Last week was a big week for the Saline Hornets. And this one could be, too.
Here’s a look back at last week and a look at what’s to come for your Saline Hornets.
Track and Field
The Saline boys won yet another SEC title. They were unbeaten in dual meets heading into last week’s championship meet at Monroe. It came down to the final race – the 4-by-400 – but Saline pulled it off to defeat Huron by 10.5 points. It was Saline’s only victory on the track. Ian Hanby won the discus and Silas Schaerer won the long jump.
The girls placed second. Lauryn Hunt won the 200 and 400. Greta Downey won the long jump.
Saline hosts the regional this Friday. The Hornets have a title to defend – but the odds they’re facing as long as they’ve been in quite a while. Title or not, the Hornets want to send as many athletes as they can to the state meet.
The Hornets just keep winning. They haven’t lost since April 15 against Jenison. The Hornets were 4-3 after that loss. Today, they’re 20-3.
The Hornets have been led by strong pitching and sound defense. It seems like their bats could be a little hotter – outside of Noah Nelson, who’s been outstanding, and Alex Morrison.
The Hornets also remained undefeated in the SEC Red and begin a three-game series against Bedford, also undefeated, for the SEC Red Crown on Monday at Bedford.
Saline hosts the district, opening against Huron at 12:30 p.m., June 1.
It’s been a struggle for the Hornets. And all these rainouts aren’t helping the Hornets find the consistency they want. But last week was a pretty good one for the Hornets. Elaina Walker pitched a great game in a 1-0 loss to a strong Lincoln team. Saline bounced back the next day for a 9-8 win over Clay, in a game played at the University of Michigan.
The Hornets are 7-7. They’ve been on the cusp of beating some really good teams from Chelsea and Monroe. They nearly beat a great Lincoln team. If they can take it up a level, they’ll surprise teams in the post season. Saline hosts district play. The Hornets’ play Huron at 4 p,m., May 28. The winner advances to Saturday’s semifinal vs Pioneer at 10 a.m. Lincoln, Belleville and Ypsilanti are on the other side of the bracket.
Last week was a big one for the young Saline girls’ varsity soccer team. The Hornets went 3-0, picking up wins against Huron (1-0), Monroe (8-0) and Pioneer (2-1). The Hornets continue their second cycle through the SEC Red this week, with a Tuesday game at Skyline and Thursday game against Pioneer. The Hornets are 7-4-3 overall. The Hornets are 5-0-2 in the SEC Red. Saline could put themselves in position to lock up a conference championship this week.
The Saline boys lacrosse team saw their winning streak come to an end Saturday against Northville. The Hornets lost 11-6. Saline had won 11-straight games. Overall, the Hornets are 12-2.
The Hornets begin regional play against Belleville or Huron at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Saline High School. The winner moves on to the regional semifinal against Skyline or Salem at Northville, May 22.
Rain has wreaked havoc on the tennis team’s schedule. But the team continues to play well. Saline won a quad with Athens, Pioneer and Allen Park.
In SEC play, Saline won a big match against Skyline, 5-3. And Saline blasted Bedford, 8-0.