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Shores                              Wings struggle when down two men
hockey on                           ■ Detroit gives special                       scoring on a 5-on-3 than a 5-on-4, scor-
                                                                                  ing more than four times more often
                                                                                                                                                   minutes (47.9), are
                                                                                                                                                   27th in time on ice
                                                                                                                                                                                 When you’re two men down, someone’s
                                                                                                                                                                                 going to be open all the time. It takes a

way back                            attention to its 5-on-3
                                    penalty killing.
                                                                                  with a two-man advantage than a one-
                                                                                  man advantage — a league average of
                                                                                  25.1 goals per 60 minutes compared to
                                                                                                                                                   (7.5 minutes) and
                                                                                                                                                   30th in goals
                                                                                                                                                   allowed (six).
                                                                                                                                                                                 lot from your goalie and your guys on
                                                                                                                                                                                 the ice to be willing to block shots and
                                                                                                                                                                                 fill shooting lanes.”
   For many who grew up in          By Bruce MacLeod
                                                                                  5.9 goals per 60 minutes.
                                                                                     “Everybody’s expecting a goal when
                                                                                                                                    Up Next — Six goals against
                                                                                                                                                      two more than
                                                                                                                                                                                     Lidstrom and Chris Chelios are the
                                                                                                                                                                                 two defensemen that coach Mike
St. Clair Shores, they can          Macomb Daily Sports Writer                    it’s 5-on-3,” said Detroit’s Valtteri         St. Louis at Wings the next worst total          Babcock wants on the ice when down
remember a time when hockey                                                                                                     Time: 7:30 p.m.    — might not sound             two men with Andreas Lilja also seeing
                                                                                  Filppula. “That’s why every time you
was everything.                        DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings                                                          today
                                                                                  kill a 5-on-3, it gives you an extra                             like much, but that’s         significant ice time. Kris Draper or
   Powerhouse high school           spent a portion of their Tuesday prac-                                                      TV: FSN
                                                                                  boost.”                                                          12 percent of the             Henrik Zetterberg usually mans the
teams were the norm through-        tice at Joe Louis Arena, working on                                                                            total goals allowed           one forward spot.
                                                                                     The Red Wings are ranked 11th in
out the 1970s. In 1980, native      one of their few weaknesses in a 14-5-1                                                    by Detroit this season.                               With the many whistles that have
                                                                                  the NHL in penalty killing. But if you
son Mark Wells was part of the      season — 5-on-3 penalty killing.                                                              So Tuesday, the Red Wings worked               formed a soundtrack for the post-lock-
                                                                                  break that down into types of PK situa-
“Miracle on Ice” Olympic team          You could call the two-man advan-                                                       on positioning while defending 5-on-3s            out NHL, 5-on-3 hockey has become a
                                                                                  tions, the Red Wings’ efficiency
that won gold in Lake Placid.       tage a hidden statistic because all                                                        and rotation.                                     more prominent part of the game than
                                                                                  becomes polarized.
The Shores was the original         power plays are dumped into the same                                                          “You have to try to be in shooting             it was five years ago.
                                                                                     Down one man, the Red Wings are
Hockeytown.                         grouping, be they a 5-on-4 or 5-on-3. But                                                  lanes,” said Detroit captain Nicklas                  “Post-lockout, I think the referees
                                                                                  seventh in the league in terms of goals
   But over time, some of that      the difference between the two is sig-                                                     Lidstrom. “When there’s a shot, you               aren’t afraid to call it whenever it’s a
                                                                                  allowed per 60 minutes (4.1). Down two
luster faded away.                                                                                                             have to have all three players come
                                    nificant.                                     men, however, the Red Wings rank 29th
   High school programs                                                                                                        down and help out with the rebound.
                                       Teams have a much greater rate of          in the league in goals allowed per 60                                                                                    See WINGS, Page 5B
                    became a
                    thing of the
                    past as the
                    economy


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                                        Macomb Daily Sports Writer                                                                                                                             WHOLESALE
school program.                            Fraser rambled to the state cham-                                                                                                                   MATTRESS
   And their efforts have turned        pionship game. Grosse Pointe North                                                                                                                        33450 GROESBECK HWY
into a full-blown success.              won the league title and advanced to                                                                                                                   586-296-2233
   The St. Clair Shores Unified         the regional final.
