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Page 2-B — THE ROMEO OBSERVER — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 _________________________________________________________

Win over Lutheran North snaps varsity baseball team’s 4-game losing streak by RICK DESOTELL Observer Sports Writer

Rachael Gabrielson raising some dust while sliding into home base against Lutheran North on April 12. (Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

Girls put together 15 strikeouts for 7-1 victory over host Lutheran North by RICK DESOTELL Observer Sports Writer in the season opener for Romeo. Sophomore starter Sophomore Taylor Melissa Staelgraeve (1-0) Waters had two hits, drove worked five innings and in four runs and stole four senior reliever Carolyn bases. Rachael Gabrielson Muir worked the other two had two hits, two RBIs, to combine on a one-hitter stole two bases and scored with 15 strikeouts to lead two runs for the Lady the Romeo High varsity Bulldogs, who host St. softball team to a 7-1 win Clair today.

With its pitching a bit fatigued, the Romeo High baseball team needed a lift Monday, and they got it from freshman Joe Gardner. Gardner (1-0) allowed two earned runs on three hits, walked four and struck out three in six complete innings for the win and also drove in two runs in a 5-2 win at Lutheran North. The win snaps the Bulldogs’ four game losing streak and improves their overall record to 4-4. “Joe pitched great for us tonight,’’ Romeo Coach T.J. DeLamielleure said of his young right hander. “He gave up two early first inning runs and shut them down after that. It was a big lift for us after having our pitching run down a bit after the weekend.” Offensively, catcher junior Jake Vecore went 2-for5 with one RBI for Romeo. Senior Jake Moore had two hits in four at-bats, had one RBI and scored one run; Spencer Szwejk 2 for 4, Kyle Reichenbach had two hits and scored a run. Nick Ray had one hit, drove in a run and scored a run and Zak Bellas was 1for-4 with one run scored. Junior right hander Dane Davis allowed no hits and struck out one in relief to earn his first save for the Bulldogs, who host St. Clair today and Lamphere on Friday. “I think we did a much better job of playing like a team today,’’ DeLamielleure concluded. “I thought we were focused and did a good job of taking care of business.” Rochester Adams 6, Romeo 3: Friday, April 9, at Rochester, starting pitcher Szwejk (1-1) gave up five earned runs on six hits, walked three, struck out

seven and hit a batter to suffer the loss. “Spencer pitched well,’’ DeLamielleure said. “He made some mistakes up in the zone that they capitalized on. I was pleased with the way he battled and gave his team a chance to win. They were a good hitting team. Offensively, we missed out on a couple of opportunities with men in scoring position and it ended up hurting us in the end.” Ray had two hits, including a double, Justin Medley went 1-for-3 with one RBI and Davis, Vecore, Szwejk and Keith Bieganski had one hit each for the Bulldogs. Rochester Adams 13, Romeo 11: In game two against Adams, the Bulldogs blew an eight run lead to fall to the Highlanders. “We jumped out to an 11-3 lead and I really thought we got complacent, made some mental mistakes and let them back in the ball game,’’ DeLamielleure said. “Hopefully, we can learn that when you have a good team like that on the ropes, you need to make sure you put them away.” Gardner went 3-for-4 including a double and had two RBIs. Davis had two hits including a home run and had two RBIs. Szwejk hit a grand slam and Josh Reside was 2-for-3, with one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base. Chippewa Valley 7, Romeo 6: In game one on Saturday, April 10, at Chippewa, Moore, Reside and Ray each drove in a run in a losing cause. “We simply struck out too many times in this game and our bats didn’t really wake up until the 6th inning. It was just too late at that point,’’ said DeLamielleure. Chippewa Valley 16,

Senior Nick Ray sliding safely back to first base at Chippewa Valley on April 10. (Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

Junior first baseman Keith Bieganski holding the runner at bay so he does not steal the base at Chippewa Valley on April 10. (Observer photo by Mike Nicley) Romeo 6: didn’t play very good In game two on Satur- defense.” day, the Bulldogs fell Offensively, Szwejk behind early and were went 2-for-3, with one runs never really in this one. cored and one RBI. Moore “We didn’t give our- was 1-for-2, with two runs selves a chance in this scored and stole two bases. game,’’ DeLamielleure Bellas had one hit in three said. “We didn’t get good at bats and had two RBIs pitching, we walked way and Davis went 1-for-4 too many guys and then with one RBI.

