By Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding & Lauryn Gibas
The 2016-2017 hockey season has finally begun in Trenton. Tryouts were early November. Twenty boys made the cut, 10 of whom are seniors. Last year, the team lost Niko Potestato, Jeremy Ross, Grant McClellan, Solomon Markus, Nick Trela, Tyler Carlos, Carl Olds, Parker Dukus, Rob Delarosa, David Chavez, Jason Welsch, Griffin Sawyer, and Joey Krolicki.
This year, the team gained Drew Welsch, Sheldon Clark, Jack Palazollo, Richard Boulware, Justin Litchard, Donte Diponio, Devin Dunn, Nolan Sczepaniak, Nick Moody, Patrick Bazner, and Noah Thackeray. Returning players are Kenny Styles, Brandon Morgan, Jordan Cormier, Anthony Lemerand, Conner Howey, Drake Ryznar, Kyle Lucas, Joey Santangelo, and Brody Wilson. The goals are guarded by our talented seniors Anthony Lemerand, Joey Santangelo, and Brody Wilson.
“Being on the team is not just a joy, but an honor.” said returning senior Joey Santangelo. “If we all put our full effort, heart, and integrity there is no doubt in my mind that we will win a state championship.”
The coaching staff is very strong, consisting of Mr. Clements, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Freeman, and Mr. Obrycki. The captains are Kyle Lucas, Kenny Styles, and Brandon Morgan.
The season kicked off with a game against Plymouth Salem at the Plymouth Cultural Center on Nov. 18. The team quickly pulled ahead, and won 5-0.
“I am very excited to play with this great group of guys for one last year. Trenton Hockey is an amazing thing to be a part of and I’m hopeful that we will have a great season and bring another state title back to this great city,” said returning senior Kenny Styles.
There is no doubt that the chemistry on this team is amazing. The record so far this season is 3-3-1. After our 2013-2014 team set the bar high by winning the state championship, these boys are determined.
Ben McPartlin, a huge part of Trenton Hockey who helped shape many players into what they are today, passed away on Oct. 29th. McPartlin was a former Trenton High School player, and a U of M Dearborn defensemen. He is greatly missed by everyone.
“Red line, blue line, blue line, goal line, red line, blue line, goal line…rest in peace coach Ben,” said Conner Howey.
All of the students at Trenton High School are getting ready for the annual Snowball dance that happens every December. This year it will be held on Dec. 16th in the Trenton High School commons from 6:30-9 p.m. The dance is a little more casual than homecoming, but girls still wear fancy dresses and the boys wear a shirt and tie.
It is a Snowball tradition for the girls to ask the boys to go as their date, which makes this dance more special. Many students attend this dance and all grades are represented with a snowball king and queen. Snowball usually has the highest attendance of all of the school dances because each grade has their own court. The underclassmen already know the king and queen of their grade, but the seniors are crowned at the dance. Lauryn Gibas, Amelia Doree, Vanessa Litchard, Izzy Olds, and Madison Howard are the girls on the court representing the class of 2017. The boy candidates are Ean Purcell, Dontel Hampton, Brandon Morgan, Adam Petrucco and Connor Charping.
“It is an honor to be on Snowball court, especially with two of my best friends.” Purcell said.
The commons are decorated, tickets are being sold, dresses are being bought and banners are being hung, all in preparation for this exciting night.
“I am very excited about being on court and I can’t wait to see who is crowned king and queen,” said Gibas.
Student correspondents Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding and Lauryn Gibas are seniors at Trenton High School.