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Hometown Weeklies | Thursday, February 23, 2012

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LOCAL SPORTS

Mustangs figure skaters having fun, earning big scores Squad has 13 skaters and plenty of youthful energy By Sam Eggleston Correspondent

One thing that any program needs to have continued success is an influx of excited and talented underclassmen. The Northville High School figure skating team, coached by Sheri Combs, has just that. This year, the team consists of three seniors, four juniors and six sophomores. It just so happens that total number — 13 — was less than Combs was hoping for this year. “That is the smallest team we’ve had since I have been the coach,” said Combs, who is in her fourth year at the helm of the team. “But I believe we put our skaters in the best possible places to create three very strong teams.” The program is split into three squads — an A, B and C team. The top skaters are put into the A team, followed by the intermediate skaters in the B team and the upand-coming skaters in the C team. One skater who knows how tough the A team can be is senior captain Jillian Kastely, who has been on the top squad all four years of her career at Northville. “She shows such strong team spirit and great leadership as one of our senior captains,” said Combs. “She practices

Northville A Team member Jillian Kastely shows her form in a combination spin.

tied for the district title with Plymouth Canton Salem, marking the second year in a row they will head to Traverse City and the state championships with a division title under their belt. The state finals will be held March 24 and 25. The C team will also compete in the state finals after having a strong season and maintaining a first-place standing throughout the year. The B team didn’t quite make the cut, missing a trip to the state finals by one place. The team

PHOTOS BY SHERI COMBS

Maya Warszawska, of Northville’s A Team, performs a split jump.

over 13 hours per week and many of our skaters look up to her. She is a great asset to our team.” This year the team set a simple goal for themselves — topple perennial powerhouse United Farmington in their district tournament. “They always have a

strong team, so we kind of joked that we just wanted to beat them this year,” Combs said. And beat them they did. Northville’s A and C teams edged Farmington in the district this year. Northville is no stranger to success on the ice, however. Last year the

figure skating programs A team tied for first in the district while the B team was second and the C team finished fifth. In the state finals, the A team finished in a tie for third while the B team walked away with the 13th spot. This year, the A team

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did see improvement throughout the year, however, pulling themselves from a three-way tie for sixth place in January to finishing in fourth in the district. The team captains this year are seniors Jillian Kastely, Kathleen Crowley and Krista Learman. Juniors on the team are Alex Draybuck, Maya Warszawska, Carolyn Zhang and Cassie Molinari. Sophomores include Lyndsy Allmacher, Olivia Scott, Susan Doong, Melissa Clawson, Morgan McCarter and Elizabeth Rourk.

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