Wykons win game as Forest Park celebrates Lexi Gussert’s career
Forest Park celebrated the career of Lexi Gussert Jan. 4 by retiring her uniform number and unveiling two new banners in her honor. Joining Lexi for the ceremonies are (from left) former coach Jeff Syrjanen, former athletic director Dwaine Anderson and current FP girls coach Jackie Giuliani.
CRYSTAL FALLS—There were really two significant portions to this year’s first renewal of the Forest Park-West Iron County girls basketball series on Jan. 4. Certainly, the game itself was important to the squads and their fans, as it always is.
But on this night, the Forest Park basketball community and the Iron County basketball community as a whole took a road trip down memory lane with the return of its most famous and most accomplished player ever, Lexi Gussert.
Gussert, the superstar of Forest Park’s state runner-up team in 2014 as well as that year’s Miss Basketball and the Michigan girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year, returned to Crystal Falls from Lansing, where she is currently a graduate assistant for the Michigan State University Spartans, to participate in her jersey retirement ceremony.
The ceremony was held between the junior varsity and varsity games and was both a reminder of Gussert’s impact on the Lady Trojans basketball program and her hometown and their impact on her.
“I definitely think it was a wonderful night,” said FP coach Jackie Giuliani, who was an assistant while Gussert played for the Lady Trojans. “And what an honor to be able to be here and be part of Lexi’s ceremony and to be part of her journey. I think it was just a great thing for our community to be able to give her this night and for her to be able to talk to the community that she’s loved for so long and appreciates so much.”