This weekend’s MHSAA Hockey Semifinals and Finals will show off two of the most significant changes this sport has seen in some time in Michigan – with the potential for more “new” when trophies are presented Saturday.
A new classification system equally splitting up standalone and cooperative programs has moved some annual powers into different divisions. And also for the first time, the four semifinalists were reseeded for the final two games in each bracket.
At least two champions will be new this season, as the reigning Division 2 winner Hartland is now in Division 1 and last season’s Division 3 champion did not return. Additionally, seven of 12 teams playing at USA Hockey Arena are seeking a first Finals title, and an eighth – Houghton – its first since 1982.
Division 1 – Friday
#1 Detroit Catholic Central (27-1) vs #4 Forest Hills Central (17-12) - 5 p.m.
#2 Hartland (22-6) vs #3 Brighton (21-7) - 7:30 p.m.
Division 2 - Thursday
#1 Byron Center (27-1) vs #4 Detroit U-D Jesuit (14-13) - 5 p.m.
#2 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice (19-9) vs #3 Saginaw Heritage (16-11) - 7:30 p.m.
Division 3 - Friday
#1 Houghton (26-2) vs #4 East Grand Rapids (15-11-2) - 11 a.m.
#2 Riverview Gabriel Richard (20-7-1) vs #3 Flint Powers Catholic (21-6) - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – Finals
Division 1 - 7:05 p.m.
Division 2 - 11:05 a.m.
Division 3 - 3:05 p.m.
All Semifinals and Finals will be streamed live on MHSAA.tv and viewable with subscription, with free audio broadcasts via the MHSAA Radio Network. For information on tickets and more, go to the Ice Hockey page – and see below for a glance at all 12 contenders.
#1 DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL
Record/rank: 27-1, No. 1
Championship history: Sixteen MHSAA titles (most recent 2022), five runner-up finishes.
Coach: Brandon Kaleniecki, eighth season (188-29-2)
League finish: First in Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League North
Best wins: 7-1 over No. 2 Hartland, 2-1 over No. 3 Brighton, 4-1 over No. 4 Clarkston, 5-0 over No. 5 Livonia Stevenson, 6-2 and 6-3 over Division 2 No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, 3-1 over Division 2 No. 10 Detroit U-D Jesuit, 5-1 over Division 2 No. 6 Trenton, 5-2 over Division 3 No. 1 Houghton, 6-0 over Division 3 No. 2 Riverview Gabriel Richard, 3-1 and 3-1 over Division 3 No. 4 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Players to watch: Landon West, sr. F (25 goals, 17 assists); Ryan Wantuck, sr. F (7 goals, 26 assists); Griffin Crampton, sr. F (9 goals, 23 assists); Andrew Urbain, sr. F (18 goals, 11 assists). (Statistics do not include postseason.)
Outlook: Detroit Catholic Central is playing for a fourth-straight Division 1 championship (not counting 2020, when the Finals were canceled due to COVID-19), and the Shamrocks are the favorite this weekend given their results against the rest of the best this winter. They haven’t allowed a goal over three playoff games, and senior goalies Luca Naurato and Kyle Moore have combined for 14 shutouts. The lone loss came 2-1 to Green Bay (Wis.) Notre Dame. West and Wantuck made the all-state first team last season, and there is plenty of scoring to go around as junior Nolan Galda had 15 goals and junior Cael Rogowski had 14 entering the postseason, while junior Jackson Walsh had nine and 21 assists and Galda (11), Rogowski (10) and senior defensemen Jason Spiegel (14) and Nate Grondzieleski (22) also had reached double-digit assists by regular season’s end.
Record/rank: 22-6, No. 2
Championship history: Three MHSAA titles (most recent 2022), two runner-up finishes.
Coach: Rick Gadwa, 12th season (254-72-13)
League finish: Second in Kensington Lakes Activities Association West
Best wins: 6-1 over No. 4 Clarkston in Regional Final, 3-0 over No. 7 Salem, 4-3 over No. 5 Livonia Stevenson, 4-3 (SO) over No. 3 Brighton, 6-3 over Division 2 No. 1 Byron Center, 4-2 over Division 2 No. 2 Marquette, 3-1 over Division 2 No. 6 Trenton, 5-2 over Division 2 No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, 5-1 over Division 2 No. 5 Saginaw Heritage, 6-5 over Division 3 No. 3 Flint Powers Catholic, 4-1 over Division 3 No. 2 Riverview Gabriel Richard.
