Sunday, October 16, 2011
Senior football captain Alex Maday is a positive role model for the Chieftains and has his sights set on college football.
Alex Maday works hard, plays hard and is a serious role model for his teammates. What more can a coach ask from his captain? "This year Alex is playing on both sides of the ball this year and is a true captain for us," said Utica football coach Tony Smith. "He is one of the hardest working kids we've got. He's got a good attitude and is a positive role model for the younger kids. He's also very athletic and difficult to block. I've seen him get doubled a lot." Maday is a defensive lineman and right tackle for the Chieftains in his second year on the varsity team. "We are like a family here," said Maday. "We work together and all try to do our best. We never quit until the end. Everyone supports each other 100 percent." Maday's play has …
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Utica senior Chris Scott gives his all for the Chieftain cross-country team and leads them through an undefeated season thus far.
Chris Scott is all in, every day for Utica cross-country. The senior, second-year captain is focused on improving his times and takes every possible opportunity to better himself as an athlete. From running two-a-days in the summer to eating properly on race days, Scott is on a mission. "Chris is the athlete on our team that leads by example," Utica cross-country coach Megan Berry said. "He puts thought into everything he does, including preparing mentally for a race, to make sure he is always at his best. He puts forth maximum effort every day at practice. His work ethic shows on race day because he is focused and improves every time he competes." Scott was all-county in 2009 and Macomb Area Conference all-division and all-academic, …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Shelby Township resident Rolf Plumhoff is still going strong after playing 10 years for the St. Thomas softball team.
By day he is a metal model maker for General Motors. But come Friday night, Shelby Township's own Rolf Plumhoff is swinging strong for the 3-2 St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Tornadoes softball team. The Tornadoes play in the Washington Township men's softball league in Ray Township during the spring and summer. Plumhoff, 53, uses his youth-like speed to chase down balls in the outfield for his side. As the senior member of the squad, he shares his experience and sportsmanship with the younger players. "At 53 I'm just glad to be able to still play ball," said Plumhoff. "It's great to hear 'great catch' from the younger guys on the team and the camaraderie is fun. We have a good group of guys and I enjoy it very much." The St. Thomas …
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Eisenhower junior Sophie Maccagnone produced on offense for the Eagles girls soccer team.
There is no stopping Sophie Maccagnone. The Eisenhower junior to played strong throughout the playoffs on the Eagle's quest for a state soccer championship. "Sophie is a workaholic," Eisenhower soccer coach Mehrdad Nekoogar said. "She's smart, she knows how to dribble the ball. I would say right now she is probably the best player in the state, hands down." This season, the central midfielder tallied 10 goals and 19 assists.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Eisenhower junior defender shuts down opponents and creates chances for lacrosse team.
Tony Giacona is mean, clean, defender of the Eisenhower goal. The Ike junior lacrosse player has been a menace to attacking opponents all season long. "As a defensive player that needs to be aggressive at all times on the field, he only had three minutes of penalties in 18 games," Eisenhower assistant coach Brian Rice said. "That speaks to his knowledge of the game and overall desire to not go to the penalty box to put his team down a man." The Eisenhower junior is a long stick midfielder and has had more than 100 ground balls this season, which is a key stat in lacrosse as it gives his team possession. "Tony is a tenacious defender and stand out player for us," said Rice. "His job is to shut down the opposing teams' biggest threats which …
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Utica High School senior Kristen Sabiston plays solid defense and is a great role model for her teammates.
Kristen Sabiston is a solid stopper for the Chieftains and so much more. The Utica senior has played varsity soccer all four of her high school years and has provided leadership and direction for her team every step of the way. "Kristen is a true leader and captain of our team," Utica coach Dave Moran said. "She has led the team for four years and has been a great role model for her teammates. Her work ethic is fantastic and she always gives 100 percent in games and practices. Kristen is also very hard on herself and pushes herself to improve. She does a lot of work in the offseason to better herself for the season." On the field in her role as stopper, Sabiston controls and organizes the defense and on occasion will be the one to mark …