Men’s Hockey- Grosse Pointe South
The DCDS Men’s Hockey Team, led by Senior Captains Connor McGinnis and Michael Stebbins, is off to a tremendous start this year. Once again, the team will face the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils, its biggest rivals, during the season. Last year, the two teams played two extremely competitive games. The Jackets took home the victory both times, with scores of 4-3 and 8-4. In the second game, McGinnis scored a hat trick to seal out the win over the Blue Devils.
“It was a huge team effort and probably one of our best team performances all year,” McGinnis said.
The team’s success is no surprise. The Men’s Hockey Team has earned every single one of its wins; the team’s hard work in the offseason pays off on the ice.
“We skated three times a week plus played a game every Sunday in a fall league,” McGinnis said. “We also conditioned twice a week to get in better shape for the season.”
This year, the Men’s Hockey Team is looking to make a deep run into the playoffs, and the team has a shot to win the state championship. With Cranbrook moving to Division One, the Jackets are looking to overcome the Blue Devils for the third time in a row in order to take home the hardware.
Men’s Basketball- Brother Rice and St. Mary’s
DCDS Basketball has always been a force to be reckoned with, and nobody would know better than the Brother Rice Warriors and the St. Mary’s Eaglets. The Jackets, led by Senior Captains Paulie Mocur and Cole Bearden, have been preparing to play both teams, their biggest rivals, for months.
“We watch film on both teams and practice against a scout team,” Mocur said. “A scout team is when five players from our team mimic the play style of a team we plan on playing.”
The heated rivalry between DCDS and St. Mary’s has been growing for more than 15 years. The Jackets face off against Eaglets every year in the Vorhees Basketball Tournament. Last year, DCDS Jackets beat St. Mary’s 50-47.
The Brother Rice Warriors are equally tough opponents for the DCDS Men’s Basketball Team. Even though the teams started playing each other only two years ago, the similar talent level results in spectacular games. The Jackets defeated the Warriors last year 44-42, and they are seeking another victory this season.