Players to watch: Ben Pouliot, sr. F (15 goals, 20 assists); Braden Pietila, sr. D (14 goals, 14 assists); Jack L’Esperance, sr. F (28 goals, 26 assists); Lucas Henry, sr. F (12 goals, 28 assists). (Statistics do not include postseason.)
Outlook: Hartland won last season’s Division 2 championship and three of the last four before making the jump this winter. The Eagles started with losses to DCC and Stevenson before catching stride with seven straight wins, and they’ve won 11 straight against in-state opponents since falling to Brighton in the rivals’ second meeting 5-4. Pouliot, Pietila and L’Esperance made the all-state first team last season, L’Esperance as a defenseman although he’s centering the second line now. Sophomore Ian Kastamo had added eight goals and 24 assists heading into the playoffs, with senior Jacob Lewis (12/17) and junior LJ Sabala (4/10) also providing offensive boosts from the wings and senior Isaac Frantti (3/22) and freshman Eli Sturos (5/16) setting teammates up well from their spots on defense.
Record/rank: 21-7, No. 3
Championship history: Five MHSAA titles (most recent 2018), three runner-up finishes.
Coach: Kurt Kivisto, third season (53-18-4)
League finish: First in KLAA West and overall
Best wins: 3-2 (2OT – Quarterfinal), 4-2 and 4-2 over No. 5 Livonia Stevenson, 5-4 (OT) and 5-3 over No. 7 Salem, 5-4 (OT) over No. 2 Hartland, 7-6 over No. 8 Muskegon Mona Shores, 2-1 over Division 2 No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, 7-3 over Division 2 No. 5 Saginaw Heritage, 5-1 over Division 2 No. 10 Detroit U-D Jesuit, 2-1 over Division 3 No. 5 Detroit Country Day.
Players to watch: Cameron Duffany, jr. F (29 goals, 29 assists); Lane Petit, jr. F (28 goals, 17 assists); Mattix McMullen, sr. D (3 goals, 25 assists); Levi Pennala, jr. G (2.31 goals-against average).
Outlook: Last season’s Division 1 runner-up has strung together an impressive run over six straight wins with those over Stevenson twice, once against Jesuit and Brother Rice and in playoff shutouts of Ann Arbor Pioneer and Saline. Duffany, McMullen and Pennala all made the all-state first team last season, while Petit made the second. Seniors Dominic Vincent (13 goals/18 assists), Evan Wohlart (12/15) and Dylan Hunt (8/10); and juniors Charlie Burchfield (10/9) and Aiden Seiter (3/14) add more scoring punch to the top lines.
#4 GRAND RAPIDS FOREST HILLS CENTRAL
Record/rank: 17-12, unranked
Championship history: Has never appeared in an MHSAA Final.
Coach: Bill McSween, third season (36-38)
League finish: Fifth in Ottawa-Kent Conference Baum
Best wins: 3-1 (Regional Final) and 3-1 over No. 8 Muskegon Mona Shores, 3-0 over Mattawan, 3-0 over East Grand Rapids.
Players to watch: Sammy Mielock, sr. F (38 goals, 25 assists); Benny Mielock, fr. F (15 goals, 11 assists); Gibson Grendel, soph. D (6 goals, 24 assists); Anthony Ott, sr. F (12 goals, 6 assists).
Outlook: This will be the Rangers’ first trip to the Semifinals since 1987 and comes after they played in Division 3 last season. Forest Hills Central is 12-1 over its last 13 games and has avenged early losses to Mona Shores, East Grand Rapids and Jenison. Sammy Mielock made the all-state second team last season and gets some additional offensive help from junior Owen Barber (8 goals/12 assists) and sophomore Rocco Gonzalez (6/15). Junior Peter Nemmers is expected to start in net and has a 1.77 goals-against average and five shutouts.
#1 BYRON CENTER
Record/rank: 27-1, No. 1
Championship history: Division 2 runner-up 2021.
Coach: Jordan Steger, first season (27-1)
League finish: First in O-K Rue.