Lakers hockey team, com-                   This year, coaches expect more of
prised of Lake Shore,                   the same in the MAC Red Division.
Lakeview and South Lake stu-               “It’s always a bear,” Stevenson
dents, has set the standard by
which the rest of the county’s
teams are measured.
                                        coach Casie Parlardg said. “There’s
                                                             never an easy
                                                             night. Between
                                                                                                                                                                                         Being a
   This is due in large part to
their coach, Frank DiCristofaro.
   Known for his fiery tem-
                                              Girls          the MAC Red and
                                                             White, no one
                                        High School will have an easy
                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Michigan
perament, passion for the
sport and a wealth of hockey
                                          Basketball night.”
                                                                Last year’s top                                                                                                          man’ isn’t a
history, DiCristofaro came up                                teams again fig-
with the game through its
purest form.
                                                             ure to be tough,
                                        starting with GPN, which returns all
                                                                                                                                                                                         requirement
   “When we grew up here in             five starters.                                                                                                                                   The Associated Press
the Shores, we used to go out              “Grosse Pointe North is absolutely
and skate in the canals when            loaded,” Eisenhower coach Kevin                                                                                                                     ANN ARBOR — Les Miles
they froze over,” DiCristofaro          Donahue said. “If they’re not the top                                                                                                            seems to have everything col-
said. “All the kids were out            team in the state, then they’re in the                                                                                                           lege football’s winningest pro-
playing hockey.”                        top two or three.”                                                                                                                               gram is looking for, including
   Influenced by his father,               Fraser has an experienced back-                                                                                                               ties to the school and the late-
DiCristofaro got into coaching          court, led by junior guard Becka                                                                                                                 great coach Bo Schembechler.
at the high school level 25 sea-        McHenry. Port Huron Northern has                                                                                                                    But being a ‘‘Michigan
sons ago. His successes includ-         an experienced frontcourt, led by                                                                                                                man,’’ is not a requirement to
ed state championships in 1989          junior center Natasha Thames.                                                                                                                    get the job of succeeding Lloyd
with Southgate Anderson and                And everybody expects a tough                                                                                                                 Carr.
back-to-back titles with Allen          battle every night in the division.                                                                                                                 ‘‘Well, you remember a guy
Park Cabrini in 1994 and 1995.                                                                                                                                                           named Schembechler? He was-
   With DiCristofaro at the             Eisenhower                                                                                                                                       n’t a Michigan man,’’ Carr
helm, the Lakers have man-                 Coach: Kevin Donahue                                                                                                                                             said Monday
aged to win at least a share of            2006 record: 6-6 MAC Red                                                                        Macomb Daily staff photo by David Dalton                         when he
the Macomb Area Conference                                                          Marichelle Ching Phot and her Stevenson teammates aim their sights on a 2007-                                           announced
Red division in each of the                                See GIRLS, Page 2B       2008 winning season after suffering through a 6-15 year mostly because of injuries.                                     the
past three seasons. Amazingly,                                                                                                                                                                              Wolverines’
the team has yet to suffer a                                                                                                                                                                                bowl game
defeat against Red opponents,                                                                                                                                                                               would be his
piling up a 35-0-3 record.
   St. Clair Shores captured
regional championships in
                                    Kitna: Packers’ defensive ‘bounties’ no big deal                                                                                                                        last on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            sidelines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘‘Fritz
                                                                                                                                                                                               MILES
2005 and 2006.
