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Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 4:35 p.m.

Fifteen Gabriel Richard students commit to play college sports and more community sports notes

By Kyle Austin

Father Gabriel Richard announced this week that 15 members of its 138-student senior class have signed to play sports in college. Several more are in talks to compete in college but have yet to commit.


Mason Sarosi will continue his college football career at Kalamazoo College next year.

Courtney Sacco | file

“We pride our program on fostering champions in the classroom and the athletic arenas,” FGR athletic director Hally Yonko said in a statement. “The Class of 2013 has contributed to numerous championship titles in their four years at FGR, so it was natural to see such a large group going on to compete at the next level.”

2013 Father Gabriel Richard commitments

  • Malia Gabel, N Illinois, volleyball
  • Aspen Sims, St Mary (Ind.) College, women’s golf
  • Gabby Gaeta, University of Michigan, dance
  • Ellery Sarosi, Wesleyan, women’s ice hockey
  • Blaise Stearns, University of Michigan, football
  • Drew Diedrich, Cornell University, football
  • Joe Kendzicky, Hillsdale College, football
  • Tyler Kirchoff, Hope College, football
  • Patrick Wolf, Hope College, football
  • Mason Sarosi, Kalamazoo College, football
  • Steve Tracy, Mt Union (Ohio), football
  • Kendric Fowler, Siena Heights, football
  • Lauren Opplinger, Albion College, softball
  • Carsten Dembeck, Ashland (N.C.), baseball
  • Gunnar Gail, Tiffin, baseball
  • Jack Gage, Kalamazoo Valley CC, baseball

Skyline, Pioneer lacrosse to hold Vada Murray fundraisers


The Skyline boys lacrosse team will be playing the Skyline girls lacrosse team May 3.

Daniel Brenner |

The Skyline and Pioneer boys and girls lacrosse teams will each hold fundraising games on Friday, May 3 to benefit the Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research.

Each game will feature the school’s boys lacrosse team against its girls lacrosse team, playing women’s lacrosse rules. The Pioneer game begins at 6 p.m., and the Skyline game begins at 7 p.m. Tickets will cost $5.

The Vada Murray Fund was established in honor of the former Michigan football player and Ann Arbor Police officer, who died of lung cancer in 2011. Murray’s wife Sarah and Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto plan to attend both games.

Local gymnasts qualify for national championships


Myel Ristenblatt, left, a freshman at Community High School, and Morgan Bradford, a junior at Pioneer High School, were among the 11 Gym America gymnasts who earned medals earlier this month at the prestigious Level 9 Regional Championships.

Courtesy Photo

Five area gymnasts have qualified for the USA Gymnastics Level 9 National Championships with their performances at a regional championship meet last weekend.

Morgan Bradford, Kendall Carlson, Leah Clapper, Nicole Fischoff and Vanessa Moody, who all train at Gym America in Ann Arbor, have qualified for the USA Gymnastics Eastern Nationals, May 3-5 in Battle Creek. A sixth gymnast, Katie Black, qualified as an alternate.

"These girls competed in the toughest regional championship in the country," Gym America coach Claudia Kretschmer said in a statement. "To place on any event in Region 5 is a huge honor. They worked hard and supported their teammates, and I couldn't have asked for anything more out of them."


Pete Cunningham

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

We have just been informed that another Father Gabriel Richard athlete will be continuing his playing career at the next level. Joe Kendzicky committed to Division II Hillsdale College, which plays in GLIAC. Kendzicky played quarterback for Richard.

Tony Livingston

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

Attending a small Liberal Arts college is a great way for students to be able to continue in their sport or other activity like theater or dance or music. They may not give "athletic" scholarships per se, but they give a lot of scholarship money for a variety of skills. Don't be scared off by the price because it is not the end price. There are several small schools in Michigan and Ohio and they give a great education and opportunities to participate right away. It is entirely possible to attend for state school prices or even less.


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 9:23 p.m.

How many of the kids listed above are getting athletic scholarships? I hope they are getting money from the schools they are attending. Most of the schools you have listed are very expensive to attend.


Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

"I hope they are getting money. . ." Congrats to the fine student athletes extending their careers. . . and your concern for their economic challenge(?). . . but isn't the relationship between the institute of higher learning and the student a private matter between the student (and their family) and said institution?

Kyle Austin

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 12:53 a.m.

Well it depends on the university...Division 3 doesn't offer athletic scholarships, and most at the Division 1 and Division 2 level are partial scholarships if they're not football or basketball (although of the two Division 1 football players on this list, one is going to an Ivy League school, which doesn't offer athletic scholarships, and the other will be walking on at Michigan)