Best wins: 4-2 (Regional Final) and 4-1 over No. 8 Grand Rapids Christian, 4-1 over No. 5 Saginaw Heritage, 2-1 over No. 2 Marquette, 4-1 over Division 1 No. 5 Livonia Stevenson, 7-0 over Division 1 No. 6 Lake Orion, 6-3 over Division 1 No. 8 Muskegon Mona Shores, 4-0 and 4-2 over Division 3 No. 6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 4-1 over Division 3 No. 3 Flint Powers Catholic.
Players to watch: Jackson Froysland, jr. F (21 goals, 35 assists); Josh Philo, sr. D (7 goals, 14 assists); Brady Breit, sr. F (23 goals, 22 assists); Carson MacKenzie, sr. G (1.25 goals-against average, .934 save %).
Outlook: After a Quarterfinal loss last season to eventual champion Hartland, Byron Center has stormed back and then some with its only defeat this winter to the Eagles – who are now in Division 1. Froysland, Philo, Breit and MacKenzie all made the all-state second team last season. Byron Center is averaging 5.6 goals per game, with senior Logan Nickolaus (24 goals/26 assists), junior Cade Pratt (12/37), senior Eli Kamminga (15/15) and junior Ben Passeno (10/13) also putting up double-digit goals and junior Dalton Clark (3/15) and senior Matthew Brougham (4/12) among assists leaders. Steger served as an assistant for three seasons before taking over the program this winter.
#2 BLOOMFIELD HILLS BROTHER RICE
Record/rank: 19-9, No. 4
Championship history: Six MHSAA titles (most recent 2021), two runner-up finishes.
Coach: Kenny Chaput, seventh season (123-56-9)
League finish: Second in Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League North
Best wins: 9-2 over No. 10 Detroit U-D Jesuit, 6-0 over No. 6 Trenton, 4-2 over No. 2 Marquette, 4-1 over Division 1 No. 8 Muskegon Mona Shores, 4-3 and 2-1 over Division 3 No. 4 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Players to watch: Peter Rosa, sr. F (32 goals, 42 assists); Andrew Marone, sr. F (40 goals, 34 assists); Caiden Ramos, jr. F (10 goals, 17 assists); Jack Cassidy, sr. F (11 goals, 17 assists).
Outlook: After winning Division 2 in 2021, Brother Rice finished up in the Semifinals last season but again is paced by multi-season all-staters Rosa and Marone – who made the first and second teams, respectively, last winter. They and Cassidy make up an intimidating top line, while Ramos centers the second. Johnny Kunz (19), Andrew Lindsay (15) and Roman Villaire (10) are among assists leaders, the first two making up the top defensive pair. The Warriors have won nine of their last 10 games against in-state opponents, the lone defeat during that string to Division 1 contender Brighton in the regular-season finale.
#3 SAGINAW HERITAGE
Record/rank: 16-11, No. 5
Championship history: Division 1 runner-up 2019 and 2018.
Coach: JJ Bamberger, 15th season (262-118-11)
League finish: Second in Saginaw Valley League
Best wins: 4-1 over No. 3 Alpena in Quarterfinal, 4-0 (Regional Final) and 3-0 over No. 9 Midland, 6-2 over No. 8 Grand Rapids Christian, 8-5 over Division 1 No. 8 Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-2 over Division 1 No. 7 Salem, 1-0 over Division 3 No. 6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
Players to watch: Mason Cole, sr. C/D (20 goals, 35 assists); Cole Winter, sr. RW (15 goals, 17 assists); Owen Turner, jr. D (16 goals, 19 assists); Ethan Westendorf, sr. F (10 goals, 15 assists).
Outlook: Heritage is back for the first time since that most recent runner-up season of 2019 but won’t see anything too unfamiliar after playing a schedule that included games over 16 teams ranked at the end of the regular season. The Quarterfinal win over Alpena avenged a 3-2 loss from Jan. 14. Junior Owen Gohm (12 goals/8 assists) centers the top line, and junior forward Nolan Drapp (9/14) also is among top scorers. Cole and Turner are expected to make up the top defense pair this weekend, but Cole played most of the season at center.
# DETROIT U-D JESUIT
Record/rank: 14-13, No. 10
Championship history: Has never appeared in an MHSAA Final.
Coach: Paul Moretz, second season (22-32)
League finish: Third in Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League South
Best wins: 2-1 (OT - Quarterfinal), 6-3 and 4-3 over No. 6 Trenton, 7-2 over Livonia Churchill in Regional Final, 7-3 over Division 3 No. 4 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 4-1 over East Grand Rapids.
