Dearborn hosts district games as March Madness arrives

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Conway

Four Dearborn High School student athletes were joined by members of their families in the DHS Media Center during letter of intent signing day in February. The student athletes are Sean FacFarlane (left, football, Northwood University), Courtney Wensley (softball, Northwood University), Ali Jawad (soccer, University of Michigan) and Ollie Ajami (football, Grand Valley State University).

Dan-GretznerheadNevermind what happened during the boys high school basketball regular season. The second season for Dearborn/Downriver prep cagers started this week. This is the time of year when upsets could be in the making and results depend on which teams peak during the state tournaments held throughout Michigan.

Dearborn High School is hosting a Class A Michigan High Schhol Athletic Association district tournament as March Madness once again gets underway. It’s a one-game knockout statewide tournament that comands a lot of attention as most communities have a varsity team. The DHS games are being played from March 4 to 8 with the district champion being crowned in the Pioneer gym Saturday evening.

Matt Schleif, in his first year as Dearborn head coach, would like nothing better than to see his 11-5 squad get to the title tilt being played Saturday. He has Ali Farhat, a 6-foot 1-inch senior-guard, leading his quintet. Farhat is a consistent double-figures-scoring threat and could make the difference if the Pioneers are to win their own tourney. He dropped in 18 points in a 41-38 victory over Dearborn Heights Crestwood on Feb. 19.

Besides DHS, all the other local varsity teams will be hoping that their squad can make it to victory lane in district play.


Dearborn High School Athletic Director Jeff Conway recently announced that the Pioneers have four college-bound student-athletes who have signed their letters of intent. The four are Al Jawad (soccer, University of Michigan), Courtney Wensley (softball, Northwood University), Sean MacFarlane (football, Northwood University) and Ollie Ajami (football, Grand Valley State University).