March 27, 2014Gone are nine seniors from the 2013 Grosse Pointe North boys' baseball team.
Despite the high number of graduates, head coach Frank Sumbera still has a talented team this season.
Leading the charge are seniors Sal Ciaravino, who pitches and plays a stellar shortstop, and Jacob Zacharias, pitches and plays outfield, and junior Dan Robinson, the highly talented centerfielder.
Other returners are Malik Bruton, Alex Huguenin, Max Harring and Andrew Lock.
Others on the varsity squad are Ben Borland, Nick Mazzola, Tommy Burke, Marquis Harper, Troy Williams, Tristin Richardson, David Gerlach, Adam Roach, Max Kolinski and Michael Sacchetti.
"I like the athleticism of our kids, especially up the middle with a good catcher, good pitchers, good middle infield and Danny (Robinson) in center," Sumbera said. "We will hold our own."
The Norsemen had a solid season in 2013, finishing 21-12 overall. The season ended with a 6-2 loss to city rival Grosse Pointe South in the state district playoffs.
They had a second-place finish at 7-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. St. Clair won it at 8-2 and Romeo also finished 7-3.
Joining North, St. Clair and Romeo in the division are Utica Ford, L'Anse Creuse and Warren Mott.
"Our division is tough and all the teams present a challenge," Sumbera said. "We have plenty of pitching, which will help when we play 15 division games. This will be a fun season for all of us."