A Year in Review: Tecumseh secures two state titles to highlight 2016

Tecumseh’s Drew Marten (pictured) defeated Lowell’s Lucas Hall in the 125-pound state final while Landon Pelham defeated Lowell’s Eli Boulton in the 215-pound state final. Herald file photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Two state championships highlighted The Tecumseh Herald’s sports pages during 2016 with Tecumseh High School producing two of the best wrestlers in Michigan.
 
Landon Pelham won the Division 2 individual state title at 215 pounds as a Tecumseh senior while Drew Marten finished as the 125-pound champion as a junior. 
 
If Marten succeeds at attaining another state championship he will be the first in Tecumseh’s wrestling program history to do so.
 
In addition to the two state championships, the Indians had Christina Sawyer lead Tecumseh’s varsity girls track team (12th) at the Division 2 state meet with second places in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Sawyer also set the school cross country record at Jackson’s Invitational.
 
Both of Tecumseh’s varsity bowling teams and swim teams advanced to state meets.
 
Clinton’s Noah Comar was a runner up at the Division 4 individual state wrestling meet while Amanda Schaare was runner up in discus at the girls track and field state meet. Clinton also sent its varsity boys track and boys golf teams to state.
 
While Britton Deerfield struggled during the year and did not have any state placers, the Patriots’ sports teams are striving to improve and are looking to make their way into the Division 4 state finals.
 
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JANUARY
 
Several Tecumseh High School varsity boys swim team members were champions of events at the Indians’ annual Kiwanis Invitational at the Tecumseh Community Pool. A moment of silence was observed in honor of Jacob Schaedler, a Tecumseh varsity swimmer who lost his life.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team placed first at Clinton’s annual Dave Elliott Memorial Wrestling Invitational while the hosts finished fourth. The Indians had four champions including freshman Vincent Perez (103), juniors Drew Marten (125) and Adam Shelby (140) and senior Landon Pelham (215).
 
Tecumseh High School’s varsity gymnastics team defeated visiting Jackson Lumen Christi 132.45-128.025 in a home South Central Gymnastics League (SCGL) dual meet, led by Carlee Swan.
 
Both of Tecumseh High School’s undefeated varsity bowling teams beat Chelsea. The varsity boys won 27-3 while the varsity girls team won 28-2. The varsity boys team set a new Southeastern Conference season high Baker Game Series of 450. 
n Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team dominated Lincoln and Clinton, with Abbie McDowell and Olivia Mills leading the Indians’ offense.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys basketball team earned bragging rights over Clinton with Jamie Mossburg’s Indians beating Mike Ruhl’s Redskins 43-32.
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls basketball team picked up a pair of victories, beating Summerfield 52-28 on Friday and Lenawee Christian School (LCS) 50-41 on Saturday.
 
Greg Dolson was hired as Tecumseh High School’s new varsity football coach, replacing Steve Robb after just one year. Robb and his squad of Indians went 5-4 last season.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity gymnastics team posted its first win against Saline in the last eight years.
 
FEBRUARY
 
Tecumseh’s Drew Marten (125) and Landon Pelham (215) and Clinton’s Nick Rolland (152) were named county wrestling champions.
 
A new team score record was set by Tecumseh’s varsity gymnastics squad while placing first at St. John’s in the Redwing Invitational. The Indians won the 10-team event with a score of 136.275. Tecumseh was led by Carlee Swan.
 
Mathew Sexton put Clinton on the map, officially signing with Eastern Michigan University to play football.
 
Clinton’s varsity girls basketball team defeated Britton Deerfield 50-43 and followed with a big 67-30 win at Whitmore Lake. Hayley Turk and Ashleigh Donahey led the Redskins’ offense.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team won the Division 2 district title for the 14th consecutive season at home, defeating Milan 66-13 and Adrian 63-16.
 
Clinton’s varsity wrestling team hosted Division 4 districts and beat Grass Lake 75-6 and East Jackson 79-0 for the title.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity bowling teams claimed Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles after defeating Ypsilanti at home.  The varsity girls team (16-0) won 29-1 while the boys team won 24-6.
 
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team defeated Chelsea (43-36) for the first time in at least 10 years, led by Abbie McDowell.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team ended its season with a 34-31 loss to Monroe Jefferson in the Division 2 Regional Tournament while Hudson beat Clinton 28-27 to end the Redskins’ season.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team defeated Hillsdale 64-21 in the opening round of Class B Districts with freshman Abby McDowell scoring 33 points (11 rebounds, two assists, four steals, four blocks).
 
MARCH
 
Tecumseh’s girls won the regional bowling title while the boys placed second. Taylor Cook led the Indians’ girls while Tevon Hastings led the boys.
 