   DiCristofaro’s trademark is
                                    ■ League probing                     the rules; if it is, it shouldn’t
                                                                         be,” the quarterback said
                                                                                                             player or
                                                                                                             players or a
                                                                                                                                                 weeks ago. They offered anoth-
                                                                                                                                                 er $500 for holding Carolina to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crisler was-
                                                                                                                                                                                         n’t a Michigan man. Fielding
an innate ability to squeeze        reported payment                     Tuesday. “They’re not paying        particular
                                                                                                             group of an
                                                                                                                                                 under 60 yards rushing as a
                                                                                                                                                 team on Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Yost wasn’t a Michigan man.’’
every last ounce of effort from                                          people to go out and hurt                                                                                          That’s why the field of can-
his team.                           offers for objectives.               somebody. They’re just paying       opposing                               Peterson was held to 45              didates could include
   “He is just relentless in                                             people to do their job.”            team.”                              yards rushing before he left            Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and
                                    The Associated Press                                                                      Up Next            the Vikings’ Nov. 11 loss to the
pushing us to work hard,”                                                   NFL spokesman Greg Aiello           ESPN                                                                     Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.
                                       GREEN BAY, Wis. — Jon                                                               Green Bay at Lions    Packers with an injury. But                ‘‘Some guy throws out a
Lakers junior defenseman                                                 confirmed Monday that league        reported
                                    Kitna has no problem if                                                                Time: 12:30 p.m.      the Panthers rushed for 131             pool of names, so now I’m out
Nick Singleton said. “His                                                officials are investigating         that
knowledge of the game is            Packers defensive players are                                                          Thursday              yards in Sunday’s loss to               there,’’ Stoops told reporters
                                                                         whether Packers players             Packers
much different than any other       indeed offering “bounties” to        offered such payments to                          TV: Ch. 2             Green Bay.                              Tuesday. ‘‘I’m not a candidate
                                                                                                             players
coach I’ve had. No matter what      teammates for achieving spe-         teammates. League rules pro-        offered to                             Speaking to reporters on a           for any job, not this one or any
(ability) you come here with,       cific defensive goals.               hibit teams and players “from       pay the team’s defensive line-      regularly scheduled confer-             of the next ones that are com-
he’ll help you to get better.”         And Kitna’s team, the             offering or accepting bonuses       men $500 each if they were          ence call Tuesday in advance            ing in the next few weeks.’’
   Opposing coaches such as         Detroit Lions, is next on Green      to a player for his or his team’s   able to hold Minnesota run-         of Thursday’s game, Kitna                  On Monday, Miles pleaded
Romeo’s Rich Boggio notice as       Bay’s schedule.                      performance against a particu-      ning back Adrian Peterson           said such incentives were an            with the media to let the topic
      See COSTELLO, Page 6C            “I don’t know if it is against    lar team, a particular opposing     under 100 yards rushing two                     See LIONS, Page 4B                        See U-M, Page 3B
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                                                                  HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS                                                                                                            Wednesday, November 21, 2007




Madison’s Johnson                                                                                                                                             DIVISION 5-6 ALL-STATE
                                                                                                                                                      The 2007 Associated Press Divisions 5-6 All-
                                                                                                                                                      State football team, selected by Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SPECIAL MENTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                        (nominees receiving two or more votes from the 10-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        member panel):

named Division 5-6 POY                                                                                                                                sports writers and broadcasters:                                      QUARTERBACKS
                                                                                                                                                                   PLAYER OF THE YEAR                   Austin Comment, Marlette; Austin Collier, Standish-
                                                                                                                                                      Deandre Johnson, Madison, 5-8, 170, Sr.           Sterling.
                                                                                                                                                                      QUARTERBACKS                                          RUNNING BACKS
The Associated Press                                                                                                                                  Kirk Derring, Grand Rapids West Catholic, 5-11,   Vincent Bright, Harper Woods; Jaron Butts, Addison;
                                                                                                                                                      180, Sr.                                          Ryan Cooper, Grayling
                                       All-State Football                                                                                             Simuel Overall, Flint Beecher, 6-2, 195, Sr.                              RECEIVER
   JACKSON — When                                                                                                                                                                                       Derek Neumayer, Sandusky.
                                                                                                                                                      Joe Bitterman, Chesaning, 6-2, 190, Sr.
