2019-2020 HHS winter sports previews

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WRESTLING

Goal: To win districts

How they will get there: “We are going to practice harder than everyone else” senior Kalif Kavanagh

Key Players: Junior Kaleb Corser, senior Kalif Kavanagh, sophomore Alex Kolar, junior Riley Wood

 

BOYS AND GIRLS BOWLING

Goal: To get first in their league and to get athletes to states as a team or individually

How they will get there: “We are going to have to work on our spare shooting and keep a positive attitude during matches,” Captain Connor Wallis said.

Key Players: Seniors Ashlyn Tebedo and Connor Wallis, and juniors Tina Covic and Tyler Coffey

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last year, the boys varsity basketball team ended the season ranked 27th in the state after having a rather exciting season. The boys are hoping to rebound and do it again.

The boys finished the season 20-6, and went 8-2 in their league. A key win against their rivals Williamston placed the Vikings at the top of their district. 

The team also had a lengthy run in the Division Two MHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship Tournament. They battled all the way to the elite eight, where they were defeated by River Rouge 43-60.

The Vikings lost an astounding nine seniors from last season, and have their work cut out to fill those positions. Varsity coach Chris Smith and his staff are determined to have the team pick up right where they left off.

“Coach Smith says that the standards from last year are the same this year. The positions need to be filled and players have to work as hard as they can to fill those spots,” junior Eddy Tang said. 

As the season has begun, the Vikings are confident in how they have prepared for the upcoming year, and it is clear what they are playing for.

“Our goal is to win our league and win districts,” senior Kale Schiebner said.

Hard work is a major theme the Vikings have held throughout many seasons. The players as well as the coaches prioritize it over everything.

“We are gonna continue to put in hard work at practice,” Schiebner said. The team is laser focused on its goals and determined to achieve them.

Another strong suit for the Vikings is their team chemistry and how quickly they are able to move.

“When we can get the ball moving like that it opens up opportunities for a lot of guys to get easy buckets,” Tang said.

In Friday’s game at home against Mason senior Jack Isenhath suffered an injury and will have to miss several games this season. The boys aren’t going to let this injury slow them down. They know someone will have to step up and fill Isenhath’s position.

“Whoever steps up will will be held to the same expectations,” Schiebner said.

The game the boys are most looking forward to is against rival Williamston on Jan. 17. A win over the Hornets would serve as a huge confidence booster for the Vikings going forward.

The boys’ next game is against St Johns this Friday at home at 7 p.m. and will look to start a win streak at home this season.

 

BOYS SWIM AND DIVE

Goal: To win as many meets as possible and to get guys to states as a team and for singles

How they will get there: “We are gonna train hard every day, and keep our heads where they need to be to stay focused,” Ian Macfarlane

Key players: Seniors Ian Macfarlane, CJ and Joey Gillengerten, junior Luke Tepe and freshman Ben Trotejo

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The girls basketball team crafted a phenomenal season last year, going 20-7 overall and 11-3 in their league. The Vikings won their district and captured a regional championship title. They also ended the season ranked 20th in the state. The girls’ expectations this season are to build on and exceed their stellar performance last season.

“Our goal as a team is to have similar success as we did last year, and to get better every single game,” senior Brooke Bradley said. 

The girls fought their way to the final four of the MHSAA Division Two Girls Basketball State Championship, where they were defeated by Edison Academy 40-73. That team went on to win the Division Two State Tournament.

A few things that contributed to the girls’ success last year was their chemistry, hardwork and dedication. They plan to bring that same energy to this season.

“We had workouts during the spring and summer, and we have lots of camps during summer as well,” Bradley said. The dedication of the girls and the commitment they make to the team is strongly present.

The girls lost seniors Hannah Homan, Ella McKinney and Noor Pawar. Additionally, they will have to play without one of their key players from last season senior Imania Baker, who has battled several tough injuries throughout her career.

The girls won’t let those losses slow them down, as new players to the varsity squad have been stepping up early on in the season. Some key returners this year are seniors Bradley, Tori Martin and Olivia Green, and juniors Emma Campbell and Skyla Nosek.

The seniors this year plan on leading the way for their team, keeping them motivated through each and every game, similar to how they did a year prior.

“Our senior leadership definitely needs to be consistent with last year to fill the spots,” Bradley said.

Possibly the most anticipated game for the Vikings this season will be their matchup against rivals Williamston, who will be thirsty for revenge after the Vikings defeated them to win the district final last year. 

 

Girls Gymnastics 

Goals: top 5 at any meet 

How they will get there: Work on new skills with all the new people 

Key people: Immy Kniss,Heidi Scott

Strengths: Floor and beam