Solely a handful of coaches get to take part in highschool all-star video games.
It is a uncommon prevalence to even get requested to assist out at one.
And what’s rarer is what number of coaches Livonia Franklin had on the East squad for Saturday’s Michigan Excessive College Soccer Coaches Affiliation’s fourth annual all-star sport at Lawrence Tech.
There was Franklin head coach Chris Kelbert performing because the East’s offensive coordinator, calling performs on behalf of Belleville coach Jermain Crowell, who was the true head coach of the East.
After which there was assistant Aaron Moran organizing the protection and assistant Kevin Biga performing in a assist function.
Yeah, three Patriots on one all-star workers.
However, wait. There was really yet another.
The beginning quarterback was Franklin senior Zac Olesuk, who threw for one landing and led the East to a 14-7 victory over the West.
When it got here to putting in Kelbert’s offense throughout apply all through the week, the East leaned on Olesuk as an on-field coach to get gamers lined up in the fitting spots.
And it paid dividends through the one-score win.
“It was simpler for me as a result of I did not need to be taught as many performs,” stated Olesuk, who’s signed with Alma School to play each baseball and soccer. “Simply the brand new ones that they only put on this low season I needed to be taught. It was principally simply all of our performs from final 12 months. I simply took that as factor. I used to be capable of educate numerous the offensive gamers the place to line up and the right way to run sure performs. It was a bonus to have him (Kelbert) as a coach and for him to have his quarterback be right here as a result of it is simpler for him to show all the blokes.”
It certain was.
On the sport’s opening drive, Olesuk and the East rapidly moved the chains with a handful of performs, after which the senior tossed a 23-yard landing move to Warren Fitzgerald receiver Trey West.
After Auburn Hills Avondale working again D’Angelo Harris punched in a 6-yard dashing TD with 10:57 left, Kelbert relied on Olesuk to handle the sport and eat as a lot clock as doable down the stretch.
“It was nice as a result of Zac and I’ve been collectively for 2 years,” Kelbert stated. “You construct that relationship the place I can say one thing and he is aware of precisely what I am saying. And what I am seeing is identical factor that he sees. So it made it lots simpler for an adjustment right here and there. It took some time (for the offense) to adapt to the opposite youngsters, however having a man that gifted right here because the quarterback helped.”
Maybe one of the best a part of Kelbert and Olesuk reuniting is the victory eases a few of their earlier ache collectively.
At 6-foot-1, 185 kilos, Olesuk was one of many prime QBs in metro Detroit through the second half of Franklin’s season in 2021. And he even completed with 1,226 yards and 11 TDs by way of the air and one other 686 yards and 15 TDs dashing.
Because the crew discovered momentum coming into the playoffs, it rode that each one the way in which to the Division 2 state semifinal the place its season lastly ended, 49-14, to eventual state champion Warren DeLaSalle.
Shedding one sport away from making it to Ford Subject was robust for each the participant and coach. However a close-call win in an exhibition sport is a a lot better reminiscence for each to have as Olesuk’s taking part in days come to an finish at Franklin.
“100%, it feels nice,” Olesuk stated. “This will likely be my final time placing on a Franklin uniform, and it is surreal. It type of sucks that the Franklin profession is over. However it feels good to lastly finish it with a W.”
Added Kelbert: “To have the ability to win and ship him off to school being on this setting is numerous enjoyable, and I am glad I received the chance to do it. It is one thing I’ve all the time needed to do as a coach, and I am glad I received the possibility.
“He is been a real chief. The children observe him. He is a coachable child. All these traits and the cliche belongings you say about an athlete, he fills all these roles, and he is not a child you must fear about doing issues the fallacious means. He is meant lots to our total athletic program, particularly the soccer program.”
2 future Cardinals flock collectively at LTU
On signing day, Saginaw Valley State nabbed two of one of the best athletes in metro Detroit in Warren Fitzgerald’s Trey West and Livonia Churchill’s Joshua Brown.
They usually’re nearly similar, each as playmakers and bodily at 5-10 and 180 kilos.