Madison coach Ryan Culloty                                                                                                                                            RUNNING BACKS                                             LINEMEN
watches DeAndre Johnson run         the Macomb Area Conference                                                                                        Deandre Johnson, Madison, 5-8, 170, Sr.           Brian Greene,Flint Hamady; Lyle Bass,Detroit University
                                    Silver Division, rushed for                                                                                       Jezrel White, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic          Prep; Ed Raby,Reed City.
the football, he knows he’s                                                                                                                           Central, 5-11, 195, Sr.                                                LINEBACKERS
watching something special.         1,598 yards and 23 touchdowns                                                                                     Ethan Shaver, Menominee, 6-0, 191, Sr.            Adam Gulvas,Standish-Sterling; Conrad Bovee,Ithaca.
   ‘‘Unfortunately, I think he’ll   in the regular season and for                                                                                     Antoine Smith-Guise, Flint Hamady, 5-9, 180,                         DEFENSIVE BACKS
                                    more than 7,000 yards in his                                                                                      Sr.                                               Cody Groulx,Montrose; Shaun Jordan,Tawas Area.
be the best player I ever                                                                                                                                                RECEIVERS                                              COACHES
coach,’’ Culloty said. ‘‘And I’m    career. More importantly,                                                                                         Clifton Powell, Bishop Foley, 5-10, 175, Sr.      Bob Saylor, Reese; Jeremy Ferman,Almont.
not even 30 years old yet.’’        Johnson helped bring winning                                                                                      Neal Zott, Almont, 6-2, 190, Jr.                                           ———
                                                                                                                                                      Zac Dreffs, Elk Rapids, 6-1, 165, Sr.                              HONORABLE MENTION
   Culloty, who turns 30 on         football back to the school.                                                                                                          LINEMEN                        (nominees receiving one or no votes from the 11-mem-
Thanksgiving, first noticed            Madison has made the play-                                                                                     Brad Saunders, St. Charles, 6-4, 255 Sr.          ber panel)
                                    offs the past three years.                                                                                        Steve Winston, Muskegon Heights, 6-3, 240,                            QUARTERBACKS
Johnson at a summer camp                                                                                                                                                                                Corey Scheffers,Kalamazoo Christian; Alex Harris,
                                                                                                                                                      Sr.
before the player’s freshman        Before that, the Eagles’ most                                                                                     Armando Roque, Madison, 5-11, 265, Sr.            Hanover-Horton; Dan Loney,Benzie Central; Steve Brohl,
year. That first impression was     recent postseason action was                                                                                      Spencer Bouwkamp, Constantine, 6-3, 230, Sr.      Almont; Doug Counterman,Union City; Dustin Griesing,
                                    1985.                                                                                                             Ryan DeVries, Kalamazoo Christian, 6-5, 265,      Millington.
good enough to get Johnson a                                                                                                                          Sr.                                                                   RUNNING BACKS
call-up to the varsity for good.       Johnson, who still is uncom-                                                                                   Cody Woods, Menominee, 6-0, 205, Sr.              Hersey Jackson,Allendale; Ryan Humpert,St. Charles;
   ‘‘His first game he was a lit-   mitted for next season, is                                                                                                         LINEBACKERS                      Travis Smith,Portland; Ryan Pelham,Onsted; Tim Snell,
                                                                                                                                                      Evan Hagen, Jackson Lumen Christi, 6-0, 200,      Clinton; Anthony Stewart,Suttons Bay; Myles Haney,
tle quiet, but he had a 60-yard     joined in the Division 5-6 all-                                                                                   Sr.                                               Reed City; Eric Hasse,Evart,Jr.; Trevor Tyler, Roscommon;
counter play for a touchdown        state backfield by seniors                                                                                        Matt Eisenzoph, Menominee, 6-0, 214, Sr.          Alex Verlac,Tawas Area; Marquis Hall,Buchanan.
