Pioneer cagers look to sweep city prep rivals

Dearborn High School head coach Kevin Barkoff hopes to sweep city rivals Edsel Ford and Fordson.

By Daniel Gretzner
Dearborn High School has been able to dominate both Edsel Ford and Fordson on the prep basketball court this winter. The Pioneers, under head coach Kevin Barkoff, just might make a clean sweep of their city rivals.

To date, DHS has soundly beaten the Thunderbirds twice and the Tractors at least once, giving them a 3-0 in intra-city play.

Last week, Barkoff was feeling good about his team and its chances of going 4-for-4 in the win column against Edsel and Fordson.

“This Pioneer varsity basketball team is a good one and we hope to build on our winning record (10-4) as the season moves along,” Barkoff said.

All three schools compete in the Western Wayne Athletic Association Blue Division.

Junior guard Al Farhat has been the scoring leader for DHS all season long. He owns a 27-points-per-game average over the team’s first 14 games. Senior forward Ryan Hansen also is scoring in double figures (10.0) per game.

Other players who are contributing to the Pioneer cause are junior forwards Imran Abduljami and Sean MacFarlane. Rounding out the starting team are two senior guards, Peter Corso and Jerry Owens.

DHS crushed Edsel 83-65 in their second meeting Feb. 3, outscoring the Thunderbirds in every quarter of that contest. Last Friday, the orange-and-black-clad hoopsters traveled to meet Fordson. If the Tractors wind up on the losing end of the final score, that will mean a clean sweep for DHS.

Fordson, (4-9), was able to knock off Edsel in five overtimes a few weeks back. However, they might be over their heads when it comes to the Pioneer squad.

Upcoming games of local interest on the prep scene are close at hand. Fordson takes on Edsel Ford this Friday in the T-Birds’ gym. The game should be a close one, as their previous meeting proved.

With less than a month left in regular season play, Romulus leads the WAAC Blue Division with a 4-0 mark with DHS in second place with a 3-2 league record. Belleville, Fordson and Edsel are among the teams in the lower tier of the five-school circuit.