Roseville High baseball, girls soccer teams continue run of division titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 5, 2018

 Roseville High senior Megan Lambardo, right, dribbles past a Hazel Park High defender during a regular-season game. The Panthers’ girls soccer team won a second straight division championship this spring.

Roseville High senior Megan Lambardo, right, dribbles past a Hazel Park High defender during a regular-season game. The Panthers’ girls soccer team won a second straight division championship this spring.

File photo by Sarah Purlee

 Roseville High senior pitcher Jacoby Dale looks on during a regular-season practice. Dale helped lead the Panthers to a fifth straight division title.

Roseville High senior pitcher Jacoby Dale looks on during a regular-season practice. Dale helped lead the Panthers to a fifth straight division title.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ROSEVILLE — This spring, one Roseville High program added to its run of success while another continued to show it’s a new force to be reckoned with.

The Panthers baseball team finished 9-3 in Macomb Area Conference Silver Division play to claim a share of the league championship with Center Line High. This season marks the fifth straight in which Roseville baseball has finished atop its division.

The Panthers girls soccer squad went 12-1-1 in MAC Silver play to share the division crown with St. Clair Shores South Lake. The program has now won two consecutive division titles. Prior to last spring, the team had never finished atop its division.

Tough road

Panthers baseball coach and Roseville alum Keith Marzec has led the team for 17 years. He said this division title didn’t come easy, as the team dropped all three games against Center Line.

“Not only did we have to win, we had to get some help from other teams,” said Marzec, whose team ended the regular season with an 11-7 mark. “We were able to bounce back after that bad week (against Center Line) and put ourselves in position to be co-champs.”

Roseville went 9-0 against Clawson High, Sterling Heights High and South Lake to keep itself in the division title race. Center Line dropped one game to South Lake and two to Clawson.

Leading the way for the Panthers was four-year varsity standout Jacoby Dale. Dale, who is also a starting pitcher, led the team in nearly every offensive category, according to Marzec. 

Senior Zane Alexander, and juniors Andrew Keltz and Alex Wyatt also gave the team a spark on offense, Marzec said. Along with Keltz and Wyatt, Darren Schaffer and Kyle Taylor played major roles as members of the team’s pitching staff.

Roseville baseball has become a consistently successful program — something that wasn’t the case in Marzec’s early years. The longtime Panthers coach is proud of what the program has become.

“To be able to maintain this success means we must be doing something right,” said Marzec, whose team started the state playoffs June 1, after press time. “Our kids hold themselves accountable and take pride in the program’s success. No one wants to be a part of the senior class that doesn’t (win a division title).

“We hope to continue to grow as a program and continue to have kids step up and accept leadership roles. We will still have a good core of kids returning (next season), and we brought some JV kids up at the end of the year who we believe can contribute in a larger role next season.”

Establishing a winner

The season didn’t end the way the team would have hoped, but the Roseville girls soccer program continues to establish itself as one to watch for.

The Panthers, along with winning a second straight MAC Silver title, ended the season with a 14-3-2 mark. That’s just off the school-record 16 wins the team racked up in 2017. 

Roseville, led by coach Brad VandeVorde, was strong in goal and stingy defensively all season long, as the team allowed a school-record 12 goals.

Leading the way were five veteran players: seniors Megan Lambardo and Bre Lind, and juniors Amber Hook, Lauren Orler and Lauren May.

The season would end, though, in a 7-0 loss to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a May 29 Division 1 district quarterfinal. It’s the second straight year the Panthers’ season has ended in a loss to Lake Shore, with last year’s setback coming in a district final.

 

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