Clinton set a school record by qualifying seven wrestlers for the Individual State Championships. Head coach Jeff Rolland was voted Regional Coach of the Year while Casey Randolph was voted Assistant Coach of the Year. 
 
Tecumseh won two Division 2 state wrestling titles. Landon Pelham won his championship match at 215 pounds by a 9-2 win over Eli Boulton of Lowell while Drew Marten placed first at 125 pounds with a 10-4 victory over Lowell’s Lucas Hall.
 
Clinton wrestler Noah Comar (112) was runner up at Division 4 state meet.
 
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association inducted former Tecumseh coach Pat Connors into its Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Crisler Center, University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys bowling team failed to advance to final 16 at state meet while girls advanced but fell to Charlotte in the state quarterfinal.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team closed its season with a 46-36 loss to Jonesville in the Class B District semifinal. 
 
Clinton’s varsity girls basketball team lost to Madison in Class C District semifinal.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity gymnastics team traveled to Plymouth High School for Division 2 Regionals and placed eighth out of nine teams. Three of the Indians’ gymnasts, Morgan Cadmus (3rd, 9.225), Carlee Swan (6th, 9.075) and Alaina Carr (8th, 9.05), qualified for the D2 state finals.
 
Carlee Swan led Tecumseh at the individual state gymnastics meet with a 12th place floor score of 8.95. The top 10 received All-State honors. 
 
Clinton’s varsity boys basketball team lost 59-54 against Madison in the district semifinal at Hudson.
 
Onsted beat Tecumseh 73-42 in the district boys basketball semifinals.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity swim and dive team placed 21st at Eastern Michigan University in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 3 championships. Tecumseh sophomore Thomas Mitchell placed sixth in one meter diving (392.95) and picked up all of the Indians’ 13 points.
 
APRIL
 
Jeff Scott replaced Leslie Tanis as Britton Deerfield varsity girls softball coach.
 
Wes Harden was hired as coach for Tecumseh High School’s varsity girls and boys track teams, replacing Eddy Foley and Kim Foley.
 
Phillip Stahl was named BD’s new varsity boys golf coach.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team opened the season with a doubleheader against Onsted at Adrian College. The Indians split the games, losing the first 3-2 but winning the second 2-1. Reliever Will Sparrow earned the pitching win.
 
Christine Brown was named Clinton’s new varsity girls soccer coach.
 
Senior pitcher Kayla Wild (1-0) picked up a 13-2 pitching win at Blissfield to open the varsity softball season for Tecumseh.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team swept Chelsea with Southeastern Conference wins of 3-1 and 6-4 to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
 
Clinton girls finished second, boys third at its own Duane Pelz Track Invitational. Amanda Schaare set a new varsity girls school discus record with a throw of 137’.
 
Clinton’s varsity boys golf team placed second in Ohio TCC Jamboree, led by Austin Fauser.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls track team placed second at Whitmore Lake’s Invitational while the Indians’ boys placed third. The Indians were led by Christina Sawyer and Mitch Meger.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys lacrosse team won 15-9 at Ann Arbor Huron with Dylan Day scoring five goals.
 
Scoring 32 runs and giving up only five had Clinton’s varsity softball team polishing off Onsted’s Invitational trophy.
 
Clinton defeated Lenawee Christian School 4-2 with Clark Nelson pitching six full innings.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity softball team swept visiting Chelsea 7-1 and 9-1 and improved to 9-0 overall.
 
MAY
 
Tecumseh varsity girls bowling coach Ken Richard was inducted into the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the Century Club in Sterling Heights.
 
Tecumseh won its own baseball invitational with clutch hits from Drew Cameron and Jakob Shadley.
 
The North American Hockey League selected Tecumseh native Cameron Clarke as a member of its All-NAHL team and also named him the Defenseman of the Year.
 
A one-stroke advantage gave Clinton’s varsity boys golf team a Ryder Cup tournament win at Wolf Creek Golf Course. Clinton was led by Nick Shoner and Austin Fauser.
 
Three more victories improved Clinton’s varsity softball team record to 14-1 as the Redskins went 3-0 at Dundee’s Invitational.
 
Clinton placed third at the Lenawee County Golf Tournament while Tecumseh finished fourth.
 
Longtime Clinton varsity boys basketball coach Mike Ruhl accepted varsity boys basketball coaching position at Tecumseh.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys lacrosse team traveled to Chelsea and returned with a 13-5 victory. Dylan Day scored four of Tecumseh’s goals.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team swept visiting Ypsilanti with Southeastern Conference wins of 11-0 and 16-1. Sam Benschoter pitched the first win while Aaron Luci pitched the second win.
 
