Each fall we welcome in a host of promising new student-athletes and each spring we we say goodbye to those who have dedicated the previous four years to athletic and academic greatness. As a student journalist for the Saline Athletic Department, I have been documenting the success of such athletes over the course of the school year. Before handing off my responsibilities to next year’s writers, I have put together a final recap of Saline’s 2011-2012 athletic achievements.
We kicked off the year with our fall sports, and had plenty of success early on. The Men’s Cross Country team were SEC champs and finished 4th in the state. The Women’s Cross Country team won Regionals for the tenth consecutive year and eventually took 2nd place at the state competition. The Football team finished their season with a record of 4-5, and the Sideline Cheer team was with them every step of the way. The Men’s Soccer team finished 8-5-6 overall and 5-6 in the SEC after losing to Pioneer in the District playoffs. The Men’s Water Polo team also lost in the District tournament but all in all had an outstanding season with new Head Coach Andy Zimmer. The Field Hockey team made it to the quarter finals of the Michigan State Championship Tournament, finishing with a record of 7-6-3, and Head Coach Donald Hes retired at the end of the season. The Crew teams attended regattas in Columbus, Wyandotte, and Orchard Lake, with a number of top three finishes in both Men’s and Women’s races. The Men’s Tennis team placed 3rd in the SEC behind Huron and Pioneer, and nearly qualified for States, missing by a single point. The Women’s Golf team finished 4th in the state, were Regional runners-up -and undefeated in the SEC. Volleyball had an overall record of 37-16-3 and 8-2 in the SEC Red Division, but were eliminated early on in the District tournament. The Equestrian team won the District 10 Championship and moved onto the Regional competition where they were close behind the 2nd place winner, and unable to advance to States. Finally, the Women’s Swim and Dive team won the SEC Conference Red Division and was runner-up in the State Championship.
The Men’s Basketball team started the winter off strong by winning their first six games, and finished their season with a record of 9-13. The Women’s team finished with a similar record of 10-13 after losing in the District Championship game. The Men’s Swim and Dive team won their 3rd consecutive State title and the Competitive Cheer team made Hornet history by advancing to the Regional competition for the first time. The Gymnastics team finished 1st in the SEC and took 5th place at Regionals. The Men’s Hockey team ended their season with a record of 12-11-2 after losing to Pioneer in the District Championship and the Wrestling team finished 3rd in the conference after starting their season off with 11 consecutive wins. The Women’s Bowling team finished 2nd in the SEC and the Men’s team took 9th place in the Regional competition. Last but not least, the Sideline Cheer team kept the school spirit alive by supporting the Men’s Varsity Basketball team over the course of their season.
The spring season is still in progress, so final results for every team are not available, however Saline has represented well in tournament play thus far. The Baseball, Softball, Women’s Track. and Men’s Golf teams are SEC champions. Both the Men’s and Women’s Track teams took first in the Regional competition, and the Women’s Crew team will be sending a pair to Nationals in June after placing 2nd in the qualifying race at Midwests.
Before officially signing off for the year, I would like to personally thank everyone who supported me and my writing over the past nine months, and look forward to seeing the sports journalism program grow in the coming years. One final time, Go Hornets!