Lamphere baseball looks to finish near top of standings
By Mark Vest
Madison Heights Lamphere baseball coach Adam Wooley talks to members of his team at a recent practice. Wooley has been pleased with the emphasis some players have put into spending more time in the weight room.
Posted March 24, 2017
MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere baseball coach Adam Wooley said the 2017 version of the Rams has been looking good.
While there are a lot of things that could improve a team from one season to the next, what Wooley likes about his squad didn’t come as a result of time spent on a baseball diamond.
“We’re shaping up nicely,” Wooley said. “The biggest buzzword I’m looking at right now is ‘camaraderie.’ What we did this year was we really emphasized the positive gains up in the weight room, and as a result of that, not only do I feel like our team is bigger, stronger and in some places faster, but we’re a lot closer.”
From Wooley’s perspective, getting serious in the weight room hasn’t always been a staple of the program. And aside from the physical gains that have come as a result of players making it more of a priority, Wooley has also observed an increase in confidence.
That boost in confidence could serve the Rams well in their attempt to win a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship.
“Year in and year out, it’s one of the most competitive divisions in the MAC,” Wooley said. “The majority of these teams are (going to) be solid overall. I expect them to be very similar to the makeup of our team as well. I think it makes us a better and more competitive team come playoff time, because we pretty much played playoff-type baseball throughout the league season.”
Lamphere last won a division title in 2011.
Some of the players who can help Lamphere — which finished 15-17 overall and 8-7 in the MAC Gold last season — accomplish those feats are Drew Durant, Brandon Kalinowski and Noah Fisher, whom Wooley cited as a few of the team leaders.
Fisher, who is in his junior year, said last year’s finish proved to be motivation for this team.
“It’s showed in the offseason work,” the shortstop said. “Guys have the heart (and) motivation to get better. It’s (going to) be a really good year.”
Durant cited a goal of his own.
“Win a district championship,” the senior pitcher said. “It’d be (a) first for many kids on the team.”
Wooley is enthusiastic about the season ahead.
“I really like the vibe I’m getting from these guys — coming in early to get extra workouts in; the way these guys talk to one another, then hang around with one another,” he said. “They understand that family aspect — making sure we have accountability for one another and treat each other like brothers on this team. … I’m extremely excited.”
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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