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Fraser ends 16-year playoff drought, beats Sterling Heights

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Sterling Heights – Pat Threet has been waiting for this night for four years.

Threet came to Fraser as head coach after guiding St. Clair Shores Lakeview to its first playoff appearance in 2010. A teacher in the Fraser school system. The move had been planned. But there were those who questioned why he would leave a program, one he and his staff made relevant in the Macomb Area Conference.

Don’t look now, but Threet’s football team has done it again. Not since 1998 had the Ramblers made the playoffs but that changed on Friday when Fraser defeated host Sterling Heights 42-21 in a MAC crossover to clinch a playoff spot.

“Our kids have worked so hard,” Threet said. “Last November they were in the eight room three days a week. I told them then that they could be playing for a district championship if we had made (the playoffs). Our kids at Fraser are no different than they are anywhere else.”   

Threet’s teams struggled in his first three seasons finishing 4-5, 1-8 and 3-6. And it didn’t look promising this season when they got off to a 1-3 start. Threet leaned on his staff at that point to bring some stability.

“When you have coaches like Dennis Zbozen and Al Kastl over there,” Threet said. “They just said to stay the course. Kids just see the wins and losses. They don’t know how well they played. Heck, Grosse Pointe North beat us on the last play.”  

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