Grosse Pointe North’s athletic teams enjoyed a solid 2013, but the one thing missing was a state championship.
Starting in the winter, the girls’ hockey team, under the tutelage of head coach Joe Lucchese, enjoyed the most success of any of the programs.
The Norsemen finished 16-5-2, losing to eventual state champ Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood in the state semifinals of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 1 playoffs.
The squad was led by seniors Natalie Skorupski, C.J. McCarthy, Julia Henderson, Sara Villani, Katie Bowles, Melanie Mermiges, Bryn Moody, Jacci Sherry and Sarah Richardson.
Former head coach Scott Lock and the North boys’ hockey team was right in line with the girls’ squad. The boys finished 16-11 overall and won a Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League division championship.
The Norsemen ended their season with a 5-2 loss to league rival U-D Jesuit in a regional semifinal at City Arena.
Seniors were R.C. Nelson, Tyler Capp, Jack Stander, Nick Rahaim, Tommy Coon, Jack Guest, Patrick Lane, Brendan Keelan, David Chavis, Jeffrey Herron, Anthony Allemon and Tanner Colborg.
North’s boys’ basketball team under head coach Matt Lockhart had a .500 season (10-10 overall and 6-6 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division).
The underclassmen dominated Norsemen had a lot of success during the middle of the season, winning 8-of-10 games before ending the year with a five-game losing streak.
Robert Tillman, Taiwan Wiggins and Chris Doherty were the only seniors, leaving Lockhart with a veteran roster ready to win this winter.
Head coach Gary Bennett and the North girls’ basketball team slipped to a 10-11 mark last season. For the first time in several years, the Norsemen lost three times to archrival Grosse Pointe South, twice in the regular season and in the district title game.
Bennett had some positive moments, watching his players follow the game plan to the tee, but unfortunately there weren’t enough of those moments to prevent some close defeats.
The seniors were Jenna Paglino, Lauren Koeppe, Anna Giordano, Emily Armbruster, Taryn Kiah, Stavi Varlamos and Francesca Ciaramitaro.
This season, watch a young Norsemen squad through the tough Macomb Area Conference Red Division.
The boys’ swimmming and diving team, under head coach Mike O’Connor, struggled to a 4-7 mark in 2012-13.
The team was led by senior state-qualifier Matthew Leone.
Head coach Eric Julien and his wrestling program took a positive turn last winter, finishing .500 overall and in the MAC Gold Division. In the division meet, the Norsemen placed fifth behind St. Clair, Warren Mott, Clawson and Fraser.
The Norsemen were led by the senior trio of Paul Menth, Mike Bennett and Marcel Taylor. Julien’s squad is loaded with underclassmen willing to put in the time to become better wrestlers.
Things improved during the spring season as the boys’ track and field team, under head coach Frank Tymrack, won a Division 1 regional championship behind seniors Eric Balle, Danny Ciaravino, Chris Doherty, Chris Hamilton, Darius Hamilton, Matt Leone, Nathan Limback, Brian Longstreet, Steve Mitchell, Bobby Mulpuri, Jordan Radke, Lucas Segovia, Tyler Sickmiller, Robert Tillman and Taiwan Wiggins.
The girls enjoyed success, too, taking second in the regional meet and winning 3-of-5 division meets.
Coaches Bruce Bentley, Diane Montgomery and Liz Michaels had plenty of senior leadership from Emma Abessinio, Jo Jo Beeby, Asia Dickson, Hailey Ferguson, Allison Francis, Taylor Lang, Sarah Neuenfeldt, Savannah Ransome, Sydney Scott and Mira Shenouda.
Long-time head coach Frank Sumbera’s boys’ baseball team finished 21-12. The season ended on a sour note, with a 6-2 loss to archrival Grosse Pointe South in a district championship game.
Seniors Evan Hayden, Joe Andreoli, David Kracht, Cody Parafin, Andrew Remus, Alex Raicevich, Alex Cendrowski, Mike Messina and Cory Pierce were the Norsemen’s veterans.
Another long-time North head coach, Billy Seaman, enjoyed his final season at the helm as the Norsemen finished 9-5.
He recently announced to his players he will not return to the team this spring.
The season ended with a 17-5 loss to Troy in a regional playoff game.
His final group of seniors were Christine Hawring, Julia Guest, Emma Mathews, Rachel Like, Kit Maher, Ali Lecznar, Marne Gallant, Kelly Bertolini, Jennifer Hawring, Anna Giordano, Susan Hartzell, Maggie Kelly and Bryn Moody.
Skipper Mukhtar made his first season with the girls’ soccer program a positive one, guiding them to a 11-11-1 mark. Their season ended with a 3-1 loss to archrival Grosse Pointe South in the districts.
He didn’t have a lot of seniors, so watch for the Norsemen to excel this spring. The seniors were Danae DiCicco, Francesca Ciaramitaro, Chrisa Kouskoulas, Emily Armbruster, Kim Cusmano, Natalie Skorupski and Jenna Paglino.
The boys’ golf team, under head coach Brian Stackpoole, also finished .500 at 4-4 behind seniors Garrett Freismuth and Steven Zak. The Norsemen advanced to the regional tournament before bowing out.