Vol. 1 Issue: 5 (Final for 2016/17 School Year)
Greetings Bulldog Nation! I have some exciting news to share with you in this issue. I’d like to start by congratulating Robert Rogers for winning his second straight individual State of Michigan wrestling championship. We also had two other wrestlers who qualified for the individual State Finals this winter. All three of these grapplers made the Bulldog Nation Proud! While I’m on the topic of Finals, our boys’ varsity bowling team also had great success this past winter, as they advanced to the State finals for the second year in a row. They ended up finishing 12th in the state. Great work bowlers! On the hardcourt, our Varsity boys’ basketball team had a record of 9-11 and finished second in their division. They will have many returning players next year and are guaranteed to be a major force in the GAC next winter.
This spring also brought some excitement to the Bentley Community School District. Our varsity baseball team finished with a 20-11 record which was good for a second place finish in their division. They were also winners of the Tom Cole Greater Flint Baseball Tournament. This was the first tournament championship in Bentley’s history! The girls Varsity softball team also finished in second place in their division and had a final record of 13-13.
As we prepare for the fall sports seasons there are a few things that I would like to touch on. First, I would like to announce the hiring of some new coaches. Our new varsity volleyball coach is Bentley alum Dawn Tageson. We will also have many new faces on the football sidelines this upcoming season. Joining our varsity football staff for this upcoming season will be new coaches Fred Jackson and Jeff Simpson. Our resurrected JV football program will be led by new coaches Mike Fordham and Ron Groulx. Our middle school football program will be coached by Bentley alum Mark Hayden and Mike Chapman. Also, Bentley alum Amanda Kagerer will take over as the new head coach of the girls varsity basketball team.
Other Important News:
- I want to remind every student athlete that they must have a physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2017 in order to participate in any fall practice.
- Homecoming will take place on Friday September 22, 2017 and our opponent will be the Bendle Tigers.
- Our 2nd Annual Alumni Flag Football game is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at 7 P.M. This game will kick off the 2017 Homecoming week festivities. The cost to play will be $20.00 and will include a commemorative t-shirt. If you want to play, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 810-591-9512 to get put on the list. If we have enough participants, we will create a four team tournament.
- I still have a box of t-shirts left over from the 1st Alumni Flag Football game. I will bring them to the 2nd annual game. If you played in last year’s game but have yet to get your shirt, you will have the opportunity to do so then.
- I will be having an all parent/athlete meeting in the fall to discuss the revised athletic handbook. More information will be shared in my next Bednarski Brief.
- I will be hosting an all coaches meeting on Wednesday, August 16th at the high school. This meeting will start at 6:00 in the evening and last until 8. In this meeting I will discuss a multitude of topics and dinner will be provided. I strongly urge all Bentley coaches to be in attendance.
- Breaking News…The Annual Powder Puff game between the Juniors and Seniors will become a tournament in the fall and will also include the freshman and sophomore classes.
- I’m proud to announce that starting this fall season, Bentley’s athletic programs will have a new website through the Varsity News Network. Please be on the lookout for our new site!
- Attention All Middle School & High School Football Players: Summer work outs will take place from 4:30-7:00 (Mon-Thurs.) in the high school weight room. These will run all summer long until fall practice begins.
- Attention All High School Volleyball Players: Volleyball open gyms will take place on July 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th from 5-7 in the high school gym.
- Mark your calendar for the following dates:
- First official high school football practice will be August 7th.
- First official high school volleyball and cross country practice will be August 9th.
- The middle school practices for both football and girls basketball will take place once the school year starts.
To end this brief, I would like to stress the importance of athletes participating in multiple sports here at Bentley. In a small school like ours, it is vital to the growth and survival of all of our athletic programs. I have attached an article from Nike which details the benefits of doing so.
I hope everyone has a great summer break and I look forward to seeing familiar faces in the crowd this Fall.
Forever a Bulldog,
Vol. 1 Issue: 4
Greetings Bulldog Nation! I have some exciting news to share with you. In fact, in this issue I will give you an overview of our Fall sports seasons and update you on our Winter sports. To start off, I’d like to congratulate both of the girl’s middle school basketball teams on terrific seasons. They only lost 3 games between them both, the entire season. Their wonderful accomplishments indicate that the future of the ladies basketball program in our district is very bright. On the gridiron, our Varsity and middle school football teams ended their seasons on a positive note. The Varsity Football team defeated the Genesee Wolves in the second to last game of the year and put a damper on their Homecoming festivities. The middle school boys’ football team lost a very close game to end the season 52-48, against a tough Montrose team on the road. However, they showed heart and desire as they fought until the last seconds ticked off the clock. Our Cross Country team also competed very well in every meet that they partook in and many runners set personal bests to end their season. The girls Varsity volleyball team also fought valiantly till the end of their season and advanced to the districts final with an impressive victory over Beecher.
The Winter sports here at Bentley are currently well underway. Our Varsity basketball team is very competitive and eying a league title. Our Varsity wrestling team has also been doing very well on the mats and could have as many as five members of the team go to the individual State Tournament. Our boys JV basketball team has a winning record and improving daily and our girls Varsity basketball team has been dealing with many injuries but they continue to fight and grow. The Varsity bowling teams are also representing Bentley well and currently sit near the top of the league standings. Also, our Varsity cheer team continues to inspire our teams and fans alike with their enthusiasm and bulldog pride. It’s a great and exciting time to be a bulldog!
