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A Rivalry Defeated

Audrey MacGillis ’25
Grosse Pointe North’s dugout right before the game. Players are out on the field warming up and ready to play.

South beat North in a 12 to 1 mercy loss on May 20, 2024. The tense rivalry has been a long going tradition between the two schools, especially in the softball world. In the past, North has paraded on a continuous winning streak, but the South JV and Varsity teams recently ended it.

The game started with close scores, until South JV led on a strong hitting streak. The team saw doubles and triples among most players, and had gone through the lineup multiple times in the first couple innings. Freshman player Kate Kalmink recalls how good the game felt in the beginning.

“The game went really well,” Kalmink said. “We (South) were up by a lot and it felt really good and helped boost our confidence.”

While North had gone on to score a run, South still kept the strong lead, as well as a strong defense against North. Players worked together to call fly balls, make plays, and overall prevent North from scoring any further runs, ending their streak.

“The team felt really good after the game,” Kalmink said. “Especially after beating North when they had such a big winning streak against us.”

North players still kept a strong spirit despite the loss. Playing a sport with friends is always fun, especially with such a strong rivalry like North vs. South. Throughout the game, players poked fun at each other whenever they would get on base or interact throughout the game. North JV player Kiley Hasting was an example of this.

“I love the North vs. South rivalry because of all the friendships on the other side,” Hasting said. “We can compete and still have good friendships, win or lose.”

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Audrey MacGillis ’25
Audrey MacGillis ’25, Copy Editor
Second-year staffer, Audrey MacGillis ’25 spends her time doing various activities. Outside of school, she is a hardworking competitive swimmer for South, Grosse Pointe Gators, and the Grosse Pointe Park Mutants in the summer. In her free time, she listens to music or enjoys reading. Her favorite artists are Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers, who she even got to meet. “Now that were back into the school routine, I’m excited to be able to post stories and have fun writing again,” MacGillis said. Alongside her fun activities, she is excited to be a copy editor for the first time. “I love Journalism because it gets me outside of my box and I’m able to talk to a lot of new people,” MacGillis said.

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