Boys’ swim team holds annual awards banquet by JUDITH KIMPAN The Romeo High School boys’ swim and dive team held its end-of-the-year awards banquet at Addison Taylor Waters stealing first base and making it to sec- Oaks Conference Center on Monday, March 29. ond safely against Lutheran North on April 12. “It was a tough year, we (Observer photo by Mike Nicley) had a good team, but not a lot of numbers going against teams with 40 swimmers,” said Coach Kendall Peake. He discussed the need for greater depth; having the swimmers take the second and third places in events. “We always have good divers, and this year was no exception,” he said. “We had great swimmers who improved individually, but our competition is stepping up in Macomb County. What really surprised me most this season was the guys’ energy; they just took right off. I was close to retirement, but this team renewed my spirit to look forward to another season.” Academically, the team had one of the highest grade point averages in years achieving a 3.62 combined team average according to All State Academic standards. The majority of the team received Romeo High School’s academic awards. Individual awards were: Most Valuable Swimmer, Matt Ruman; Rookie of the Year, Danny Abbott; Coach’s Award, Ben Winn; and Most Improved, Adam Cusick.

SWIM TEAM. The Romeo High School zalare, Adam Cusick, Jake French, top row 2009-10 swim team. Pictured bottom row from left, Adam Rhein, Captain Matt from left, Cody French, Max Smith, Alex Ruman, Max Lennon, Shane Kent, and Sharp, Danny Abbott, middle row from left, Head Coach Kendall Peake. Not pictured Ryan Abbott, Brad Schmelzer, Ben Winn, are Sterling Watson, Mike Szydlowski, Ridge Downs, fourth row from left, Diving Assistant Coach Fred Fitch and Anthony Coach John Pearson, Stephen Figurski, Serio. Sam Kimpan, Jonathan Iafrate, Chris Faz(Photo courtesy Kendall Peake) Sam Kimpan was zalare and Kimpan was A summer swim camp announced as swim team named “Second Team.” will be held at the Romeo captain for next season and Rhein was named “All- High School pool from 2:30several swimmers were County Second Team” in 5 p.m., June 14-July 30. recognized for making the the 100 yard breaststroke, The camp is targeted for All-County Team. and the 400 free relay of male and female high The 200 yard medley Fazzalare, Ruman, Abbott school swimmers where relay team of Ruman, and Winn was also named endurance training will be Adam Rhein, Chris Faz- “Second Team.” the focus.

Strong performances start out track team’s season FIRST PLACE FINISH. Sarah Hennings represented the Romeo Dolphins Swim Club when she competed in the 12 and under State Meet March 12-14 in Waterford. She qualified in 10 events but was only allowed to compete in six events. Hennings took a first place in the 50 yard freestyle event with a time of 28.28 and placed in the top 16 in all of her other events. Coach Kendall Peake said Hennings started swimming in May 2009 as a beginner swimmer and has excelled very fast throughout the year. “Keep an eye on Sarah as she heads into the long course summer season, as she will be one of Romeo’s top state swimmers,” said Peake. (Photo courtesy of RWB Parks & Rec)

The Romeo High School track team had a stellar start to their 2010 season with strong performances at the Macomb County Indoor Championships on March 31. Outstanding performances included first place finishes by Christian Pletta in the 60 meter dash (7.13), Steven Saliga in the 600 meter run (1:30.36),

Nick Jackson in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter run (4:44.40, 10:20.0), Nathan Fraeyman in the long jump and 300 meter dash (19’4”, 38.00), the 3200 meter relay team of Kory Lohrmann, Nathan Hellebuyck, Evan Simpson and Saliga (8:58), the 800 meter relay team of Brian Roth, Pletta, Ben Brown and Ellis Weeks (1:39.84),

and the 1600 meter relay team of Fraeyman, Simpson, Saliga and Nick Bobek (3:47.89). Other strong performances included a second place finish by Bobek in the 60 meter hurdles (8.82), a second place finish by Simpson in the 600 meter dash (1:31.37), a fourth place finish by Roth in the long jump (18’11”), a

fourth place finish by Logan Fracalossi in the pole vault (11’0”), and a fourth place finish by Brown in the shot put (44’5”). Pletta broke the county indoor record in the 60 meter dash in his semifinal heat with a time of 7.03.


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