that kind of won that game,’’       Jezrel White of Kalamazoo                                                                                         Ryan Palmer, Saginaw Nouvel, 6-2, 214, Sr.                                LINEMEN
                                                                                                      Macomb Daily staff photo by Ray J. Skowronek    Mitch Ruimveld, Kalamazoo Christian, 6-1, 195,    Tony Iacavoni,Grand Rapids West Catholic; Kyle
Culloty said. ‘‘He made about       Hackett, Ethan Shaver of            Madison’s Deandre Johnson was named the Player of the Year                    Sr.                                               Hoffmaster, Hopkins; Trent Page,Leslie; Sam Tervo,
five people miss on that play,      Menominee and Antoine                                                                                                            DEFENSIVE BACKS                    Stockbridge; Chad Kern,Reese; Sean Hooey,Hillsdale;
                                                                        for Division 5-6.                                                             Kyle Huck, Muskegon Oakridge, 5-9, 150, Sr.       Tom Pelegrini,Harper Woods; Josh Wahr, Muskegon
and I think at that moment we       Smith Guise of Flint Hamady.                                                                                                                                        Oakridge; Andrew Tighe,Manistee.
                                                                                                                                                      Chris Cook, Hartford, 6-0, 185, Sr.
knew we had something.’’            White is a repeat selection to      Bishop Foley led Division 5-6       seniors Ryan DeVries of                   Robby Jensen, Boyne City, 6-1, 175, Sr.                                LINEBACKERS
   Johnson, a 5-foot-8, 170-        the all-state team.                 players with 77 catches for         Division 5 top-ranked                                        SPECIALIST                     Danny Houser, Parchment; Zak Kranich,Laingsburg;
                                                                                                                                                      Isaac Zimmer, Reese, 6-1, 175, Sr.                Thomas Stalter, Portland; Keith Mitchell,Evart; Steven
pound senior and two-time              The all-state quarterbacks       1,146 yards and 13 touchdowns       Kalamazoo Christian; Spencer                                   PUNTER                       Spranger, Clare; Stephen Bateman,Wyoming
Associated Press all-state selec-   are seniors Kirk Derring of         and is one of three wide            Bouwkamp of Constantine;                  Randon Henika, Essexville-Garber, 6-2, 185, Sr.   Kelloggsville; Ken McDaniel,Muskegon Heights.
tion, has been named Division       Grand Rapids West Catholic,         receivers on the team. He’s         Armando Roque of Madison;                                  PLACEKICKER                                             SPECIALIST
                                                                                                                                                      Jordan Marchewka, Jackson Lumen Christi, 5-8,     Ryan Keith, Frankenmuth.
5-6 player of the year by a 10-     Simuel Overall of Flint             joined by senior Zac Dreffs of      Steve Winston of Muskegon                 160, Sr.                                                                   COACH
member statewide panel of           Beecher and Joe Bitterman of        Elk Rapids and junior Neal          Heights; Cody Woods of                                  COACH OF THE YEAR                   Ken Hofer, Menominee; Ed Schindler, Elk Rapids;
sports writers.                     Chesaning.                          Zott of Almont.                     Menominee; and Brand                      Courtney Hawkins, Flint Beecher                   John Blankenship, Frankenmuth; Doug Haggart,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clare.
   Johnson, three-time MVP of          Senior Clifton Powell of            The all-state line includes      Saunders of St. Charles.


COSTELLO: Coach keeps giving                                                                                                                                                                            Bulldogs
Continued from Page 1B
well.
   “Frank finds a way to get the best
                                               Preseason Power Five
                                                 The county high school power rankings
                                                 1. St. Clair Shores Unified — Three
                                                                                                                                                                                                        edge
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crusaders
out of his players, that’s for sure,”         years, zero conference losses
Boggio said. “We knew every time we              2. De La Salle — Moves to brutal MIHL
played them that it was going to be our          3. Dakota — Returns 12 seniors
toughest game of the season.”                    4. L’Anse Creuse — All-MAC goalie                                                                                                                      Macomb Daily Sport Staff
   As with any successful organization,       Hentschel is the key
there are rivals in the hockey world             5. Romeo — Faces Troy and Country                                                                                                                         Penalties killed Romeo’s
                                              Day in first month of season                                                                                                                              chances at starting off the
who criticize the Lakers strength as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        boys ice hockey season with a
byproduct of having three high schools            Games of the Week                                                                                                                                     victory last week.