A pair of Southeastern Conference victories were recorded by Tecumseh’s varsity softball team against Ypsilanti. Kayla Wild earned the pitching win in the first game while Grace Maves pitched the second shutout.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity track and field teams hosted the Southeastern Conference White Division Championships and both the boys and girls teams finished sixth out of six competing teams.
 
A clap-out was held at Tecumseh High School for student-athletes competing in the Special Olympics at Siena Heights University.
 
Tecumseh’s Kayla Wild was voted No. 3 on Ann Arbor Area Best Pitcher Poll.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys and girls track and field teams competed in Division 2 regionals and the boys placed fourth while the girls finished 10th.
 
Clinton’s varsity boys track team placed second in the MHSAA Division 3 regionals and qualified for the state meet while the girls team finished fourth. 
 
 
JUNE
 
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team beat Adrian 7-1 in pre-district action with Sam Benschoter pitching the win.
 
Clinton won the Division 4 District golf title. Kaden Kelly shot a 77 to lead the Redskins.
 
For the first time in its history, Clinton’s varsity girls soccer team won the MHSAA Division 3 District title with a 5-2 victory against Baptist Park Christian, led by Taylor Tschirhart.
 
Clinton’s varsity softball team defeated Columbia Central 8-0 to win its 11th consecutive district title.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys golf team placed eighth at the regional meet. 
 
Tecumseh’s varsity softball season ended with a 2-1 loss against Chelsea in the Division 2 District semifinals.
 
Clinton’s varsity baseball team ended its season with a 7-5 loss against Manchester in the D3 District semifinals.
 
Clinton’s varsity boys golf team placed third at regionals, led by freshman Austin Fauser (runner-up medalist).
 
Clinton’s girls ran 26th, boys 10th at D3 state track meet. All-State honors went to Mathew Sexton, Huntter Trubiano and Amanda Schaare (runner-up in discus).
 
Christina Sawyer led Tecumseh’s varsity girls track team (12th) at the D2 state meet with second places in the 1,600-meter (5:00.02) and 3,200-meter (11:00.57) while Tecumseh’s boys (36th) were led by Jeff Case with a fifth place finish in the 800-meter (1:56.84).
 
Tecumseh varsity boys lacrosse freshman Dylan Day was placed into the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s record book, a first for the Indians, for 65 goals in a season and points totaled in a season with 92.
 
Clinton’s varsity boys golf team placed fifth at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 4 golf tournament in East Lansing
 
Clinton’s varsity girls softball team closed its season with a 7-1 loss against Monroe Saint Mary Catholic Central in the regional final.
 
Tecumseh 2014 grad Cameron Clarke drafted to NHL by Boston Bruins.
 
Tecumseh’s Tyffani Bryan, Maggie Foss and Kayla Wild were named to All-Star softball team.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team lost 9-1 against Chelsea in the D2 District semifinal.
 
AUGUST
 
Tecumseh violated MHSAA football rule, canceled pre-season scrimmages.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team won Lenawee Christian School’s Cougar Cup with a 2-0 shutout over the hosts. Jonny Montoya scored both goals.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams both placed second at the annual county preview. Christina Sawyer won the girls race while Jack Lacasse finished second.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls golf team placed sixth at its own invitational, led by Beth Nowak’s 12th place score of 93.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team won its own tournament, led by Claire Wilt.
 
Tecumseh’s Indians gave new coach Greg Dolson a 15-14 varsity football win over Chandler Park to start the season.
 
Clinton opened varsity football season with 48-12 win over rival Manchester.
 
Britton Deerfield opened varsity football season with 35-34 loss to Lenawee Christian Schools.
 
Tecumseh wrestlers Vincent Perez and Drew Marten wrestled for Team Michigan Red at AAU Junior Olympics in Texas. Both earned silver and All-American medals.
 
Christina Sawyer set a new record (19:35) to help Tecumseh’s varsity cross country team win Adrian’s Burt Cebulski Invitational.
 
SEPTEMBER
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team shut out Ypsilanti 8-0 with Josh Nowak scoring three goals to help pick up the victory.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim and dive team finished second as hosts of the Southern Michigan Independent Swim League relays.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team improved to 10-1-1 with victories over Adrian and Lincoln.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team placed second in the Jackson Lumen Christi Tournament. Tecumseh’s leaders included Megan Freitas, Claire Wilt and Alayna Polter.
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity volleyball team hosted Sand Creek and defeated the Aggies in four sets, led by Jozie Scott and Jolie Langmeyer.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity football team beat Adrian 20-14 in OT for inaugural ‘Black & Blue’ Helmet Trophy.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team led to wins over Chelsea (1-0) and AA Huron (2-1) by Josh Nowak and Jonny Montoya with Devin Mendez in goal.
 
Tyler Hubbard-Neil resigned as Clinton’s varsity volleyball coach, replaced by Nikki Beazley.
 