Each of them performed a number of positions for his or her groups and contributed in every section, from protection to offense and particular groups. And each have been often the quickest youngsters on the sector in every sport.
And the duo received to play collectively for the East squad throughout Saturday’s all-star sport, giving Cardinals followers a sneak peek of what is to come back from the pair of Mr. Do-Everythings headed this fall to College Heart.
West performed receiver (and caught a 23-yard TD move) and defensive again. Brown performed cornerback. And each stood subsequent to one another when it got here time to subject punts and kickoffs.
“It was good. He is a speedster. He is only a freak athlete, man, and I really like him,” Brown stated. “He is humorous, too, and that is my canine.”
Most likely one of the best a part of the week for the 2 was they received to go towards one another within the practices main as much as the all-star sport.
And generally West received one of the best of Brown, the Chargers’ two-time all-stater.
“He is quick, so that you undoubtedly received to remain in your Ps and Qs,” Brown added. “However we battled. However it’s simply enjoyable being again out right here, too. I did not finish my season on a win, so it is simply nice to finish one on a win.”
Homecoming for Lacanaria
It is unlikely any of the gamers competing have been as acquainted with Blue Devils Stadium as Cole Lacanaria.
For one, that is the place Brother Rice performs lots of its residence video games. If the Warriors aren’t taking part in at Wisner Stadium in Pontiac, they’re welcoming opponents to Lawrence Tech’s campus.
And, in fact, the senior receiver will likely be taking part in school soccer this fall at LTU.
In order that turf subject that runs alongside M-10 and is nestled amongst a number of skyscrapers appears like residence for him. And he confirmed that by snaring a bubble move from Olesuk on the sport’s very first play and racing for a primary down.
He caught a number of extra passes and likewise rushed as soon as on a reverse play.
Leaving Blue Devils Stadium with a win for the East was a a lot better feeling for Lacanaria than when he and the Warriors noticed their season finish with a 20-17 upset loss to Mason within the D-3 regional final November at LTU.
“It was a very massive upset, and it damage, but it surely’s good to get out right here and get a win once more,” he stated. “I deal with this like each different sport. I really like profitable. I am an excellent competitor. I am very blissful we got here out with a win, so it means lots. I am going right here within the fall, clearly, so it is nice to play in entrance of those buildings. It is actually cool. It is nice surroundings.”
At solely 5-7 and 170 kilos, Lacanaria punches properly above his weight.
And he had no bother outracing among the West’s defensive backs for a lot of the night.
“There’s a lot expertise right here, actually,” he added. “It is loopy to see how a lot expertise every participant has, and there is not a single person who’s dangerous. You are going towards good competitors at each place on each play and each down. It is actually enjoyable to play towards good competitors and see the way you stack up towards them.”
Two-sport star Boike represents Black Hawks in baseball showcase
Bloomfield Hills kicker Jack Boike additionally competed in an all-star sport this week.
Solely it wasn’t for soccer.
The senior represented the Oakland Actions Affiliation throughout Tuesday’s second annual Macomb Space Convention vs. OAA all-star sport at Jimmy John’s Subject.
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The MAC received, 12-7, however Boike recorded a game-best 4 stolen bases and received to showcase the athleticism he’ll be taking to Adrian School within the fall as each a kicker on the soccer crew and a shortstop and outfielder on the baseball crew.
“Yeah, I used to be all baseball within the recruiting course of,” he stated. “And once I knew I discovered a house in (Adrian), I made a decision to ship over my sport movie to the soccer coach. And he advised me I’ve what it takes to kick at this degree.”
Boike graduates as one of many finest baseball gamers in program historical past. That features him setting two college information for most profession steals (50) and most plate appearances in a single season (129).
As a senior on the gridiron, he recorded 15 touchbacks on kickoffs, was 4 of 4 kicking subject targets and went 41 of 44 on further factors whereas serving to Bloomfield Hills win the OAA-Blue championship.
Brandon Folsom covers highschool sports activities in metro Detroit for Hometown Life. Observe him on Twitter @folsombrandonj.