from which to draw talent.                       Warren-Sterling United at Troy Athens;
DiCristofaro might buy that logic — if                                                                                                                                                                     The Bulldogs seemed to
                                              Troy Sports Center; today, 8:45 p.m.
he had hundreds of young men show-               Chippewa Valley at De La Salle; Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                        have solved that problem.
ing up for tryouts each season.               Lakes Sports City; today, 7:45 p.m.                                                                                                                          Drawing just six minor
   “A lot of people point to the fact that                                                                                                                                                                                 penalties
we’re a unified team,” DiCristofaro                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday
                                             the reigns” as his brother likes to say.                                                                                                                       Hockey
explained. “All I do is coach. We had 24                                                                                                                                                                                   night,
                                             Russ’s son Vinny was a senior on the
players show up this year. All we can                                                                                                                                                                                      Romeo skat-
                                             team last season and his younger boy
do is put up the (tryout) times, pick a                                                                                                                                                                 ed by L’Anse Creuse North, 2-1
                                             Andy will start in the net for the
team and go to work.”                                                                                                                                                                                   in a Macomb Area Conference
                                             Lakers this year. It’s been an unforget-
   And work they do.                                                                                                                                                                                    White Division game.
                                             table experience for the family, having
   Even the casual fan notices a differ-                                                                                                                                                                   Brandon Bidus broke a tie
                                             several generations pass through the
ence in the way the Lakers carry them-                                                                                                                                                                  midway through the third
                                             Shores gateway.
selves on the ice. Employing hockey’s                                                                                                                                                                   period on an assist from
                                                “We got started in coaching because                                                            Macomb Daily staff photo by Ray J. Skowronek
version of a full-court press, Saint                                                                                                                                                                    Andrew Zimmerman for the
                                             our dad was a coach forever,” Russ says      St. Clair Shores Unified hockey coach Frank DiCristofaro shouts out instructions                              Bulldogs, who had 10 penal-
Clair Shores is persistent with its          about his father, Frank Sr. “This has        to his team during practice.                                                                                  ties called against them in a
forechecking. At times, all three for-       been in our blood for a long time.
                                                                                            Yet success on the ice has never been          to focus on academics and have a                             loss to L’Anse Creuse. Brad
wards will crash their way into the          Frank and I started skating in 1965 and
                                                                                          what has motivated Frank. In his                 process that helps them get better on                        Rice also scored for Romeo (1-
opposition’s zone, disrupting a break-       we’ve never missed a season of hockey
                                                                                          heart, he believes that above all, it is         the ice and in the classroom.”                               1 MAC White, 1-1 overall) and
out. The Lakers force opponents to play      since.”
                                                                                          his job to build successful citizens.               Not too long from now, Frank’s era                        goalie Dan Speck made 18
their style, at their pace. It is a style       While no one can go on forever,
                                                                                            “I’m trying to help the boys learn             as a hockey coach will be over. Yet he                       saves.
that mimics DiCristofaro’s personality.      Frank did receive a bolster to his lega-
                                                                                          how to compete in life,” Frank says.             can hang up his whistle knowing he                              LCN falls to 1-1 in the divi-
   The Lakers program is a family            cy this season when he was inducted
                                                                                            “Let’s be honest, most of these kids           accomplished something he’d been                             sion and 1-1 overall.