Morenci was first to beat Clinton’s varsity football team since 2011.
 
Clinton’s varsity cross country program hosted its first cross country invitational in years at the Rustic Glen Golf Club and placed first.
 
Tecumseh’s 26-year old cross country record was broken by Christina Sawyer (18:37) at Jackson’s invitational.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim team raised $2,143 to Adrian’s $251, won First Annual Pink Out trophy.
 
OCTOBER
 
Tecumseh’s varsity football team evened season to 3-3 and 2-2 SEC with 20-3 homecoming win over Dexter.
 
Tecumseh finished third at the Lenawee County Girls Golf Invitational with Beth Nowak carding 94.
 
Josh Nowak helped Tecumseh soccer beat Adrian 1-0. Indians secured SEC White title with 8-0 shutout over Lincoln.
 
Clinton’s varsity volleyball team advanced to the semifinals at Ida’s Invitational before being eliminated by SMCC.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team defeated Ypsilanti in three straight sets, led by Alyana Polter, Emily Phelan and Megan Freitas.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls golf team finished its season with a sixth place at regionals. Sophomore Beth Nowak advanced to individual play at the state meet and finished 82nd.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team finished the regular season at 19-1-2 after not being defeated in its previous 14 games.
 
An 18-game losing streak was ended with Clinton’s varsity boys soccer team beating Quincy 5-0 in its final game of the regular season.
 
Jack Lacasse placed first in the Lenawee County Cross Country Championships to lead the Indians’ boys to a first place finish. Tecumseh’s girls placed third with Christina Sawyer first in a course record time of 18:54.
 
Clinton secured spot in football playoffs with 42-6 victory against Britton Deerfield.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys soccer team lost 1-0 against Dexter in the Division 2 district final.
 
Tecumseh football ended season at 4-5 overall with 34-26 win over Airport.
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity football team finished its season with an overall record of 0-9 and 0-7 in the Tri-County Conference with an 18-14 loss to Whitmore Lake. 
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls cross country team placed third in the Small School Division of the Larry Steeb Invite hosted by Whitmore Lake. Megan Bower placed seventh with a time of 21:54 to lead the Patriots. Chris Stieler placed 22nd (19:33) for BD’s varsity boys.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team placed second at Coldwater’s Invitational.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim team placed first in all 12 events against visiting Chelsea with three swimmers, Karlee Marsh, Brynn Nevins and Alicia Dusseau, placing first in two individual races.
 
NOVEMBER
 
Sand Creek ended Clinton’s football season with a 12-7 win in Division 7 pre-district game.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity girls cross country team placed fifth at the Division 2 Regional meet while the boys placed seventh. Christina Sawyer was the girls division regional champion with a time of 19:10.68. 
 
Gene Dudek (22nd, 18:31.30) led Clinton’s varsity boys cross country team to a ninth place finish at the Division 3 regionals while the Redskins’ girls finished 13th.
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls cross country team finished ninth at the Division 4 regionals at Hudson. Junior Megan Bower led BD with a 20th place time of 22:28.12.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team defeated Onsted in district play, led by Clair Wilt, Alayna Polter, Becca Mammel and Megan Freitas.
 
A three set sweep by Adrian in the Class B district final ended Tecumseh’s varsity volleyball team’s season.
 
Clinton’s varsity volleyball team lost to Madison as hosts of the Class C District semifinal.
 
Megan LaFollette highlighted Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim and dive team’s second place finish in the Southeastern Conference White Division Championships by breaking the pool diving record.
 
Tecumseh senior Christina Sawyer placed ninth overall to help Team Michigan’s cross country squad win the MidEast Meet of Champions.
 
Karlee Marsh led Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim and dive team to a sixth place finish at the Division 3 state meet. Marsh placed third in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
 
DECEMBER
 
Britton Deerfield traveled to Dundee for its season opening varsity girls basketball game and won 36-33.
 
Clinton’s varsity girls basketball team hosted East Jackson and won 59-46 with Makayla Thompson scoring 31 points.
 
First year Clinton varsity boys basketball coach Jordan Kelly and his Redskins picked up a 57-54 victory in their first game of the season at home against Manchester.
 
First year Tecumseh’s varsity boys basketball coach Mike Ruhl and the Indians lost 64-26 in their season opener at Pinckney. 
 
Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls basketball team traveled to Adrian and defeated the Maples 42-33. 
 
Tecumseh’s varsity boys swim and dive team opened with a home meet against Erie Mason and dominated the home pool for a 105-51 victory.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team opened with wins over Lincoln and Ann Arbor Huron.
 
Tecumseh’s varsity gymnastics team opened with a fourth place finish at Fowlerville’s Mini-Invitational.
 
Tecumseh celebrated 50/60 years of wrestling.

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