Steve Stein Contributing Writer
Will Bloomberg began his soccer career playing at a high level.
He was on Waza FC and Vardar Soccer Club of Michigan travel teams for a combined six years.
Club soccer ended for Bloomberg when he entered high school at Frankel Jewish Academy. He doesn’t regret stepping away.
“It was a good decision,” he said. “I wanted to experience high school sports. When you’re playing club soccer, they don’t like you playing sports in high school because you might get hurt. I also wanted to get acclimated to high school.”
Now a junior at FJA, Bloomberg just finished his third season with the Jaguars boys soccer team.
The center midfielder and sometime striker was a team captain this year along with seniors Eric Lipsky and Max Rybak. He was named the team’s most valuable player, and he made the All-Catholic League Team.
Bloomberg scored eight goals, the most on the FJA team.
“I enjoy playing soccer with my friends at Frankel,” the Farmington Hills resident said. “And I think I’ve become a different player. A better player.”
“When I was playing travel soccer, it was all about skill, beating someone one-on-one,” he said. “Now, I need to work with my teammates more.
“I have to assert myself sometimes during a game, but I do it because I want us to win. I do it for my team.”
Bloomberg has switched sports this winter and is playing for the FJA boys basketball team. This is the second season on the hoops team for the 5-foot-9 shooting guard.
“Soccer is my No. 1 sport, but I enjoy playing basketball,” he said. “We have a good team. We want to put up a (championship) banner this season.”
The FJA boys basketball team improved its record to 5-1 with a 69-31 win Dec. 13 over Chesterfield Austin Catholic. The victory gave the Jaguars a 3-1 mark in Catholic League play.
Bloomberg said he’d like to attend Ohio State University or Michigan State University and study sports management.
Pierre Lamarre is the FJA boys soccer team coach. He had high praise for not just Bloomberg, but also his team’s other two captains, both defenders.
Lipsky was named Catholic League all-league and Rybak made Catholic League all-academic.
“Eric (Lipsky) has great leadership skills,” Lamarre said, “and he’s always represented his team, school and himself impeccably.”
Lamarre said he was impressed by Rybak’s speed, determination, competitive nature and dedication as a player. Rybak also excels in the classroom, of course.
“We’re going to miss Eric and Max,” Lamarre said.
Tennis State Champs
Max Levitsky and Nolan Werner from Birmingham Seaholm High School each won boys tennis state championships at the Division 2 tournament in Holland.
They played doubles and needed to beat higher seeded teams to win gold.
Levitsky, a senior, and his partner, junior Cameron Lee, were the second seed at No. 3 doubles. They defeated the top-seeded team from Okemos in the state title match.
Werner, a sophomore, and his partner, junior Fred Kassab, were the fourth-seeded team at No. 4 doubles. They beat the top-seeded duo from Okemos in the semifinals and the third-seeded team from Birmingham Groves in the state championship match.
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