In this issue, I would also like to shine a light on many of the new and exciting happenings around our sports programs. If you’ve been into our gymnasium lately you will have noticed that our championship banners from yesteryears were restored to their rightful place on the wall. We also have brand new ones that will soon be hanging on the opposite side of the gym which will highlight the many league, district, regional and state titles that each individual program has won over the years. We recently resurfaced the high school gym floor. We have a new rubber matted weight room in the high school. Many of the trophies that sit in our case have team member’s names on them now. We have also started a Power Lifting Club under the guidance of Jeff Simpson and our Shooting Club under the leadership of Folke Boman continues to grow.
My shout outs for this issue go out to the many fans and staff who have been attending our home games, you continue to make me proud. Our maintenance staff who have been invaluable assets to game preparation and to my new secretary Rosa Gooch, who has been working diligently since her first day on the job.
I hope to see familiar and new faces in the stands soon! Goooo Bulldogs!
Vol. 1 Issue: 3a
Greetings Bulldog Nation! I have some exciting news to share with you this week. For starters, both of our middle school girls’ basketball teams remain undefeated. The 7th graders latest victory came last night with a win on the road at Montrose. The final score was 31-8. The 8th graders also defeated Montrose last night. The score of their game was 41-24. These wins bring both of their respective records to 6-0 on the season. Our Bulldogs are having great success outdoors as well. Last week at the GAC Jamboree our High School Cross Country team ran very well. In fact, five members of the team recorded personal records during this competition and one member posted a season record time. They are working very hard to improve on a daily basis and the rest of the GAC is really starting to notice. Back inside on the gymnasium floor, our JV and Varsity Volleyball teams are also really starting to put other GAC teams on notice. Fresh off a tournament championship, the JV defeated Hamady last week. The Varsity was also successful with a 25-22, 25-12 and 25-22 victory over the Hawks. On another positive note, the middle school and Varsity Football teams are showing improvement on a weekly basis and the cheer squads are working hard also.
In other sports news, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that the 1977 State Champion Bulldog Baseball team is being inducted into the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, October 5, at the Genesys Banquet Center the team will be introduced to the press for the first time and the induction ceremony itself will take place later this winter. Our Varsity cheer squad will be on hand to support and show their Bulldog Pride for this monumental event. I would also like to share some exciting news from the Bentley Boosters. They have informed me that their new nacho cheese machine has come in and they are very excited to be able to add nachos to the menu for the rest of this football season and this winter’s basketball games.
This week I would like to recognize Debbie Crabtree who provides an invaluable amount of wisdom to our high school office. I would like to thank groundskeeper Jack Webb who goes above and beyond on a weekly basis to keep our campus and football field looking top notch. I would also like to acknowledge Frank Wegner, Brian Osborn, Dan Neal, Jamie Kirbitz, Jeff Hoffner, Robert Gooch and Coty Pyscher. Their dedication and commitment help keep our Bulldog Community strong. Thank you for all you do!
That is a quick summarization of this last week in athletics. If you have any good news to share please e-mail me at email@example.com or leave a message at 810-591-9512. I hope to see in the stands soon and cheering on our Bulldogs!
10/5 Middle School Football (Home) vs. Mt. Morris
10/5 Middle School Girls Basketball (Home) vs. Morrice
10/6 JV/Varsity Volleyball (Away) vs. Beecher
10/7 Varsity Football (Away) vs. Genesee
10/10 JV/Varsity Volleyball (Home) vs. Lakeville
10/10 Middle School Basketball (Home) vs. Webberville
10/12 Middle School Girls Basketball (Home) vs. Byron
10/12 Middle School Football (Home) vs. Goodrich 7th
10/14 Varsity Football (Home) vs. Hamady (Senior Night)
Vol. 1 Issue: 2
Greetings Bulldog Nation! Many of our teams were successful this last week and proved to the world once again that it is great to be a Bulldog. For starters, our Freshman youth football team fought their way to a tough victory over Mt. Morris 12-0. Also last Saturday, the JV youth football team held strong all game long and tied Swartz Creek 0-0. Both of our middle school girls’ basketball teams remained undefeated at 4-0 with victories over Genesee and Mt. Morris. The 7th graders won by 2 points against Genesee, in a game that was back and forth until the final buzzer. Meanwhile the 8th graders were dominant in a 45-6 victory. The two teams joined forces last night to defeat Mt. Morris 41-10. Last but not least, the girl’s JV volleyball team won the Southwestern Invitational Tournament last Saturday.
In other athletic news, the middle school cheer team is now practicing under the guidance of new coach Elena Aitken. The Cross Country team is preparing for their third meet of the year. Two new weighted protector mats for our track are in and will be used at this Friday’s football game. We are also continuing to improve our athletic showcase by engraving the name plates of many district/regional trophies and providing maintenance to broken ones. We have made a commitment to honor the past athletes as we push forward in our quest to become the best athletic program around.
I would like to give big kudos this week to Tim McComb who has been nothing short of amazing in helping me transition into my new role. A huge thank you to Principal Justin Dickerson who has been an invaluable asset in the search for the very best coaches. An atta boy award to Ty Burt who impresses me more and more every week with his commitment to this district. The I couldn’t do this without you award to my secretary, Jennifer Munsell who has offered constant support and the interior decorator of the year award to Jill Ott who has helped transform my office into a sports museum. I would also like to acknowledge the Bentley Boosters and Jean Kish who teamed up to provide us with a brand new ice machine in the high school and helped to ensure that we also have an ice source at our football concession stand. That is a quick summarization of this last week in athletics, I hope to see you soon in the stands and cheering on our Bulldogs!