By: Butch Harmon
Hemlock football team finishes regular season with best record since 1983
The Huskies football team was able to accomplish things this season that they haven’t been able to do for a long time. They ended the regular season with a record of 7-2 and will be moving on to the post season.
In the season finale against St. Charles, the Huskies earned a 28-13 victory. The victory gave Hemlock seven wins in a season for the first time since the 1983 team turned in a 7-2 record. Hemlock also won six games in two consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1977 and 1978 seasons.
The win wasn’t easy, as the Huskies had to overcome plenty of adversity. Hemlock’s leading receiver, T.J. Vondette, was lost for the season in week eight when he suffered a collarbone injury, and starting running back Matt Jesse missed the game due to a concussion.
Against St. Charles, Hemlock was paced on offense by quarterback Chase Wiechmann, who rushed for 104 yards and passed for 85 yards. Dylan Honsinger scored three touchdowns for the Huskies.
Offense has been a key for Hemlock all season. The Huskies finished the season averaging 32.2 points per game and scored at least 20 points in every game this season.
The Huskies are not done with their list of accomplishments, as they will host their first playoff game of the season against Carrollton and are looking for their first-ever playoff win.
The Hemlock varsity is not the only football team experiencing success this season. Combined, Hemlock’s varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen teams have a record of 20-7 this season.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The Hemlock boys cross country team is showing a strong finishing kick as it heads for the state tournament. After winning the Tri-Valley Central championship, the Huskies finished second at the Saginaw County meet.
Senior Chance Lisik led the way for the Huskies, as he shaved 25 seconds off his personal best to finish 10th overall with a time of 17:04. Senior Jaime Keck placed 13th in 17:10, followed by senior Chris Berger (14th, 17:20.4), senior Cody Clark (21st, 17:38.4) and senior Evan Oldenburg (27th, 18:07).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The young Hemlock girls cross country team continued to show improvement heading into the postseason as they placed fourth at the Saginaw County meet.
Freshman Lauren Schonfeld paced the team, as she placed 18th overall with a time of 22:10.5. Sophomore Hannah Massa took 20th overall in 22:15.5, followed by sophomore Tamara Mitchell (25th, 22:40.1), sophomore Katelyn Tessin (29th, 22:47.7) and sophomore Anna Beck (40th, 23:29.7).