Sports
Sports at Grosse Pointe South High School.

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By Joey Diehl ’15 | Director of Photography

The varsity girls soccer team lost in the regional finals against Henry Ford. The game was tied 0-0 after double overtime but the team lost 3-0 in penalty kicks, ending a strong season.

“We had an absolutely awesome group of girls,” said captain Fran Weber ’14, “we all became great friends on and off the field and that was part of what led us to such a successful season.”

Weber said that although the team was hoping to go all the way, they were still proud of their season.  With a record of 12-6-5, the girls managed to pull off 9 shutouts and scored 47 goals the entire season while limiting their opponents, collectively, to 22.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the heat next season,” said Sophie Hanna ’15.  “We have a lot of great players returning and won’t forget what we learned this season.”

 

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By Joey Diehl ’15 | Director of Photography

Defeating Sterling Heights Stevenson 2-0, the number 1 ranked team in the state earlier today June 10, the varsity baseball team advance to the final four and are only 2 games away from clinching a state championship.

“We’ve been on a hot streak,” said Zack Thalgott ’15. “Jimmy Menchl ’14 has been unstoppable pitching these last 3 games and we’ve really came together as a team these last few weeks.”

Thalgott said toppling the number 1 team in the state from going into the game as big underdogs is just the fire they need to fuel a state championship.

“We all want those rings,” said Thalgott.

Come support the boys as they continue their quest for the state title this Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium in East Lansing, home of the Michigan State Spartans.

Note: Game time may change due to Michigan State graduation ceremony needs, check our twitter account @thetowerpulse for updates.

 

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By Jack Weaver ’15 | Staff Writer

As the spring sports season comes to a close, the boys’ lacrosse teams’ playoff run came to unexpected halt. South lost to Haslett 7-6, the second team’s one-goal loss of the season, after mounting an incredible comeback.

On Wednesday, May 28th, the team faced off against a Haslett team, that earlier in the season, defeated them in the closing seconds. For the Blue Devils it was a chance to redeem their tough loss and continue their playoff run.

In this third round playoff matchup, the Blue Devils would give up six unanswered goals to start the game, yet thanks to two quick goals from Jack Denison ’14, they would only go into the half down 6-2.

“All their shots early in the game were good shots, so they were able to put us in a hole with their early goals,” said Aidan Hubbell ’15.

The damage appeared to have been done and the game looked too far out of reach for any hopes of a comeback, yet for a team who won 12-straight games after starting the season 0-3, it would take only several minutes to make it a game again. The boys would go on a 5-0 scoring run.

“Once you get momentum and a couple face-offs here and there, everyone’s jumping on the sidelines and there’s energy,” said head coach Don Wolford. “Sometimes it’s that first or second goal and then you start stringing them together.”

Although the furious comeback was quick and left them with plenty of time to tie or even take the lead, scoring would stall out as both teams only scored one goal in the final quarter of play. Numerous late penalties and missed opportunities near the goal would plague the Blue Devils, and in the end would be the deciding factor in the game and their season.

“Obviously our expectations were to win a state title, but I feel like we were successful,” said Jerry Coyle ’15. “We won our conference and just came up short that last game.”

For senior Andrew Wright ’14, the culmination of never losing to North, winning the conference title, and playing on the same attack line with his classmates and good friends friends Andrew Hyde and Jack Denison, both ’14, are what have made this season so special.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Wright. “I made a ton of great memories with the guys throughout the years, and it’s also been surreal to play with my best friends on the same line the past couple years.”

As for the returning players next year, it will be difficult to exceed a 14-5 record, win a conference championship and be ranked 12th in the state, but Hubbell is ready for the challenge.

“We’re losing a lot of talent this year, especially on offense, but we’re still returning some core players and we can’t forget that all the teams we play are losing a lot of their best players as well,” said Hubbell. “Next years’ focus includes a MAC Red Championship, big non-conference wins, and a deep run in the playoffs.”

Like Hubbell, many returning players have also set a list of preseason goals, but for Coyle there is only one goal on his mind. He wants to complete a goal set by this years’ season that couldn’t be fulfilled.

When asked what this goal was, Coyle simply said, “State champions”.

As the Senior class departs, leaving behind many great memories and having made strong bonds with teammates, coach Wolford reflected on his time working with this year’s Seniors

“It’s an incredibly talented Senior class,”Wolford said. “A lot of them have been with us for a long time, so they’ve really had a chance to grow. It’s difficult to see them go out this early, because we were hoping for more, but they still came out and had a hell of a game. They could’ve just folded and quit but they didn’t. I think that speaks a lot to the resilience of this team.”

 

 

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Story and photos by Jared Brush ’15 | Staff Writer

The annual Softball game between the Staff and seniors took place on the baseball diamond on Monday, June 4, with the teachers winning 11-10, ending its three year losing streak.

This tradition dates back about 14 years ago, when teacher Tom Schultz decided to host a softball game between the staff and students. The game was created to have a fun event at the end of the year.

“We have a great time every year, “ said Schultz, “The staff won the first 8 or 10 games but are now in a slump since losing the last three years”

Although the main point of the game is to have fun, that doesn’t mean there isn’t trash talking between the players, Schultz said. Trash talking happens  the whole year leading up to the game.

A high offensive start lead by the senior team lead to an high offensive game throughout the first four innings. After four, the teachers and students were tied 9-9 going into the fifth. The teachers held the seniors scoreless the next three inning, while scoring two of their own. The seniors could only put up one run in the final inning and the final score was 11-10.

In the game there were some huge blasts which  included a three-run home-run by Ron Williams ‘14 and a big triple by staff member Andre Williams. Other players were just happy to get contact with the ball.

“I got a hit so I was happy,” said Sandi Siemaszko, who has played in the annual softball game for five years.

Some players wanted to go the full nine innings and think the results would have been different.

“We wanted to go all nine innings so we could blow out the teachers,” said Miranda Turner ’14, “but they didn’t have the stamina.”

Overall the game was a success, there were enough players and nobody got hurt. Schultz said.

“I had fun and everyone else had fun and that’s my objective,” said Schultz “We don’t really care if we win or lose, but that was big win for us.”

 

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By Joey Diehl ’15 | Director of Photography

Losing to Bloomfield Hills 10-15 in the playoffs, the girls Lacrosse team finished an impressive season ranking 6th in the state with a record of 10-2-1.

“It was an ugly game that does not represent how great of a season we had or what type of team we are,” said Emma Baer ’15.

Baer said that the team is planning to start their preseason very early, which will consists of camps and scrimmages over the summer and indoor practices in the fall to insure their success for next season.

“Our team did very well this season, we worked hard constantly,” said Baer, “to ensure that we were the best all-around we could be.”

The team had potential to do extremely well in playoffs, captain Bridgette Champagne ’14 said. They did not expect the season to end the way it did.

“We worked great as a team and utilized every girl,” said Champagne, “our team bonded really well which helped in the long run, and the underclassmen will build off of that.”