Richard girls reach Class C semifinals; Fordson, Trenton boys win districts

Photos by Daniel Gretzner
The Fordson boys basketball team won the Dearborn High School district March 8 before losing in the Wyandotte Roosevelt regional semifinals to Romulus 72-43 last week.

High school girls basketball is looking upwards for the Riverview Gabriel Richard varsity team. The Lady Pioneers (16-8) made excellent progress in the state tournament this season before losing to 26-1 Manchester 53-46 in a Class C semifinal game Thursday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

The Pioneers committed 23 turnovers in their first-ever appearance in the semis. The two teams collided last year in the regional finals, and Richard won to advance to a quarterfinals for the first time.

This season, the Downriver parochial school, a member of the Detroit Catholic League, advanced to the semifinals with a 47-44 quarterfinal win over Flint Hamady (22-4) at Burton Bendle.

Ashley Henderson was the star of this squad this season. She is a senior with varsity playing experience. She displays plenty of athletic ability and has the skills to match.

Henderson is a solid double-digit scoring threat with quality support players, giving balance to their winning ways.

Also, on the local prep basketball front, the Fordson boys’ team won a district championship March 8 at nearby Dearborn High School last week. In the opening rounds of “March Madness,” the tractors outgunned Dearborn Heights Crestwood in the finals 46-29 game to lay claim to the trophy.

The Tractors lost their regional semifinal matchup to Romulus 72-43 at Wyandotte Roosevelt.

Fordson was the most improved high school cage team this season. The Tractors (13-8) beat a woeful Edsel Ford team (1-14) every time the two teams met this year.

Ahmad Hamade and Abbas Kanaan led Fordson to a good year in prep roundball.

The only other prep team making headway in the state tournament playoffs is Trenton. Last week, the Trojans (19-6) swept through the Romulus Summit Academy district by knocking off Flat Rock and Allen Park Cabrini to take the top spot. In Regional play, they beat Adrian 64-42 March 11 in the Flat Rock regional semifinal before losing to Detroit Community in the finals March 13.

Sherman Collins, 83, will be inducted into the Legends of the Dearborn Sports Hall of Fame Sunday. The city recreational event will be held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Collins coached tennis in the Dearborn Public Schools for 32 years, most of them at Henry Ford Community College.

Many ex-students who benefited from his coaching abilities are still residing in the greater Dearborn area and some are expected to be on hand to support Collins during his coming induction.

His daughter, Julie Frontera, can be contacted regarding any information
or questions those who remember Collins may have. She can be reached at 248-840-0847.

The annual ceremonies attract a number of local citizens along with city athletes of the past and present.