2018-19 high school season closes for Bears

The Roosevelt softball team lost to eventual district champ Carlson and the soccer team lost to district champ Woodhaven. Photo by Larry Caruso.


After a strong and building season, Coach Gene Stephens’ Roosevelt girls soccer team made a quick exit from the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state playoffs.

The Bears were beaten 4-0 in the first round by eventual district champion Woodhaven.

The district-host Warriors proved to be a tough match-up for all the teams in that tournament and the Bears gave them their closest district game. After beating Wyandotte, Woodhaven topped Lincoln Park 8-0 and then beat Bedford 7-0 in the finals to claim the district championship.

Woodhaven’s run was stopped in the regional semifinals by Ann Arbor Huron, which beat the Warriors 3-1.


Like the soccer team, the Wyandotte softball team lost its first game of the MHSAA tournament to the eventual district champ, and it was a heartbreaker.

The Bears lost their district opener 3-2 in eight innings to Downriver League rival Gibraltar Carlson. Carlson went on to beat Monroe 3-2 in the championship game. Monroe had mercied Anderson 11-0 and crushed Woodhaven 10-3 to reach the title game.

Carlson’s run ended one game later when it lost 6-3 to another Downriver League team, Allen Park, in the regional semifinals.


The Roosevelt baseball team drew directly into this year’s MHSAA district tournament without having to play a predistrict contest. But it did the Bears little good as they quickly ran into 2018 Division 1 state finalist Woodhaven and fell 10-5, ending the Bears’ season.

Woodhaven pretty much had it way in the district, beating Monroe 8-1 in its first game, topping Wyandotte and them smothering Bedford 8-0 in the championship game.

The Warriors went on to crush Allen Park 11-0 in a regional game and edge Saline 2-1 in eight innings in a super regional game before falling 7-3 to Portage Northern to fall two games short of the state finals again this season.


The Roosevelt girls tennis team scored three points at the Division 2 state championships at Hope College in Holland on June first, finishing ahead of four teams, including Downriver League rival Allen Park.

At the state finals, the No. 3 doubles team of Reilly Crosby and Sydney Tarnowski, who had a first-round bye, beat Riley Burns and Lea Stephen of Portage Central in three sets before losing to the No. 2 seed and eventual flight champions, Charlie Kuchman and Sofia Manzo of Birmingham Seaholm. At No. 1 singles, Roosevelt’s Cherish Antione beat Tara Lessnau of Dexter 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the second round.

Others playing for the Bears at the finals were Brooklyn Neifert (No. 2 singles), 1 Reese Blackledge (No. 3 singles), Maddy Van (No. 4 singles), Cecelia Kujawa and Sarah Haener (No. 1 doubles), 2 Madison Balsis and Grace Waggoner (No. 2 doubles) and Braylen Matulonis and Kenedi Harmon (No. 4 singles).

Helping the Bears reach the finals were the team of Crosby and Tarnowski, Blackledge and Van, all of whom were regional champions. Antione was the regional runner-up at No. 1 singles.


The Roosevelt boys track team capped the 2019 season in fine fashion, winning the Downriver League meet and finishing third at their Division 1 regional.

At the league meet, hosted by Gibraltar Carlson, Roosevelt scored 140 points to easily outdistance second-place Carlson, which had 102. At regionals in Plymouth, led by a strong field-event showing, the Bears scored 78 points and finished behind only host Plymouth and Canton.

At the league meet, Wyandotte had just two champions, but a host of high finishes boosted the team’s scoring.

Travis Pritt won the 300 meter hurdles and the team of Daylen Boddie, Damian Haugabook, Camron Garrison, Cecil Chatmon won the 4×200 meter relay.

Nabbing second-place points for the Bears were Pritt in the 110 hurdles, Zachary Grant in the high jump, the 4×100 relay team of Brett Malinowski, Boddie, Garrison and Chatmon, the 4×400 relay of Pritt, Malinowski, Haugabook and Chatmon and the 4×800 meter relay of Jobe Sadler, Nicholas McPhall, Gabriel Mullins and Samuel Rankine.

Other scorers were Emilio Plasencia, Andrew Nestman, Tom Kirby, Ashton Blackburn, Jesus Plasencia, Jalen Jackson and Jared Blum.

The charge at regionals was led by Pritt, who was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300s. Kirby won the discus and Jesus Plasencia and Kirby were third and fourth in the shot put. Grant was second in the high jump and Garrison was fourth in the long jump.


Wyandotte’s high school golf season ended June 8 at the Fortress Golf Course in Frankenmuth where the school’s lone state-meet qualifier, Elliott Bernaiche played.

Bernached fired identical rounds of 97 and 97 and finished the two-day tournament with a 194 total.

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