3rd hour

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Harrison Krasner ’14 | Staff Writer

Series of images flash through my mind… Lacrosse sticks raised in a pre-game team talk/cheer, rowers carrying their shell to the river, a homecoming queen and her dad smiling with warmth and pride, a gold helmet shining through the dark rainy night in celebration of another victory over North, a player mourning a heartbreaking loss on the field, a face-off on the ice, cheerleaders aloft, a teacher transformed into a Latin dancer, fingertips reaching the wall in the pool, a face of determination and grit with arms outstretched, basketball players in flight, students recreating a Broadway experience, a crowd of properly clad blue devils cheering fellow students on, classes decked in their spirit day finery roaring through the halls, flags lining the lawn…. and the ever-present Tower majestic  in the background.  These are all just some of the pictures  I took and more importantly moments I experienced.

Mr. Nardone’s words ring through it all as I reflect, “Never forget what you are a part of…”  I won’t. I can’t.

There are other  images as well that I didn’t capture on film but fully experienced… harassing and comforting each other in the Tower room, speaking (and apparently dancing under hypnosis) in front of the 8000 Michigan DECA kids , nailing role plays in DECA, float parties, driving Michigan’s first and only roadworthy high school built solar car in the parade, performing French Horn and jazz guitar, prom, pep rallies, catching the wind in our sails, watching slightly nervous freshmen find their way and grow through Link Crew, cheering against North with a proud “S” emblazoned on my chest and listening to the accomplishments of the past and bright future of my classmates on stage in the auditorium.

Mr. Nardone’s words ring through it all as I reflect, “Never forget what you are a part of…” I won’t. I can’t.

Without the Tower I probably wouldn’t have gone to some of the events I did…but I can’t imagine my high school experience without it.  My appreciation for all athletes—Lacrosse, swimmers, softball/baseball, track, soccer,  rowers, football, basketball, golf, wrestling, sailing etc.  thespians, artists, musicians, composers, clubs, student government, etc.  I witnessed so many great moments large and small. I met kids from every grade in every endeavor.  I got to witness teams bonding over victories or defeat, choir kids forming perfect harmonies and synchronized steps—in all endeavors pursuing passions, having fun and coming together to be part of something greater.  Cheering individuals and entire classes in exuberating in times of spirit and celebration.  Coming together to comfort each other and lend support in times of sadness and loss.

Mr. Nardone’s words ring through it all as I reflect, “Never forget what you are a part of…”  I won’t. I can’t.

As I reflect on all this and prepare to move on my parting advice is three part—

1) Try things and get involved… some good advice I had from a college I looked at was to:  try something you’ve always done, try something you’ve never done and try something you’ve never heard of before.  Without being aware its exactly  what I did…playing jazz guitar and sailing have been a part of me since being little, student government,  journalism are examples of things I never did and DECA is something I had never heard before and will never forget.  Some things may not stick…some you will really dig into and along the way you will have unforgettable experiences and most importantly meet people…amazing people.

2) Go to events…sports, music, concerts, art shows, poetry slams…you name it.  Stray off the beaten path…go to football  and basketball games but also go to soccer, lacrosse, softball, track meets, regattas, field hockey, volleyball, wrestling meets, hockey games and golf.  It will be worth it.  You will see South beat North many many times. You will see great things and appreciate the students and accomplishments outside of your world but all part of the truly incredible Blue Devil experience.   I not only enjoyed this but it helped me to meet people who may one day collaborate with me on business deals, research and care for diseases that may touch my life, take care of my teeth and pets, perform or compose music I will hear, write in papers I will read, and protect me  by serving our country.

3) The third piece of advice I have… simply put :“Never forget what you are a part of…”

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By Taylor Wouters ’15 | Staff Writer

Raising over $1,111 for Prom, the Senior Class Date Auction proved to be an entertaining and exciting night, adviser Carrie Halliburton said.

Most people for auction were bought by their friends, making the situation less awkward and more fun. Beth Coyle ‘16 bid on and won a date with her friend, Margaret Brennan ’16, for $31.

“I bid on her because I knew it would be funny if I ended up taking her out because we’re friends and I wanted to be able to say I bought her,” said Coyle. “I’m looking forward to hanging out with Margaret and eating some good food.”

Not only bidding the highest at $109, but also bidding on two different people, James Fishback ’15 said “the more the merrier.”

