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recalls, "when we were able to gather
together in a picture ... with the trophy
in the middle and all the players kind of
wo local professional women's climbing around, it was a sense of great
accomplishment and great joy to be able
sports teams won champi-
to make it happen for those ladies."
onships last year. Bill
Mitch says this year's goal is to "win
Davidson's Detroit Shock
championship. When you're
made headlines with their Women's
involved in sports, you always want to
National Basketball Association tri-
win your last game." The Demolition
umph. With less fanfare, the Detroit
were 5-0 through May 15. They play at
Demolition, owned by Mitch and Ken
Birmingham Groves High School.
Rosen, won their second straight
North Farmington senior Adam
National Women's Football Association
Vieder has been invited to walk on to
Michigan State's football-team. Vieder
Mitch'Rosen, who played" highschool
will play wide receiver and kick returner.
hockey and baseball, plus junior varsity
The Jewish Academy of Metropolitan
hockey at Michigan State, has long been
Detroit recently presented
interested in bringing minor
awards to the following student-
league baseball or hockey to
athletes: Girls basketball most
metro Detroit. Prior to the
valuable players (MVPs), Emily
2003 NWFA season,
Shepley and Fallon Garfield-
Powerhouse Gym trainer
Michaeline Scanlon, then a
Shim Heisler. Boys golf MVPs,
team member, told Rosen about
Aaron Newman and Josh
the squad and difficulties with
Cohen. Girls tennis MVPs,.
Jennifer Beitner and Rena
Although he'd never seen
Rosenzweig. Boys soccer MVP,
women's football, Rosen
watched some game films and
players, Eric Shepley, Brandon
"was not prepared for the quali-
Borovoy and Levi Stewart.
ty of play and the athleticism
Girls volleyball MVP, Nicki
that these ladies possess."
Intrigued, he and his cousin
Ken, a long-time recreational
Award, Pamela Gene; best atti-
athlete and sports fan, decided
tude, Emily Shepley. Girls
to purchase the team.
swimming MVP, Allison Shatz;
Mitch saw the acquisition "as
outstanding teammate, liana
an entree into some of these
other sports ventures that the
Boys basketball MVP, Levi
group that I'm involved with
Stewart; outstanding players,
has been trying to get started."
Bradley Garden and Andrew
He also believed "it could be a
viable entertainment option. I
Female Athletes of the Year,
still believe that."
and Emily Shepley.
The Rosens made few organizational
Male Athletes of the Year, Sam
changes. "What we tried to do," Mitch
Yashinsky and Andrew Garon. Male
explains, "is provide for better medical
Scholar-Athlete, Jonathan Guyer.
care, better transportation to and from
Female Scholar-Athlete, Keren Steibel.
games, and give the coaching staff the
Spirit Award, Ian Robinson; outstand-
tools they needed to get the most out of
athlete, Sarah Sallen; three-sport
athletes: Rachel Diskin, Ariella
In addition to football, the players
MoiTison, Molly Mardit, Emily
have full-time jobs, are students or have
Shepley, Jennifer Beitner, Josh Cohen,
domestic responsibilities, so Ken was
Garoti, Daniel Kohn, Sam
surprised "how well, from a skill stand-
Levi Stewart, Bradley
point, they play the game. The players
Garden and Noah Curhan.
are learning the game as they go along.
A special plaque was awarded to Josh
But they are athletes. They come from
Mondry, JAMD's first golf coach.
other athletic disciplines, and they have
Correction: West Bloomfield tennis
to apply that to our game.
Michael Boren is a freshman, not
Those athletes rewarded the Rosens
a sophomore, as previously reported in
with a championship last year.
this column. ❑
"On that championship night," Ken
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