‘The girls know what’s at stake’
GPS girls hockey makes attempt at another successful playoff run
By Mark Vest
Grosse Pointe South girls hockey players, from left, Carson Dennis, Lauren Kramer and Rosie Williamson celebrate a goal during a game against Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood Feb. 2. At press time, South was 13-3 overall.
Posted February 14, 2017
Last year, Grosse Pointe South’s girls hockey season ended in heartbreak.
South made it all the way to the Division 1 state final, where it lost to Farmington Hills Mercy 3-2.
Coach Chris Booth said South has won more than 10 state titles since the early 2000s, and he is hoping to help lead the program back to the top.
“The goal is to win a state championship,” said Booth, who is in first season as coach after previously serving as an assistant to Joe Provenzano. “I feel great about our chances. I think we’re (going to) do it. I just think we still have some work to do the last couple weeks.”
Booth isn’t alone in his ambition for South’s program, which, at press time, was 13-3 overall and 8-1 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League. He understands there are certain expectations that come with the job he has agreed to take on.
“The girls know what’s at stake, and there’s some really good teams this year,” Booth said. “Mercy has a better team than they did last year, and they won a state championship last year. (Livonia) Ladywood’s undefeated; they’ve never had a team like this. … It’s not (going to) be easy. … Our athletic director, our parents, our players, the community, they know that it’s expected for us to be there at the end.”
Although Booth would be satisfied to have another shot at a state title — regardless of the opponent — after the way things ended last season, he’d like to see Mercy in the final.
“Hopefully they have a chip on their shoulder,” Booth said of his team. “They know Mercy’s a real good team. … It’s about going out there and beating (them) this year. They’re our rival, (as) far as I’m concerned.”
As for the program as a whole, Booth sees it in good shape, with 36 girls in the program between the varsity and “B” team, including captains Carson Dennis, Lauren Kramer and Shannon McKenna.
“Joe left it in good shape,” Booth said. “I think we’re the only program that has a ‘B’ team right now, so to me, that’s growing the program, and that’s what we want.”
Catch South against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the City of Southfield Municipal Complex.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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