Lacrosse Teams Lead Way for Sports Consolidation
By: Ryan Moonka
Students love the famous Sausage Stroke, the menacing yet comical smack talk
against rival schools at basketball games, and most of all, just simply enjoying in all of
Lahser’s sporting events. What will happen to the teams we have built once the schools
consolidate, which by the way is inevitable at this point?
Sports will forever be different in Bloomfield Hills beginning in the 2013-14
school year when all teams are merged. Yet both Men’s and Women’s Varsity Lacrosse
teams are already consolidated, and they always have been consolidated. The lacrosse
teams are an excellent precedent for the future of sports in Bloomfield Hills.
Ever since lacrosse was introduced as a sport in Bloomfield Hills, the teams have
been combined. It has created the perfect opportunity for students from the different
schools to get to meet each other, especially in the wake of consolidation in 2013. “I like
it. I like the people. There are four Andover girls on the team and they fill in important
spots on the field,” explained Fr. Paige Tornow. Adds Soph. Maria D’angelo, “I actually
enjoy them. I like the diversity. They’re fun. They’re good people.” As for the Men’s
team, Andover players make up nearly half of the team, meaning their presence is very
important. And the players get along just fine, so for future Bloomfield Hills High School
students: there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
Considering the lacrosse teams are the collective best from Andover and Lahser,
both lacrosse teams arguably play better than they ever could without each other. Soph.
Mark McDonald describes, “It’s actually better having the students from both schools
because Andover kids fill in key positions.” He continued, “If I had to choose between an
all Lahser team and a combined team, I’d stick with what we have now,” which is the
same opinion of many of the women too.
While tryouts and making the Varsity cut will be harder for all teams once they
combine, overall, each team should expect to improve. Soph. Rohan Sinha, on the Men’s
Varsity Tennis Team, explains, “Sports teams are going to be a lot better because more
kids means more talent and coaches can pick the best of the best.” As for his projections
for the tennis team in 2013-14, “I think we will be very good and I predict that we will be
top three in the state for division two.” Sinha’s prediction is very similar to predictions in
many other sports.
Lahser athletes need to just look at both lacrosse teams for hints as to how their
teams will look in just two years. For students worried about not liking Andover’s
students, just keep in mind, they are normal people too. And yes, the teams will be harder
to get on, but if anything, they should be all the more better. Expects some great seasons
to come our way, very soon.