Archive - 2009

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November 25th

Indians’ 200-yard medley relay team places fourth at state

Tecumseh High School had several girls receive all-state honors during the Division 3 state meet at Eastern Michigan University over the weekend with its 200-yard relay team placing in the top eight finishing positions.

The Indians 200-yard medley relay team of Allie Merritt, Gretchen Seidel, Rachel Waite and Danielle Sloan placed fourth with a time of 1:52.92. The team set Tecumseh’s varsity record time in the event during preliminaries with a time of 1:52.89.

Tecumseh’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sloan, Diana Brown, Merritt and Waite place ninth with a time of 3:45.44.

Waite is only a freshman but has been dubbed “The Beast” by her Tecumseh teammates for her strong finishes during the regular season. She didn’t disappoint while in the state finals, finishing in the top 15 four times. She placed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.87 and finished 15th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.61.

Tecumseh junior Allie Merritt also turned in two additional top 15 performances. She placed 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:03.71 and 12th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.02.

Sloan also finished 13th for Tecumseh in the breaststroke in a time of 1:11.04 and placed 28th in the 50-yard freestyle (26.27). Brown also finished 25th in the 100-yard freestyle (56.95).

The Indians’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sloan, Brown, Nicole Greene and Chelsea Shartle, placed 17th with a time of 1:44.69.

The Indians placed 11th overall at the Division 3 state meet as a team with 74 points.

Tecumseh’s divers Marissa Martin placed 27th (140.85) and Alisha Payne placed 30th

Inaugural team finds positive in less than stellar season



While Tecumseh’s varsity football team members would have loved to finished .500 or better after their inaugural season in a brand new Indian Stadium, many of the players will carry with them a proud feeling of accomplishment from their experiences this year.

Tecumseh coach Jason Mensing sent four seniors out to the center of the football fields to represent the Indians during the coin tosses and they each said they learned valuable lessons this season. The athletes said they were proud to have represented Tecumseh as the first football team ever to play on the new synthetic field in front of near capacity crowds in the new home stands.

Each of the four senior leaders, Cole Havelka, Jacob Bloom, Justin Coffin and Jordan Coward, agreed it was a very exciting, and rewarding, season despite finishing 2-7 overall.

“I thought it was special,” said Bloom, “It was an honor to be the first ones to play on the new field.”

Being the first team to highlight Tecumseh’s Smash Mouth style of play put some pressure on the players but because they were so excited about playing it didn’t bother them too much. What made them feel like they actually belonged in the new stadium were the fans who stuck by their side the entire season.

“Every time we came out I felt like the fans were behind us,” said Jacob Bloom.

“The fans were great,” said Justin Coffin. “There wasn’t pressure at all. It was just fun.”
When talking about their overall finish the players were jut as disappointed as the fans but they were able to pick out a few highlights from the nine-game schedule. They deemed their 44-42 win over Ypsilanti as the team’s shining moment. It was the first ever varsity football victory on the new field.

What may have been the highlight of the season for many of Tecumseh’s varsity football players was when they defeated Ypsilanti by a field goal for the first victory in the new Indian Stadium.

Best Thanksgiving Greetings


I'm sitting here in my corner at the Herald gearing up for tomorrow's feast. Not that that takes a whole lot of gearing up. It does for my dear partner J, who is doing all the cooking. I'l just be eating and visiting. I won't be blogging on Thanksgiving, so I figured I'd wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving on Wednesday, the travel day. Be safe, eat plenty. I'll blog at you on the flip side.

Donations show commitment to local district library

To the Editor,

On behalf of the Tecumseh District Library, I would like to thank the following people for their recent donation of office supplies:  

Larry Adams, Lisa Bauman, Amy Bortell, Nancy Dinsmore, Sheila Elliott, Linda Gabriel, Natalie Gero, Margaret Grilman, Marcia Grimmer, Angela Mandelka, Jamie Poling, Blanche Stanek, June Turner, Anne Walker, and individuals wishing to remain anonymous.  

A special thanks goes to the Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh for their recent generous donation in support of our summer reading programs. The commitment, demonstrated by these people, to helping the library in its mission to serve the community is sincerely appreciated.

S. Gayle Hazelbaker
Tecumseh District Library Director

Hospice of Lenawee a ‘God send’ for the Fielder Family

To the Editor,

We would sincerely like to thank Hospice of Lenawee for making my Dad’s last days easier.  You are a God send.  

A special thank you to Gretchen Streussnig, Kelly Hicks, Amanda Crawford and Gail Blum and the many others for all you did for my Dad.  You are truly very special.  

Thank you to the Meals on Wheels for bringing out food to my Dad.  Thank you for taking the time to get to know him as a person and listening to his stories.  He truly loved you all and couldn’t wait for his ladies to come see him.  

Thank you to Purse Funeral Home for making things a little easier.  You are all such blessings.

The James Fielder Family
Holland, Michigan

Valuable lessons learned through preschool program

To the Editor,

Thank you Tecumseh Public Schools South Site Preschool Families! We work hard to incorporate a year-long theme into our daily play and learning known as “Caring is Sharing.” This became very evident with our November Food Drive. We collected over 250 items of food! This was combined with our North Site Friends, LISD, Porter Center and Head Start Preschools for a total of nearly 400 items.

The food along with creative cards, were delivered to both the “Dinner’s On Us” program and the Tecumseh Service Club. It brings me great pride to see this generosity especially in these tough economic times.

The kids were eager to track their daily progress on a graph and color the number of items donated; while at the same time learning a valuable life lesson. Please know you have helped to make a big difference in the lives of many.

Kathleen Beaudoin
Program Coordinator
Tecumseh Public Schools
Preschool South Site

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