Players to watch: Aiden Charron, jr. F (16 goals/9 assists); Carter Cate, jr. F (15 goals/6 assists); Michael Shubeck, jr. F (3 goals, 15 assists); Nolan Davis, soph. D (6 goals/10 assists).
Outlook: Jesuit is headed to the Semifinals for the first time since 2016 in Division 1 and has faced off against many of the best in the state under Moretz, who previously coached Grosse Pointe South and Marysville to similar successes. The Cubs have given up only five goals over three playoff games against 15 scored and are on a four-game winning streak total as they’ve taken a jump from 8-19 in Moretz’ first season leading the program. A total of 11 players have at least six assists, with junior defensemen Henry Balasia also among leaders with nine and senior Jack Widgren (7 goals/7 assists) and junior Thomas Angell (8/6) providing more offensive boost.
Record/rank: 26-2, No. 1
Championship history: Class B-C-D champion 1982, five runner-up finishes.
Coach: Corey Markham, 24th season (396-163-22)
League finish: First in Great Lakes Hockey Conference
Best wins: 6-0 over Division 1 No. 3 Brighton, 5-1 over Division 1 No. 2 Hartland, 9-4 over Division 1 No. 7 Salem, 5-2 over Division 2 No. 10 Detroit U-D Jesuit, 6-5 over Division 2 No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, 6-3 over Division 2 No. 5 Saginaw Heritage, 3-0 over Division 2 No. 2 Marquette.
Players to watch: Landon Stevens, sr. F (40 goals, 36 assists); Camden Markham, sr. F (37 goals, 45 assists), Gaborik Carlson, sr. F (15 goals, 42 assists), Michael Maillette, jr. F (32 goals, 21 assists).
Outlook: Perhaps the most impressive part of an incredibly impressive run for the Gremlins is that they’ve faced – and gone 5-1 – against six other teams playing at USA Hockey Arena this weekend, and all six are in Divisions 1 and 2. The two losses came in February, 5-2 to DCC and 4-3 to Division 2 No. 2 Marquette. Houghton has reached the Semifinals six times since its lone championship and finished Division 3 runner-up most recently in 2019. Camden Markham made the all-state first team last season and Carlson made the second. Junior Bryant Lee sees almost all of the action in net and has 1.70 goals-against average and seven shutouts, while senior Sully Rajala (8 goals, 30 assists), sophomore Jace DeForge (12/15) and junior defensemen Connor Raffaelli (3/28) and Wyatt Jenkins (2/10) also have put up some big numbers.
#2 RIVERVIEW GABRIEL RICHARD
Record/rank: 20-7-1, No. 2
Championship history: Division 3 runner-up 2003, Class B-C-D runner-up 1992.
Coach: Rick Desana, 18th season (260-193-2)
League finish: First in Metro League East
Best wins: 6-1 over No. 10 Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard/Greenhills in Quarterfinal, 4-3 and 3-2 over No. 5 Detroit Country Day, 6-3 over No. 4 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 5-0 over Division 1 No. 3 Brighton, 5-1 over Division 2 No. 6 Trenton, 5-4 over Division 2 No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice.
Players to watch: Aidan Gonzalez, sr. RW (21 goals, 27 assists); Robbie Chiles, sr. LW (13 goals, 21 assists); Jimmy Monks, sr. LW (24 goals, 53 assists); Brody Kirkpatrick, sr. C (16 goals, 25 assists). (Statistics do not include postseason.)
Outlook: Gabriel Richard is back at the Semifinals for the first time since back-to-back trips in 2018 and 2019 and after winning a sixth-straight Regional title. The Pioneers are on a seven-game winning streak since a 4-3 loss to Flint Powers, their Semifinal opponent. The other six losses were to ranked teams from Division 1 or 2 or an out-of-state opponent. Monks made the all-state first team last season, and Chiles earned an honorable mention. Senior Brenden Paden (19 goals/11 assists) was the second-leading scorer, and senior Nick DiSanto, junior Brendan Brothers and sophomore Tony Venturini also had reached double-digit assists heading into the postseason.
#3 FLINT POWERS CATHOLIC
Record/rank: 21-6, No. 3
Championship history: Seven runner-up finishes (most recent 2010).
