It’s been a great winter at Lake Orion High School. The winter sports teams are entering their state tournaments soon and all teams are wrapping up their seasons. Below are updates for each team as they begin the championship chase.
Boys Swimming and Diving: This weekend, Friday and Saturday, the boys competed in the OAA Red Swimming and Diving Championships held at Birmingham Seaholm High School. It began as a good meet for the boys as multiple swimmers and relay teams have qualified for the State Championships. Zhair Salem and Evan Linquist qualified for two events. Zac Seeds and Danny Reinchem have qualified for one event each. The 200 medley and 200 free relay teams also qualified.
Boys Basketball: The boys improved to a 15-3 overall record with Friday's 73-55 win over Farmington Hills Harrison. They entered in a first place tie with Rochester for the OAA Blue Division Championship. If they win their final two games of the season, they will be division champions.
Girls Basketball: The girls wrapped up a tough season in the OAA Red. But they battled all year long and were in almost every game. They showed they belong playing with the best and they are not far away. Their postseason begins Monday at Clarkston High School for the Districts as they square off against Holly High School at 7 p.m. Everyone starts the post season at 0-0 and the Dragons are hungry to start the tournament.
Boys and Girls Ski Team: The MHSAA Ski Meet takes place Monday, Feb. 26 at Boyne Mountain. The Dragons are sending four skiers to compete at the state championships. Drew Tyrell, Nick Manting, Grace Stetsko, and Lindsey Thelen all qualified for the championship meet.
Boys and Girls Bowling: On Saturday, the individual state regionals took place at Grand Blanc and girls Cheyenne Washington, who finished first, and Madison Ellington, who finished eighth, both qualified for the Division 2 state finals March 2-3 in Canton.
As a team, the boys finished in the middle of the pack of the OAA, but were highlighted by senior Charlie Ghazal. Charlie had the season-high scoring game in the OAA and finished tied as the top boys bowler in the OAA. The girls ended their season on a high note, winning both the OAA Tournament Championship and the OAA League Championship. Both teams competed in the regional meet at Grand Blanc Lanes on Friday and fell short of advancing to the team state meet.
Wrestling: The wrestling team had a great season, capped off with the first district championship in 9 years. The team season ended in with a loss in the regional finals, but a great year making it to the final 16. There is a lot of talent coming back so the future looks great. Head coach Jeff Smart was recognized as the regional coach of the year. It was a much deserved honor for coach Smart. On the individual side, the Dragons had five district champions and a total of 10 advancing to the individual regional championships. At the regionals, five wrestlers advanced to the MHSAA Individual State Championships help on March 2-3 at Ford Field. The wrestlers competing for a state championship: Noah Smith, Jaden Fisher, Tyler Vestrand, Chris Kade and Hunter Chambers.
Competitive Cheer: The cheerleading program continued their tradition of excellence with another great season and, after Saturday's regional success at Brighton, are now heading to the state final at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids March 2. This season has been highlighted by a first-place finish at the Allen Park Invitational and a top three finish in both the OAA and Oakland County. The Dragons placed second at the district competition
Hockey: One of the state's best hockey teams, the Dragons won the OAA Red Division title on Saturday defeating Stoney Creek, 3-2, at the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester. The Dragons have been outstanding all season and wrapped up their second consecutive league championship. The Dragons begin their state tournament on Monday with a match-up against the rival Oxford Wildcats at the Dragons' home ice, The Detroit Skating Club. The puck drops at 8 p.m.
Powerlifting: The state championships for Powerlifting will be held at Lake Orion High School on March 9 and March 10. The JV teams compete on March 9. The varsity girls will compete Saturday morning, March 10, and the boys will compete Saturday afternoon. The boys and girls will be a factor in the race for the state title.
Gymnastics: The small, but powerful, gymnastics team competes this weekend at Lake Orion. LOHS hosted one of the area's largest gymnastic meets on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25.
It’s been a great winter for our Lake Orion student-athletes and teams. There have been great wins, heartbreaking losses, numerous individual accomplishments, and we are not done. The best time of the season is just beginning for many. We wish all our teams and athletes the best of luck. Bring your best, give your all, and know a whole town is behind you. Go Dragons!