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Saturday, 2020 Jan 18th

Saline bounced back from their first loss of the season to defeat Pioneer, 47-40, in a physical and intense contest at Pioneer High School Friday.

Ella Stemmer scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and four steaks to pace the Hornets. Sophie Canen scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds to go along with two steals. Steffi Bentley scored seven points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Liz Sekerak hit a pair of timely three-pointers for the Hornets.


Saline fell to Pioneer, 51-49, in SEC Red varsity boys basketball action at Saline High School Friday.

The Hornets led 24-17 at halftime and 34-30 after three quarters.

Stats were unavailable.


In a battle of unbeaten junior varsity girls basketball teams, Saline bested Pioneer, 45-41.

The Hornets built a 26-13 lead at halftime and then survived a late charge from the Pioneers.

Ella Dean scored 12 points and Taylor Kangas scored 11 points. Anna Hesse added nine points. Kailee Cahill (four points), Josie Cayen, Madisyn Snyder (three points), Payton Maloney (two points) and Cazzi Smith (one point) also made the scorebook for Saline.


Friday, 2020 Jan 17th

The Saline boys swim and dive team earned three SEC wins in their home-opening meet Thursday. Saline edged Dexter, 94-91, and defeated Monroe, 150-30, and Ypsilanti, 153-18.

The Hornets were led by Cooper Osgood and Ethan Saunders, who each won two events.

The meet began with Dexter winning the 200-yard medley relay. Saunders, Joshua Brunty, Osgood and Blake Coy were second in 1:43.41.

Dexter's Paul Schaefer won the 200-yard freestyle.  Thomas Walsh, Nick Huetteman and Alex Melnyk placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.


Sarah McLaughlin and Megan Mulligan were the top Hornet scorers as Saline defeated Tecumseh, 132.25 to 125.8 Thursday in a meet at Saline High School.

McLaughlin led the Hornets in the balance beam and vault events while Mulligan was the top Hornet in the floor and uneven bars exercises.

McLaughlin scored an 8.6 in the vault. Also contributing the scoring were Annie Miloser (8.55) and Mulligan (8.5). Alena Miklosovic and Camile LaFleur scored 8.45 each to tie for the final scoring position.


The award-winning Andrew Collins Trio from Toronto is returning to Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, this Saturday at 8 p.m.

Arts & Entertainment

Thursday, 2020 Jan 16th

While the vote to institute six-year terms for those serving on the Saline Area Schools Board of Education was split nearly evenly when that vote was cast in 2014, the vote this week to back-peddle to four-year terms was nearly unanimous.

Many on the current board shared anecdotal evidence, garnered from Saline residents, during the final deliberation at this week's regular school board meeting Tuesday night. All trustees save Michael McVey voted in favor of the change.


LaDonna June Bauer, 89, of Ypsilanti, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 with her family by her side. LaDonna was born June 22, 1930 to the late Thomas and Laura Barnett. On July 10, 1948 she married the late Gaylord “Dutch” Bauer. LaDonna is survived by her children, David (Lois) Bauer, Thomas (Phyllis) Bauer and JillAnne Bauer; four grandsons; four great grandchildren; and her brother William Barnett. Preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her daughter Jacquelyn James.


Saline City Council glimpsed the future last week. What they saw was very, very expensive.

A wastewater treatment plant siting study conducted by Tetra Tech showed improving the city’s wastewater capacity to meet the needs of project growth cost anywhere from $76-94 million. Put another way, if funded solely by water and sewer users, the average quarterly utility bill would increase by $283 to 353.

Jim Dell’Orco, one of two new city council members, looked at the utility bill increases.


Saline senior Zach Sabin earned his 100th career win as the Hornets defeated Monroe and Dexter at Monroe High School Wednesday. Saline improved to 6-0 in the SEC.


Wednesday, 2020 Jan 15th

William Clark scored a pair of goals to help Saline defeat Bedford, 5-2, Tuesday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Saline’s second straight win lifted the Hornets’ record to 5-9.

The Hornets matched the Mules’ physicality and played a strong defensive game.

“We needed it. It was a good team win. We did a lot of good things - blocking shots, sticks in passing lanes,” Saline coach Paul Fassbender said. “It’s good to start the new year with two in a row.”


The Saline Area School District's Board of Education shuffled officers at its membership meeting Tuesday evening during the first regular meeting of the new year.

The process by which trustees were nominated and then chosen was a little different this year. Board trustees wrote their votes for nominees on paper ballots and handed them to Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Patti Waltz, who counted out the votes without revealing who voted for who.


The Saline varsity girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season, falling 59-53 to host Bedford in a game that went to overtime, Tuesday.

Bedford outscored Saline, 11-5, in the extra period. 

The Hornets spent the first half playing catch-up after Bedford jumped to a 16-7 lead. Saline made up most of that difference in a third quarter during which they outscored Bedford, 18-9. The Hornets entered the fourth quarter down by a point and outscored Bedford, 11-10, to send the game to overtime.


How many times have you seen your team come out and play flat following a strong performance in a previous game? The Hornets played a strong game against Detroit Douglas on Saturday, the fifth-ranked team in the state, losing 63-55.


Here's today's list of calls to the Saline Area Fire Department.

  • Jan. 14, 6:16 p.m., medical, 2700 block of South Wagner Road, Lodi Township.
  • Jan. 14, 5:42 p.m., gas odor investigation, Michigan Avenue and Maple Road, City of Saline
  • Jan. 14, 4:21 p.m., medical, 200 block of Clark Street, City of Saline.
  • Jan. 14, 8:04 a.m., medical, 1700 Woodland Drive, City of Saline.
  • Jan. 14, 12:22 a.m., medical, 200 block of Tower Drive, City of Saline,
Police & Fire

Tuesday, 2020 Jan 14th

A very youthful Saline Youth Council returns to the dais Jan. 17.

At Monday's meeting, Saline City Council unanimously approved the Saline Youth Council for 2020.

Typically, the council meets from September through May. But this year, the council had just four new members and needed a recruitment effort to start.


Baileigh Huxley of Saline was named to the Dean's List by Dr. Troy Shoemaker, president of Pensacola Christian College, for academic achievement during the 2019 fall semester. This was a result of earning a semester grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Pensacola Christian College is a liberal arts college enrolling students from every state in the U.S. and from around the world. The College has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students (undergraduate, graduate, and seminary) and offers a variety of programs of study.



The City of Saline has presented Saline Township with a proposed agreement to annex the land which could be home to a 284-unit development known as Andelina Farms.

Saline Mayor Brian Marl said the city does not offer any revenue sharing with the township in the proposed agreement.