Wentzloff continues Dream Team tradition at Adams

By: Timothy Pontzer | Rochester Post | Published July 24, 2018

 Rochester Adams senior midfielder Hailey Wentzloff, right, runs past a defender during a contest this past season. Wentzloff was named to the Dream Team after posting 24 goals and 10 assists in her final prep season.

Rochester Adams senior midfielder Hailey Wentzloff, right, runs past a defender during a contest this past season. Wentzloff was named to the Dream Team after posting 24 goals and 10 assists in her final prep season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Making the “Dream Team” is one of the most prestigious awards possible in prep soccer.

Annually decided by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association, a group of 11 players are selected after both the boys and girls seasons to distinguish the best of the best across the peninsula.

The exclusive club spans all four divisions, and both the public and private ranks.

Despite the sheer numbers, the Rochester Adams girls program has had a player make the list four times. Senior midfielder Hailey Wentzloff is the latest to pull off the impressive feat, joining past Highlanders Kylie Nylen (2013) and Olivia Argeros (2014 and 2016).

“To be named Dream Team is an amazing accomplishment, and I’m very proud and humble to have received it,” Wentzloff said. “I’ve worked extremely hard over the four years of high school, and it was always my goal to be named first-team All-State, let alone receive Dream Team.”

Wentzloff played all four years on varsity, aiding Adams in district championships as a sophomore and as a senior. This season saw the Highlanders reach a regional final before finishing the year at 20-5-4 overall.

“My senior season was the best season out of my four years. The team was like a family and closer than any other team I’d been on, and we accomplished more than anyone thought we would,” Wentzloff said.

As a senior, Wentzloff led Adams with 24 goals and 10 assists. In her prior three seasons, she totaled 27 goals for the Highlanders.

“For my time at Adams, I’m most proud of my team for winning the (Oakland Activities Association) Red (Division) two years in a row,” Wentzloff remarked. “The OAA Red is very competitive, and we outright won the league. It was especially sweet this past year since we beat both of our rivals, (Rochester Hills) Stoney (Creek) and Rochester (High).”

Wentzloff earned All-OAA honors each of her four years. As a sophomore, junior and senior, she was named All-District and All-Regional. As a sophomore, she was bestowed All-State Honorable Mention, progressing to All-State Third Team as a junior before finishing this season with All-State First Team and the Dream Team distinction.

“I think my biggest strength on the field is how I can be a leader for my teammates,” Wentzloff said. “If the game is slow, you need someone to step up and change the pace. I believe I’m good at doing that and being a reliable teammate. I always gave everything I had every game for my teammates. Off the field, I believe my biggest strength is to be a friend and keep others motivated.”

Wentzloff had high praise for Adams coach Josh Hickey and his aid in her development on and off the pitch.

“Coach Hickey was an amazing coach, and I can’t thank him enough for all that he did for my whole team and me specifically,” Wentzloff said. “He prepared me for the next level by pushing me in every way possible and demanding the highest work rate out of everyone. If he needed someone to step up, I always felt he was looking at me, so I would step in and play the role as a captain.”

The next level for Wentzloff will be at Grand Valley State University. While her mother, father and five siblings each attended Michigan State, Wentzloff bucked the trend and said she is excited to be a Laker.

“Grand Valley is a new step in my life, and I can’t wait to start the journey and see what happens. I’m excited for the future as a Laker,” she said. “I immediately fell in love with the campus and atmosphere of the school. One of the biggest factors of choosing them was the competitive program. Grand Valley is a Division II powerhouse and national champion. I love the competitive nature and winning view. I hope to add to that, and I’m excited to be part of such a strong program.”

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