Logan Rolfs is making his mark on the Romeo High School sports scene this school year.
In the fall, Rolfs quarterbacked the football team to the co-championship in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.h2 data-curated-ids="336569,336605,336627" data-relation-type="curated"">
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In the winter, nothing has changed. Rolfs’ strong play and leadership has sent the Bulldogs into a tie for first place in the MAC White basketball standings.
Rolfs scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead Romeo to its third straight victory, a 57-43 division win against New Haven.
“I think we’re starting to get an identity as a team and we’re starting to play together as a team,” said Rolfs. “Our point guard (sophomore Aidan Tague) is starting to play really well. I think the sky’s the limit for us.”
Romeo has gone on its recent streak without center Tim Kewley, who has been out with a broken hand.
Asked how much better Kewley’s anticipated return will make the Bulldogs, Rolfs replied, “a lot better. He’s a force on offense and defense. He can jump out of the gym. We’ll love to have him back.”
Coach Marvin Cushingberry is also excited for Kewley’s return, which could be next week when Romeo has games with division contenders Grosse Pointe North and Eisenhower.
“We should own the glass when Tim comes back,” Cushingberry said. “They’re just starting to learn how to run the offense, how to win. They’re getting there and Tim should put us to the top. Next week’s tough with Grosse Pointe North and Ike, but we’re getting better and that’s all you want as a coach.’
Romeo starts two sophomores, Tague and Jacob Watson, and Rolfs has taken on the role of making them feel a big part of the team.
“I just try to keep the young guys as one,” Rolfs said. “Keep them cool, lead them and try to make them better and make the program better. It’s a process right now.”
Cushingberry said that Tague, who scored 14 points and handled the ball well against New Haven’s tenacious defense, and Watson both had good games.
Romeo jumped out to an 8-1 lead against the Rockets, but a strong second quarter put New Haven ahead 19-17 at halftime. During the break Cushingberry made some adjustments in his offense.
“We went stagnant in the second quarter against that zone,” he said. “We made an adjustment at halftime and overloaded on one side and put our best shooter (Rolfs) in the middle. It worked tonight.
“(Rolfs) is like the football quarterback. That’s why we overloaded with him in the middle. Now you have to play him one-on-one. That makes it tough on a team.”
Romeo quickly regained the lead in the third quarter and the Bulldogs went ahead to stay on consecutive baskets by Rolfs, including a 3-pointer, midway through the period.
The defeat was the third straight for the Rockets, who are going through some growing pains of their own.
“We get in a rut where we just can’t make shots,” said coach Tedaro France II. “We missed a lot of layups and wide-open shots. The offense is there, the defense is there but we can’t get the ball inside the hoop right now. We’ve got guys who can score but it’s like there’s a lid over the rim. The last couple games we got great looks all game, our defense is solid but we’re not scoring points.
“We have to keep mentally strong. We have a young group and when they miss two or three shots they start to press. Now they’re thinking too much instead of just playing the game. We have to get back to the basics and do what we do best, and that’s defending. We have to keep playing hard and hope those shots will fall for us.”
Nikao Williams led New Haven with 14 points, Israel Anthony scored 11 and Trevon Jeffery added nine.
Józef Modlinski scored 10 points to give Romeo three double-figure scorers.
New Haven 5 14 11 13—43
Romeo 10 7 21 19—57
New Haven (3-4, 0-3 MAC White): Trevon Jeffery 9, Keyandre Games 5, Nikao Williams 14, Conner Bertoletti 1, Velton Williams 1, Israel Anthony 11, Jaedyn Mack 2. Totals: 15 (4) 9-15—43.
Romeo (4-3, 3-0 MAC White): Logan Rolfs 21, Jozef Modlinski 10, Aidan Tague 14, Giorgio Ruffino 1, Jake Poules 4, Emmanuel Towne 5, Brandon Spuz 2. Totals: 19 (2) 17-30—57.
