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December 5, 2013

Questions from the Seidlines…

  • Is there anything more entertaining than watching Olivet High School custodian Tom Critchlow, with a somewhat grumpy look on his face, riding around the gym on his floor-cleaning machine before basketball games?
  • Everything I have heard and seen from Olivet junior varsity girls’ basketball coach Russ Stolberg leads me to believe that he is a knowledgeable, caring and passionate mentor. With that noted, why in the world was his team wearing its green road uniforms during Tuesday’s home game with Waverly?
  • I couldn’t help but notice the top row of spectators behind the Olivet bench during the Tuesday girls’ basketball games. The seasoned group was engaged in the action and offered strong analysis throughout the night. With that in mind, I wonder how they would react if our student section invited them to join in their theme nights.
  • When I was doing my research on OHS athletics last summer, one of the names that kept coming up was “Hayley Walkowski.” So you can imagine how curious I was to finally see her play in the Eagles’ opener Tuesday night. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The returning all-state guard – who is listed at 5’7” but is closer to 5’5” – willed her teammates to victory with 34 points against a talented Waverly squad. Walkowski did not hesitate as she drove past the Warrior guards and went over, under and through their front-line players (who were 6-10 inches taller). All of this, of course, begs the question:  “What will she do for an encore?”
  • All of the post-season recognition that Olivet football standout Chase McGill has received is well-deserved. His latest honor came today when he was named to the Detroit News Division 5-6 All-State Team – his second all-state honor in the span of a week. McGill was a pleasure to watch this past season as he dominated from his linebacker and offensive lineman positions. However, McGill was not the only all-state caliber player on the Eagles’ roster in 2013. With that said, how can the writers selecting these all-state teams not include Olivet’s Shane Loney in the mix? Loney, like McGill, was dominant on both sides of the ball, with his contributions at linebacker being no less valuable than his 1,400 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.