After wrapping up our fall sports season on Monday at our Fall Sports Banquet, it is easy to say that our Ladywood Blazers had great success this season, on and off the field. Besides our athletic achievements, over 60% of our fall athletes received a scholar-athlete award at our banquet, meaning they earned over a 3.5 GPA during this first quarter. Out of our fall athletes, over 30% earned at least a 4.0 GPA during the quarter.
On the athletic side, our 7 Varsity Sports finished their season with 1 CHSL Championship, and out of these 7 sports, 4 of our sports were represented in the MHSAA State Tournaments from winning district titles, regional titles, quarterfinal games, and even some named state finalists.
The Varsity Sideline Cheer Team was our largest team this season with 26 girls with great thanks to our new coach, Kayla Sheahan. With a goal in mind, the girls worked hard to fundraise for new uniforms. There were many Saturday’s working volleyball tournaments or washing cars, but they achieved their goal and were able to cheer for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in their sharp red and black uniforms for a few games left of the season. The Cheer Team would like to thank all the parents and sponsors who donated to help reach their goal.
Our Cross Country Team made great strides at every invitational that ultimately led them to winning the Wayne County Championships for the fourth year in a row. All runners improved their time tremendously throughout the course of the season. Senior Samantha Horn placed at the MHSAA Regionals, on a very cold day, and qualified for MHSAA State Finals at Michigan International Speedway.
The Ladywood Equestrian team had 3 successful meets. The girls and their horses placed at every meet. Abnormal hot weather prevailed at two of the meets, however, the team competed and did well. The girls competed in Hunt Seat Equitation, Jumping and Gymkhana, games on horseback. Horses cooperated and performed well due to the expertise and skills of the girls. Many thanks go out to our parents for providing delicious meals and shelter from the sun.
Our Varsity Field Hockey Team had one of the most successful seasons in five years, thanks to new head coach, Murugan Ramasamy. Our team beat Father Gabriel Richard in the semifinals of the CHSL tournament 2-0, with goals scored by Anna Isgro and Bridget Folk. They played St. Catherine’s in the final game and came out victorious due to the expertise of our goalies, Maelyn Thayer and Carly Fraker, and goals by Anna Isgro and Bridget Folk again. This was the first CHSL Championship for the Blazers since 2011. Madison Wasen was also selected as a member of the Division 1 All-State Honorable Mention Team.
Our Varsity Golf Team had another successful season this year after finishing MHSAA State Runner-ups last year. Gabriella Scopone finished first at the Regionals with Evy Krueger placing third with a personal best, sending them both to East Lansing for the state finals, qualifying as individuals. Both of these golfers have been present at the MHSAA State Finals every year they have played for Ladywood. Scopone finished her senior year off strong with placing 8th in the state. She is headed to Madonna University to continue her golf career.
Our diver Rachel Williams had another standout year as well. Below is a picture of her and her dad, Kevin, our diving coach, after she placed 2nd at Regionals! She qualified and participated in the MHSAA State Diving Finals at Eastern Michigan University.
Last but not least, our Varsity Volleyball Team had a banner season this year. The beat Henry Ford Academy to advance to the MHSAA District Finals against Divine Child. The Blazers captured the District title against the Falcons advancing them to the Region where they had to play Onsted High School and Carlton-Airport High School. Despite the long drive to Jonesville, the Blazers came out victorious again and won Regionals. Heading to Quarterfinals, Ladywood played neighbor, Livonia-Clarenceville and eased past them to advance to Battle Creek for the Final Four. A difficult match-up, Ladywood was set to play Lake Odessa Lakewood, ranked no. 3 in the state. The Blazers kept momentum in the first two sets, making it 1-1,but ultimately Lakewood took the match. It was a season filled with great accomplishment and the Ladywood community was proud of how far they went!
In the end, all of our fall sports had successful season and the Ladywood community could not be more proud of our Blazers. We hope that the winter season is just as successful!