BASKETBALL: Saline Dominates Tecumseh in Front of Alumni

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 12/19/2018 - 15:33
Griffin Yaklich leaps to the hoop on his way to two points in Saline's dominating victory over Tecumseh.

I love high school athletics. Especially high school basketball and hockey. Sports where emotions can still determine the outcome of games. And where athletes who are teammates on a high school sport, are teammates for life.

It is like the sign in the commons area at Saline High School that reads, “Once A Hornet, Always A Hornet.”

Tuesday night, The Saline Post publisher Tran Longmoore published a picture he had taken at halftime of the varsity basketball game. It featured former Hornet hoopsters watching the current team take on the Tecumseh Indians. The pic featured, ”The Beast” Emmet Turner, Eric “Baywatch” Wenning and Ryan Foley, half of the “dynamic duo,” among many others. My wife, Anne, saw the picture Tran posted and sent it to me. I replied “the boys are home.”



It seemed important to this year’s squad that the guys were on hand to watch them play. High fives were shared to start the second half, as well as at the end of the game. Again, Once a Hornet, Always a Hornet.

In my five years of writing SHS basketball stories for the Saline Post, Tuesday evening is the only time I can recall where the freshman, JV and varsity squads led every minute of every game. Tecumseh teams did not hold a lead against the Hornets for a single second. They were tied only at the start of each game.

And what a game for the Beast & Co. to watch. The Hornets jumped out to a 5-0 lead, before the Indians sank a free throw to cut the lead to 5-1. Then Saline scored the next seven, en route to a16-6 first quarter lead.

The second quarter may have been the Hornets’ most effective quarter of 2018-19 season. Using a man-to-man defense, applying full court pressure at times, Saline forced six second quarter turnovers for Tecumseh, while pouring it on the offense. Sophomore forward Nathan Holmberg scored the first two buckets of the quarter, followed by a short jump shot by senior guard Peter Jacobsen, to up Saline’s lead to 22-6.

Sophomore guard Anthony Ferrari sank a free throw while junior guard Jaden Pickett sank two 3-pointers to stake Saline to a 34-8 lead. With 1:48 left in the half, senior center Logan Evans converted a Tecumseh turnover for two more points sending the Hornets into the locker with a 36-8 lead. Saline outscored the Indians 20-2.

Evans, Jacobsen and junior guard Griffin Yaklich opened the third quarter with three-pointers, sandwiched between a short jumper by junior forward Tyler Belskus. Freshman guard Cooper Fairman sank a free throw and Yaklich sank two more shots to stake Saline to a 52-16 lead heading into the final quarter.

With Saline Head Coach Jacob Fosdick substituting freely in the fourth quarter, Fairman scored Saline’s final five points to give Saline an easy 57-22 victory. The win raises Saline’s season record to 4-2.

Following his team’s dominating performance, Coach Fosdick praised his team’s effort. “I was really proud of how physical the team played tonight. It was good to see.”

“Early on (Tyler) Belskus dove after a loose ball which energized everyone.,” Fosdick said. “The team saw the kid sacrifice his body to get a ball, and everyone was willing to do it.”

Fosdick highlighted the intensity of the team’s defensive play. “We played man-to-man defense at times tonight and the guys executed it perfectly. Every player who played showed great energy on defense tonight.”

Yaklich had another outstanding game leading the offense. He demonstrated tremendous vision of the entire court throughout the game, finishing with a team high nine assists, though he didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Following the game, the players spent a few moments with the former Hornet players, receiving high-fives and hugs. The guys who had returned to watch the game walked away impressed with what they saw.

Saline will get back into action on Friday evening when they will host the Titans from Southgate Anderson High School. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. This will be the final game before the holiday break.


1st Star: Griffin Yaklich (13 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists)

2nd Star: Logan Evans (13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists)

3rd Star: Tyler Belskus (7 points, 2 rebounds) & Jaden Pickett (6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist)



The junior varsity squad raised their season record to 5-1 defeating the Tecumseh Indians 57-28 Tuesday evening at Saline High School. The squad led every minute of the game, using a 7-0 run and racing out to a 18-4 first quarter lead. They increased that lead to 38-13 at the half.

Sophomore guard Eli Trese led the way with 14 points. He was followed by sophomore center Luke Darmos’ 13 points and Nicholas Walper’s 11.

JV Head Coach Jason Pickett thought his team played very well. “We came out with a lot of energy tonight. We moved the ball around well and had intensity of defense.”

“Even when people come off the bench, they are prepared to execute the game plan,” Pickett said. “I expect that everyone will try to make plays when they are in the game. If they are open, I expect them to take that open shot.”

The JV squad will host the Titans from Southgate Anderson on Friday night. Game time is 5:30 p.m.


1st Star: Eli Trese (14 points, 2 rebounds)

2nd Star: Luke Darmos (13 points, 10 rebounds including 6 offensive rebounds)

3rd Star: Nicholas Walper (11 points, 2 rebounds)


The Saline freshmen hoops team jumped out to a 19-1 first quarter lead and cruised to a 62-30 win over the Tecumseh Indians Tuesday evening on their home court, upping their season record to a perfect 6-0.

Freshman Head Coach Zach Fosdick (cousin to varsity head coach Jacob Fosdick) was very proud of his team’s effort. “The guys played really good defensively tonight. They have bought into our defensive philosophy and have been working hard to get it right.”

That hard work certainly paid off against Tecumseh. The freshman squad will close of the 2018 portion of their season when they host the Southgate Anderson Titans on Friday. Game time is 4 p.m.


1st Star: Braden LaRusso (14 points)

2nd Star: Evan Grill (8 points)

3rd Star: Eric Wood (8 points)



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