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Woodmore athletes seeking return trip to state meet
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:09

Depth will not be a bonus for Woodmore's boys and girls track and field teams

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Woodmore's boys 4x800 relay team
placed third at last year's Division III
state meet. Three members of that
relay - seniors DeVaughnte Askew,
Brock Avers and Justin Garver –
return. Junior Grant Weirich is filling
the spot vacated by the graduated
Chris Jacobson. (Press file photo by
Dean Utendorf/www.woodmorephotos.com)

this spring, but the Wildcats have contenders.

The 'Cats have several individuals and relay teams that will compete not only for Suburban Lakes League championships, but state berths as well.

“Depth is going to be an issue, but we have some really strong individuals who are going to do very well,” coach Brian Ryman said. “Even without having the depth we're going to score enough points, so I think we're going to do pretty well this year.”

Ryman coaches the Wildcats' boys’ squad along with co-coach Mike Marino, who coaches the boys and girls 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 events as well as the relays.

Woodmore's boys 4x800 relay team placed third at last year's Division III state meet. Three members of that relay - seniors DeVaughnte Askew, Brock Avers and Justin Garver – return. Junior Grant Weirich is filling the spot vacated by the graduated Chris Jacobson.

 
Lots of new faces, but Tigers should still contend
Written by A.J.Szozda   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:33

Due to Detroit’s economy, Tiger General Manager Dave Dombrowski conducted a fire sale over the winter to lower the payroll. Gone are fan favorites, Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson. Also gone are Brandon Lyon and long time Tigers Fernando Rodney, Nate Robertson and Marcus Thames. The Tigers will replace these significant losses with youth in an attempt to rebuild while still contending. The influx of youth and talent is a welcome sign, but with so many question marks, this year’s team could finish anywhere from first to last in the AL Central.

The Tigers showed they are still trying to contend by bringing in free agents Jose Valverde and Johnny Damon, as well as Yankees top prospect Austin Jackson and Arizona top prospect Max Scherzer. Dombrowski has a history of being a very shrewd deal maker and talent evaluator. It will be exciting to see what the Tigers have acquired.
 
Starting Line Up: Austin Jackson and Johnny Damon (.282, 24 HR, 82 RBI, 12 SB) should be an exciting one two punch. Jackson has great speed and Damon is a clutch, intelligent big league hitter adept at moving runners. They will set the table for Miguel Cabrera (.324, 34 HR, 103 RBI) and Magglio Ordonez (.310, 9 HR 50 RBI).

 
Clay’s Kylee Ault takes gymnastics skills to state
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:30

Clay three-sport athlete Kylee Ault has always loved the performing aspect of

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gymnastics.

She lists the floor exercise as her favorite event and the uneven bars as her least favorite.

“On the floor, I'm a powerful tumbler,” Ault said. “There's kind of an acting to it. If you had a bad skill, you have to keep a straight face and keep on going. It's physical and mental, and balance is everything. You have to be graceful and powerful at the same time, and you don't get that with very many other sports.”

The difficulties associated with performing on the uneven bars caught up with Ault this season, when she took a bad spill and injured her back.

“I fell from the low bar,” said Ault, a sophomore. “I was swinging around it and my hand slipped off.

 
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