“The two dates I got were Grady Eger (’17) and Bennett Jackson (’14),” said Fishback.

Fishback said he thought that it was “quite the bargain” getting Eger for only $22. For their date he picked Sadies Hawkins tickets.

“We won Sadies tickets, so I thought it was only right to ask him to Sadies, but he said no,” said Fishback.

Fishback also bid $109 for Jackson, and as the highest bidder won Opening Day Tigers tickets. Tickets and other dates were donated by the community.

“Just look at him (Jackson), would you have paid less than $109 for that body,” said Fishback.

Coyle believes that the date auction was such a success because everyone was having fun and bidding on their friends.

“It wasn’t awkward,” said Coyle. “It was just everyone throwing some money around.”

Fishback agreed that it was such a success due to how funny it was seeing the kids being auctioned off.

“It was just a lot of fun, it was really funny too, just to see what kids were worth,” said Fishback. “I’d be willing to pay more just to date every freshmen next year.”

Much of the success was due to all the advertising and low ticket prices, Senior Class Secretary Carly Hampton ’14 said.

“We haven’t done it in a few years and we talked it up a lot and we were really excited,” said Hampton. “It was also a fact that the tickets were only $3 was helpful, too.”

All the students that participated were great sports, Student Activities Coordinator Maria Mitzel said.

“I think that they made it fun,” said Mitzel. “I thought Colden (Gosselin ’14) and Kimberly Barbour (’14) did great jobs as emcees, and I think that the students that attended were comfortable. They kept the questions appropriate and it was just fun.”

Mitzel said she would like to see future classes continue the fundraiser, seeing that this year’s date auction was such a success.

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By Devlin Francis ’15 | Social Media Director

By beating crosstown rival Grosse Pointe North 71-38 on Friday Feb. 28, the girls varsity basketball team claimed their third consecutive District 22 Championship, and advanced to the regional round of the playoffs.

“Anytime you play North and get a win it’s good for the team, the school, the students,” said head coach Kevin Richards. “We came out to compete, and that’s what we did.”

South opened up on a 6-0 run, and led North 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. North never got within double digits of South for the remainder of the game as South was truly dominate on both sides of the court.

“I’m really happy with how Aliezza Brown played, Bre’nae Andrews was all over the floor, we got active production out of our subs,” said Richards. “The girls played a great game.”

Brown ‘15 led the team in scoring with 24 points, hitting six three point shots.  Captain Cierra Rice ‘15 was second in scoring with 17 points, while Andrews ‘14 was with 16 points.

The trio combined for 57 points and all seven of South’s three pointers. They alone outscored North by 19 points.

The remainder of South’s team was still key to the victory by adding assists, rebounds, and providing key defensive pressure said Richards.

Winning the district championship was key as the team hopes to get back to the title game at Breslin Center in East Lansing for the third consecutive time, said Captain Katie Kish ‘15.

“It feels great (to win the district championship),” said Kish. “It’s a big step in the process of getting back to Breslin.”

After falling short in two heartbreaking losses in the title game the past two years, the team is looking forward to another shot, said Rice.

“We want to win it all this year,” said Rice. “That’s been our goal for the past three years and we want to accomplish it this year.”

South will face Farmington Hills Mercy in the Region 4 semifinal on March 4, in what could pose as a challenge to South.

“This region having the top three teams in Class A (Detroit Martin Luther King, Mercy and South), anyone can win,” said Richards. “It’ll be a challenge, but we’re excited for it.”

Despite the glamour of the possible return to the title game, the team needs to stay focused on the games directly in front of them, Rice said.

“We need to take it one game at a time,” said Rice. “We need to be regional champs, quarterfinal champs, and then get back to Breslin, that’s our goal.”

If the girls beat Mercy, they’ll play the winner of the King vs. Livonia Stevenson game in the regional championship and advance to the quarterfinals. Kish has confidence the team can accomplish that, she said.

“We’re concentrating us right now, and trying to play the best we can” said Kish. “If we do everything we need to do then the wins will come.”

The Region 4 semifinals game against Mercy will take place at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 at Farmington Hills.

Photos by Adam Morris ’15

 

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By Jack Weaver ’15 | Staff Writer

Despite losing in the District Semifinals, the boys’ hockey program built a team based around teamwork, and this teamwork would lead them to an unbelievable season this year.

Through the regular season, South dominated their division and rode a 15-game winning streak into the playoffs. They finished with an overall record of 20-3-1, yet still faced an overwhelming first round challenge in Trenton, Dominic Rinaldi ’15 said.

