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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Boys basketball season opens on high note for Dexter, Whitmore Lake and more Monday results

By Staff

Results from Monday night's high school boys and girls basketball games...



Jay Lewis and Derek Seidl each scored 14 points and Jacob VanHoof had 10 as the Dreadnaughts cruised to a season opening non-conference win at home on Monday over Hartland.

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Dexter started the game on a 9-0 run, was ahead 20-7 by the end of the first quarter, and kept the lead between 15-20 for the majority of the contest.

"We shot the ball very well," said Dexter coach Randy Swoverland, "And, on the fast break, we got some easy baskets."

Dexter made eight 3-pointers in the contest and shot 67 percent (12 of 18) from the free-throw line

"Sixty seven percent is not great, but reasonable for a first game," Swoverland said.

Dexter (1-0) led 38-20 at halftime and had a 22-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Eight players scored for the Dreadnaughts.


Despite 32 points -- including seven 3-pointers -- from Josh Finley and 20 points from Matt Kemner, Manchester (0-1) started off the Dave Arnold coaching era with a loss Monday.

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That had much to do with the play of Grant Clark, who scored a Clinton school record 59 points with 26 field goals and was 7-of-15 from the free-throw line. Clark also had 19 rebounds.

Arnold is known for coaching the Grinnell College system, in which his team runs the court to shoot immediate 3-pointers on offense, employs a full-court press on defense the whole game and substitutes the entire lineup every 45 seconds.

The unorthodox system often catches teams off guard, but Clinton has seen plenty of it from Arnold’s coaching stint at Tri-County Conference rival Whitmore Lake from 2007-10. Clark scored most of his points on easy layups from the block after the offense successfully broke Manchester's press.


After just one game, Whitmore Lake has equaled its win total from last season. Nick Nied led the Trojans with 22 points while Jason Moll had 12 and Chris White 10.

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"It's nice to get that first one out of the way especially after going 1-21 last year," said Whitmore Lake coach Casey Livingston. "Now, hopefully we can build some confidence off of it going forward."

Grass Lake jumped out to a 30-21 halftime lead before being outscored 24-10 in the third quarter.

“We missed a layup and two free throws to open the second half, and it just snowballed from there,” Grass Lake coach Joel Cook said. “We had our chances to put them away, and we didn’t.”

K.J. Neibauer led Grass Lake with 18 points.


Bob Clements had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as Washtenaw Christian opened its season with a win over Rudolf Steiner on Monday night.

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The Cougars (1-0) led 16-12 at halftime and used a 17-10 third quarter to pull away from the Storm.

"To start the season off with a win is always good," said Storm coach Aaron Hoesli. "We were rough around the edges at the beginning, but that's to be expected."

Mathias Donat had 10 points for Washtenaw Christian and his brother, Josiah Donat, had nine. Ben Hadlock and Shandy Hunter each scored seven for Steiner (0-1).



After getting its first win in school history out of the way last week, Skyline tried to start its first winning streak on Monday. South Lyon East would have nothing to do with it.

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Skyline starting point guard Allison Young tried to play through an injury she suffered in the Eagles' season-opening win over Whitmore Lake, but had to leave the game in the the third quarter. She finished without scoring.

South Lyon East shot the ball very well from the field according to Skyline coach Keith Wade.

"They just did not miss,” Wade said. "They moved the ball well."

Taylor Jones scored 17 for South Lyon and Willow Cohn chipped in with 11.

Janae Sims carried the offensive burden for the Eagles (1-1), scoring 13 points in the losing effort. Zena Shunnanar had seven rebounds.


Marissa Thompson dominated the paint with 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Greenhills in a hard fought win over Birmingham Roeper.

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Greenhills coach Lisa Mack was pleased with her team’s effort on both sides of the ball and pointed to one area in particular the helped the overall game.

"We were able to limit our turnovers and we used that to our advantage on the defensive end,” Mack said.

The Gryphons (2-1) had an 18-10 lead at halftime, but Roeper got right back in the game in the third quarter, outscoring Greenhills 15-9 and narrowing Greenhills’ lead to two points.

Kiara Canaks led Birmingham with 13 points including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that Mack said kept Roeper in the games.


Washtenaw Christian’s Becca Grimes nearly scored as many points as the entire Rudolf Steiner team with 18 in the Wildcats’ convincing season opening victory. Grimes also had six assists and six steals.

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Washtenaw Christian used smothering half court pressure defense to create turnovers against Steiner and score easy buckets on the transition.

“As a team we played great defense, we put a little pressure on them and forced some turnovers,” said Washtenaw Christian head coach Bob Trevino. "It was a nice start for us."

Anika Sproull led Steiner with 10 points.



The newly founded Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory Academy's girls basketball team got its first win in school history in its first game in school history on Saturday, defeating Holt Lutheran, 47-18.

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"The girls were ecstatic, it was beyond the expectations. It was a very special moment for the school and the young ladies,” said head coach Rodrick Wells. Wells was the head coach at Skyline last year when the first-year varsity program went 0-21.

Arbor Prep freshman Zakiya Wells (Rodrick’s daughter) led Arbor (1-0) with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

"She played a good floor game; she was patient and let the game come to her. She did the little things,” Wells said.

Compiled by Matt Durr and Pete Cunningham. Coaches may call in results to 734-623-2565 or email