affair. While Frank has more than done       into three separate halls of fame. The
                                                                                          will never get to within even a lick of          striving for: He helped bring hockey                            FORD 7, LAMPHERE 3:
his part in the revival of Shores high       Michigan High School Hockey
                                                                                                                                           back to Saint Clair Shores.                                  Anthony Tomczyk and Chris
school hockey, his younger brother           Coaches, Lake Shore High School and          the NHL. We’re all about academics. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hopfner both scored hat tricks
Russ is slowly contributing more as an       the city of Southgate all extended their     you don’t study, you don’t play. The                Please send questions, comments or story                  to lead the Falcons to a road
assistant coach and has started “taking      honor.                                       winning takes care of itself. You have           ideas to macombdailyhockey@yahoo.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        win Nov. 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Correction
GIRLS: Eagles plan to do what they’ve always done                                                                                                                                                          Ford senior Marcella
Continued from Page 1B              the season with an optimistic       Angelucci and Allison Klaser        ball developmental team.                                                                    Barretta finished runner-up at
                                    outlook.                            and forwards Audrey Jackson             Senior guard Amy Trandell                                                               the Division 1 state diving
(fourth), 9-12 overall.                                                                                                                                                                                 finals with a score of 417.90
   Overview: Even with a               “We have a very young team       and Nicole Paquette.                returns after tearing her ACL
                                    that is very talented,” Kuppe         The Lancers also will rely on     last season. “She’s quick, ath-                                                             Saturday at Eastern Michigan
young 14-person roster,                                                                                                                                                                                 University. Temperance
Eisenhower figures to go full       said. “Our juniors have great       three sophomores in forward         letic,” Parlardg said.
                                    experience from being in the        Christine DeMaster, guard               Katrina Berishaj, a 5-10                                                                Bedford’s Cheyenne
speed ahead.                                                                                                                                                                                            Cousineau won the champi-
   “There’s no question we’re       state championship game last        Kelley Miko and center Carlay       senior, also should contribute,
                                    season.”                            Stahl.                              and sophomore guard Alana                                                                   onship with a score of 433.70.
going to try to do the things                                                                                                                                                                              Barretta finished her
                                       Junior guard Becka                                                   Kristoff sets the tone defensive-
we’ve always done,” Donahue
said. “We’re going to press, and    McHenry leads the way for the       Stevenson                           ly.                                                                                         Falcon career as a four-time
                                    Ramblers. McHenry led the               Coach: Casie Parlardg               “I’d much rather see teams                                                              state placer.
we’re going to run.”
   Key to that success is a pair    team in scoring last year with          2006 record: 4-8 MAC Red        uncomfortable and get things
                                    12 points per game.                                                     started on the defensive end
of juniors, guard Alyssa Telang
and forward Michelle Blain.            She will be joined in the
                                                                        (fifth), 6-15 overall.
                                                                            Overview: After suffering       than anything else,” Parlarpd                                                               Schedule
   Telang, a star on the            backcourt by junior Kelsey          through an injury-plagued 2006      said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
                                    Irwin. Junior guard Sadie           campaign, Stevenson coach
Eisenhower soccer team, aver-
aged six points and four assists    Howell also figures to con-         Casie Parlardg can’t wait to        Utica                                                                                       Boys Ice Hockey
                                                                                                                                                                                                             De La Salle at Chippewa Valley
per game last season. Blain         tribute after returning from        start a new season — and her           Coach: Tom McDonald                                                                           Warren-Sterling United at Troy Athens
                                    knee surgery  .                                                                                                                                                     Girls Ice Hockey
averaged seven points and six                                           Titans should start out fast.          2006 record: 2-10 MAC Red                                                                     Regina at Grosse Pointe North
rebounds a year ago.                   Senior forward Katie Marko           “They’re quick,” said           (sixth), 4-19 overall.
   “(Telang) has great speed,       heads up Fraser’s frontcourt.       Parlardg, who is entering her          Overview: Small-ball is the
                                                                                                                                                     Macomb Daily staff photo by David Dalton                        THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
                                                                        seventh season as Stevenson’s       operative word at Utica, where
and she’s very athletic,”
Donahue said. “Blain has real-
                                    L’Anse Creuse                       coach. “It’s one of the first       the Chieftains must replace
                                                                                                                                                     Stevenson’s Courtney Zammit                                              NO EVENTS
                                       Coach: Pete Curtis               teams I’ve had where there are      three starters from last season.         works on dribbling drills during
ly improved. She’s athletic.                                                                                                                         a recent Titans practice.
                                       2006 record: 1-11 MAC Red        nine or 10 kids who are really         “We got smaller,” McDonald                                                                            FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
They’re pretty good.”                                                                                                                                                                                   Boys Ice Hockey
   Freshmen guards Lauren           (seventh), 1-20 overall.            fast.”                              said. “We’ll try to play a little                                                               Anchor Bay vs. Dakota at Bluewater Tournament
                                       Overview: Three seniors              Senior Talitha Robertson        up-tempo. We’ll try to score in          down,” McDonald said.
