Lake Orion wins first high school Dragon Boat Showdown

Lake Orion wins first high school Dragon Boat Showdown

Race honored Oxford, ‘coming together’

By Jim Newell
Review Editor
LAKE ORION — Lake Orion High School football players already have a championship trophy after just three days into the season: the first annual Dragon on the Lake Showdown Dragon Boat Race.


The race, the brainchild of Orion Art Center Board of Directors President Amy Cole, featured three races between Lake Orion, Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek. The races were designed to bring local high school teams together for team-building and to support local charities and causes.

Lake Orion won all three races decisively; Stoney Creek was second and Adams was third.
Rochester High School, the Lake Orion track team and Oxford High School had originally committed but pulled out before the races.

Cole and Adams’ Assistant Coach Jeff Schmitz had approached teams to join the race in dedication to the students and staff affected by the tragedy in Oxford last November.

Orion Art Center board President Amy Cole thanked all of the teams for coming out and supporting Oxford, the Art Center and the community. Cole said she was grateful for everyone “coming together” in friendly competition for the event.

Lake Orion won all three of its races decisively. Afterward, during the awards presentation, Dragon senior Joey Bruno gave credit to Terry Scott, the steersman on the Dragons’ boat. “He’s the real hero here,” Bruno said.

The Rochester Adams Dragon Boat team.
The Lake Orion Dragon Boat team

“They listened (to commands) and we’re fun. They’re a good bunch of guys,” Scott said.


The Rochester Adams team lost all of their races but never gave up and showed sportsmanship. Cole awarded the Highlanders the Team Spirit Award,

The Stoney Creek Dragon Boat team.
The Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club members volunteered on Saturday and Sunday during the Dragon Boat Races, managing the docks and helping teams into and out of the boats.

noting that Adams was the first team to commit to the Showdown. “You were first to the table and you brought all of your family and friends,” Cole said. “We really appreciate you.”

Ferris State University head football coach Tony Annese spoke to the student-athletes before the races.



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