Collegiate Corner

Published November 13, 2015

The fall season has been good to athletic teams from Oakland University, as the school’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have captured Horizon League titles.


Oakland became just the fourth school in Horizon League history to have both the men’s and women’s cross country teams win a conference title in the same season. Both teams won their respective championships Oct. 31 in Cedarville, Ohio.


Oakland’s Rachel Levy was selected as Freshman of the Year, with Paul Rice earning Coach of the Year honors.

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Published November 5, 2015

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Oakland University held its Basketball Media Day Oct. 28 at the Athletics Center O’rena, where coaches and players had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming season.

Oakland’s men’s team was selected to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll, with Valparaiso receiving the most selections to come away as the league champion.

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Published October 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — One phase of a dream came to fruition for Grosse Pointe native Zach Werenski when he was drafted eighth overall in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL last June.

Although Columbus has his rights for four years, as of now, Werenski is on the roster of the University of Michigan Wolverines, where he will have an opportunity to continue to develop his game.

Werenski, who is in his sophomore season at Michigan, discussed what it was like to be drafted by an NHL franchise.

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Published October 20, 2015

Earning a college scholarship to play golf is likely a dream scenario for any young golfer.

For Farmington Hills Mercy graduate Sarah Montone, it is more than just a dream — it is the reality of her life.

Montone’s play with the Marlins earned her the opportunity to win a spot on the University of Detroit Mercy women’s golf team.

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Published October 8, 2015

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This may be Bernard Scott’s first season as the head coach of the University of Detroit Mercy’s women’s basketball team, but his surroundings aren’t unfamiliar.

Scott spent the past five seasons on the coaching staff at Cleveland State, which along with Detroit is affiliated with the Horizon League. Prior to his stint with Cleveland State, he spent two seasons at Youngstown State, which is also part of the Horizon League.

The chance he has earned to coach at UDM is Scott’s first head coaching opportunity.

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Published October 2, 2015

WARREN/EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University men’s basketball team took a trip overseas this summer to play four games in Italy.

Finding out about the trip would have been good enough news for any of the players on the squad. Kenny Goins, a 2014 Warren Mott graduate who turned down scholarship offers from schools such as Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit to walk on at MSU, got even better news when the team returned from the trip in early September.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo offered Goins a scholarship.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROCHESTER — The first competition in the 2015-16 version of the Metro Series between the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University took place Sept. 30 at Oakland, as the women’s soccer teams squared off.

Oakland was awarded the inaugural Metro Rivalry Cup earlier this year as a result of having the most victories in head-to-head competition with athletic teams from Detroit over the course of the academic year.

The programs will have to settle with a draw in the first battle this time around, as the game ended 1-1.

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Published September 15, 2015

Former Troy softball player Ashley Messina, who was a four-year starter for the Colts, said she used to talk about taking her game to the collegiate level with her dad.

While she said it was a goal to make it that far, after being transitioned from an infielder to a catcher in high school, she didn’t know if she was going to be “good enough” to get there.

As it turned out, Messina was good enough to fulfill her dream, as she signed on to play with Wayne State University last November.

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Published September 14, 2015

FRASER — Earning the chance to play at the NCAA level is an opportunity that many student-athletes would like to have.


Former Fraser soccer player Nicole DeLuca is someone who had a chance to do just that, as after playing four seasons as a varsity starter for Fraser, she went on to become a four-year starter at Oakland University


DeLuca played for Oakland, an NCAA Division I program, from 2009 to 2012. She reflected on her opportunity to play collegiate soccer.

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Published September 10, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Oakland University has released the schedule for its 2015-16 men’s basketball season.

Last season, in what was just its second in the Horizon League, Oakland finished in third place in the league standings with an 11-5 record. Oakland ranked first in scoring offense and last in defense.

The Golden Grizzlies finished with an overall record of 16-17.

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Published September 8, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — There was a time when Robert Kelly didn’t know if he would get a chance to play college football because he wasn’t sure if he was “that good.”


Fortunately for Kelly, who lived in Grosse Pointe while attending Chandler Park Academy, Wayne State University saw things differently, as he earned a spot on the Warriors’ roster as an offensive lineman.


Kelly is now in his redshirt junior season with Wayne State. He discussed what the experience as an NCAA Division II football player has been like.

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Published September 4, 2015

ROCHESTER — Last season was historic for Oakland University volleyball, as the program won its first league title in the Division I era.


In just its second season in the league, Oakland won the Horizon League championship, which earned the Golden Grizzlies a berth into the NCAA Tournament.


Rob Beam said his first league championship as Oakland’s head coach is something he will always remember.

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Published August 27, 2015

Oakland University club football team president Nick Newsom, as well as head coach Jeff Allor, both think that the 2015 version of the Golden Grizzlies looks better than it did around this same time last year.

Given that Oakland won the National Club Football Association national championship last season, that’s saying quite a bit.

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Published August 12, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Oakland University’s Athletic Department has experienced some significant changes within the past few years.


Some of those changes include switching from the Summit League to the Horizon League, as well as the hiring of Jeff Konya as the school’s director of athletics.


The Golden Grizzlies were recently awarded the McCafferty Trophy for being the all-sports champion in the Horizon League. It was the first all-sports championship for Oakland since joining an athletic conference in 1973.

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Published July 10, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Recent Roseville High graduate Kye Dozier doesn’t have time for games.


“I don’t really do fun stuff. I don’t go to parties. I don’t do stuff like that,” Dozier said.


Instead, the track and field standout focuses on her craft and academics.

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Published May 19, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse North senior Andre Johnson has earned an opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level, as he is slated to suit up for Macomb Community College next season.

As excited as he may be about his chance to advance to the next level, Johnson hasn’t forgotten about where it is he’s coming from.

“I learned a lot, fundamentally,” Johnson said of playing for LCN. “It was a great experience overall.”

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Published May 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In just its second season in the league, Oakland University’s softball program has won a Horizon League Championship after defeating Wright State University 7-3 May 9 in the championship game of the Horizon League Softball Championship.

Oakland earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the opportunity to host after winning the Horizon League regular season title.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In his NFL.com profile, a scout said of 2010 Clinton Township Clintondale graduate Letterius Walton that he will be “one of those guys who ends up being an NFL player nobody sees coming.”

Walton, a defensive lineman at Central Michigan University, will get the chance to prove the scout right after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 2 during the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft. Walton, who earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2014, was selected with pick 199 in the sixth round.

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Published May 11, 2015

Oakland University’s track and field program had an opportunity to host a postseason event for the first time on its new track facility, as the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Oakland Track and Field Facility from May 1-3.

Aside from making history with its new facility, Oakland did the same with its performance, as the 110 points scored by the men’s team and the 101 points by the women’s squad were the highest outdoor point total in program history.

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Published May 4, 2015

While being a college student is an exciting time in the lives of many young adults, the experiences that Wayne State University student/athlete Brittany Streetman has had are pretty unique.

Streetman’s play at Warren Lincoln High School afforded her the opportunity to play basketball for Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Since donning the Warriors uniform, she has been a part of three teams that have made it to the NCAA Tournament.

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