Eisenhower 70, Grosse Pointe North 68 (OT): Hayden Bills made his two points count. The sophomore scored his only two points of the game on a pair of free throws with .5 seconds left in overtime to lift Eisenhower to a 70-68 victory over visiting Grosse Pointe North. The Eagles’ Preston Crum and North’s Andy Ayrault took game scoring honors with 30 points apiece. Crum, a sophomore, made seven 3-point goals and Ayrault, a junior, had six. The early-season division showdown left Eisenhower with a 3-0 White record — the same as Romeo. Grosse Pointe North is 2-1. Ike plays at Romeo next Thursday night. Ethan Mychajluk scored 15 points, Braden Buza 12 and Jackson McHale 11 for the Eagles, who are 5-3 overall. Nick Robie had 15 points and James Phillips 10 for Grosse Pointe North (5-2).
Richmond 51, Almont 59: Karl Stephens had 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks to lead Richmond to the BWAC victory. Trey Graham added 13 points, four rebounds and four steals; D’quan Haskins 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Marcus Thompson six points, five rebounds and seven assists. Almont’s Logan Walton had 16 points and Blake Campbell 12.
Lakeview 72, Sterling Heights 34: Junior Matthew Ritter scored 21 points and made four steals and senior Noah Fakhoury scored 17 points to lead Lakeview to the MAC Silver victory. Senior Julian Holt had 12 points and senior Emilio De La Cruz added 11.
Fraser 43, Anchor Bay 39: Mason Jenkins scored 14 points and Ron Johnson 12 to lead Fraser to the MAC Blue victory. Dylan Gira had 13 points for Anchor Bay. Fraser is 2-1 in the division.
L’Anse Creuse 85, Eastpointe 45: Junior Caron Williams scored 26 points and Donovan Weatherly 11 to lead L’Anse Creuse to its first MAC Gold victory. Jimmy Tamburrini added 11 points. Nahum Wellons scored nine points for Eastpointe. The Lancers led 28-7 after one quarter. L’Anse Creuse is 1-2 and 3-5. Eastpointe is 0-3 and 1-7.
Dakota 64, Grosse Pointe South 40: Tymias Williams had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and he added five blocks as Dakota rolled to the MAC Red victory. Isiah Hines had nine points, eight assists and Gabe Sterkaj had eight points and 10 rebounds and took three charges. Dakota is 2-1 in the MAC Red and 4-4 in all games.
Madison 66, Center Line 22: Damian Harvey Jr. had 20 points plus seven steals, four assists and three rebounds to lead Madison. Darrius Neal had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds; Desmond Denham 12 points and six assists; Keanu Mills 13 points, nine rebounds, and Davon Ruffin eight points, seven rebounds and six steals. The Eagles are 3-0 in the MAC Bronze.
Detroit Catholic Central 60, De La Salle Collegiate 50: The Shamrocks opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run that turned a tight contest into a mostly runaway performance. Sophomore TJ Nadeau scored a career-high 25 points for DCC. “I wanted to make sure I was ready for this night,” Nadeau said. “I knew this was going to be a game I could get the 3-ball off. Night and day I was preparing to have the mentality that I could knock down every shot that I take.” The Shamrocks (7-1, 1-0) were up 27-24 at halftime. De Le Salle (7-2, 0-2) went scoreless until the 3:40 mark of the third period when Tamario Adley canned a 3-pointer. Cooper Craggs scored 12 points for DCC. Chas Lawless had 11 and Kam Mayes added 10.
Ford 55, Anchor Bay 41: Kailee Gillich scored a career-high 21 points and had four steals to spark Ford, which led 23-17 on the way to the MAC White victory. Alyssa Romatz had two triples and finished with 10 points, six steals and five rebounds. Maddy Bettys added seven points, 11 rebounds and six steals; Anayya Davis had eight points, three steals and six rebounds, and Jada Clark had four points, five steals and four assists. Anchor Bay’s Peyton Lee scored 21 points and 13 rebounds. Ford is 2-0 and 8-2. Anchor Bay is 0-2 and 1-7.
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