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  • Riverview’s Kirsten Chambers (12) returns for her senior outing after helping her team to a second-place Huron League finish last year. Chambers was All-State last season as well. Photo by Dave Chapman
  • As a freshman, Caroline Fleming (2) was one of Grosse Ile’s top scorers. Now a sophomore, Fleming will look to help the Red Devils in the quest for the third straight district championship. Photo by Dave Chapman
A senior dominated team loaded with talent only has one downside – the following year. For the Grosse Ile Red Devils, the “following year” begins now.

Grosse Ile won the Huron League last year and went 22-2 on the season, losing to Battle Creek Pennfield in the South Lyon tournament and to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in the Regional finals.

Coach Amy Rossow, now in her 18th season at Grosse Ile, needs to replace nine seniors off that outstanding team from a year ago.

“We are looking for growth,” said Rossow. “We wish to learn from our mistakes and be competitive with the leaders in our league and hopefully with our strongest non-league opponents.”

Rossow will teach passing, shooting, ball control and most importantly patience.

“The key to our success will be patience, wait for our chances and to be patient as we fix our mistakes,” she said. “Our goal is to improve each half we compete, trying to improve on our mistakes and capitalize on our opponents.”

The Red Devils will have some experience to play off of from last season.

Returning is sophomore Caroline Fleming, one of the team’s top scorers last season and defensive midfielder Kate Tobin, a sophomore. Sophomore goalkeepers Aubrey Fleming and Olivia Reckley also return to solidify the back end.

Junior forwards Sarah Ellison, Annie Rogers and Megan Hickey; junior fullback Annette Marchewka; and senior fullbacks Olivia Koklanaris and Emma McLaughlin also are back for the Red Devils.

Joining the offensive frontline this season is sophomore Maddie Thompson along with freshmen Kelsie Krauss, Haley Labadie, Abby King and Alyson Lemerand.

On the defensive end, freshman Logan Gladowski, junior Nicole DeSana and sophomores Melissa Brick, Katie Williams and Laila Al-Jerdi will compete for Grosse Ile.

Rossow has been impressed with the team’s work ethic.

“The girls are very willing to work hard,” she said. “They are aggressive, willing to listen and learn. They are competitors. Quite a few of the girls play club soccer so they have soccer experience. However, soccer at the high school varsity level is a different experience, and this is where we will work hard to adapt and adjust.”

Gaining the experience though will take some time.

“We are looking to gain experience and to become competitive with the leaders in our league this year,” Rossow said. “We lost the most seniors last year in our league and we know that experience at the varsity level will help us to improve.”

The Red Devils are scheduled to play on Monday at Tecumseh.

“We are impatiently waiting for Mother Nature's help and hopefully can play soon,” Rossow said.

FLAT ROCK

Flat Rock has a nice mixture of returning players and incoming freshman.

The Rams, who went 8-10 last season, return seniors Nikki Woodman, Olivia Lawson and Sarah Wrase along with junior Marina Steffke.

Freshman Brenna Williams will play goalie and defense and fellow ninth-grader Lauryn Woods will play up front.

Mike Wagner, who begins his eighth season with the Rams, sees good things from his club this year.

“We work really well as a team and have developed together over the last three years,” he said. “We need to continue improving on being consistent. Doing the little things right all of the time.”

The goals for this year are simple.

“We want to improve our overall record and move up in the league,” Wagner said. “We need to work hard and play as a team.”

The Rams were scheduled to play a tournament this weekend at Warren Fitzgerald High School. The first regular-season game is scheduled for Monday at Summit Academy.



RIVERVIEW

The Riverview Pirates finished second in the Huron League last year and want to move up. Well, there is only one place to move up to – and that’s exactly where Riverview wants to be at the end of the season.

“We are expecting to have a good season,” said Riverview coach Pete Cano. “It will be up to the girls if we have a great season.”

Cano, whose club finished 11-4-4 last season, expects to compete for the Huron League championship.

“I believe Grosse Ile, Milan and Huron will be the top teams but in this league any team can beat anyone at any time,” he said.

And if the Pirates can find the back of the net with some consistency they will be tough to beat.

“We need to work on scoring goals,” he said. “We lost around 40 goals from last year. Someone will have to step up and I'm confident someone will.”

Leading the way for the Pirates will be Kirsten Chambers. The senior, who plays both midfield and forward, was All-State last season.

“Kirsten is the career Huron League assist leader,” Cano said. “She is a special player and person. I'm very privileged to have coached her and watch her grow into the player she has become.”

But Chambers isn’t alone in the talent department. This team has plenty of skilled and experience players especially on defense. All-Huron League goalie Miranda Cobbs (junior) and All-League defensemen Chelsey Warlick (junior) and Emma Lilje (junior) are all back to solidify the back end for the Pirates.

Also returning for Riverview are senior Alli Shook, junior Amber Potter, junior Sabrina Bronni and sophomore Kristina Nunez.

Top newcomers include junior Hannah Dahl, freshmen Ashley and Kaeley Coleman, sophomore Haley Pernicano, sophomore Sydney Garner, sophomore Alyssa Uselton, junior Monica Justice, junior Alexis Slayton, sophomore Jenna Barlage, sophomore Hailey Gilbert, sophomore Natalie Zaran and freshman Jenna Winchel.

“The keys to our success will be Chambers, Warlick, Cobbs and Shook,” said Cano. “They are our captains and will need to step up their game for us to be successful early in the season until the younger girls can grow.”

HURON

No coach likes to use the word “rebuilding” but the Huron soccer team will certainly have a new look this season. The Chiefs lost nine seniors off last year’s roster.

“We are going to be fairly young this season,” said coach Dan Rossow. “We do have some question marks with a few freshmen and sophomores with no varsity experience.”

The Chiefs will be relying heavily on their defense, led by senior Riley Schonscheck and junior Abby Perecki.

Carley Ames will be the backstop in goal for Huron.

The offense will rest on senior Kayla Frederick, junior Sydney Toth and sophomore Darian Chirillo.

The midfield will be anchored by senior Shayla Glynn.

“I think we have some good talent, just not much varsity experience,” Rossow said. “We should be competitive if we can find some goal scorers. Our defense will be strong so I predict quite a few low-scoring games.”











Last Updated: 3/26/2014 3:49:22 PM EST

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