$36,000 raised in first season
The March 14 game against the Red Wings Alumni marked the end of the first season for the SC4 Alumni Hockey Dream Team with over $36,000 in donations to benefit students and local charities.
The game against the Red Wings Alumni brought the largest turnout of supporters and brought in a net donation of $30,500 for the SC4 Alumni Association and student scholarships.
Starting Oct. 17 the Dream Team, a group made of local supporters and SC4 alumni, played five games raising money for various organizations such as the Jayden Lamb Memorial Foundation and D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education; a program that seeks to educate children on substance abuse.
D.A.R.E. Community Service Officer Adrianne Mynsberge was in attendance for the game the SC4 Alumni played against the Port Huron Police and the Port Huron Fire Dept.
“All of the money that was donated from ticket sales goes directly to the Port Huron D.A.R.E. program to purchase supplies, books, and t-shirts for all the students,” said Mynsberge. “The program is very strong in Port Huron.”
Manager and Coach of the Dream Team David Goetze is positive about the turnout of the season.
“Of course it’s nice if you can win, and though we were one in four, in my mind we were five in o. It’s all about raising money for the charities.”
The game schedule for the 2014-2015 season is in the planning stage and will be announced closer to the beginning of the season.
“I think they had a good time even from day one. We did it for charity. No one was delusional and thought we were going for the Stanley Cup,” said Goetze. “We were giving back to our students; that’s why we do it.”
A new brand of baseball is forming in Port Huron
New coach. New team. New attitude. The Skippers have an updated look, and are playing a new ball game in 2014.
After a 21-19 season in 2013, and missing the opportunity to be a State tournament qualifier by only one MCCAA league win, the Skippers Baseball team needed some renovations.
Returning to his alma mater, Scott Tesluck begins his first season as head coach at St. Clair County Community College, where he played in 2001 before being the middle infielder at SVSU.
“This is a big turning point,” said first year assistant coach, Cam Ciaciuch, “Coach Tesluck is good in this area, and he is bringing in good players.”
Tesluck, former assistant at Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School, coached the team to the 2005 State championship and 2007 State semi-finals.
Tesluck is coming to SC4 from a distinct baseball background, where he has coached three Mr. Baseball award winners in Michigan, including Tyler Mills and William Arnold of Mt. Pleasant in 2008, and Joel Seddon of St. Clair in 2011.
Ryan Walling, a transfer from Muskegon Community College, came to the Skippers in hopes of challenging himself under the new coach.
“Coach Tesluck is a new and young coach that has a ton of knowledge for the game,” said Walling, “He brings excitement and passion to this team.”
Walling, who has already committed his 2015 season to the University of Illinois Springfield, can see a bright future for the team.
“We have two things on our mind,” said Walling, “the conference championship and making it to regionals. We are ready to rock and roll.”
Jake Hornbacher, the returning first baseman, stands beside his coach in confidence.
“From a coaching standpoint, I don’t think it gets much better than Coach Tesluck,” said Hornbacher, “He is a good talent coach, and a good instructor. He’s the whole package.”
Hornbacher, committed to Cleary University in Howell, MI, is taking his last year seriously.
“Getting to playoffs is the main goal,” said Hornbacher, “being first or sixth place doesn’t matter, it’s a free for all.”
Go see the Skippers in action at their home game on March 29 at Sanborn Park against Grand Rapids Community College.
SC4’s softball team starts season
While playing the game is the easy part, having enough players to fill a team is a necessity. The Lady Skippers softball squad took somewhat unique measures to have all their bases covered.
“So many players graduated from last year’s team that we were forced to canvas students to see if they were interested in playing,” said freshman Marissa Isaac.
The Marine City second baseman feels this year’s group has much to learn.
“We are inexperienced,” said Isaac. “Only four players are returning. We only have 14 overall. Still, we have a lot of room for improvement.”
A positive point from that is we won’t be intimidated by anybody because we don’t know who is good or bad. We’ll be expecting to win every time we take the field.”
Last year, the Lady Skippers finished in fifth place with an 8-16 record in the Eastern Division of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Coach Ron Matthews looks to improve on that record.
“We hope to finish in the top three,” he said. “The team shows a lot of promise. They have come a long way on the Florida trip.”
The team has four returning players who will all play a major part in how the team performs. They are Charli DeKam, Katie Barrett, Ashley Locke and Katie Nietzke.
“New players who should make a positive difference are Marissa Isaac, Carly Taylor, Stephanie Sweet, Paige Filipowki, Caitylyn Sanderson, Taryn Kreger, and Gabby LaMere,” Matthews said.
As is the case most every year, Mother Nature plays a huge factor on the schedule.
“It would have been nice to have come back from Florida and be able to get outside,” said Matthews. “We just have to make do. Everyone is in the same boat as far as the weather goes.”
The Lady Skippers’ next home game will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 against Macomb Community College.
All home games are played at Pine Grove Park. For further information, visit www.sc4.edu.
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