“We had one of the best regular seasons in South history and went undefeated in our league,” said Rinaldi. “We just got unlucky and drew the number one team in our division in the first round.”

From the drop of the puck, Trenton’s sheer size and skill kept the team occupied and having to play defense for most of the first period. By the end of the first, the team found themselves down 1-0 and unsure of how to break down the Trenton forecheck.

“I thought we got caught like a deer in the headlights,” said Head Coach Robert McKillop. “We were looking around rather than try and take the play to them, and we were basically on our heels right from the get go.”

In the second period, missed scoring opportunities would serve as a common theme for South as they failed to put the puck in the net. As the period came to a close South committed a costly penalty, which in turn, would lead to a late second goal from Trenton to give them a 2-0 lead at the end of two.

“We had a couple chances late in the second period to make it 1-1 and didn’t score,” said Mckillop. “Then they score with thirty or twenty seconds left in the second period and that was a big difference in the hockey game.”

With momentum on Trenton’s side, they continued to capitalize on South’s penalty trouble, netting four goals in the final period. South would never be able to get back on their feet after the late second goal in the second period, and fell to Trenton 6-0 ending their hopes of a state championship.

“Trenton had a great team this year and we would’ve had to play a perfect game to beat them,” said Rinaldi ’15. “We got into penalty trouble and they capitalized on all of our mistakes.”

“There’s a lot of teams in the state that aren’t going to win their last game, and we just happened to be one of them,” said McKillop. “We knew it was going to be tough, but I’m so proud of these kids. We weren’t the most talented team, but we worked hard every single day, and every single one of those kids gave me everything they had.”

Once the final horn had sound and the players cleared off the ice, Senior players faced the harsh reality that that would be their final game playing for South. Although this thought was tough to swallow, Seniors Andrew Bigham ’14 and Andrew Wright ’14 were also able to look back on the great memories and life lessons learned while playing for South.

“It was a great season and I had a lot of fun,” said Bigham ’14. “We all wish that we could of went farther in the playoffs. There were a lot of relationships created that will last a long time and coach taught us a lot of life lessons.”

“It’s very sad,” said Wright ’14. “I wish I could’ve went out another way, but it was a great four years playing for South.”

With the Senior class leaving, numerous positions will have to be filled as well as leadership roles in order for South to continue to be one of the state’s top teams. The team appears to be just fine though, as Jason Sommerville ’15 assures that this years’ players will be more than willing to not only fill these roles, but also excel in them.

“We will be losing a lot of experience and talent next year without our graduating seniors, but that gives next years’ team players room to step up and lead our team to a state championship.” said Sommerville ’15.

 

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By Jack Weaver ’15 | Staff Writer

After receiving a tough draw for this years’ playoffs and only a week of preparation, the boys hockey team is more than ready for a challenging match-up against a number one ranked Trenton team.

These two teams met in South’s home opener at City Arena where Trenton virtually dominated the tempo and pace of the entire game. They would end up defeating South 4-1, but Will Poplowski ’16 said the score will be different this time around.

“We played Trenton to open the season, and we didn’t show them the team we really were,” said Poplowski ’16. “I guess you might be able to say we could have an advantage going into the game with them underestimating us.”

Both teams will be playing to keep their seasons alive in this winner stays alive format, but for South a win would mean so much more. Knocking off the number one team in the state would be a huge statement to the other teams competing, Zach Kohut ’15 said.

“They are the number one team in the state, so with the win we would be able to show the state and other opponents that we are capable of beating any team,” said Kohut ’15. “Plus it would also be a huge confidence booster.”

The sheer skill of this Trenton team, is not the only thing that has contributed to its success. The student body has been known for selling out its home rink on numerous occasions and with a hostile road game it will only make it harder to compete. Yet Captain Andrew Bigham ’14 is far from intimidated and is more than accepting of this challenge.

“Some people may be affected by the crowd, but to me personally I love it. I want the crowd to hate me,” said Bigham ’14. “ I expect it to be a very high pace and physical game. If we play our game then we will have no problem.”

This team was in a very similar situation only two years ago from now, when they had to play a Trenton team ranked 3rd in the state. South would go onto to win that game and finish as state runner-up falling to Brother Rice.

The boy’s hockey team squares off on the road at Trenton tonight at 7:30 p.m. .