Bonus and Christina Nagle                                                                                                                            “They’ll play hard and they’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wyandotte vs. Utica at Port Huron Tournament
also figure to contribute for the   return to anchor a young            returns after averaging 14          transition a bit, and create a lit-                                                             Stevenson at Kalamazoo Tournament
                                    L’Anse Creuse squad that has a      points per game last season.        tle offense from our defense. To         get better as the season goes                          Warren-Sterling United at Thanksgiving
Eagles.                                                                                                                                              along.”                                            Tournament
   “Both are very athletic and      strong core of underclassmen.           The 5-foot-7 Robertson can      score enough to win we’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                            L’Anse Creuse North and Romeo at
have good speed,” Donahue              “I expect us to be better than   play four positions and often       going to have to do things on            Others                                             Thanksgiving Tournament at Bay City Central
said. “They play really hard.”      last year, although we are still    handled point-guard duties in       the defensive end and maxi-                                                                     De La Salle at Traverse City West
   The lack of experience does      in the toughest division in the     ‘06, but Parlardg hopes to use      mize our possessions.”                      Grosse Pointe North swept                           Chippewa Valley at Plymouth Tournament
not concern Donahue.                county,” Curtis said. “We like      Robertson more on the wing             Utica’s two returning                 through the division last year                         L’Anse Creuse at Grandville Tournament
   “I understand we have            to press and fast break, and we     this season.                        starters are seniors Jamie               en route to the MAC Red title,
                                    really have a good group of             In addition, Robertson          Skiba and Dani Krolczyk.                 and the Norsemen figure to                                     SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
young kids,” Donahue said.                                                                                                                                                                              Boys Ice Hockey
“But they’re tough, they’re         sophomores that will help us in     impressed her coach by work-        Skiba plays on the wing, and             contend again this season with
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anchor Bay vs. St. Clair or Marysville at
competitive and they battle.”       the short term and later.”          ing on her mid-range jumper         Krolczyk can handle the ball.            all five starters back.                            Bluewater Tournament
                                       Senior captain Kelly Tresick     and improving her range.               “We’ll look to them, especial-           Port Huron Northern fin-                            Dakota vs. St. Clair or Marysville at Bluewater
Fraser                              will provide experience at              “She worked really hard this    ly early on, to carry us offen-          ished third in the division in                     Tournament
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utica vs. Port Huron or Port Huron Northern at
   Coach: Dave Kuppe                guard, and senior guard Sandie      offseason to develop other          sively,” McDonald said.                  2006. Junior center Natasha
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Port Huron Tournament
   2006 record: 10-2 MAC Red        Dupuis was the third-leading        aspects of her game,” Parlardg         Other contributors for the            Thames averaged 19 points and                          Stevenson at Kalamazoo Tournament
(second), 23-5 overall.             scorer on last year’s squad.        said.                               Chieftains are sophomore                 12 rebounds per game last sea-                         Warren-Sterling United at Thanksgiving
   Overview: Nine seniors              Senior center Stephanie              Similarly, Parlardg likes the   guard Katrina Suchoski, junior           son, earning Third Team All-                       Tournament
                                                                                                                                                     State honors. Sophomore Carla                          Ortonville-Brandon at Ford
graduated from last season’s        Brown should lead the way up        improvement she sees from 6-2       post Justina Gegovic and                                                                        L’Anse Creuse North and Romeo at
team that reached the state         front for the Lancers.              junior post player Courtney         junior guard Gina Gigante, a             Canto returns at point guard.                      Thanksgiving Tournament at Bay City Central
championship game.                     Four juniors also are on the     Zammit, who trained in the          three-year varsity player.                  Send        comments                      to        Chippewa Valley at Plymouth Tournament
   Nevertheless, Kuppe enters       roster — guards Alexa               spring with the Olympic volley-        “This group will not get              john.hetzler@macombdaily.com.                          L’Anse Creuse at Grandville Tournament

								
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