Collegiate Corner

Published November 14, 2017

Sidney Rayba will continue her softball career nearly in her backyard.

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Published October 13, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — For many football players across the country, their last high school game can be an emotional experience.

Although there may be opportunities to play occasional pickup games afterward, most aren’t likely to play at an organized level again, and do so with a group of teammates that can become like family.

While that reality is tough for some to take, others get to delay it for a while.

Manny Mendoza and Deiontae Nicholas are a couple of such players.

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Published October 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Robbie Beckwell enjoys being the last line of defense.

A Shelby Township native and a 2013 Utica Ford II graduate, Beckwell currently stars as the starting goalkeeper at the University of Detroit Mercy. He credits his time with the Falcons as a period that prepared him for success at the next level.

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Published October 2, 2017

DETROIT — Three years after starring together at Utica Eisenhower, Grant Harrison and Justin Schueneman are starting alongside one another at the next level.

The duo have continued their soccer careers roughly 45 minutes down the road from their alma mater, serving on the back line at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Harrison is a junior center back and Schueneman, a sophomore, is slotted at outside back. Both are helping to lead a Titans defense that has recorded three shutouts so far this season.

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Published July 21, 2017

Tailgating. Singing the school fight song in unison with friends and strangers alike. Face paint. Clever signs. Chants.

All of those things that have been part of the college football game day experience at campuses across the country will be available to Oakland University students and alumni this fall, as the school’s club football team has been permitted to play its home games on campus.

Although Oakland’s inaugural season was 2013, until this year, the team’s home field was Auburn Hills Civic Center Park.

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Published April 28, 2017

The last few years have been historic for Oakland University’s men’s and women’s track and field programs.

After the men’s and women’s squads each had a program-best third-place finish at the 2015 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the women’s team went on to finish first at the indoor championships in 2016, giving the Golden Grizzlies their first league title.

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Published April 25, 2017

TROY — A pair of prep standouts from the C & G coverage area have joined forces at Albion College.

Patrolling the infield, junior Logan Priebe and freshman James Spilko have made a big impact for the Britons this season. 

Priebe graduated from Troy Athens in 2014, and Spilko walked across the Macomb Dakota stage last spring.

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Published April 20, 2017

DETROIT — After being initially announced in June of 2013, the grand opening for Harwell Field took place April 18 on the campus of Wayne State University.

The field is the home of Wayne State’s baseball team.

The building — named for famed Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell — is a replica of the main entrance at Ebbets Field. The old Brooklyn Dodgers played their home games at Ebbets, and it is where Harwell spent part of his broadcasting career in the 1940s.

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Published April 3, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — This was a troubled relationship, the bloom on the rose losing its luster.

And while it was hardly an easy choice, a breakup was needed.

As just an eighth-grader, Ryan McClelland knew that was the case for him and his love of diving, a sport he had grown into, and subsequently out of.

“The passion was gone,” McClelland said. “The desire and commitment just wasn’t there anymore.”

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Published February 17, 2017

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For the second year in a row, metro Detroit college basketball fans have an opportunity to see teams from the Horizon League battle for a chance to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

The Horizon League Little Caesars 2017 Basketball Championships, also known as “Motor City Madness,” takes place March 3-7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University are the two Michigan-based schools that will be represented at the championships.

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Published January 20, 2017

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Oakland University’s club hockey program knows what the view is like from the top.

Over the course of its history, Oakland has won three American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships, with two coming at the Division II level and one after making the switch to D-I.

Times have not been as good for the Golden Grizzlies lately, as they have failed to qualify for the ACHA national championships the last two years.

This season, at press time, Oakland was 5-15-1 overall and 2-8-0 in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League.

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Published October 12, 2016

After a standout volleyball career at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Emily Nieman is continuing her craft on the court at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I am living my childhood dream of playing high-level NCAA ball while getting my teaching degree,” Nieman said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my high school coach, Gary Malburg. My experience at LCN really helped me prepare to play at the next level.”

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Published September 23, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — A California kid to a Michigan Hall of Famer.

Many miles, many years and many stories, but for Oakland University swim coach Pete Hovland, this was all one great honor. 

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Published August 1, 2016

Baseball has played a huge part in Colin Kaline’s life ever since he can remember.

Love and passion for the game have been passed down from generation to generation in the Kaline family, including from Colin’s grandfather, Al Kaline, who had a Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers.

Colin Kaline’s personal journey has included suiting up for Birmingham Groves, Florida Southern College, and being drafted by the Tigers, where he spent two years in the organization before becoming part of the coaching staff of the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

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Published July 22, 2016

ROCHESTER — The last two years have seen unprecedented success for Oakland University athletics, as for the second consecutive year the school claimed the McCafferty Trophy, which is awarded annually by the Horizon League to the school compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the league’s 19 championship sports.

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Published July 20, 2016

UTICA —  Alex Kinch didn’t plan on still playing baseball right now.

Coming into his senior season this past spring for Wayne State University, he was preparing for what he thought would be his final competitive season on the diamond.

A brief meeting with his coach at Wayne State following the last game of his college career, however, changed all of that.

“I was actually treating this season as my last competitive season of baseball ever. … I ended up having my best season,” Kinch said.

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Published July 14, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Former local prep star Colin Kaline will once again make a dugout in Oakland County his home.

The 2007 Birmingham Groves graduate has been named co-coach of the Oakland University men’s baseball program along with Jacke Healey

Kaline, who is the grandson of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, coached the hitters and infield the last three seasons at Florida Southern, where he helped lead the team to a No. 7 ranking nationally this past season.

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Published June 9, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland Community College men’s head golf coach Rick Coatta recently said that golf is a game that is “supposed to be fun.” 

Of course, it’s easier to have fun when you’re winning.

And Coatta’s team has had more than its fair share of fun this season, as the Raiders have won multiple tournaments.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN/DETROIT — Warren Regina student-athlete and St. Clair Shores resident Teresa Diehl has earned an opportunity that sets her apart from most high school seniors in the country, as she has signed on to run cross country for Wayne State University, an NCAA Division II program.

Her accolades include earning four letters in both cross country and track, as well as earning All-State honors in her junior and senior years. 

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