The 1971 bi-county football champions will reunite, 50 years after their victory, during the Oct. 8 homecoming game at Lakeview High School.

The 1971 bi-county football champions will reunite, 50 years after their victory, during the Oct. 8 homecoming game at Lakeview High School.

Photo provided by Donald Kennedy


Championship team reunites for homecoming game in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 22, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Lakeview High School was coming into the bi-county championship game as underdogs.

Although the school was undefeated after six league games, it was ranked No. 8 in the Detroit News Metro East area ratings in 1971, versus Grosse Pointe North, which was ranked No. 1 fifty years ago.

“There (have) not been very many championships at Lakeview, or even winning seasons,” said Donald Kennedy. But in 1971, “it was really a special year, and many of us have remained buddies and friends throughout the years.”

The 1971 bi-county football champions will reunite, 50 years after their victory, during the Oct. 8 homecoming game at Lakeview High School.

“Grosse Pointe North had the No. 1 team in the Detroit east — that was a big area,” explained Kennedy, a team alumnus. “It was like a David versus Goliath. We, somehow, the defense just held them. These guys had games of their lives.”

It wasn’t until 2019 that the Lakeview Huskies had another record-breaking season, setting a program record with its 8-3 finish after falling to Port Huron High in a closely contested Division 2 district final.

Kennedy began a private Facebook group in January in an effort to connect with all of his former teammates. Throughout the summer, the group has been sharing memories, photos and news clippings of the winning game.

“We thought it would be worthwhile (to) take a time out and recognize that group,” he said. “We may have like 13 of the 40 team members, and then head coach Rex Luxton, who is also known for his hockey championship. If we can get to 20 guys, I would be delighted.”

To lead up to the reunion, Kennedy has been soliciting videos from his teammates talking about why they were interested in football, what they remembered about the game, what they thought about the coaches and the football program, and more.

“They have been interesting as all get out,” he said. “We’re planning to do a montage.”

Kennedy said Lakeview Athletic Director Sean Zaborowski and football coach Patrick Threet have both been supportive of the reunion.

“The two team captains were asked to do a ceremonial coin toss at the beginning of the game,” Kennedy said.

Unfortunately, he said one of the captains is in Atlanta and cannot make it. The other captain, Joe Sierzenga, has died. His son, Joe Sierzenga IV, however, will do the coin toss.

Kennedy said they are still looking for more alumni of the team to join in the fun. Team members can request to join the Bi-County Football Champions 1971 group on Facebook or email him at ddkennedy2@yahoo.com.

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