Coach: Travis Perry, 17th season (340-105-21)
League finish: First in Saginaw Valley League
Best wins: 4-3 (Quarterfinal) and 3-0 over No. 5 Detroit Country Day, 4-3 No. 2 Riverview Gabriel Richard, 3-1 over No. 9 Chelsea, 8-1 over No. 6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 4-2 over East Grand Rapids, 6-2 over Division 1 No. 5 Livonia Stevenson, 4-3 over Division 2 No. 9 Midland, 6-3 over Division 2 No. 8 Grand Rapids Christian, 5-3 over Division 2 No. 5 Saginaw Heritage.
Players to watch: Mason Czarnecki, sr. F (27 goals, 30 assists); Kyle Barbour, sr. D (8 goals, 28 assists); Cooper Gerhardt, sr. F (12 goals, 25 assists); Nicholas Kurtiak, sr. G (1.76 goals-against average).
Outlook: Powers is making its fourth trip to the Semifinals over the last seven seasons and first since 2021, paced by 11 seniors including the top two goalies and nine who help fill the top four lines. Czarnecki and Barbour made the all-state first team last season, Gerhardt and Kurtiak made the second and senior forward Weston Reinig (8 goals, 17 assists) earned honorable mention as a defenseman. Sophomore Andrew Parmenter (5/14), junior Nolan Berner (12/9), seniors Michael Tucker (16/12) and Jack Dawley (9/8), and junior Brendan Sly (4/12) are just some of the rest who have put up strong numbers.
#4 EAST GRAND RAPIDS
Record/rank: 15-11-2, unranked
Championship history: Division 3 runner-up 2002.
Coach: Christopher Newton, fifth season (68-52-5)
League finish: Sixth in O-K Baum.
Best wins: 3-1 over No. 7 Traverse Bay Reps in Quarterfinal, 4-2 over No. 6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Regional Final, 5-3 over No. 5 Detroit Country Day, 3-1 over Division 2 No. 8 Grand Rapids Christian, 4-0 over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central.
Players to watch: Ian MacKeigan, jr. F (11 goals, 13 assists); Tyler Sikkenga, sr. F (18 goals, 14 assists); Scotty Millman, jr. F (9 goals, 13 assists); Charlie Hoekstra, jr. F (11 goals, 8 assists).
Outlook: East Grand Rapids provides plenty of evidence of the power of playing a strong schedule, going from sixth in its league to its second-straight Regional title and a return to the Semifinals for the third time in five seasons. EGR’s league also includes Division 1 semifinalist Forest Hills Central and two ranked teams, and the Pioneers have strung together seven straight wins including four in the playoffs by a combined 14-5 margin. Sophomore Brady Ross (5 goals/12 assists) is another important offensive contributor.
PHOTO Detroit Catholic Central’s Jackson Walsh (12) sends a shot toward Brighton goalie Levi Pennala during last season’s Division 1 Final.
Twenty years ago, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy were teammates on an MHSAA Quarterfinal-qualifying hockey team.
Guy even scored the winning goal in the Regional Final for Bay Area Reps, which topped Traverse City West 2-1.
This summer’s accomplishment, though, will go deeper in the history books.
Guy and Morris teamed up with Joe Lorenz to complete a dream that started a decade ago. They crossed all five of the Great Lakes on paddle boards while raising awareness and funds for water quality.
They put their balance, endurance and stick-handling skills together for the cause.
‘After 10 years and over one hundred grand raised for the lakes, it feels amazing,” Morris said. “I think the best part is knowing my kids will grow up knowing their old man did something cool for the environment in a unique way.”
It all started at a December social event in Traverse City. Guy, a financial adviser, and Morris, a middle school science teacher, had just gotten into paddle boarding when they began to wonder if they could cross Lake Michigan.
Lorenz, a personal trainer, promptly gave assurances they could — and joined them — even though he had never been on a paddle board prior to the holiday gathering.
Morris, Guy and Lorenz successfully crossed Lake Michigan in 2015, pausing in the cold of the night to look at the Northern Lights. They finished the nearly 100-kilometer journey in just under 25 hours. That accomplishment convinced them to launch Stand Up for Great Lakes, a non-profit organization to raise money and awareness for the protection of the lakes.
