For their third consecutive year they captured the Lakes Valley Conference championship. Unfortunately their season was cut short with a loss to Novi in the first round of playoffs. Senior Joey Kinjorski said, “I will always remember my years on the ice with the boys. We always played with fire and passion. That’s why we always dominated these teams.”
The ski team was worried they weren’t going to be having a season this year after the skies weren’t pouring down snow and it continued to rain. The SLU Ski Team put up numbers on the slopes. They won three huge competitions and Kelsie O’Connor stepped up in a huge way. “Ski has been my whole life for a while now and it paid off for me. I worked hard to achieve my goals and I was nominated as one of the best in the state!” said O’Conner.
The boys unified swim team once again won their conference this season and made a very good run in the state championships. They were ranked a top ten team in the state and number five in Oakland County. Senior Owen Showek said, “Most people don’t realize how much of a grind swim is. We worked day and night everyday and nobody quit. I am very proud of this team.”
The wrestling team this year continued to show growth throughout the season. With a bunch of new faces coming out to compete it made for their season to be even more special. Junior Gus Taylor the team’s heavyweight wrestler said “For my first year I had a great time. I still have much room for growth, but i am looking forward to the challenge.”
Once again our Winter Sports helped put our school on the map as they never fail to do. Next up is spring sports and we wish them all the best of luck to them.
Photo courtesy of South Lyon United Ski Team