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Reminder Jr. Panthers starts THIS Saturday, November 18th. Boys times have been adjusted, but the girls will still report to the auditorium at 10:45 – program kick-off will begin at 11:00 sharp. Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have a ball – please clearly mark it with your name and bring it. We have many basketballs, but not quite enough for everyone.
We will have an informational meeting about the Parkside Middle school swim/dive team at Jackson High School.The meeting will start at 5:30pm on Wednesday November 15th!
The 8th grade A team lost on the road 49-31 to JCMS to drop our record to 1-3. It was a 4 point game at halftime, but JCMS came out hot in the 3rd quarter and we didn’t match their intensity. We tried to battle back in the 4th but couldn’t get any shots to drop to pull them out of their zone defense. Josh Walter gave us some good minutes off the bench, while Dalton Heavy gave us his usual stellar effort on the defensive end. We will continue to work hard and improve as a team as we get ready for a tough Pennfield team coming to our place on Wednesday.
The seventh grade B team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 41-23 victory over JCMS on Monday. Ethan Wagner dominated the down low play with 24 points and 23 rebounds. Jack Harris had an all around great game with 4 points, 6 assist, and 7 steals. The team ran the fast break, leading to scoring opportunities for everyone.
The 7th grade “A” team earned their second win of the season defeating Lumen Christi 54 – 43.
The eighth grade B team put four good quarters together against a tough Christi team coming away with the victory,52 to 31. Dylan Hackworth had 17 to lead our panthers offensively. Very proud of the team defense and hustle we showed. Standouts on defense Austin Childs and Daniel Walicki. Good win for our panthers.
Ron Rudland retires as the Men’s Varsity Soccer Coach at Western High School. Coach Rudland founded the program in 1985 and has been the only coach for the program’s 33 years of existence. In addition to his role as the soccer coach, Ron was also a varsity wrestling coach; 3 years as the assistant under Jim Dewland at Western and 6 years as the varsity coach at Standish. Mr. Rudland is also in his 34th year as the Choir Director at Western High School.
Ron has been supported by his family throughout his entire journey by his wife, Sarah who retired from teaching at Bean Elementary last year. In addition all of Ron’s children played soccer; Eric, Brigette and Austin. He was blessed to coach both Eric and Austin in addition to coaching his son in law, Brian Robinson. The coaching fire has been passed down as Eric is the Head Coach of AFC Ann Arbor of the National Premier Soccer League and Austin has been an assistant coach on Ron’s staff in recent years.
Athletic Director, Ryan Hackworth had the privilege to play for Coach Rudland. “Some of my greatest memories of high school are centered around soccer and the personal investment Coach devoted to us. The trips to Silver Lake, training sessions and games are etched in my mind, but it was more than just soccer with Coach. He was a father figure to all and played a vital role in shaping the life of anyone who had the honor to call him Coach.” He added, “It will be difficult to fill the void that Coach leaves behind. His knowledge, devotion to his players and passion for the sport are unparalleled.”
Coach Rudland was asked what’s some of his favorite memories from coaching and stated “I have coached too many games here at Western to pinpoint one specific memory. All of the Districts Titles were special. There were also the memories of the games that were the close ones and also the teams that we played in Districts that went on to the State Finals that we matched up with neck in neck in the game, but just did not have the break to get the win. We have always played a challenging schedule to push the teams to prepare for the State Tournament.”
Lance Rogers, JV soccer coach, had the opportunity to work side by side with Coach Rudland for the last 27 years. When asked what was his greatest takeaway from coaching with Ron for so many years Lance stated, “The one constant in my years of coaching with Ron was the importance of using soccer as a platform to teach high school boys to become responsible young men. The ability to play this beautiful game at a high level will fade throughout the years, but the seeds of integrity & the importance of others that were sown into our players continue to take root & grow throughout their lifetime.” He added “As my son Matthew said to me during his senior year in college, “I get what Coach Rudland was saying now.” It takes a while to soak in at times but the importance of sowing a seed of positivity into the life of a Western soccer player whether it be a skill on the field or life skills off the field was the main objective of Coach Rudland’s.”
When asked what coaching has met to him, Ron stated, “What I remember most is all the players that have been influenced by me as a person and coach. I never went into coaching for the wins but for the joy of watching the players develop as young men. I’ve been hungry to help the game progress for our players and have taken many trips over the years with players and teams to locations that would enhance their game. We have traveled to Texas and North Carolina for camps, three trips to Europe and to South America.”
Career Record: 343-274-59
Conference Record: 151-47-1
Conference Champions: 1990, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
District Champions: 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2000 & 2008
Regional Finals: 2000
Most Wins in a Season: (16) – 2000 & 2011
Fewest Losses in a Season: (4) – 2004, 2005 & 2011
Goals Scored in a Season: (89) – 2001
Goals Allowed in a Season: (15) – 2005
Assists in a Season: (63) – 2001
All-State Players: 23 players
Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame member: Class of 2016
Congrats on your retirement Coach Rudland and thank you for the positive impact you have had in the Western community for over 3 decades!
There is a Boys Swim/Dive Meeting at 5:30pm at Jackson High school Pool on Monday November 13th.