The trio also is supporting the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, a non-profit housed at the University of Michigan.
“It feels amazing to have finished crossing all five lakes and complete a lifelong goal,” Guy acknowledged. “The dollars and awareness we have raised is incredible, and hopefully it continues to grow.”
Lake Huron was the toughest to cross by far, the former Reps noted. The 90-mile, 29-hour paddle brought seven hours of rain and high waves.
“Plus Joe knocked me in and Jeff fell in after catching a fish,” Morris observed.
Ontario was the team’s second-hardest challenge and the shortest paddle. Huge waves from the side all day took quite a toll on the paddlers, who were accompanied by safety boats on each crossing.
Lake Superior featured glassy water, a spectacular sunset and the paddlers pausing to conduct a ceremony over the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck. The northernmost Great Lake ranks as the group’s favorite.
Guy graduated from Kalkaska High School in 2003 and went on to play hockey at Hope College. He also played football, baseball and golf for the Blazers. He and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter, Emma.
Morris graduated in 2005 from Elk Rapids High School, where he also played baseball. He went on to get a teaching degree from Western Michigan University. He and his wife, Megan, have two children, Fitz and Knox. He now works for his former school district, teaching science.
The pair played for the Reps through a co-op hosted by Traverse City St. Francis that included athletes from Charlevoix, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska, Kingsley, Lake Leelanau St Mary, Mancelona and Suttons Bay. The Reps’ first coach was Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Rex Luxton. He coached through 2008.
Morris and Guy look back at their high school playing days and coach with fondness.
“We had some great teams, and I think I still have the career goal record there,” Guy recalled. “Also, our coach on the Reps Rex Luxton was highly motivational to me while playing for him and later in life.”
Morris echoed Guy.
“I loved the whole experience,” Morris said. “Playing for my high school … Friday night games … school rivalries … playing for Rex Luxton … amazing friends and teammates — almost surreal that it will have been 20 years.”
The former coaching staff of the Reps are not at all surprised Morris and Guy challenged themselves to make a difference for the Great Lakes.
The coaching staff remembers Guy as a natural scorer coming through with big goals, and Morris as a strong two-way player who scored five goals in one period in Sault Ste. Marie. The past coaches also remember all the traveling the two did for practice and games because of the geographic nature of the squad.
“I had no idea they had any interest in the water kind of stuff,” Luxton said of his former players’ feat. “When I started following their bid to raise awareness, it didn’t surprise me they would attempt something like this.
“I think it illustrates how much determination they have and how much hard work they were willing to put in,” he continued. “It is just outstanding, particularly with the cold weather in the Great Lakes.”
Cody Inglis, a senior assistant director for the MHSAA, was an assistant coach for the Reps during all of Morris and Guy’s time with the co-op. He finds himself beaming with pride and happiness knowing these former players are giving back and making it a better world.
“What Jeff and Kwin have done physically and mentally to cross all of the Great Lakes on stand-up paddle boards is remarkable in itself,” Inglis pointed out. “When you add in the fact that they have put in charitable causes and the preservation of the Great Lakes as a reason for doing it – it makes it even more special.
“It’s not surprising given my recollection and remembrances of Jeff and Kwin, as they were really good hockey players and better people.”
High school hockey is where Morris and Guy’ friendship blossomed. Spending 24 or more hours together — and with Lorenz — has forged a greater lifetime bond that already had included being a part of each other’s weddings.
But they admit they had no inkling of this type of accomplishment back in high school.
“Sports were the most important thing in my life in high school,” Guy revealed. “Working really hard to win as many games as possible was the main goal – along with getting good grades and trying to get into a good college.”
But teamwork, learned on the ice and through other high school sports, can make anything possible.
“Any sport where you have to work as a team helps push yourself out of your comfort zone,” Morris concluded. “That's where the best things in life happen.”
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PHOTOS (Top) Clockwise from top left: Jeff Guy celebrates a goal while playing for Traverse Bay Reps with Kwin Morris to his left, Guy (left) and Morris (right) take a photo after one of their paddle board trips, and Morris bringing the puck up the ice for the Reps. (Middle) Guy, Morris and Joe Lorenz take a photo together on the lake shore. (Below) Morris accepts a medal during the 2004-05 season. (Photos courtesy of Jeff Guy, Kwin and Jo Morris.)