Members of Fraser High’s boys track team take off for a sprint at a recent practice. The boys squad has won two consecutive Macomb Area Conference Blue Division dual and division meet championships.

Members of Fraser High’s boys track team take off for a sprint at a recent practice. The boys squad has won two consecutive Macomb Area Conference Blue Division dual and division meet championships.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Fraser High track attempts to follow up on success

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 26, 2018

 Girls from Fraser High’s track team take part at a practice. Fraser coach Orande Roy said the girls on the team are “the ones to watch this year.”

Girls from Fraser High’s track team take part at a practice. Fraser coach Orande Roy said the girls on the team are “the ones to watch this year.”

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FRASER — In Fraser High track and field coach Orande Roy’s first two season’s leading the program, the Ramblers’ boys teams have won two consecutive Macomb Area Conference Blue Division dual and division meet championships.

The Ramblers were 10-0 in Blue Division duals over that span.

Fraser’s boys also finished first at a regional meet in 2016, and second last season, and have had four top-eight finishes in various events at the state finals.

As for the girls, their last title came in 2009, when they won a MAC Blue dual meet championship. Roy would like for them to join in on some of the fun.

“I even told the team, my biggest goal, and I said, ‘Boys nothing against you, my biggest goal is for these girls to win a league title,’” Roy said. “It’s been a while, and they deserve to win. And they deserve to win it now. So I’m really hoping they do. I’ll be too pleased if they do.”

A couple of the girls who could help put Fraser in position to finish at the top of the MAC Blue are seniors Tamera Adderley and Lila Rode.

On the boys side, seniors Jalen Smith and Zack DiStefano, along with sophomore Joey Tavalieri could make significant contributions.

Those student-athletes help make up a roster of about 140 kids, which Roy said he thinks is the most Fraser has ever had.

Although he isn’t sure why that number is so big, Roy did say Fraser’s coaching staff coaches every kid.

“And I think that’s a mantra we try to use, is that everybody’s important, from the fastest to the slowest,” Roy said. “I think that’s the biggest reason why we’re successful. Everybody knows they matter. And I think when everybody realizes they matter, it makes a big difference.”

While Roy has had some fun leading Fraser’s program, it’s not just championships that bring him satisfaction. Having a team member show major improvement by the end of the season is also quite rewarding for the coach.

“Those are the kind of things that make me smile” Roy said. “I had a couple of those instances last year where people weren’t that great, and then they finished out really, really good. They might not (have) been the stars, and they weren’t running for varsity points, but they made massive improvements and just enjoyed themselves. And that’s the part about the coaching that I really enjoy.”

Roy said Fraser’s program is in a very good place. A successful season from the girls could help make it even better.

“I’m really excited to watch my girls perform,” Roy said. “ My girls are the ones to watch this year.”

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