WHITMORE LAKE ATHLETICS
Girls Varsity Cheerleading
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The fall season certainly provided its set of challenges (thanks, Covid). Regardless of the obstacles, our student-athletes and coaches forged on.
Our middle school teams brought home hardware from multiple events, and the girls capped off the season with a runner-up finish at the inaugural Regional Championship. Kaylie Livingston was the overall champion in the final event, and Carina Burchi and Elodie Weaver placed in the top 10. For the boys, Landen Livingston placed 6th overall.
The high school teams had one of the best seasons in recent memory. The boys won the conference championship, finished runner-up at Regionals, and finished 8th overall at the State Championships. Clay Rinna and Braylan Majesky were 1st team all-conference runners, and Jacob Goodrich and Reily Henderson made 2nd team. The girls finished second in the conference, won the Regional Championship (Natalie Meadows placed 1st overall), and placed 9th at the State Championships. Natalie Meadows was a 1st team all-conference runner with Lauren Price and Brook Craven making 2nd team. Coach Casey Livingston was named MIAC Conference coach of the year, and 13 members of the cross country teams were recognized with academic all-conference honors.
After an 0-4 campaign during the COVID-shortened season, our middle school team rebounded with a 4-2 record this fall. With transitioning our middle school program to 8-player football, our athletes and coaches worked hard to learn the 8-player format and did a great job installing the system. The team had some offensive firepower including a season high 50 points at home vs. Parkway Christian. We look forward to the continued growth and success of our young program.
The high school team finished the 2021 season with a 6-4 record and placed second in the league. They also qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Unfortunately, they drew a tough Sand Creek team and lost in the opening round. Notable individual accomplishments include Nathan Francis running for over 1,200 yards and accumulating 100 tackles on the year. Francis, Isaac Brady, and Josh Fraga were recognized with 1st team all-conference honors, while Alex Tanner, Aiden Konwinski, and Justin Hollister made 2nd team all-conference. Seven players were also named to the academic all-conference team.
The 2021 sideline cheer team had a great season. Coach Komor commented on the team’s “increased tumbling and stunting skills while improving their overall skill level.” The team enjoyed the fall sideline season but looks forward to what we hope will be a very successful and exciting competitive season. A special thank you goes to seniors Alexandra Smith and Jamie Meadows.
The high school and middle volleyball teams had a terrific fall season. The 7th-grade team only won 2 games on the season but showed much improvement throughout. The 8th-grade team went 6-4 on the season (4-3 in MIAC play). Both Coach Mike LaNew and Coach Megan Omerod did an excellent job preparing them to play.
The JV had a good season under new coach Carrie Starman. The team finished with a record of 5-11. A couple of season highlights include rallying from down 0-2 vs. Roeper to win during homecoming week and taking advantage of a lineup change to beat Greenhills 2-0 on October 21st.
Our varsity program had one of the better seasons in recent memory. Following a 22-10-1 record (12-0 in conference play), they were crowned MIAC red division champions for the second time in 3 seasons). The team advanced to the District finals of the state tournament but lost in 4 sets to Ann Arbor Greenhills. Abbey Tracey, Kate Sechrist, and Anna Richards were named 1st team all-conference with Adriana Canter and Kali Roth taking 2nd team honors. Coach Alex Storey was named MIAC coach of the year. Anna Richards was also named the league MVP and selected to the all-region team. Additionally, we had 8 players named academic all-conference.
Congratulations, again, to all of our fall student-athletes and coaches. Let’s hope for continued success this winter. Go Trojans!