The Grosse Ile High School varsity sailing team traveled to Traverse City Yacht Club in mid-October to compete in the Michigan State Sailing Championships. Read More
Grosse Ile High School last month announced that 54 students have been awarded All League honors for the fall season.
“These students demonstrate skills and abilities through performance in league contests,” states a news release from the school’s Athletic Department. “In addition, they are both leaders to the team and demonstrate the attributes of good sportsmanship. Read More
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
The Grosse Ile varsity hockey schedule may look like a tough one this season, but the top guy thinks his team is ready.
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
When one thinks of high school sports, the usual culprits come to mind: football, baseball, volleyball. The Grosse Ile athletics department does have a team for each of the usuals, but also one that most locals do not have — lacrosse.
The Grosse Ile lacrosse team was founded as a club team in 2002 and a few years later became a varsity sport for the school. The district currently has a middle school recreational team to go along with the high school program.
Coach Greg Merying has been involved with the program at all levels since 2006 and is proud of his team’s season this spring. With a 3-5 record, the team has been playing with only 10 players at times, leaving no room for substitutions.
Thirty-four seniors from Grosse Ile High School have been named Huron League Scholar Athletes for the spring season. To earn this distinction, a student must be a senior, must be awarded a Varsity letter in the sport they are competing in, and most importantly, must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 of higher.
Grosse Ile’s spring scholar athletes listed by sport include:
Boys Track: Adam Sawicki, Jonathan Lem, Joshua Moskall. Honorable Mention: Michael Hurley, Dale Garner, Zachary Camilleri, Michael Simone. Girls Track: Katelyn Graver and Gabriella Soave. Honorable Mention: Hailey Lopez. Girls Tennis: Elli Formentin, Emily Schutt, Abby Wozniak, Katherine Kobiljak, Savannah Wright, Marie McMenamin. Girls Soccer: Kelsie Krauss, Madelyn Moretti. Honorable Mention: Amelia Rista, Haley Labadie. Softball: Elizabeth Kronell. Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Kibble, Amber Johnson. Baseball: Jared Lutsic. Honorable Mention: Joseph Lepidi, Tyler Groat. Boys Golf: Jason Kopp, Mitchell Daly. Lacrosse: Jacob Ochab. Boys Crew: Jackson Farrell, Paul Formosa, Philip Buccini. Girls Crew: Zoe Gaertner, Alexandra Lafayette, McKenzie Sandel.
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
The Grosse Ile Athletic Boosters held its annual Comedy Night on March 4 at the Stone Creek Banquet Center in Flat Rock. This year’s event, the fourth annual comedy night, raised $6,500 for the athletic boosters’ general fund.
The comedy night is one of two main fundraisers for the Athletic Department each year. In the fall it holds a golf outing that also raises money for the general fund.
Comedy Night chair Chuck Wojno says the night is a great event for the community for everyone to enjoy themselves while raising money for the athletes.
“The festival-type atmosphere allows parents as well as a few school teachers here and there to let their hair down, which we usually don’t see in the normal course of the day,” he said. [Read more…] about Sports fundraisers offer fun way to give back to program
By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
The golf course awaits. Time to get those irons polished up and ready to “Swing”!
It is the “Merry Month of May” where warm breezes blow and the sunny days call you to come out and renew your spirit. Mother’s Day is May 14, a day to honor all mothers and show your Mom you love her. Just in case you haven’t said it recently, “I love you Mom” will make her day. [Read more…] about Time to get those golf clubs polished and ready to swing
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
For the first time in the program’s history, the Grosse Ile varsity football team will be opening its season on the big stage. The Red Devils’ 2017 gridiron debut will be against Almont at Wayne State for the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic.
The Prep Kickoff Classic is the premiere season-opener for Michigan football teams and the 2017 campaign will mark both the Red Devils’ and the Raiders’ first appearances. The opportunity fit perfectly into the Grosse Ile season.
“It’s been a struggle to find a non-league game,” Grosse Ile Coach John Bodner said. “Almont wanted to play us and we worked it out instead of traveling all the way to Almont, we’re meeting in the middle. It made it a little easier.”
With both teams coming into the season as playoff contenders, those in attendance are bound to see a nice showdown.
Almont has made the playoffs the better part of the last decade, while Grosse Ile comes in fresh off a playoff appearance and its first Huron League championship in 30 years following an 8-2 finish last year.
“This presented itself and it’s a good opportunity for both teams to get a chance to play in an event that special and different from most opening games in August.” Bodner said. “We’re excited for that.”
The Red Devils will enter the contest with a young squad after graduating a strong core this June, but do return several key players including Jack McGrath, Kenny Marks, Collin Bammer, Lewis Will, Luke Harwood and Logan Brodeur.
“We had a great senior class so we’ve gotta replace them,” Bodner said. “I’ve got a really young team so this is a good way to motivate the guys. They’re excited. It’s a good chance to play at Wayne State; it’s a college stadium (and) it’s a great facility and the kids are real excited.”
Bodner said his kids can stay hyped and motivated for week one because right now, that’s all their focus.
“This is why it’s good for us,” he said. “Everything we do is about that first game; that’s the bottom line. We’ve got too many good teams, it’s like you can’t look ahead to anything. I have no clue if we’ll play in week 10; for us it’s just about week one.”
Grosse Ile senior Jack McGrath is thrilled with the opportunity to play in the Kickoff Classic.
“Playing in the Detroit Prep Kickoff Classic will be a great opportunity to see what we are made of against a great team in Almont,” McGrath said. “I’m very excited to start my senior season on a big stage. I believe we have talent coming into the 2017 season, including strong senior leadership along with a great coaching staff.”
With his experience, McGrath plans to help his younger teammates through the journey.
“I plan to lead both vocally and by example,” he said. “If the juniors and sophomores make mistakes early on, it’s important to keep their heads up and stay focused. If I learned anything from last season, it was that good team chemistry can build a strong team.”
Kickoff is 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.