Former Dearborn prep cagers showing spark at Michigan Tech

Dan-GretznerheadA pair of former Dearborn prep varsity athletes are making their marks on the basketball court at Michigan Technological University.

Matt Esters, who was recruited by the Huskies, is a Divine Child graduate and former Falcon star. He now is playing in his senior year at Tech and has helped the Upper Peninsula school go after a championship in 2012-13. Tech has a 13-5 record and is one of the front runners in the title race among the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Esters, a 6-foot 3-inch guard, has started, on and off, in varsity tilts for the surging Huskies. Tech assistant coach Terry Klemett likes having a player like Estes on the team.

“Matt handles the ball real well, dribbles past opponents and gets his share of rebounds for us,” Klemett said. “He also has an eye for the basket and is one of our steady point makers.”

Michelle Gaedke, Matt Esters

Michelle Gaedke, Matt Esters

Michelle Gaedke also is a product of the Deaborn high school scene. She was recruited by Michigan Tech a few years back, after being a standout point guard at Edsel Ford. Gaedke is a 5-foot 9-inch guard playing as a sophomore and contributing on the varsity team

with savvy play.

She has a 3.89 grade point average as a business major. She has a brother who also played basketball for Tech varsity.

Michigan Tech’s Women’s basketball team is tied with Wayne State University for first place in the GLIAC circuit.

Esters and Gaedke might both find themselves playing on the Wayne State campus if both teams match up in the coming GLIAC playoffs in March.

The regular season schedule for small college roundball is coming to a close in just a few short weeks and Michigan Tech is battling for a men’s and women’s championship. The Dearborn area talent is sure to be of help in the stretch run and coming GLIAC playoffs.