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By SEAN MERRIMAN

smerriman@lsj.com

MASON — It’s never easy as a coach to see your seniors play their final high school game. What makes it even more difficult for Doug Harkema and the Holt Rams, is that their three seniors were all exceptional players. Those three seniors put together another memorable

effort as they won another district title, but unfortunately the Holt Rams saw their state title hopes come to an end with a 52-42 loss to Niles in a Class A regional semifinal at Mason High. Senior guard Robyn Robinson scored a team-high 14 points and Emily Klauka had 12 points and six rebounds for the Rams, who finished their season with 15-8 record.

“I’m extremely proud of this team, win or lose,” Holt coach Doug Harkema said. “This was a game of makes and misses, and in the end, they just made more shots down the stretch than we did.” Despite getting down early on, the Rams stayed within striking distance throughout this game and were able to cut the deficit to just three points early on in the fourth quarter.

Ram powerlifters win title

It may not be the prettiest sport to watch, but for the Holt Ram Powerlifting Team, this was something that they will remember for a while. The Rams captured their first ever powerlifting Regional Championship on Feb. 26 at Shepherd High School. On their way to the memorable victory, Al Slamer’s crew edged out defending state champ, Lake Orion, by two team points. Leading the way for the Rams was Mike Bologna (114 pounds), Devin Salyer (123) and Wes Dorin (170), who all took home firstplace honors in their respected weight class. Second place finishers included: C.J. Waits, Kenny Rogers and Kari Leger. Mike Smith rounded out the top finishers with a third-place finish at 242 pounds.

On the girls side, Erichka Culp and Katina Leger placed first, while Gabrielle Sampi placed second and Khiara Duke took third.

All of these athletes qualified for the State Championship meet, which will be held on March 18-19 in Fenton.

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edge and execution. The festival is free and open to the public. Any school that is a registered member of MSBOA may enter any ensemble. Holt will play at 4:30 p.m.

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game-high 21 points and Nichole Sly added 16 points and four assists for the Vikings (18-6). Niles held Holt leading scorer Mandy Johnson to just six points in the final game of her brilliant career. “She is one of our seniors who gave everything she had to this team,” Harkema said. “I’m extremely proud of this group and what they were able to accomplish here at Holt.”

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But Niles went on a 7-0 run with just under six minutes to go, which proved to be too much for the Rams to overcome. “When you’re playing from behind the whole game and then cutting it to one or two points, you’re just waiting for that one big play that’s going to put you ahead,” Harkema said. “Unfortunately for us, that one big play just didn’t happen.” Maureen Craig scored a

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